Too cold to ride, too much work to ride, too many commitments to ride. The fact is even though I have not ridden I have been able to duck hunt this year. Now “hunting” would indicate that I have had some luck in the field. I have not. I think I have about 3 birds for the season. However, I have had the pleasure of meeting a couple of new people in which to hunt with and have hunted a few places I had never been to before. I have been out about 7 times, 4 more than last year, and there is about a month and a bit to go. I have even had the boat out once.
The reason I have been able to get out is mostly because I had to work a few evenings in November freeing up a few mornings during the week. I also can get out most Sundays. Since I am usually out by 5AM and back by 11AM the family inconvenience is “minor”. The fact is that if duck hunting happened at midday it would never happen for me.
What about after the season you say? Well, I plan to ride. I am (again) planning the MN trip. If you have been here before you know that I have been trying this for 4 years. Last year I scrubbed because of repeated mechanical problems of the mule which led to its being sent to the glue factory, opening up the car-hole to the St1300, a bike yet to be named. Any naming ideas are welcome? A few names kicked around have been “Whistler”, “Yamato”, “Silver Surfer”, “Ester” and “Aluminum Falcon”. This is not the first go round for this topic.
I have the MN trip itinerary done, but it was created with the riding & fuel distance limitations of the Strom in mind. I would like to think that with the improved wind protection and doubled fuel range the ride will be altered. I don’t think we are talking about taking off days but I should be able to improve over the 450 miles per day I had originally intended. The difference is between endings in Missouri on day one vs. making it to Des Moines Iowa. Maybe an extra 200 miles on the trip up and back.
The intriguing part is that I am considering doing a saddle sore 1000 for the trip home. That would be a certified 1000 miles in 24 hours through the bun burner association. That would hopefully mitigate the typical end of the adventure doldrums.