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I had to take my bike into the dealer Wednesday and it couldn't come at a worse time. Memorial weekend, people! Well, I went almost 10,000 miles before an issue popped up, so for a Ducati I think that's pretty good. No, I watched WSKB at Donington and decided to order a new exhaust system, so now I'm out of motorcycle related things to do.
 

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Same here. No rides so far this weekend, its been raining for two days.
 

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We rode our 500's from Columbus OH to northern Indiana on Friday to see family. Went for a ride Saturday with an aunt and uncle and their Harleys; been looking forward to that for a while. Riding home tomorrow. Probably about 600 miles all together.
 

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I've got two I'll be doing later today. And wouldn't you know, summer finally hit and triple digits are predicted. It will be miserable on one of them because we have to stand a flagline on asphalt. The first we get to stand on sidewalks with grass around and it's earlier in the day. But that second one will tax everyone. We've had people pass out at it in the past. But it really is the least we can do for he sacrifices the day is meant for.
 

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Rain here too.

I did clear space so we can replace the electrical panel and wire in the new generator. And I mounted a new (used surplus) work stop on the milling machine vise. Sorted through a bucket of Clecos. Other odds and ends.

Rain is good for home productivity.
 

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Rode 325 miles on Saturday morning from Bangor to Pittsburgh for a Hamburger, took I80, I99, Rt 22 and then I376 to Moon Township. I99 in particular is a nice ride, almost traffic free, and the scenery is gorgeous, it runs along a high ridge facing out across a huge valley, with more mountains on the other side capped by a forest of wind turbines.

A long way to go for a burger, sure, but the Pittsburgh area is the only place you can find a Burgatory.. there are a few of them scattered around. The burgers are devilishly good, the shakes are divine..oh just read their website yourself.
Burgatory

Anyway, we had perfect, HOT weather riding out there, no traffic, a great run. Lot's of cops though, and they were pulling people over left and right, so I had to keep my throttle hand under control.

We relaxed a while then had our burgers for dinner , we had already chosen to stay over rather than riding back, some nasty thunderstorms were coming in later over night ( on their way to cause mayhem in Maryland, apparently) and I didn't want to ride all night in that. We woke up the next morning to some showers but nothing bad, decided we didn't need rain gear and got headed back home. An hour out we ran into some heavy rain again and as I got cold and wet I admitted we would have done better with the rain gear! :)

We stopped in a Sheetz, we got fuel, put on dry clothes, and the rain gear, and rode the rest of the way home in moderate to light rain, but warm and dry...much better! There was no traffic, and the rain was a good deterrent to my usual tendency to cruise just a bit too fast for comfort with all the cops that were around, there was one hiding in every U turn on the highway!

Back to work today, I rode in of course :)
 

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I saw some scary flood pictures from Maryland, I hope you all are OK down there.

Old town Elicott City they got somewhere between 8-10" of rain in an hour. The river rose 13' in the same time period. It is about 20 miles from me. Town is in the bottom of a valley next to the river. The upper end of the city is at least a hundred feet higher. Each side street is at least 10 feet higher than main. 3 or 4 streams feed into the river and run under main street. This is the second time in two years it has flooded like that. I believe all the development in recent years has channels all the run off water to come down the street instead of going into the streams. But what do I know I am not an engineer.
 
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Wow, rain seems to be the trend. It was cool and raining here in Connecticut yesterday and sort of so/so weather today. I guess it sort of makes it easier to not have the bike available to ride. I've now found myself putting drywall up in the garage, somehow. I have my suspicions of the wife's sabotage. It seems she got a lot of productivity out of me this weekend...
 

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Once again we could use all that rain y'all are getting too much of. It would just turn to steam here though. The trend is up and we are in one of the cooler places.

 

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Went on a 200 mile ride on Saturday. The highlight was finding a small country story in the middle of nowhere that sold groceries, auto parts, liquor, sporting goods, had an auto repair shop out back, and was now buying junk cars at top prices.

Go ahead, try to find one location doing all that in your fancy big city. :D
 

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We did our visits to family cemetery's Thursday night on the VTX. Its about a 60-70 mile round trip.
Then I road the 883 to meet my oldest son for breakfast Monday morning.

I got to baby sit for our 18 month old granddaughter Friday and Saturday, it was great.
Then Sunday afternoon we got a long visit from our youngest grandson, he is three weeks old.

Monday we paid a visit to the National Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana. It became a tradition for us when our youngest son was deployed. But we stripped the Jeep Wrangler down for that and took a friend.

Fun weekend, but not a lot of motorcycle.

I did ride to work today, the rain from the south is not suppose to reach us until tonight...

Picture of said granddaughter from last weekend.


 
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Loaded up the KTM, Put the daughter on the back and headed to the Grand Canyon. Real nice ride. Dry the whole time, awesome roads and a ton of other bikes on the road. 6 days in all. Lots of fun.
 

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After reading about Mike721's ride, I don't think I want to post about mine. LOL!!
Sunday was crappy, and we had two parties to go to, so no riding here.
But Monday was dry and cloudy, so we got four bikes together and rode out to Blairstown for breakfast. Then I led the group up through the Delaware Water Gap National Park roads, to Layton, and eventually home. It's not all that far, but some of my friends are fair weather, short distance riders. So I keep the rides short for them.
Still can't keep 'em happy though. One stretch of road through the park is about a quarter of a mile of "rough road" according to the sign posted there.
Not just bad road, but BAAAAD road! You have to crawl down it because there isn't an inch of pavement left on that stretch that isn't broken or deeply potholed. But....I figured if I could make it through on my big Goldwing 1500, they could make it on a Concours, a Triumph, and a Harley Superglide.
Well, the guy with the lightest bike, the Triumph, bitched up a storm about it and said that he wouldn't ride with me anymore if I took him down roads like that. The Concours guy complained a bit. The Superglide guy was fine with it, liked it even!! Go figure!!
 

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Update Ellicott City flood

Today they found the body of the National Guardman that waded out into the raging water to save a woman. He was swept away after he got her to safety. He was 39 years old, the only known casualty.
 
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Today they found the body of the National Guardman that waded out into the raging water to save a woman. He was swept away after he got her to safety. He was 39 years old, the only known casualty.
A single act of courage, that is far beyond what most people can even comprehend or are capable of doing, was just a simple step forward into the water that had to be taken for this guy.

I hope that his family may find some comfort and peace in the days to come.
 

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Today they found the body of the National Guardman that waded out into the raging water to save a woman. He was swept away after he got her to safety. He was 39 years old, the only known casualty.
Wonder if the woman he saved is aware he died to save her or if she is aware and now has survivors remorse. Could go either way.
 

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A single act of courage, that is far beyond what most people can even comprehend or are capable of doing, was just a simple step forward into the water that had to be taken for this guy.

I hope that his family may find some comfort and peace in the days to come.
Yes he was the true definition of a hero. His family was interviewed on tv and seems to be coping well with the situation. His mother stated it was just the way he was.

Larry - she was also interviewed and was totally devastated.

The recovery squad draped his body in an American flag. He had just put in his retirement papers. I suspect he will get a full military funeral. May he rest in peace.
 
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Today they found the body of the National Guardman that waded out into the raging water to save a woman. He was swept away after he got her to safety. He was 39 years old, the only known casualty.
That's incredibly sad. My hats off to this brave man. We throw around the word "hero" to the point is has little meaning. That guy in the definition of what a hero is supposed to be.
 
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