Due to an incident we won't discuss due to high levels of dumbassery involved, though I will say it was parked at the time, I put a chunk of highway trim on the front fender of the bike last night. Basically, for those not in the know, it looks like a cow-catcher from an old steam engine, just without the uprights, and chromed to the gills. This, plus the big blinged out passenger floorboards that, when folded up, are all chrome with a big Boulevard logo on them, makes it look really bright when it's clean.
It's not currently clean due to a couple of rainy rides.
So, we're headed to Rapid City this weekend. It'll be a relatively quick trip, but it's crossing South Dakota so it'll also be a quiet one. Hey, it's SoDak. No hills. No terrain. Just wide open see-everything-for-hundreds-of-miles-in-every-direction space.
Everyone we know is trying to talk us out of riding the bike. Everyone.
List of reasons:
- It'll rain: We have rain suits. One of them has even been tested and found fine.
- It'll be cold: We have jackets and coats. Again, I've even tested mine and been fine.
- There's wildlife out there: DUR?
- It's too late in the season: It's supposed to be seventy-five degrees most of the weekend. It's not like we're gonna run into ice on the way home.
- One of dad's friends went down last weekend. His wife is HYSTERICAL over it. To quote, "those kids are gonna die!" Nothing is as safe as you think. I could die right now at my desk.
Unless the forecast changes from scattered showers to all weekend long thunderstorms, we're doing it. You'd think any of the folks telling us not to would have known us long enough to know better than to tell us NOT to do something. We were so-so on the idea because of how quick the trip has to be. But, two weeks of people telling us it either can't be done, or shouldn't be done, and we're ready to rawk it.
This should be fun. Mrs. NFB has even gone through her usual packing routine and forced herself to skip all the what-ifs. We're down to two pairs of jeans, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks, and two t-shirts each, plus our rain gear and a jacket each. Toiletries are down to a very, very small bag. Everything else we need will be on us. That'll the lightest Mrs. NFB has ever packed for any trip. Got my toolkit in the left bag, spare fluids in the right. And I'm pretty sure we'll be ready to roll as of tonight around nine-thirty. We'll head out Friday and be there before it gets dark. I'm allowing about an hour and a half longer than it would take in a car for the extra gas stops and stretching our legs.
Big trips is one of the top reasons we both wanted a bike. I love cruising the city after dark with it. I love having something other than a car to take to work. I love having an errand vehicle for those loads that aren't going to get very big. But the big trips was the thing we really wanted it for. And while we don't do a lot of them, this being our first opportunity, we're taking it.
Should be some fun.
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