Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just Checking In

The weather here in North Carolina is still a little on the cool side. I did take the GS out for a little spin today. I rode her up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cold Mountain of book and movie fame. Things should start get going in earnest next month. It seems that this year I will stay closer to home but still ride just as much. Well, that's what you get when you live in motorcycle heaven!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

What a Difference a Week Makes!

Last week we had 6 inches of snow in Asheville. This week the temperature was in the 7o's (20C). I took advantage of this and went on my first motorcycle camping trip of the year. I rode to Kickstand Lodge in Stecoah, NC and camped with four other brave souls. Kickstand Lodge is a motorcycle campground in the western mountains of North Carolina. The daytime temperatures were fine, but it did get a little chilly at night. The weather prediction for the next week in not so good. This may be the last camping for a month or more, but I did get the first one in! As you can see I took the airhead. That motorcycle is 24 years old and still rides like she was new. I will take the GS on the next overnight trip. I love these BMWs!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Nothing remains the same, but change!

Well, this is what Asheville looks like today. That means we have a snow day at school. This is the last available snow day. If we need another...they will start taking Spring Break from us and that means the trip to Florida will have to be canned. The coast to coast trip is also looking doubtful at the current time. Due to some professional differences it looks like I may have the chance to take a year off. If this does indeed happen, making a coast to coast trip though the south and western deserts in June and July really make no sense! I think I would maybe just tour Nova Scotia this year and take a full year beginning June 2010 to travel the whole of the USA via backroads. I have also considered shipping the bike to Europe and making a year long tour there. My wife has suggested a RTW, but I don't know if I would do that alone. Oh well, I have time to plan all this stuff and that is half the fun! We watched Mono Enduro and Terra Circa again this snowy weekend just to get in the mood!

Believe it or not, with all this snow it is supposed to be 66F (19C) this coming weekend! Could this be the first camping weekend of the season? Check back and see!!!