After what seemed like months(actually a couple weeks)I finally had the chance for a relaxed, wandering ride. I left the house about 1pm with no real destination in mind and the only stipulation was that I had to be at a Southern Cruisers meeting at 7pm. Awesome! 6hrs to just cruise! After about an hour or so ride I stopped by the local Kawasaki/HD dealer just for kicks. They had some beautiful HD's there(as usual), but the one that really caught my eye was the new Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager, it was absolutely stunning! I've seen pics, but hadn't seen one in person till today, it's now on my short list for touring bikes.
On to the ride! After my stop at the dealer, I headed out onto Kansas backroads, it was a beautiful, partly sunny day right at 80 degrees, can't ask for much better than that! While the flinthills of Kansas may not have the twisties or jaw-dropping beauty of the mountains, it has a rural beauty all its own.
A high point of the SCRC meeting was seeing our 1st Officer up and about. He recently suffered a heart attack and had 3 stints put in and is now back on his Wing! After the meeting it was dark and I had about 70 miles to go to get home. I don't mind riding at night, but it also takes extra vigilance watching for forest rats. Once away from the lights of the city, I started noticing other lights to the north, the direction I was heading, it was lightning. Oh well, nothing to do but keep riding and hope for the best! About 15 miles from home the wind switched and started gusting from the north, the temp dropped and I could smell rain. As luck would have it I missed the rain and made it home. A great day of riding and was able to get about 230 miles in.
Keep the shiny side up!