Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Trip to NoCarolina 2017

We had a great week August of 2017 in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.  Found great roads and had a great time.... have I mentioned, it was great?!   Here are some pictures, click on each to enlarge:



went there in two groups, one by trailer...


... one by bike


we crossed the Missippi via ferry!


both groups meet up near Nashville









had to ride in rain from Nashville to No Car


Finally off the freeway and out of the rain



Our Rental Cabin in the mountains

a creek ran by our cabin!
I slept on the porch



Riding every day taking in the sights and twisties
"how about we take this road to that road?"


Fossils Lloyd, Paul, Keith, Bill, Greg, Wayne (Jim behind the camera)



There's Jim!


Greg's rental bike.  (his was broken)





we found a town named after me!



the mountains were "smokey"!



on the "Tail of the Dragon"

Bill at the "tree of shame"











On the day when most went to a motorcycle museum
I rode south on my own.  Here are some of those pics


Wayne, Keith and Jim went to the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville while the rest headed home.
Paul and Bill get the "ironbutt" reward for riding straight home.
Lloyd and Greg waited in Wayne'sville for bike repair.
One of Johnny's guitars in the museum




















afterwards a BBQ joint in Nashville



trip home for Jim and Keith via truck/trailer







I stayed another day and took in the Grand Ole Opry










the next day, I traveled back on my own through
Kentucky and found another ferry across the Ohio river


a state park on the Ohio river where pirates used to attack pioneers


 After the stop at the state park then I got serious about getting home and hit the super slab.  A long ride to cap a great trip with wonderful Christian brothers!  Thanks guys!







Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day ride 2018

I had Friday off of work which meant a four day weekend with Memorial Day on Monday. Friday morning I took care of some household errands and started out early afternoon. Beautiful day but unusually hot for May in Minnesota. First stop was the Sportsman's Guide Warehouse Store in South Saint Paul for a deer mineral block for my favorite deer hunting spot. After securing my treasure in a saddle bag I got out of the city as quickly as possible and onto some county roads heading east and north. A couple of hours in I punched the Dairy Queen button that I have pre-programmed on my Nav5 and saw one in the next town: Somerset Wisc. (some bikers never pass a biker bar, I never pass a DQ without stopping)


The good news is that I had all afternoon to make the normally three hour drive to my cabin. So, I stayed on all county roads heading north and east and stretched it to six hours. Anyone familiar with Wisconsin county roads will know why I prefer them and why I call them "alphabet roads". They all are named a letter of the alphabet, county road A, county road B,... etc. They are always paved and often full of curves. I love the alphabet roads!

While enjoying my Blizzard I checked my weather app and noticed storms a brewing. Some had already passed my destination and some where coming in from the south and west. Since I was heading north and east, I figured I could miss them. And fortunately I was right. There was one black cloud that kept bird dogging me but I was able to keep in front of it which made me very happy.

Speaking of happy, I also was very happy with my K1600GT. I was running smoothly, quickly and perfectly. On top of that, it's the most beautiful bike I've ever laid eyes on.










I stopped for a pulled pork sandwich in Birchwood WI (delicious) and made the last 20 miles to my shack just before dusk which is a requirement because at sunset there are always deer on the roads.

Saturday morning was spent mowing and other work that is always there when you own a 2nd property. But in the afternoon my favorite (only) brother-in-law and I did a scenic route to Hayward where we found another Dairy Queen! I had promised him that I would let him set the pace because he is unable to ride long and fast due to a head injury a number of years ago which still bothers him but on the way back there was a long stretch of well paved road that was vacant of other drivers and proved to tempting to me. I passed him and twisted the throttle just to see what these six cylinders could do. My bro-in-law was a dot in my mirror in seconds as I hit 100 very quickly. Since I was about to a hill with unknown dangers beyond, I rolled back to 80 as I topped the hill. Wow, these six cylinders can move!!!







Sunday I attended the service at a local country church and then spent the afternoon and evening working on the bathroom of my cabin. A new ceiling of tongue and groove pine which I had salvaged from a house in the cities. (I am a remodeling contractor).









Monday, i packed up and stopped at a Memorial Day service at the cemetery. Afterwards I again had all afternoon to get home so headed south on those good old alphabet roads. When I'd stop at a town for gas/food/drink I literally had no idea what the town was. I was only interested in going either south or west because I knew that those directions were the direction of home. Mid afternoon I punched the Dairy Queen button again and was directed to one in New Richmond WI. Then it was due west on County Rd A and E until Stillwater MN, then back to the real world, four lane packed highway home. Even though I was traveling a Monday holiday where everyone is trying to get home from the long weekend most of the day I had the roads to myself until Minnesota. Nice, very nice. Of course, it did take me about six hours to get home, but that was just fine, .... actually more than fine, great! Traveling was very hot and actually got over 100 degrees F which was extremely unusual up here. Lots of years we never hit 100 and then only in August. Yes, I left those wind scoops open!








Saturday, January 7, 2017

Summer Trip 2016 SW Wisc Day last (4)

Sunday August 21.   (BTW, to read the summer trip story in order, scroll down to day one first.  Also, click on any picture to super size.)

Bill had a meeting to get to and Lloyd decided to ride with him so they left for the cities at sunrise.  The rest of us cooked breakfast and had our bible study before heading out.

First we found some more interesting side roads to hit before getting serious about heading home.  It was a beautiful day and good to enjoy the ride.  The best was the beginning, the worst was getting through the city of  LaCrosse.  We had a plan to meet Keith, Jeff and Randy at Buck knuckles near Alma.  This is a biker bar/grill in the middle of no where.  But they serve a good meal with interesting ambiance. When we first got there it was very busy and crowded with motorcycles parked everywhere and we had to find a table outside.  But shortly everybody left.  We surmised it was because they realized the Fossil Apostles Motorcycle Gang was there and they were scared of us!  (kidding!).



Pictures of headlights at the Mississippi on Wisc 35.

Only parking left at Buck Knuckles was back by the cornfield.


We had a good meal, told the stories of our weekend to those who meet us there, then headed on home.   It had been another great Fossil trip.  Good rides, friends and fellowship.... even if the weather often didn't cooperate.   Thanks brothers!

Grace and Peace,
Fossil Wayne


Summer Trip 2016 SW Wisc Day 3

Saturday August 20.

The new day promises to be chilly and wet.  We decided to head to somewhere where we could be inside:  The motorcycle museum in Anamosa, Iowa.  It would be an hour and a half ride in the rain but it was something to do!

First we cooked breakfast and had our bible study and then we headed out.  At first it wasn't raining but we hadn't gotten very far until the drizzle started.  We pulled over and put on the rain gear, then continued on.  After we got into Iowa the rain quit, we stopped at a town and ate at a pizza ranch.  Then the last bit to the National Motorcycle Museum.





The museum was very interesting and we spent a couple of hours there at least.  then we stopped at the J&P Cycle headquarters, also in Anamosa.  Some of us bought new do-rags and Jim picked up a new mirror to replace the one which was damaged in the fall.  Also coffee to keep us awake for the long ride home.  It was getting late, we found a steak house in a town in Wisconsin for supper.  Frankly their steak was overpriced and under tasted.  But we still had a good time.  By the time we finished supper, the sun was getting low and we still had a ways to go.  We made it home and I finally was able to pitch a tent since it actually wasn't raining for a change.