Monday, September 27, 2010


My cat, well kitten, kind of, she's about 6 months old and she's got it pretty rough.

Eat, sleep, play, shit, repeat

This is how she spent the last hour on my desk-

A little nap sounds pretty good right now

Yup, sleep good


Now she's bouncing off the freakin' walls getting into everything, lol!

Cat's got it figured out.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Great weekend!!

I couldn't have asked for a much better weekend! Jimmy came home for a couple days and I got some miles in with him, always a good time! See his blog for some pics-
Roadside Swagger

While Jimmy was getting ready to head back to KC Saturday morning, I got a call from Mongoose. Now Mongoose and I have been friends for the better part of 10 years, we met back when I was into rock crawlin' and we hit it off immediately. We're both pretty out-spoken and about as politically incorrect as you can get, we'll call a spade a spade and if it offends someone, oh well, maybe they needed to be offended. He's also one of the very few guys I'll call "Brother". Now if I can just convince him to get back on 2 wheels, lol!

Mongoose says, "How about some beer, brats, fire, music, and some good times in my courtyard tonight?" After some thought(about a split second)I tell him let me check with my boss(wife, lol)and call ya back. After a quick chat with my wife, I'm back on the phone with Mongoose, "I'll be there in about 3 hours or so". He lives 3 hours away so it was a great chance at a road trip, I got my gear together and hit the road.

After about an hour I'm rolling into Concordia Kansas and see a couple bikes on the shoulder and pull over to see if they need any help. It was a couple of older guys on a road trip from North Dakota to Arizona and one of them had the misfortune of having his front tire go flat. Upon closer examination we found his valve stem was almost torn in two so I showed them to the nearest indy shop, California Phil's, and went on my way. By this time the rain had cleared and the clouds had given way to sun so it was time to peel the jacket and lid and enjoy the ride.

Rolling thru Salina, Ks on 135-

Stopping for gas outside of Salina-

Now Mongoose doesn't mess around when it comes to 4 wheels, while others were building Jeeps, Yota's, Zuk's and other smaller rigs for the trail and rocks, Mongoose went over the top, he built a Suburban, lol! It rolls on 36" Humvee tires on the street and 40's on the trail. Oh, and don't tell him it won't fit, lol!

With Mongoose being an avid hunter, there's always cool stuff around his place-




Valley Center is pretty dead at 3am-

By around 4am or so we'd had enough for one night and I hit his couch for some shut eye. Woke up about 10:30 or so to a very overcast and cool morning, it was hovering right around 50 with a slight north wind. At least I had brought my gear so I put it on and headed north. After a stop in Newton for fuel and some grub I decided to take a different route back so I jumped on 15 and head through Abilene and Clay Center on my way home.

By the time I hit Abilene the sky had cleared and it was right in the mid 60's, great riding weather! I made a quick stop at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Complex in Abilene and grabbed this pic of the chapel there.

I couldn't have asked for a better weekend, I got to spend time with my son Jimmy, my son Jayson called from Israel, and I got to go hang out with Mongoose. The biggest thanks however, goes to my wife, she's put up with me for 23 years and never has a problem with me spending a little time away from home and hangin' with my friends.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

JFR Hermann, Mo run

Last weekend the JFR crew headed out to Hermann, Mo for a weekend of camping, riding, and beer drinking. Well just before taking off we found out that there was a bicycle event going on at the Hermann City park so a change in campground was in order. The closest spot was Graham Caves State Park so we met up there for the weekend. Our JFR Louisville, Ky contingent, Jay, was to meet us there, as luck would have it we all showed up at about the same time. Onto the pics!

My pack mule loaded and ready

Quick stop along 177

The sun's trying to come out.

Jimmy enjoying the ride

Jay on his CBR 1000

Hermann, Mo

Downtown Hermann

Gotta have a campfire!

Redneck lantern

It actually worked pretty good

Saturday morning getting ready to roll out

Hermann lies on the Missouri River and is a very cool German town

Cool sign at a bar in Hermann
Jay loves his new phone

Ken, the fire tender and honorary JFR member
Enjoying adult beverages

Did I mention Jay really likes his new phone

 About 10pm Saturday night it started raining, complete with some of the loudest damn thunder I've ever heard. The rain just wouldn't stop, it rained all night for the most part. At least we had a dry tent and the state park had kind of mini shelter set up over the picnic tables at each site.

Trying to stay dry

the bikes are getting soaked..or washed, depends on how you look at it

whacha doin' Jay? lol!

Enjoying our beverages

definately enjoying the beverages, lol!

Breakfast in the tent Sunday morning, thanx Jay and Ken!!

Loaded up waitin' for the rain to let up

Still raining, trying to stay dry

Jimmy riggin up a fender

gotta get rid of some coffee

The JFR crew for this ride, myself, Jimmy, and Jay, not pictired, Ken, he took the picture.

Jimmy and I finally got on the road about noon and headed west. For the next 1.5 hours we rode in heavy rain on the super slab and were completely soaked by the time we hit a truck stop for lunch. As we were eating the sun came out and it was promising to be an awesome day, not to mention we would be able to kinda dry out, lol! After about an hour on the road we hit road construction on I-70, the next 5 miles would take over an hour to complete. So much for making good time. We stopped one more time for fuel just outside of Kansas City before heading through KC and Jimmy splitting off to head to his place and me heading west for the remaining 3 hours of my ride home.

It was an awesome weekend, Jay and I were stationed together in the Army back in the early 90's and it is great to be back in touch with him and riding with him. Any road time spent or any time spent with my son Jimmy is priceless. Ken, as usual was his easy going thoughtful self, Ken, you need to learn how to ride, you would enjoy it!! For me it totaled about 1000 incredible miles and I can't wait wait for next year for JFR Kentucky!! I can't thank Jimmy, Jay, and Ken enough for coming out and making this a great weekend.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Finally the weekend!!

One of the things I like the most about my job is a 4 day work week, we put in 4, 10 hour days and then it's 3 days of whatever!! What'll it be this weekend?




Or possibly a combination of all of them? Probably all 3, lol! Oh, and Tigger says hi!