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Winter doldrums


My son's Yamaha FZ6 is getting some major upgrades over the winter   (Bruce McCrary photo) 

This is the time of year when we find ourselves, like a lot of other riders, reflecting on the previous season, remembering the good rides and trips fondly and casting an eye towards the upcoming season, making plans and dreaming of warmer days and more miles. Normally the riding ‘wish list’ is an exercise in over reaching because there is so much we’d like to do, places we’d like to visit and roads we have yet to ride. For us, simply trying to do this year what we wanted to do last year and weren't able to is a pretty full slate.

The main goal this year, as it has been for the last several is to ride at least 10,000 miles. In 2009 we once again fell short with 7669 miles ridden for the year, down slightly from the 7737 miles we did in 2008. The interesting thing about it though is that we rode more miles in the second half of the season over a shorter period of time on the FJR than we did earlier on riding the Nomad, and that includes a trip to south Florida in April and another to a family reunion in south Georgia in June, our last ride on the big cruiser before trading in on the FJR.

Our Yamaha FJR needed some wiring updates   (Bruce McCrary photo)

My son Bryan easily eclipsed the mark logging more than 12,000 miles in 2009. Must be nice to be a college kid with enough spare time and change to ride that much…

There were plans to do an official IBA Saddle Sore 1000 organized by the Motorcycle Tourers Forum that had to be nixed because of conflicting dates with the trip to Georgia. For my son and I becoming members of the infamous Iron Butt Association is a big goal in 2010.

Then there is the Blue Ridge Parkway “End to ender award” for those who ride the famous roadway from, well, end to end and document it. At one time or another we have ridden every mile of the BRP and the Skyline Drive, just not at one time. This rates high on the list too.

Adding PIAA auxiliary lights   (Bruce McCrary photo)

Our son will be graduating in May and a long talked about trip in honor of that achievement has been going to the Black Hills and the Badlands of the Dakotas. That’s not very realistic at this point, but his second choice of crossing the Mississippi River on a trip and seeing New Orleans is a possibility.

Then there is my now annual trip to visit my dad in south Florida to consider too. He gets a kick out of telling his neighbors that his crazy son is riding his motorcycle all the way down from North Carolina.

See what I mean? Sadly, probably more than we’ll ever get done. But it sure is fun trying!

Good riding to you in 2010. Ride far and ride safe.

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  • Patty Davis 5 years ago

    My goal is always to ride more miles than I did the year before.

    I had no idea there was a Blue Ridge Parkway End to Ender Award. Now I have to go back and do it again.

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