Here We Go!!!
Here's How We Went!!
And a new chart for your viewing pleasure.....we'll save the Trailer Loaded/Trailer Rescue graph for next year; it just wasn't exciting enough for '20. I wish I had numbers for the missing years since 2004 when I again revved up my favorite past time but I did not record them. There were a couple of years in the '70's that would have far outpaced these more recent ones.
A positive trend if ever there was one!
Trying to avoid C-19 mention here, more than enough of that everywhere else. I will acknowledge that some of you couldn't, some of you wouldn't ride much if at all this year. I understand. As you can see, I rode and the timing of this year's goofed up plans is interesting if you will give me a minute to explain.
There's been an internal struggle the last couple of years....fewer rallies/more camping I told myself. Problem is, when push was coming to shove, I wasn't able to cut any rallies out, all of them too much fun with too many people I enjoy spending time with and won't see otherwise. Yes, I've become addicted to the gatherings and those that attend. 2020 almost completely took the rallies away from us.
Well, the lack of rallies certainly ramped up the camping and apparently the miles as well. I honestly wasn't able to guess at the accumulating mileage, that number always a fun surprise at season's end.
The big pitcher....what 14,401 miles looks like on a map. Reminds me of that string the kids spray out of cans.
Wisconsin....as you can see, I like our neighbor. Poor Iowa this year, only some itty bitty contact in the very extreme extreme NW corner and a buzz down into New Albin in the extreme NE. Hadn't really thought about it until I see these maps. Eric did what he could to entice me to the Yellow River State Forest so he can not be faulted.
But, if I highlighted my DRIVING miles in Iowa this year for the day job, it would resemble this Wisconsin image.
If you remember, I'd hoped to share some lovely ribbon colors throughout this Provincial map. The only thing rented this year for 10 weeks was our apartment while the remodel took place; the borrowed Versys just wasn't in my cards. Still not sure about how or if to resolve this Canadian Maritime issue.
I as well as my riding mates have been seriously concerned for our many local, mom/pop diners being able to stay in existence. We've already lost many of them and it's not over. I did a few Take Outs to support them and continue to try but with all of my soft luggage, Styrofoam can be a challenge. I made it work for the pattimelt...
The Friday fish fry? I carried it 50 yards and ate in the tall grass. Lucky for us all, the soft luggage had capacity for most of the used Styrofoam...the unused deep woods were nearby.
Only a couple of times on the carry-out, mostly it was a sandwich here, there on the curb at my coffee gas place.
When I wasn't cooking that is....
Here they are in order. The 90cc trail bike was out early and only briefly, 10 miles-worth. The little bugger really buggered up my kicking leg....there was a time there when I really should have gone to the doctor, you shan't see the photo. How can a Honda 90 that you can start with a stiff wrist and elbow hurt a leg so badly?
Improper technique and a bare steel footpeg might do it....I really get it now.
And finally, the Mileage King, the major contributor!
I'll try and be ready to do it again, hopefully winter will last long enough for all of this to be ready set for going again.