Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Ride, a Discovery and a New Blog...

...and my riding buddy, John, starts blogging!

I've been busy the last couple of days with trying to clean and organize my garage. Today I needed a break, so I checked the air in the tires, shot some lube on the chain, geared up and took off on the Wr250x. I was thinking I'd go up to Mason, then cut over west on CR-E to Delta. I'd ride the wonderfully twisty Delta-Drummond road down to Drummond, then head home. At least that was the plan...

As I got close to Mason, the low fuel light came on. I had no choice but to continue to Ashland for gas. I was going right past the tractor dealer, so I thought I'd stop in and ask about the cost of a couple of implements I could use to keep my gravel driveway looking nice, a box blade or a grading scraper.... $$$ YIKES! I'll be shopping Craigslist for used...

After getting gas in Ashland, I took off west on US-2, then north on WI-13 to Washburn. In Washburn, I turned left on CR-C towards Cornucopia. About half way to "Cornie" I turned on to a U.S. Forest Service road, fs-236.

FS-236 is a hidden but beautifully paved gem in the middle of the Chequamegon National Forest. It's 20 miles of solitude with dozens of gravel forest service roads to explore someday! A short distance after turning onto 236, I noticed a large rock off to the side of the road. It looked like there was some kind of plaque attached to it.

The plaque commemorates the local Bayfield County American Legion's planting of the George Washington Bi-centennial Memorial Forest. It's dated June 19, 1932. Marking the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birthday, 2-22-1732.

I had no idea that was there, I just caught it out of the corner of my eye as I passed it. I'm glad I did a U-turn and checked it out.

I also noticed the odometer too.

FS-236 end at US-2 in the tiny town of Ino (pronounced like "I know") A few miles of following CR-E and H, and I was in Delta. I stopped in front of the Delta Diner for a picture.

I rode the Delta-Drummond road down to US-63, then went home. A nice 120 mile loop.

In other news... My long time riding buddy, John, has started a blog on BlogSpot.com. I met John 16 years ago, back in 1999. It was my first ever long distance motorcycle trip, and I was headed to the Sturgis Rally with my then supervisor from work, Lyle. John is Lyle's brother-in-law. I've been out to Sturgis with Lyle and John every year since 1999. I didn't go last year or this year... Sometimes life gets in the way of plans. Anyways, John and I have taken countless road trips together... Arizona, Montana, Utah, more trips to South Dakota than I can remember... FJR rallies in South Dakota and Arkansas... We've been everywhere together. John has been attending the Sturgis Rally every year since 1977! He owns a H-D Electra-Glide Classic, an FJR and a XT-250. He just retired this summer and is still adjusting to not going to work.

Me on the right, John next to me...1999

John at Wyatt's Hideaway Campground... Napping with the campground owners dog in his lap...

John in Hill City, SD 2009?

He called me on Monday morning and asked..."How do I add a picture to my blog?" I'd been telling him to start one for a while now, I guess he got tired of me asking when he was going to do it.

Here's a link to his blog called Riding Retired Plus

Stop by and encourage him to keep it up!

Oh, I forgot.. a couple of these..

Became this too!!!! mmmmmm!