40 Miles Is Better Than No Miles!

FB_IMG_1425153218581We FINALLY had a day when the sun was shining & temperatures reached the 50’s, inviting us to jump on Blue for what has become a very rare recreational motorcycle ride this winter.

With the exception of last week when we either had snow and ice in the forecast or on the roads, I’ve been able to continue my daily commute to work on the BMW, but without fail our weekends have only given us cold, dreary and often times wet weather which is not the kind of weather you want for a pleasure ride on the Harley.  So, our motorcycle mileage has been way low year-to-date. In fact, it think it may have been 20 miles all told, up and until yesterday’s 40-mile ride over-and-back ride to Harley-Davidson of Atlanta (HDA).

HDofAtlantaWe decided to visit HDA yesterday since I hadn’t been in to just say “hi” to the gang in the service department — Kelly, Ray, Brian, Jason & Bryant who took such good care of us — or GM & Co-Owner Jeff — who has truly made us feel like part of the HDA family — since early October.  Well, we also had a $10 gift card waiting for us.  Trust me, HDA came out way ahead on that deal: Debbie came home with three new tops and let’s be honest, HD apparel ain’t exactly inexpensive.  But, she loves her HD apparel, the quality is really good (especially for apparel made in China, grrrr.) and it always looks awesome when she puts it on.

As for why it’s been so long since we’ve walked through HDA’s doors, it’s a mixed blessing in that we haven’t had any issues with Blue (goodness), but it’s 20-miles from home and the routes down aren’t all that enjoyable or scenic rides (badness).  nick@hbTherefore, when we have a nice day and need a destination for a short ride on Blue, we tend to head to Earl Small’s Harley-Davidson since it’s only 4-miles from one of our favorite lunch stops, The Red Eyed Mule.  We can pretty much take tree-covered backroads to within a 1/4 mile of their front door where the real reason we visit is to say hello to our friends Nick, Doc and a few other nice folks we’ve come to know at Earl’s since 2011.  Well, that and they carry Redline primary oil and gear lubes… whereas no one else does and that’s what goes into both Harleys and the BMW.

Anyway, it’s been a good weekend thus far.  I was able to enjoy most of my off-Friday by getting a few things taken care of:

  • Did a little work from home on & off all day;
  • Washed Debbie’s little S2000;
  • Upgraded the light wattage in our exercise room after Debbie noted that it seemed awfully dark in there when she was riding on the stationary trainer;
  • Caught up on some Email;
  • Found some high-gloss Butternut, Engineered Oak flooring for the upcoming downstairs flooring project at stores in Dalton, GA;
  • Ordered watch batteries for my Seiko T732 chronos and Debbie’s Seiko bracelet watch;
  • Found and ordered some replacement drawer slides from the UK for my dresser;
  • 20150226_180607Met with our dent guy to have a really ugly ding removed from the S2000: if anyone needs a good dent guy let me know;
  • After swapping out the S2000 for my truck at Debbie’s office, I stopped by Costco to pick up some provisions;
  • While stocking the pantry I decided I needed to re-do the shelving to double the capacity (something I should have done 20 years ago) and while I was at it, I decided to do the same thing to the hall closet.  So, off to the Home Depot I went;
  •  20150301_095052Removed four (4) original immovable wire shelves and a wire wall rack from the panty and replaced them with nine (9) adjustable height wire shelves while also making room for the vacuum cleaner and floor cleaning machines that were previously stored in the hall coat closet;
  • Knocked-off for the day and headed over to Loco Willy’s for Fajita Friday with my sweetie where we met up with our friends David & Deb and the rest of the Loco’s crew;
  • Finished off the night with the latest installment of our James Bond movie marathon; The Spy Who Loved Me.  Honestly, these aren’t aging well: the new Daniel Craig era movies are a significant improvement over all that came after Dr. No, Thunderball and Goldfinger.

Saturday was also a fairly productive day, although not as event-filled as Friday.

  • 20150301_095117Knocked out the hall coat closet redo by replacing the wire shelving with a proper full width metal rod on new brackets with a full width wood shelf and a second metal rod on brackets at the very top of the closet so that out-of-season jackets can be hung above the in-season jackets, making full-use of the 9 foot ceiling height in the closet. This was something I’d done in my 100-year old brick cottage in Redlands, California which had 12′ ceilings and, as you’d expect, 12′ foot closets that I also lined with cedar.  Yeah, we consume a lot of closet space… but when you consider that both Debbie and I still wear the same size clothes that we wore when we first met back in 2001, you have a tendency to add-to instead of replacing clothes.
  • With the closet and pantry done, I turned my attention to our Floor Mate which had stopped dispensing solution a while back. After putting a dollop of hot glue on a plunger head it was flowing like a champ and the kitchen / hallway / bathroom floor now looks great (the water that came back up looked equally nasty); so good to have that Floor Mate back in service. Steam mops have their place but are not a substitute for a machine that “sucks” instead of just smearing.
  • After Debbie returned from a class at Pikes Nursery we headed off to the Red Eyed Mule for lunch having missed our Friday lunch date at The Mule on Friday;
  • After lunch at the Mule the weather had improved to the point where a motorcycle ride was finally in the cards so we went home, put on some warm clothes and headed over to the aforementioned Harley-Davidson of Atlanta for a visit;
  • Back at home, Debbie headed up to ride her bicycle on the stationary trainer while I picked up dry cleaning and a wooden rake handle + cleat at Home Depot to make a pole for hanging and removing clothes from the upper rod in the hall closet;
  • Dinner out was back at Loco’s for the Rib Eye… sadly, they didn’t have the baked potatoes so we substituted with fries and replaced the asparagus with jalapeno cole slaw (because who wants to eat fries with asparagus?). The fries and cole slaw were excellent, the rib eye was OK, but not as good as what we eat at home;
  • Although we considered hitting Guston’s in Kennesaw or Woodstock, we decided to head back home and watched the Mike Myer’s spoof on Bond finds: Austin Powers, Man of Mystery.  It was the right call; I was tired.

Sunday is TBD; the honey-do’s are already underway as we wait for the temperature to rise before the rain falls in the hope that we’ll get a tandem ride in.  If that doesn’t pan out, then I’ll probably drive down to Earl Small’s, say hello and pick up some Redline for Blue.

Life is good, but will be getting a lot better in 11 days when we head to Daytona. After that I’ll truly have something worth writing about!


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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