Monday, September 12, 2011

Smoky logistics

A buddy of mine asked me today, "so what are the logistics for your upcoming trip to the Smokies?" I dove into our plan - two of us are heading down there on our bikes (instead of towing them behind the Element). This led to some baiting, which I totally fell for, where my friend told me the logistics seem more complicated when leaving the trailer behind. I disagree - allow me to polish off the last quarter of this Bell's Pale Ale and tell you why.

First of all, I have the trailer prep (and or repair) that I have not yet done this year. Taking the bikes down? No such prep required.

Second, I have the packing. If I'm taking the Element, I may as well pack it with all the safety net items (race stands, toolbox, every piece of gear I own, etc.). But if I'm taking the bike? Whatever fits in the trunks and my tank bag is it. I know what I *need* to take. So packing is easier, faster, and less stressful.

Third, you have the actual act of driving. There will be many miles of boring, straight highway - and of course the convenience of conquering those in a car surely has the motorcycles beat. But then you have the twisties that start not too long after Waynesville. While navigating the good roads with a trailer can be an exciting challenge, it can also be pretty nerve-wracking if you only do it once a year. And if you want to make the most of every twisty road encountered, you may as well be on 2 wheels as soon as possible. Time to recycle this bottle...

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Way-late, but I finally executed my first errand of the summer on my Genesis Track One.

Good times - best transportation for dollar spent.  Ever.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tail end of the year...

Free time has been sparse since May when Declan unwillingly (but hopefully not regretfully) exited the womb...

But alas, the last 1/4 of the year is upon us and it brings the usual 2-wheeling action: a dash to the Smokies for some endless twisties and a long haul to South Carolina for a weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park.

Oh. Hell. Yes.

More to come on the lead-up to and execution of these adventures, as I know the whole 1 or 2 of you are anxiously waiting!

-- FireGlass says