The plan originally was for the 3 of us, Lauren, her brother Ben and I, to ride to a regional Fish Fry somewhere Friday evening. The kids had some other plans, so they took off together and did their thing while I headed out for a shorty ride of my own (fish). Today, Saturday, we headed down to Rollingstone for lunch and then for desert, rode back up to Wabasha, crossed the river to Nelson, WI for cones at the Nelson Cheese Factory.
Once we were out today, I reminisced about rides a long time ago with friends joining me, riding my bikes since I most of the time I had more than one. It didn't happen often; I'm sure that I can count the occurrences on two hands, but with friends I trusted, those that had riding skills but no current motorcycle owned, we would gather at my garage and head out together for a spin. Normally they were "old" married guys. :)
Below was one of those times......my Touring Machine, Windjammer w/top box and the non-touring motorcycle that I used for touring even though I wasn't supposed to, here with my second and optional, Touring Saddle. IIRC, Jerry and I headed out to Afton,, MN for an evening meal, taking the long way out and back.
Notice how clean they are.......now that I think about it, at this point in time I was walking to my workplace rather than making long commutes.
Today it just seemed a bit odd to see 3 of my helmets, some gear from deeper in the closet and 2 of my bikes out and away from home. I'll get used to it though and am looking forward to more of it. Ben got his license last weekend and I've only recently learned that Lauren obtained her Permit while living in Los Angeles.
It's not like there aren't available machines around.