Fall early winter

I have not been inspired to post much on this blog lately so i am trying to get back in the swing of things. We have had a great fall and even with the cold spells winter has been good, as always we have spent a lot of time with Izzy and Brooke.

All excited to come stay with Grandma, Grandpa and uncle Jason

Just so damn cute

Great times were had a the school park again this summer.

Wearing a play-doe mask, Silly

Marc and I took off for a weekend ride, We headed into Wisconsin and at Boscobel we turned back toward Iowa and stayed in Anamosa, The next day we made a pilgrimage to the National Motorcycle museum,

I had no idea Harley Davidson made snowmobiles.

Coolest guy ever award goes to Steve McQueen.

The Museum was great I will goo back again, lots to see and I’m sure I didn’t see everything.

We were surprised at all the great back roads we discovered in central Iowa

Went deer hunting again this year, had a great time even though I was skunked!. I very much enjoy the outdoors and hanging with the guys.

My new shotgun and a beautiful sunrise.

I like this photo for the contrasting colors.

No deer around so I might as well take pictures of my weapon.

Kids came over and stayed and as always we play games.

New tires and wheels

Out Christmas shopping

Sunset near Wykoff

Planes, kids and a motorcycle

Here are a few pics from October 2016


Jason got second bowling at TI!

Paging Dr. Izzy

She like doing dishes, what age does that change?

Everyone’s favorite


Who let her do her own make up? LOL

The big 04!


Don and I went to Rushford airport to spend some time with some visiting warbirds

This guy is 97 and flew one of these training during WW2

More summer fun

I have have been doing a lot more pedal biking this year, sure has been great fun,

On Oct, 2nd Jeanette and I went to Rock of ages at the Rochester Civic theater, wow great show, we laughed  so hard it drew tears, and some great tunes also!

We spent a night at Marc and Lynette’s with the camper, sure had a good time, will do that again.

This one has lots of energy!

Ding dongs, that explains these two!

Izzy with the kids cart at fairway,   so cute.

Dan did a great job with the fire

we camped in Spring valley campground one night also.

Jeanette riding her new bike!


helped redo the roof on Michelle and Mikes garage.

Rode my motorcycle here and there.

Had a fun Family day riding!

I bought some a new bike.

Brookes shoe lace caught in the chain, luckily only minor scrapes

Brooke and I out jogging, Old guys rule! young kids drool!

July 2016

It has been a fun summer so far!

Having lots of fun with these two!

Ice cream!

There will be lots of flower pictures in this blog, it’s that time of the year.

An afternoon in Lanesboro


Crazy cloud formation.


I have been to lots of Brooks softball games, It is fun to watch the kids play.

Time to go camping!


Brooke and I Love fishing


Silly time

Pretty flowers

4th place, Great job kids.

Utah Rock’s!!!


Ready to roll.

I rode east out of Cedar Ciy on hwy 14 with Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reefs National Parks my distinction for the day. I was treated to some of the best riding I have had. One again terrific roads and scenery, here are some pictures…..



 

A couple of selfies


Exhausted from the heat and long day on the road I checked in to the Knight Inn located in Grand Junction Colorado
July 8th..

I was in for a couple of long days on the road to return home by Saturday night, so today was about putting on some miles. Lucky for me interstate 70 through Colorado offers incredible scenery.


The mighty Colorado river



There were several stops due to construction throughout the day



I stumbled across this in a truck stop parking lot, you can read about here.., http://www.carbinitelsr.com/

I Spent the night at the Super 8 in Kearney Nebraska.

July 9th…  The last day on the road was all about hauling ass to get home, traffic was not bad and no law enforcement officers thought I was pushing the speed limit to far. It sure was great to be home and get hugs from familiar faces, talk about my travels and catch up with what is happening in everyone’s lives.

As far as my final thoughts on the trip, It was great! I encourage everyone to get out and travel, go where you can, see what you can, talk to new people when you can. use whatever mode of travel you can. I am not sure if I have wrote this before in this blog but a good example of what traveling by motorcycle is like to me goes like this… When  traveling in a car it is similar to watching a movie, when traveling by motorcycle it is similar to being IN the movie. I traveled through some of the most scenic roads in our country and have memories of people, places and things to last a lifetime. I didn’t stop and take every picture I could have and I intentionally left my gopro camera at home for this trip because I was looking for the fine line between recording my travels and living in the moment. I feel I took enough pictures that I will have a great time reading this blog for years to come, I also feel that I left my cameras lay enough at times to absorb the memories in my brain, some of the most exhilarating roads and views are etched in my brain for ever.  Now to get planning for my next ride!

 

I thought I would end the blog with a couple of flower pictures.

 

 

Bodie California and heading east

I got an early start and took the back roads to the Ghost town of Bodie. Very interesting story, you can read about it on the interwebs , I didn’t see any ghosts.








Bodie was great but it was time to move on. Stopped at mono lake for a visit. Then it was time to start heading east.



Been a while since gas was 58 cents!

Rest stop in the shade, was a hot ride, I stop and drink some water and pour some on me, I can stay cool for an hour or so before stopping

Some stretches of road are looooong and straight. I is difficult to convey the loneliness felt on these roads that are rarely traveled through these great expanses. The temperature was close too 100.


My bike all tucked in for the night at the super 8 parking lot in Cedar city Utah