Is it that time?
M & J Mason
masonjs at nrtco.net
Thu Jul 12 12:16:29 PDT 2012
I got out for a 300 mile/480km ride on Wednesday. There was a lull in
cottage to house renovation, the heat wave had passed and Marilyn said she
would look after the dog. It was basically the first ride of the season on
the v strom. I'd ridden both the Triumph TR6C and the Honda XL farther than
the Suzuki this year.
I got out to Eganville and decided to checkout the Ruby road site of the
tree incident of October 2010. I was about 3 km short of the site of the
accident when I discovered they were resurfacing the road and it is now
loose gravel. I got a little out of shape before I got the bike under
control. I decided I didn't need 18 km of fresh gravel and beach sand so I
turned around and retraced my path to come out on to the Brudenell Road
about 4 miles west of Ruby Road. I stopped at the Bay Cafe Bistro in
Barry's Bay for lunch. It has excellent food. But by changing the name from
the Bay Diner they were able to jack the prices up 80% to nail the summer
tourists and odd MC rider.
Only had one minor incident as I was coming into Madawaska. I was in a left
hand sweeper with cottages on the right side and the Madawaska river on the
left. I glanced a little too long at a bikini clad young maiden who was
doing a nice job of decorating a dock on the river side. I found myself
riding the center line when I snapped out of my gaze.
This was supposed to be a short ride and I realized that my right knee and
my butt were starting to bother me and I was 150 miles out at Wilberforce
after the Peterson road.
I should have stopped at the Kawartha Dairy in Bancroft for their $5.00
shake. I don't know how good the fi' dolla shake Uma Thurman had in the
movie " Pulp Fiction" was but Kawartha Dairy's is worth the $. I didn't
need 1/2 a gallon of shake in my stomach with 100 miles left to get home.
The bike ran flawlessly and it was a beautiful day. Yesterday I noticed my
back had a few kinks in it from the ride. I took one of the kayaks out on
the Ottawa river for a couple of hours checking out a few shoals that are
showing up as the river level is dropping do to heat and no appreciable rain
in the Georgia sized area 500 miles to the north of us where the source of
the Ottawa River and its tributaries are. The kayaking helped. Well
actually the sunburn on my legs took the pain in my back off my mind. Its
sort of like putting a twitch (a piece of twisted rope) around a horse's
nose to keep his mind occupied while you perform some kind of treatment
(like sewing up an 8 inch gash in his chest with out pain killers). He will
stand very still and calm.
Looks like we have a week of heat wave on its way so there won't be any
riding for a while.
Notice with the increase in the cost of ammunition, a warning shot will not
be forth coming.
Times are tough.
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