We've gotten Duncan's K1300S back together. The front wheel is straightened and the wheel bearings have been replaced. We mounted new Pilot Road 5's on it. So the thought is to go for a little ride heading out into an area we have not explored to the North and East of Baltimore.
This is an abbreviated ad-hoc street ride just to get out on the bikes for a while before we have to go to Duncan's mom's birthday dinner. I'm not yet sure where we'll go.
I've decided to head up to the BMW RA Rally near Wellboro, PA to hopefully meet a number of people I've been corresponding with on Facebook for some time. Originally this was going to finally be the time I met Gary Weaver. :( Sadly, that can now never happen.
After too much twistiness, I'm craving some gawdawful superslab. Duncan wants to go ride the section of I95 that's about to get shut down once the I95 project is completed this fall. From there maybe a waterfall or two.
I got invited to a motorcycle dinner in Philadelphia with Lance Lau, Tom Cutter, and others. I met Lance at the New York International Motorcycle show and I haven't seen Tom in way too long. Instead of just heading up I95, I figure I'll take the long way and see if I can't make a more pleasant ride out of it. I plan to stop by Revzilla if I make it up there early enough. I need to get a new pair of ADV gloves.
The original plan was to ride the DR's up to Michaux but it's a bit chilly so we've opted to take the street bikes. The thought is to head down to Route 33 and then loop back up through Rough Run Road (an MTSweger suggestion). We haven't been on 33 in a few years.
This year's trip will be shorter than previous ones. We are considering a four day Virginia/West Virginia/Ohio loop ride. In a recent mapping trip with Wayne, I came across some truly nice roads only a few hours away so the thought would be to get to good roads quickly.
It's been since Nov 18th since we've ridden. There's no real plan of where to ride. North and West? West? Local road? Olney? South? Not sure.
To our surprise there are quite a few very nice twisty hilly roads in the area East of Front Royal and North of I66. The weather was gorgeous with dramatic skies. It was cool and windy but very pleasant. Our first target was Virginia Route 626 which is a beautiful rolling old rock wall lined road that wends its way through the countryside. From there we intersected 50 and turned left on SR 713 which was another simply beautiful road. We encountered a number of beautiful very old homes along the way. We made our way to Route 17 which we had ridden last weekend and stopped at Sky Meadows State Park where some civil war event was taking place. From there we headed North to Route 601 which is this tree lined dramatically hilly and curvy mountain road. We missed our planned turn and found ourselves on 7. We turned left onto Route 606 along the Shenandoah River. At one point as we slowed down to look for a spot to take a photo, a large branch fell in the roadway ahead of us. There were just too many good roads to remember them all. Cold Stream Road towards the end of the day off 29 stands out as does Route 6. The sun started to set as we turned onto Route 522 North which marked the point we started our way home.