Well, I didn't read all the responses yesterday and today until I was sitting at the Palamino, eatting a delicious Burger.
Jeez guys, a little bit of snow...
The Ural, which was outside last night while I enjoyed NYE. I did know that is snowed, this is proof. I had to wipe off the windshield to see.
Not a lot of bikes...but
Someone was in the no parking. I told her when we went inside.
The fuel apparently has gone non-smoking. You could see the counter from the door, but I was so shocked I didn't even notice until Matt pointed it out. Sorry, no pics. I guess you should've been there.
My type of Guzzi.
The Milviners headed off to the Nomad, while Matt and I decided we wanted to ride more. Actually, I said I wanted to go and ride a rustic road, and Matt said okay. I am not sure he thought it through, but that's okay.
The road we headed for was R65, in Ozaukee County. It is actually in the City of Mequon....the very last gravel road in the city to be precise. I didn't worry too much about the gravel, since everything would be covered in snow anyway. The roads on the way there were not all that bad. It was a bit chilly, but I was fine. Matt was...perhaps..less so. But he can talk about that.
See, look. The road isn't so bad at all, and we got the classic sign shot.
Watch out for ice...right. Got it.
Perhaps this would be a good time to mention the bikes. I was on the Ural, and Matt his KTM. Now, normally this sounds like a good pair od bikes to take on a gravel road in the winter, but Matt's KTM is his track bike, so...
This is Matt's idea of a winter, adventure tire. I guess he was going for the adventure part.
We work out the Plan. ride to the far end of the road, straight through, then stop to take pictures on the way back. matt goes first, since he has a much higher chance of falling over. Not as impressive as it sounds, since I really don't have any chance of falling over at all.
This is what the road actually looked like. No gravel at all, see?
I don't think it shows up all that well in the pic, but I am near the top pf a hill, looking back down into something of a valley, and back the way we came (For those of you not familier with the road). I say near the top pf the hill becuase....
See, there is the hill I was on, and you can just see the KTM, which couldn't get to the top. Lots of wheel spinning, and Matt gets to ride the rest in the sidecar. Also note that this hill is not as big as the one we came down...the one he will have to get back up when we leave.
Kinda pretty. Didn't feel as cold, either, since the trees were blocking the wind.
Of course, Matt decided to go off trail a bit....
"You do know that's ice, right?"
(no actual Matts were harmed in this photo)
Now it was time to head back to Milwaukee, and the Palamino. Of course, Matt had to get the KTM back up the hill, so I thought some video was in order.http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6114099557615009790&hl=en
(I dont know if the embedded video will work, so you get a link too)
So did he save it? I was going to make you wait.. but Matt already beat me too it.
This was 2nd gear in the KTM. If he had a wider tire, maybe he could bill Mequon for plowing.
We did get back on plowed pavement, and head back to the city. THe plan was go to right to the Palamino, but I saw this..
and pulled off the road to look closer. The Lake was much...much colder than anywhere else had stopped. Crap it was cold. We didn't stay long.
She had been working on the Ballerina since 1130, and was wearing 3 pairs of pants, and 4 coats. still cute though
Bikes by the lake. We had maybe been stopped 10 minutes, but I needed the enrichers to get the Ural to start again. Proof that it was actually cold there.
We got to the Palamino without further incident
A whole lot of scooters this year. Brr.
Lastly..some food shots. And I wish all ya'll a happy new year. Even if you are whooses.