Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Weekend road trip

When Cliff's youngest sister and her husband lived only a few miles away, we went on lots of motorcycle rides together.  Then they moved to St. Louis, and left us with no riding buddies.  Our mailman, Floyd, has a Gold Wing, and he's always saying he and his wife will come by some weekend and we'll ride together.  But so far, that hasn't happened.  So it's just me and Cliff on "White Lightnin'" when we ride.

Once last fall we took our motorcycle to St. Louis on a trailer and rode with Charlene and Pat.  It was great fun, and we decided to go again this year, on Labor Day weekend.  Only this time, we'd ride the bike all the way.

We avoid freeways when riding the motorcycle.  The winds buffet us around, and the traffic moves so fast that when we're going seventy-five miles an hour, people pass us as though we're sitting still.  That's OK when you're in a car with seat belts and air bags around, but on a motorcycle, it makes you feel like an organ donor on your way to save someone's life.

So we take back roads where it's possible.  By necessity, though, we're forced to get on freeways at times.  We grit our teeth, pray hard, and tough it out.

We met up with Charlene and Pat in Columbia, which is midway between Kansas City and St. Louis, and our weekend of enjoyment was under way!

7 comments:

madcobug said...

I am glad that all of you had a great weekend. I bet that seat of cliff's was a life saver uh butt saver. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Helen

magran42 said...

You'll never know how much I enjoy these rides.  And you'll never know how much I really, really, really like the motorcycle's name.   It's so free...and reminiscent of the 50's.    Oh, and I don't like being beside those big rigs on a car either.

ora4uk said...

the street we live on is a busy one for a subdivision...and this week end...we saw lotsa motorcycles of various sizes and colors...they are noisy...but they all are nice...they wave to us on the porch LOL...it is amazing to me the many different makes and models you see....glad you had a great week end for riding...and well I don't like those big rigs when I am in a car...on a motorcycle...awesome...God Bless...hugs...Ora

bookncoffee said...

Looks like fun.  I'd be scared to death though.  lol

marainey1 said...

Glad you had a good trip.  'On Ya' - ma

gen0507 said...

I would want to be on the back roads too.  LOL

Hollie

fowfies said...

Those busy roads would set me on edge too. I would have to stick to all back roads! Kelly