I look forward to this rally more than any of the others, I suppose for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons, not necessarily in this order but maybe, the people, the location and that includes the riding this region offers, Labor Day being the unofficial end of summer, typically cooler 'summer' temperatures, the fact that our gathering is motel-based, insulating in a fashion poor camping weather and so on. So while it is really just one more rally, it stands out, at least it does to me for all of these reasons.
It's been a rather hectic, challenging and busy month. As a rule, our August's have had a certain level of normal with a bit of surprise thrown in. This year our August seems to have flip flopped these two things with all sorts of new surprises. The bottom line is that I was more ready than ever for this weekend to happen.
The weather forecast wasn't the best (and that may just have something to do with fewer numbers this evening?) and up until the last minute this morning, I was just as prepared to ride down as I was to tow the bike on the trailer. We had an inch of rain overnight and the predicted patterns for the day sounded rather gloomy.
I tossed my loaded luggage into the van, hooked the trailer on the back and got the bike strapped down. I was off in conditions that seemed threatening but the wet never happened. Just before I stopped for breakfast in Alma, I passed a popular diner and noticed that some of my riding friends were just suiting up after stopping for breakfast. I turned around and went back to say hi. This group travels down to the motorcycle activities every Labor Day weekend in Davenport, Iowa. After helping them with a group photo, I headed the 10 miles south for my breakfast.
It was early but they let me check in anyway at the motel. I quickly changed out of my shorts and sandals into riding gear, got the bike off the trailer and headed out for a ride. Attendees drifted in the rest of the day; we all took care of dinner in various ways and later found things to discuss outside in the parking lot. Lawn chairs were out, some gathered around the bikes, that is until the lightning and very dark clouds weren't just on the horizon but getting close.
Hopefully tomorrow we'll have riding weather, each of our thresholds for that being quite varied. I'll do my best to get out and see some miles on the Honda.
I'm writing tonight on the Kindle and though I took photos today, I have no reasonable way to post them. That will happen when the weekend is complete.