I took a little 200 mile ride out to Little River Canyon National Preserve near Ft. Payne, AL today. I have been wanting to go there ever since I overflew it about 2 months ago on a Herk low-level route and the Nav told me it looked like a great place for a motorcycle ride. I initially planned to go yesterday but held off due to a lot of t-storms in the area. The ride over was not bad at all: it wasn’t too hot, and I got there in about 1.5 hours instead of the 2-2.5 I was expecting. The falls aren’t exactly spectacular when it hasn’t rained a lot lately, but the canyon still looks cool and you can also walk right up to the edge of the falls. e and I hope to take The Boy back there for a picnic someday. The curvy road near the canyon was fun to ride, and I stopped at several of the overlooks (see map below). One thing I didn’t like is that all of the overlooks are loose gravel, making it a little slippery for my bike. When I got to the junction of AL 176 and county road […]
It’s not why I bought it, but it’s nice to see that my new motorcycle gets more than 50 miles per gallon! My first fill up was 1.6 gallons for right on 100 miles, getting me about 60 MPG. My second was yesterday and I bought 1.8 gallons for about 56 MPG. Gotta love that!
Well, it only took 3 visits to the dealer located over an hour away, but today I finally picked up my new bike from Lawrenceville Honda. Naturally there were some last-minute complications that made it take over 3 hours to pick it up, but we finally left the dealership around 3 pm. Since I don’t have a lot of experience, I didn’t want to start out with an hour drive on Interstates 85, 285, and 75 to get home. Instead we took GA-120 all the way to Marietta and then US 41 home. With all of the stoplights and extra distance, we finished the trip in just over 2 hours. That gave me plenty of practice starting, stopping, changing lanes, etc–everything I needed to practice before taking it to work. Thanks to the ride home I’ve already got almost 75 miles on my brand new Honda Shadow Aero 750, and I can say without a doubt that I love it! Now let’s get riding!
Yesterday for Father’s Day e gave me my first motorcycle! I completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course last weekend, and she knew I was excited to get a bike right away. This little baby runs great on 4-AA batteries (plus a 9V for the remote control)! We took it out for a spin in our street, contrary to the owner’s manual, and it was fun. The bike can’t turn enough to do a 180 in the street, so we drove it down to the cul-de-sac and went around in circles there for awhile. We’ll have to get her one too and go to a big parking lot where we don’t have to worry about crashing into someone’s yard every 5 seconds.