Touring on a VStar 650 Custom: “I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?" (unknown)
Today promised to be a stellar fall day - one last chance for a ride on the Star. Dave Blackburn asked, "Is it time?" Is it time to put the bike away for the winter? Yes Dave, it's time and today was the perfect day for a goodbye til spring ride.
The Star was polished, the bags removed, the gear laid out ... one last ride ...
But things didn't turn out exactly as I had planned.
Start, then stall. Start, then stall ... then don't start at all ... What's a gal gonna do? Call CAA of course. Meet Jim from Reid's Towing.
Jim's been a rider all of his life. His wife used to ride a Star. She rides a Spyder now. He loaded my Star carefully onto his flat bed; I followed behind.
This was definitely not what I had planned for the day.
We made one stop on route to adjust the straps ....
And arrived at KTek.
One tiny mishap, the Star tipped and hit the gavel when a strap let go, but a by stander and Jim quickly righted her ... no visible damage.
The last day of summer. How did that happen? To be honest I haven't ridden the Star in weeks, my excuses: it's too hot, it's reallytoo hot, it's reallytoo 'f-----g' hot and now my holiday is over.
I don't ride to work but this morning I pulled on the socks and pants and boots, zipped the liner in the jacket, put the ear plugs in, found the gloves, stashed my stuff in the bags and it dawned on me...I don't ride to work because I'm just too lazy. After a half hour of preparation I was ready for my 20 minute commute (it wreaked of inefficiency.) But it was the last day of summer and I needed to pay homage.
This morning the chill of fall was in the air; memories of Minnesota seemed to be fading into the mist rising from the lake. Another summer gone. It wasn't the last ride, but it was the last ride of summer.
Don't get me wrong. I love every curve of 'my' road but short rides are just too much work. I love heading out for days where gearing up means a full day on the road where I never see the same curve twice (unless I get lost) and every corner has something new on the other side to see. Am I the only 'lazy' rider?
As a side note, it looks like Google is discontinuing the slide show gadget so who knows what will happen to my side bar photo galleries. Time will tell ... perhaps time is telling us it's time for change.