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Roundtrip to Pittsburgh, PA USA; 219mi, 5hr 10min.

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I gotta get out today. Work has been slow and stuck at house not doing much. Seems my plans rely too much on others.

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First 70F day of the year, I rode in to work, at lunch several guys swapped to their bikes, had a Tiger 1200, Kawasaki Ninja 650 and even a Harley in the parking lot for the afternoon.

At lunch I took the R to Girly's Grill
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For country fried chicken on mashed potatoes with sausage gravy and corn. I forgot to photo my food, not really used to the new tradition I guess.

If you're ever in the Palmer MA area, my sympathies, but try Girly's for breakfast or lunch. She does breakfast anytime, anyway you want it. Huge burgers (I wasn't man enough to finish a double burger) and a variety of rolling specials.
 

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I scored an invite to the local Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club ride yesterday. Conditions were cool with the threat of rain in the late afternoon, so we took a long winding path from Mildura to Wentworth for a feed at the pub. As with most vintage clubs, the old bikes tend to be in the shed in various states of repair, so there was an eclectic mix of more modern bikes on the ride.

Although I'm not usually a fan of group rides, these blokes ride safely and the only time they put a knee down is when they kneel down to look for oil leaks under the bikes. It was a nice leisurely meander through some back roads and a good chat over a sugar-free coke and a warm chicken salad...Just kidding! I had a chicken schnitzel drowned in dianne sauce and a strawberry milkshake.

As the sky darkened, we donned out riding gear and headed off home. I managed to pull in the garage just as the rain began to fall.


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Roundtrip to Erie, PA USA. 264.2mi, 6.25hrs.

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How about starting a new ongoing Thread titled “Where did YOU go today on your Roadster”, following the style and format of the very popular Thread “What have YOU done to your R today…”, now at >1000 posts?

Much of our individual riding, I’m sure, is short day-riding, or maybe a day or two on the road. Other longer/ multi-day/ interstate/ intercontinental trips are catered for elsewhere here.

Anyway, just a thought – and here am I pretty hot and sweaty and dishevelled, just back from a very early ~190km circuit to the W of Brisbane. The 5.45am start was intended to dodge the promised heat, threatened to reach 39ºC + (that’s 104ºF). When I rolled back into the garage around 9am it was already at 31ºC (88° F).:crying:

While out riding the past few times I’ve been reflecting on the differences and similarities of the pre-LC Roadster and the LC version. I’ll try to cobble together some thoughts when I’ve cooled down!
I'm in, Lawrence. Here in Québec, there's a winter tire law, whereby cars have to have winter tires from Dec.1st to March 15th. That means bikes can't be out legally between those dates - unless they put on winter tires... (Yes, they actually exist!) I don't, so this past weekend was my first opportunity to ride, and so I rode about 250 km's yesterday to bring the bike back home from where I store it, at my daughter's place in the country. So, just out for couple of short rides today, to get the cobwebs off both me and the bike. Who am I kidding? The cobwebs were blown off yesterday; today was just because! No particular destination; just anywhere to feel that fabulous motor underneath me. The roads are still too sandy and gritty for all-out enjoyment, but any riding is better than no riding!

Later - stay safe!
 

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Panz, here in California, we just replace the old Summer-Air with fresh Winter Air. Topping off works ok, too.
But Summer Air is notoriously unreliable in the Winter time. Does Oz really have those regs? There are places in the USA where that would spark an armed rebellion, and well, you've no doubt heard....

The trick is to remain below the snow line in the mountains, and get some good long underwear.

Of course we had a pitiful rainy season this Winter, so we'll be having to don our fire-proof suits any day now.

