We were living inside the city limits of St. Paul, making the occasional hour here and the hour there available for riding more of a chore rather than something fun. I had become spoiled and probably worse, bored with riding. What had been a major priority suddenly seemed easily put aside. I remember feeling uncomfortable about it but refreshing at the same time. I was ready for some new ways to spend my time.
Fast forward to 2004. A number of details were coming together, one of which was the fact that I was all too quickly approaching my 50th year. Another was that life on our rural farm had moved on from huge gardens, 4H projects, a herd of sheep, etc. to a less agricultural lifestyle and more of a rural living way of spending time. One more fact, the one that most likely 'clinched the deal', was the fact that a friend told me about one of his workmates having a very nice Sport Touring Ducati for sale and wondered if I just might be interested. Over the next couple of weeks I became so, so interested in fact that I had already become the owner in my mind.
It's important here to mention that I had been a former Ducati owner (again, more on that later). I had left the 'sport' owning a Sport Touring bike, the Guzzi, comfortable that I had been and would again some day be a Sport Touring rider.
By the time the owner got back to me, someone else had bought the bike. Very disappointed, I zeroed in on the Ducati ST series and began looking for them online. One was found, there was lots of correspondence with the owner and soon, we rented a van and were off to southern Indiana to bring home a 2000 ST2 Ducati. After ~20 years, I was riding again.
|Those geese are ON the lake, not in it. December 2005|
Yes, it was very cold