Went for a ride today...never ending hi-jack thread

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by murph, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I don't know why I was the only bike on the ferry last night. Finally home thru rain and snow squalls . 7598 km. round trip. Videos somewhere down the line.
     

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  2. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Welcome home.
     
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  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Glad you made it back! With the recent Atlantic Canada weather, the last few days couldn't have been much fun. NB is still in the middle of an early cold snap and no relief in sight until next week. Worst October that I remember
     
  4. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Got home from work on Friday and the sun was peaking out from some thin clouds. It was 12 degrees at my house and I thought this might be my last ride of the season. So I jumped on the FJ and headed out from CBS towards the Salmoneer Line. I kept getting cooler and cooler the farther I went but I was still smiling. So I went as far as Colinet and looped around through St. Catherine’s. The temperature dipped down to 6 (wind chill -2) and I was cold to the bone by the time I finished my 2 hour ride and was back home. Still had a big smile though. :)

    Oh yea, the Holyrood Access road from route 60 to the TCH is all new blacktop!
     
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Rain all day with high winds but fairly warm. Cooler tomorrow (high 8 °C) but sunny. I'll crank up the heated gear and get out for a couple hours. Heated jacket liner makes the difference between just being able to ride and actually enjoying it!
     
  6. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I definitely agree that heated gear has come a long way in the last few years.

    Hope you get to enjoy that ride today. It’s snowing here...
     
  7. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    My wife's Gerbing jacket finally packed it in this Season after a decade of faithful service. She has her's on more because she gets colder on the back.
     
  8. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    After finishing with the farkle fest, I decided to take the Trophy on a shakedown ride.
    I headed west on the 101 loop freeway to I-17 North, and exited on Rte. 43 West, which Gordon Lightfoot made famous by its other name, “Carefree Highway”. If you take it East from I-17, it does lead you into the Hell’s Angels Arizona HQ of Carefree. I chose to take it West towards Wickenburg for a stretch. Much less traffic to the West, and a delightful ride before I decided I better head towards the home base. It is Christmas Eve after all!

    Merry Christmas to all my friends on RTR!
     
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  9. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The weather has been cooler than normal for the last week, but it hasn’t stopped me from getting out for a spin most days. It’s kind of funny seeing folks walking around in their parkas while I am wearing my mesh riding gear with windbreaker liner. Being located on the North side of Phoenix means most of my rides have been to the North and West sides of town, as it doesn’t take long to get out in the desert. Yesterday was no exception, as did a 100 mile loop to Wickenburg and back utilizing AZ Hwy 43 and US Hwy 60. This time I avoided the gridlock through Sun City by taking the relatively new 303 Loop to return North.

    I feel so fortunate to be riding in the Winter for the first time in my life!
     
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  10. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Trash - count your blessings. Sounds like a great way to start 2019. Meanwhile, I won't need to start the snowblower today but I certainly will tomorrow.
     
  11. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    With the reports of weekly heavy snowfall back home, I ventured out on a ride south towards the Mexican border on Saturday. The temperature is still significantly below normal down here, which meant that traffic was light for a weekend day, making the ride even more enjoyable once I got off the always heavily trafficked I-10 at AZ Hwy 85 South. After a quick lumch stop in Gila Bend, I continued through Ajo and Why before heading back North on Indian Road 15 just past Covered Wells towards Casa Grande. The desert landscape was beautiful, and the roads were mostly empty, save for an extremely heavy Border Patrol presence in the area. I am not exaggerating when I state that every other vehicle I encountered was a white with green striped Border Patrol pickup truck or SUV. There are also road blocks in remote locations, with heavily armed guards in attendance. They always smile and wave once I flip open my face shield, most times a stop isn’t required. Once I reached Casa Grande and I-10 again, the traffic reverted to its crazy norm, two lanes of traffic, nearly bumper to bumper, all rolling along at 75 mph. All in all, it was a delightful 305 mile ride. :)
     
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  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Sounds amazing:) A pic of a lovely warm rock or something would be a nice for us Inmates in the Great White North tho. Just saying'...
     
  13. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    359D6C07-3B6E-44BB-8A77-FFF66FC11C94.jpeg I had the same thought as I was riding amongst the Cacti.
    Next ride, I will try to remember the Ipad. :rolleyes:

    In the interim, all I can send is a photo of my shared covered parking space at the apartment we are currently renting. The young fellow with the Sportster gladly offered to share his space when I volunteered some $$ towards a new set of tires to replace the slicks he was riding on.
    A broke student at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute here in Phoenix.
     
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  14. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Sunshine! Motorcycles! Green stuff growing! Have fun in the sun.:cool:
     
  15. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    IMG_0324.JPG I only had a little time for a ride yesterday, so I headed north of Phoenix on the Carefree Highway a short stretch, then headed NE on the New River Rd until I caught up with I-17 back into Phoenix, about 120km.
     
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  16. RossKean

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  17. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The story I understand is, he hunkered down here with a newfound girlfriend in a Winter before he was making the big $$, and got tossed out for not contributing his fair share. I bet it’s a story both parties will never forget!
    Either way, the song can’t help but go through my head virtually every time I ride AZ Hwy 43 West from Carefree to its terminus with the famous U.S. Hwy 60, short of Wickenburg.

    The other thing of note is the desert rarely looks this green; something to do with all the rain they have gotten since my motorcycle appeared! ;)
     
  18. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    IMG_0328.JPG Despite the downright chilly temperature today, I took a ride North on Cave Creek Rd, through Cave Creek and Carefree, gaining elevation the whole way. North of Carefree I turned east, and into the Tonto National Forest. It seems awful nice that they named a whole forest after the Lone Ranger's faithful companion! The road was scenic and winding, and eventually deposited me on the shore of Bartlett Lake, yet another Reservoir. On my ride back I encountered the local Bentley car club heading towards the Lake. There had to be over $3 million worth for the photo in the parking lot when they parked!
     
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  19. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Ok... I'm cheating... this ride was at the end of last August but I have to hold on to something...
     
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  20. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    If it's a ride report, it has to be Jim regaling us with his video exploits of the past season or Trash rubbing in his winter migration to warmer climes.

    Soon...
     

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