Monday, July 25, 2016

9th Anniversary Road Trip

We didn't take the motos. It's just too hot. Here is our lovely home away from home for the next three nights. 

It's so excellent! Swamp cooler which keeps it nice and cool even after cooking dinner inside. 

On the way down, we also stopped at the May Museum of Tropical Insects.

More later. Blogging from the phone isn't very efficient. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

9th Anniversary Road Trip Plans

Our plans are made and lodging is booked! We will venture out but stay closer to home this year. Home base will be the Starlite Classic Campground in Canon City, CO. We have booked this vintage trailer for our three night stay! The plan of course is to ride there but hubby recently hurt his back and I have been having hip issues this year as well so, we will see how we feel. My hip has been doing better and it hasn't bothered me at all these last couple of commutes, so that's a great thing. Hubby hasn't started his back PT yet though. No worries, if we can't ride we will drive. Won't be the first time.

With our lodging in Canon City there are quite a few things we can do in the area that we have never done before. That's still our rule for our anniversary. It's becoming less strict as we get older. Now it really only has to be one thing and not the whole trip. And the vintage RV counts for the one thing. But, we will likely visit one or more of these places as well, weather permitting:

The May Natural History Museum

Seven Falls

Cave of the Winds

Maybe we will eat here!

Maybe take the train up Pikes Peak. We've driven but have never done the train.

And there is the Gold Belt Scenic Byway tour. I don't think we've done that before.

Lots of museums to see as well. We won't be lacking for things to do that's for sure. :-)

Those are all places we've never been. We've done the bigger attractions like, Royal Gorge, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, USAF, etc. I'm looking forward to being off work and spending time with my hubby. :-)

9 years! Where did the time go?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dusted off the Moto!

Well guess who dusted off the moto and commuted to work? Yep, this gal!

I had lots of service done since the bike had been sitting for so long, neglected even (BMW = bring my wallet). I had the bike completely gone over. It was given a clean bill of health. On the drive home from the dealership, it died once. What the heck?! I parked it and the weather turned and I didn't get around to riding it for about a month.

This weekend, I dusted it off and took it for a long ride. My thought was perhaps there was bad gas from letting the bike sit so long. Hubby drained the tank and filled it with new gas and I hit the road. It wasn't a terribly long ride, about 50 miles, probably less. The bike did fine. I met hubby for lunch and decided to stay out for a few more miles. On that ride, the bike died again! Four times on my way home! Grrrr!

Super frustrating!

Later that afternoon, hubby did some research and came across lots of other 2009 G650GS owners with similar troubles. Here is what he found:
"From what I've read, it seems that the throttle position sensor gets calibrated every time the bike is powered on -not started. So if the throttle is actuated while this is happening, it corrupts the data that the computer uses to adjust fuel delivery. So sometimes rolling off the throttle coming to a stop, the computer reduces the actuation of the injector to a level lower than is required to maintain the engine running. Don't know if that is actually true, but it sounds good."

So, today I decided to ride to work and try a few tips he found online, namely not touching the throttle when I hit the start button. And... so far so good. 

More riding tomorrow is the plan.

Woot! Back in the saddle again!  

Friday, July 31, 2015

8 Years!

8 years of marriage. 4 days of travel. 1 national monument. 1 new local brewery. 0 motorcycles ridden. 1 Forester driven. 2 happy and rested people.

Trip report to follow soon. :-)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

It's that time of year!

Yes! It's time for our anniversary road trip! With all the goings on this past year, life as we've come to generally refer to it on good days, when I asked the hubby what he wanted to do this year he said without hesitation, "I want to ride." It's been way too long. Too much sadness last year to even feel the desire to ride. But, it is time to saddle up again.

Dinosaur National Monument is our destination. It's likely we'll stay in Vernal somewhere. It's also likely we'll eat here at least once. :-)

Stay tuned. We are still in planning mode.

The granddaughter turns 3 on Saturday! Time sure does fly!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 becomes 2015

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe out there!

That's my post from my running blog. Not much more to say so I thought I'd just link to it.

While in Atlanta for the holidays, my brother suggested I take a short ride on his Honda CBR900. I'd always been afraid of it. It's not my style really. But then I rode it. I only rode around his complex because he needs a new rear tire. (You can see the air inside, as my hubby likes to say.) And I didn't even get it out of 2nd gear. But, I think I need a sport bike. Probably something smaller like the Honda CBR250 just to lean in the corners as needed for therapy.

Here I am returning from the ride. If you listen carefully, you can hear me say, "This is fun!" (Also, note that I keep motorcycle gear at my brother's house so we can ride together. :-) )


In 2015 I resolve to ride more!! Stay tuned!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello there!

Hi there folks!

I'm still around. Still no time to ride or blog or whatever. Lots of life happening, good and bad stuff. It's been one heck of a year, personally, professionally. We didn't even do an anniversary road trip this year. My dad died sort of unexpectedly a couple of weeks before our anniversary. We weren't actually planning a trip because of my new job and me not having a lot of vacation time built up. What little I had was used up going to see him and then going to his funeral. Sad times. :-(

As for the moto, I realized this year as I renewed my registration that I hadn't actually ever put my 2014 stickers on it. Wow. Have I ridden so little that I didn't even notice that detail? Goals for next year are to ride more and ride more.

On the up side, here's a photo of my two year old grand niece working on her motorcycle. :-)