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Back to riding

Well, I have been. Angela and I split late last year. We are, as much as possible, keeping things amicable. The R1100R is my only motor vehicle now. I moved downtown and am less than 10 miles from work.

Finally got out today (Sunday) to do a group ride with some friends. The weather here was simply gorgeous.

This photo is from a few weeks ago, on another nice day, at the region biker breakfast meetup.

Blue Ridge trip

In July we took a vacation to Floyd, Virginia, and Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Not a lot to say about it but it was a needed break.

This guy was hanging out in Floyd.

Mabry Mill

At one point I picked up a hitchhiker – a butterfly got stuck against my brake control. Surprisingly it was fine and fluttered away after an hour of being stuck there while I rode.

 While waiting out a rain storm along the Blue Ridge Parkway
The view from our hotel in Little Switzerland.

Catching up.

The conference in Minneapolis was fantastic. Travel on Monday and Tuesday was less so; it was cold and even with all of my gear the cold got the better of me.

I did get to Milwaukee and…when in Rome…

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After that it was a slight backtrack to a yarn and fiber shop in Evansville, Wisconsin, and then off to Chicago.

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Thoughts from the trip so far.

My route yesterday took me through a bit of Appalachia and a clearly impoverished part. I saw multiple classic small town main streets where there were few if any stores still in business (it was hard to tell for several.) I passed two stores that had Heilig Meyers signs; a furniture store chain that collapsed fifteen years ago. One had some sort of business while the other had been boarded-up for years.