On the road by 9, which is late for me and down to Alma for breakfast. It was great to see everyone at Pier4 again, our first meal 'together' since Thanksgiving dinner. Carol, my waitress, updated me on her plans at school and had ridden her bright red 250 Ninja to work today. She's probably more excited about the new 300 Ninja than I am, so that's a lot. More than likely there will be a 300 in her near future.
The restaurant was fairly busy this morning, so it was easy for me to pick the one remaining free table on the porch. As Marietta said, 60 degrees in September and no one would have been on the deck, today T-shirts and shorts were the rule outside.
The tug Miss Jessica held my utensils and menus today, though I never need a menu.
The #4, locally produced cranberry, apple and strawberry/rhubarb jam. If I knew what was good for me, I'd eat like this everyday.
Typical of these river towns squeezed between the bluff and the river, the restaurant is between the river and the highway. Actually, Lock and Dam #4 is 50 yards from the diner and the BNSF rail line is 10 yards from our spot on the porch, so a lot is packed into these long, narrow, river-hugging towns.
On Blank Hill Road, heading downhill. I stopped to document the deep sand on top of the asphalt, just about the only choice these hill country Counties have for winter driving. Some if not most of the counties do eventually sweep up the sand and try to reclaim it for the following winter. I can never wait for them to accomplish that, using care, experience and slower speeds to avoid the deep stuff.
A favorite spot, the intersection of Alligator Slide and Pretzel Pass. You can see Pretzel Pass snaking away over the top of my tankbag, a fairly steep climb.
Moe Road, this north facing ditch just hasn't seen enough warm sun yet.
Stopped in at the Nelson Cheese Factory for a Rum Cherry cone, lots of business there today. Happened to run into the crew from the Red Wing Ironworks Motorbike Club as I arrived, they were finishing up and heading out to the general area I'd just come from........we know where the good roads are.
Just a tad over 200 very casual miles today, my wrists slightly strained but it went well considering this was my first real session of miles and hours on the bike this season. I always go through this, now maybe more so than 20 years ago. The riding position necessary on the Hyo is probably a bit more challenging than the other machines, not that I'm complaining though. This thing still makes me smile every time I'm on it.