I had a day off and I knew I wanted to go ride.. some where. any where... but where would I go? I was browsing the LSBMW site and came across a ride that Ben was putting together for the 18th of the month. I had never done most of the roads, so I decided I would give it a try.
The route was filled with County Roads. I am usually not a big fan of them as most are small, have a crappy surface and lots of things coming out of houses and farms. This would be ring true today. It was fine as I was in no hurry and had decided that I would take it easy and just enjoy the view. The morning was beautiful and the temperature was just right for my riding gear.
It was a nice day indeed. I did run across some very rough spots on the trip including asphalt falling off the road, large potholes and wash-boarded roads. I also found great views of farms, horses and other live stock. You have to take the good with the bad. I think I will stick to the FM roads from now on for any extended riding. I hit 3 spots of construction. The only bad one was a stretch of almost 1 miles where they had just watered the dirt, so riding in mud was called for. Great if you are on a GS or V-Strom, not so good on a 650lb sport touring machine. I almost dropped my connie not once but twice! I did hold on so no damage..... Well only to my ego that is. It was a nice jaunt after that. I arrived at Susan's right around 10.
Breakfast was very good. Both of the owners were excited that the club was going to pay them a visit on the 18th. I liked the place a lot. It even had free wi-fi. The place was all country and the people were as well. A very friendly place and one I will visit again soon.
I took the long way back, heading over to 697 and back to the metroplex on our familiar Farm to Market roads. It even started to rain on me. Rain is usually not a good thing on the bike, however we really need the rain so I enjoyed the shower and hope that we get even more.
I always find the coolest things while just riding around and checking out the countryside. I stumbled across a place with some strange pipe sculptures. I did get a couple of pictures. The day was a good one. I booked 175 miles and I really enjoyed the time away form the hustle of everyday life. I love riding and today just confirms the reasons why. Life is good.