My solution for mud, rain, snow, flying trees is an 8000 lb, rolling version of the Exxon Valdez. "Beulah". It makes a nice companion to my wife's ChevyBolt EV.
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Roundtrip to Cleveland, OH USA: 193.3mi, 6.40hrs

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I merged three of the lesser-than routes from a "Best of Ohio Motorcycle Roads" website suggestion: 1) Riverview Rd thru Cuyahoga National Park; 2) Valley View Parkway to Cleveland; 3) Hwy 534. It was slow going north to Edgewater View Park for scenic pics of Cleveland city, and also going east on the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Scenic Byway all the way to Hwy 534. Once on Hwy 534 I could hold steady for good bits at 70-75mph blasting thru Amish Country.

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Roundtrip to Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH USA: 221.4mi, 5.4hrs

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Went on a little ride this weekend, nothing special about the route - about 60 miles of twisty bits and about 5000 feet of elevation gain after about 40-50 miles of freeway to get to the hills. Here's the twisty bits.

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I'm taking casual part in the BMW MOA Grand Coddiwomple so took a few pictures along the way for that. The rules are kind of weird, with some challenges that will be MUCH easier for those either on the East Coast of the USA, or retired... Here out West, spanning multiple states gets... uhm... difficult for a working stiff. When the nearest state border is 200+ miles away...

I picked up a battle memorial (American/Mexican war), a canyon, a row of bikes, and one letter of a phrase...

Battle of Rio San Gabriel memorial
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San Gabriel Canyon Road, for challenge: Fall Through The Cracks
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For the Fall in Line challenge
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For the letter "A" (Angeles Nat. Forest)
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And while making a u-turn to get that forest sign, I forgot to check road slope (I was facing uphill) and amount of crown... I was planning to set the bike down somewhere for this challenge, but the slopes had other plans and I wasn't able to keep the bike from tipping. So I made the most out of it and got the "Dirt Nap challenge" taken care of.

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@r0ckrat glad your nap wasn't on the can side.
 
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While en-route from Norwich to Ipswich yesterday, I decided on a detour to visit an old aircraft museum at Flixton, Suffolk (closed) and a USAAF WW2 fighter and bomber base at RAF Metfield - closed since 1946 - long disused and returned to farmland. The bomber base has to me (and to many others of my parents and grandparents generation) a very powerful historial importance and significance. One of many USAAF WW2 bases in East Anglia. Well known fact I know, but worth restating. There was a massive loss of life during WW2 of bomber crews from both the USAAF and RAF. A terrible terrible waste of very good men.


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Roundtrip to Mogadore, OH USA: 180.4mi, 4hr 15min

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I was able to watch the landing at Wingfoot Lake Test Operations Balloonport.

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Heading back to Sydney today but with a stopover in Albury. So far covered 3k distance on my Great Ocean Road trip over the last four days. I Will post a report when I get home. A couple of pix in the meantime.




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I enjoyed my 6-days away on my LC; I got to kick back and enjoy back-to-back ride days. As expected, the highlight for me was the Great Ocean Road (GOR) ride and all the magnificent sights/scenery along the way. Surprisingly there was very little traffic GOR, and I pretty much had the road to myself. A GUIDE TO RIDING THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD ON A MOTORCYCLE.



Warrnambool was my GOR starting point, and I arrived from Albury into town in time for a quick hotel check-in, shower and head off to my dinner reservation at my go-local restaurant - Images. Thre espresso martini it-notch and always an excellent dessert for this little
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I enjoy not only the food but the general laid back art-deco vibe. Buy the time I finished dinner and my well-earnt dessert (yes, only one)

Up early and feeling well-rested, I packed, checked out and, of course, coffee and breakfast next on the agenda.
I wanted to take a seat outside the Cafe, but all the tables were taken, and the locals looked a little peckish and I did want to ask any of them to move on.



Here’s some pix of my GOR route.









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I left out of my GOR post the well-travelled NSW towns & routes I've posted previously. However, one of the towns I wanted to check out was Gundagai and more specifically the Niagara Cafe. This cafe had been closed for some time, but I'd heard through the grapevine that it was some and reopened but as it turns out... fake news! Anyway, had a bit of a look-see while I was there and a few pix.






And yes, the dog on the tucker box - why not - welcome back pooch.


Also stopped by Gunning for a photo opportunity.




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