One Bike, Two Bike, Red Bike, Blue Bike

Friday, I rode down to Nightfall. It’s big for the local biker community, and the city accommodates them (us?) by closing many blocks of city streets for all the dudes and dudettes to park and show off their wheels. I’ve only been down there on the bike once, because it generally rains this time of year, and I guess I’m not that hardcore. But it was cool to ride down, look at bikes, hear some music, blah, blah. I even ran into a few people I know, but if you happened to see the 2 minutes I was talking to a 16 year old girl, it was just an old high school acquaintance and his daughter – nothing creepy. If you care – which you don’t – here’s some video (not pictured: anyone else):


Saturday, padding. A new personal best 21.3 miles on the open water of the lake, to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. After the noise and crowds Friday night, peace, quiet and solitude on the water was nice (I did, however, speak to one or two boaters along the way. Bad me.). It was an exhausting paddle, complete with sunburn, dehydration and soreness, but I did it – and really quickly. Eight hours forty minutes to do more than 21 miles; compare that to my last paddle, which was only 12 miles in just over 7 hours. It’s not that it’s a race or anything, but it’s gratifying to to cover so much ground (um, water?) in so little time. Plus, nothing like breaking a record. It’s been a long time since I set a new personal best, and I doubt my mountain biking (100 miles) or hiking (26 miles) records will ever be broken.

Hiwassee paddle

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As if all that wasn’t enough, on Sunday, I took the other motorbike out to ride some trails with the Jeep Club. Yeah, I’m part of a Jeep club, but my Jeep doesn’t really have the rock-crawling pedigree as the other members buggies, so I took the BMW, because it’s unstoppable on that terrain. Well, kinda. They decided to cross the deep, fast creek on Haley Road – which I’ve hiked across before – but since I didn’t have water gear with me (that road wasn’t the original plan), I turned back at the creek. Lesson for next time – take the gear, just in case. Still, it was a good ride, and the first time I’ve ever gone out with a group like that (I invariable always ride alone – ALWAYS – in fact, there has only been a person on the back of my street bike three times [never on the BMW]; once, right after I bought it in 2011; my niece [is that OK?]; and one other time. I do, however, often carry a spare helmet, just in case I find someone broken down or something who needs a ride – especially a cute girl [yeah, as if – read my diatribe about motorcycles]). Anyway, the trails were hot, dusty and exhausting – a real workout – but that’s why I bought the bike. It’s all about the adventure.


In fact, the bulk of the ride was solo (as are they all)(as I already covered). I wanted to do some exploring before it got too hot, so I set out early by myself. My intention was to go to one of my favorite spots, but the gate was closed, so I had to scrap that. On a whim, I went to another area that’s normally closed off (because of logging), just to find it was open. Not just open, but a pretty decent ride, as well. I was a little pressed for time (to meet the Jeepers) so I’ll need to go back while that area is still open and get some film when I have more time to putter around.

So, a busy weekend – street bike, kayak, dual-sport bike, and a little walking in the woods. No complaints. Well, none worth mentioning, anyway.

Links:
Prentice Cooper Dual Sport Ride Photo Album on Facebook
Hiwassee Paddle Photo Album on Facebook