Monday, June 22, 2020

Scooter Weekend

First, I'll get to some Odds and Ends.

Listening to the radio one morning, the guys from Valley Outdoors program were discussing Mississippi river levels, noting that the river readings were way down at the low end, to the point that the navigation channel would need the pools raised to maintain the 9' channel depth for the barges.  They knew of more than one boat out fishing in the back channel that had serious lower unit damage.

Due to the pandemic changing the course of rural high school graduations, photo lawn signs are everywhere honoring this year's graduating students.  I noticed this past weekend that many neighbors had signs out as well which I thought was kinda cool.

"Jake's our neighbor, he stuck with it and we're so proud of him!!"

"Go Melissa, she lives next door, good luck at college!!"

And so on.

Our Clematis, while not special compared to those with real flower growing skills, the best bloom we've ever had.

Pondering my problems in the morning sun....before I accomplished a very light beard trim and before Crystal tidied my top side...leaner and meaner now.

John came and picked up the 850...

Belt inspection on the Helix...

Rode over to help Mark and Mike load the fine TX750 for its trip to its new owner in the Denver area.

Catbirds, the return of the Orioles and now the Grosbeaks are begging for something sweet.  Peg says enough already!!  "The finches get one bowl of jelly a day and that's it!!" (we've become very conscious of glucose levels).

Ran some errands in Red Wing and was passed by this interesting combination on the trailer.

Friday was a Helix ride day, another gentle wander.  I stopped in Prescott, WI at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center, disappointed but not surprised to find it Corona'd.  The view of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers is always worth a stop even if the building isn't open.  It was a good place and time to brew a cup.

I like these information plaques....but you already know that.

Saturday morning coincidentally, brother Kevin met me in Prescott for our ride to the Rockfalls Raceway to see some drag races that never happened due to rain.

We walked through the pits, got to see some of the cars, some in and out of their cocoon trailers.  We even got to hear a few of them running, heading down to the staging area, only to be turned away when no mater how much track drying the STAFF did, the rain kept the track un-raceable.

Steve and I had stopped one Saturday too many years ago....the track is definitely going through some enhancements!

I had one just like this, only mine was brown.  Different rear wheels though; my tires allowed for an ample-sized trunk unlike this one's compromised space.

There were cars at the track from far away, some very far.

 Loved all the station wagons! 

As they say....Turn It Up!!

 The entire family was along to help dad go fast, it was after all, Father's Day weekend.

Thursday afternoon the quick KLR ride to River Falls but Friday, Saturday and Sunday it was all Scooter, all the time.  Red was Helix, green was 2 days of Morphous riding, some of it very wet.

Elevation changes on the Morphous....325 miles Saturday/Sunday for the Yamaha, another 132 on the Helix.

Twin Row soybeans.  Research shows 5 more pods/plant, 500,000 more/acre.  I looked it up.

Had to turn around....

Plum City's trout pond...

There was some's June for gosh sakes. many deer...I lost count of the ones on and crossing the road Sunday.  3 does with twins, a couple of does with single youngsters.

Just before the Morphous was blocked by that tree in the earlier photo above, I rounded a corner to find mom and babies crossing the road.  I stopped, the Yamaha still idling and I stayed on the bike but stood up.  Mom and baby #1 dashed over the bank but baby #2 was curious enough to not only stay but approach me.  Check out the time stamp on these helmet cam photos.

1 minute, 45 seconds before baby #2 hopped over the bank to join its family.

I'm in Iowa working this week, back next weekend for more adventures!

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