We are having a good Spring with lots of rain, but since it finally quit today I went out for a spin. I even remembered to take a camera, so here's my aimless meandering. First stop was at my buddy's Shell Gas Station for some V-Power. I burn a lot of that in my Vee-Twin, but today, V stood for vertical twin.
I've known the guy who owns this place for many years. In fact, he and I took our first long mcy ride together 44 years ago. We left Illinois and saw the Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and more on our 450 Hondas. I even worked part time for him in this station back in the late 1970's. He is one of the few who still does mechanical work in the bays, and has not switched over to selling beer and groceries.
I stopped by the wheel shop, but didn't see anybody around the yard today. When I was trucking, I hauled hundreds of these railroad wheel sets.
Then a stop at the old barn from which I pulled the old BMW project that I really should be working on today. Again, nobody was home, so I snapped a picture and moved on.
We have what the Brits call a roundabout, but here it is called a square. Nobody knows how to drive properly around it, so you have to watch your step, especially on a bike.
Out in the country, the corn has been up in places for a couple weeks. You just gotta keep that ethanol going, right?
Here's where a lot of it will go when it gets harvested. We have these grain elevators all over the place. Sometimes, they get overwhelmed, and the corn gets piled up in mountains outside.
I'm old enough to remember when they were building this one. Two of my brothers-in-law worked the job as college kids, pouring the concrete. At quitting time, there were a lot of guys climbing down the steel rungs on the outside of the towers. You had to keep moving as fast as you could, or get your fingers stepped on by the guy above you that was ready for beer-thirty.
If you notice the ground level pedestrian door, you get an idea of how tall this is:
There is an old Union Pacific EMD switcher that stays here all the time to run cars in and out of the siding. I guess this unit used to be out in Oregon (more info HERE
if you are a railroad nut like my older brother) Caution -- that is a big, picture intensive site that takes a while to load.
Here's a look eastward down the TP&W tracks (Toledo, Peoria, and Western). The prairie seems really flat here, until I try to ride my bicycle (push bike for you Brits) on it
There are some nice scenic roads -- this one is called Grimm Road, but not because it is grim, that's just the name of a family with a farm along the way:
I stopped by the lake on the way home:
Then I called it a day. There's a cold front moving through, making it really windy today, but it was still a great day to be out. Temps were in the low 70's F. This was just a 65 mile loop out of town.
I've been following the vibration discussion on the Triumph board called Shakin' all over
, and feel blessed to have one that just doesn't have that problem whatsoever. Maybe it is the benefit of a single carb, but this bike is smooth sailing through every gear and up to somewhere north of 80 mph. It could be the smoothest bike I've ever had, with the possible exception of my FXRS with the rubber mounted engine.