|Always looks better in person than in a photo.|
|Swimming hole at Redding.|
|Oklahoma road, half gravel, half asphalt ... I call them graphalt roads.|
I have been pushing myself pretty hard due to the near perfect weather over the last 2 weeks. In the last 3 weeks, I have logged 930 miles on my bike plus I am heading out Tuesday morning after voting. I hate the time change that has it getting dark at 5pm now! The daylight is nice, but at this time of year, the warmth of the sun is more important. I was out last Tuesday in a riding jersey and my light riding jacket and was a little warm in the middle of the afternoon. The sun ducked down behind the mountains and within minutes I was shivering and still 45 miles form home. Needless to say a hot shower was the first thing I did when I got home.
I also got to spend a day with my parents last week. I talk to them a couple of times a week, try to get up to see them every 2-3 weeks, but this was different. I drove up north and picked them up then took them for a drive over to the Ozark National Forest with all of the fall colors out. I took them to Oark to eat, then on to the swinging bridge. Mom almost ran to it saying, "it's been ages since I've walked across a swinging bridge". My dad worked at the canning factory at Oark before being drafted and going to Korea. It was really nice seeing them remember days gone by and enjoy themselves.
I am seriously considering getting a KTM950 Adventure now. My wife is no help in the matter, she said "go get it". The only thing holding me up is the weight (additional 5o lbs) and the seat height is 1/2" taller than my 650. I have lost a lot of strength after living with RA for 9 years and well ... I have to tip toe to touch the ground with my 650 now. I want the extra power and superior suspension and while I could manage the 950 with no problems right now, I don't know about next year or 2 years down the road. I hate RA, it once again has me doubting myself.
|Found an abandoned bridge I was looking for.|
|Approaching it, I thought I could ride across it.|
|That soon changed as you can see what kind of shape it was|