Just five miles out of town...
Post Reply    Forum -> Ride Reports Previous123
Author Message
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:36 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Love that last picture of yours. Keep up the good work....while you can.
Yup, counting down the days before the Gods Of Weather shut my lil pony down, but this weekend, sandwiched between weeks of rain, they were fairly forgiving, and I made the most of it. ...tho I miscalculated the shortening days y'day afternoon and drove home in the cold dark....

Also discovered that that heavy rain had oddly turned the gravel roads perfectly smooth -- maybe it's the combination of rain with the huge-tired giant tractors and combines? not sure what or how, but the washboards were gone and the gravel itself has been buried beneath hard-packed, damp "dust" -- so that I could cruise deep through the wheat stubble, feeling utterly isolated beneath enormous skies.

Found a new isolated cemetery among the fields, as well, and looking it up online discovered a Wikipedia list of dozens more, so that'll give me something to look forward to in the spring. Looking at the dates on the headstones I'm once again reminded what a hard life it was out here 100 years ago, and how intimately everyone was with loss.

oct22e.jpg

oct22b.jpg

oct22c.jpg

oct22d.jpg

oct22a.jpg



Last edited by tdrake on Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:13 am; edited 1 time in total
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 la Negrita 2015 GTS il pipistrello nero
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 5556
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:03 am quote
Wow! What a landscape!

Love that "two sisters" stone.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:38 am quote
Perfect Fall Friday afternoon. Winter wheat has brought back some color and even the migrating geese were celebrating Vespas.

10-28f.jpg

10-28b.jpg

10-28e.jpg

10-28a.jpg
Flying V Goose Salute

Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:07 pm quote
Friday afternoon I was all set to leave the office at 2:00 -- clear as a bell out, frikken 65 degrees! In November! -- literally packing my bag, when the woman across the hall yelled "what room is the meeting in?" Aaaaargh, shoot me!

And today I'd hoped to get in a good long, cross country, haul, tempered my sins while out with hard partying friends Friday, up early, more mid-60s in the forecast -- when I realized this is probably the one and only day I could rake up dry leaves and clean the gutters without having to chip out ice.... Aaaargh....

But then I got a sweet, if typical, three hours in on the V.

Gravel was sorta dusty but still hard packed and offering long smooth stretches. I slipped off my helmet and donned a beanie...and then a couple minutes in slipped off the beanie. So nice...and so odd to be on the bike feeling overdressed. Guess I didn't need the longjohns.

nov4a.jpg
Outside the micro Cordelia chapel.

nov4b.jpg
Inside the micro Cordelia chapel (featured in lots of pics above). At some point I'll get a decent recording of the pump organ....

nov4c.jpg
Winter wheat after a wet October.

nov5a.jpg

nov5b.jpg

nov4d.jpg

Addicted
GTS 300 ie - traded in; Honda CB300FA; Honda Ruckus scooter
Joined: 12 May 2014
Posts: 728
Location: Toronto, Canada
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:09 am quote
Nice pictures, TD. It's good to see you're still getting out.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:14 pm quote
Michael B. wrote:
Nice pictures, TD. It's good to see you're still getting out.
Thanks! Between reality and the short days it's been tough getting out while it's light, and I keep thinking I'm down to the last ride....

But this afternoon I flaked off work early, and it was utterly phenomenal and worth braving the cold, rain, and 30 mph winds. Put the new balaclava and cheapo mitts to the test!

The mitts probably would have (finally!) kept my hands warm...if I hadn't kept stopping to take pics. Stood in the howling cold for about 15 minutes watching the sun set and the sky turn salmon. One of those "this is what it's all about" rides for sure.

11-15e.jpg

11-15a.jpg

11-15b.jpg

11-15c.jpg

11-15d.jpg

11-15f.jpg

Hooked
2005 et4
Joined: 23 May 2015
Posts: 209
Location: oshawa ontario canada
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:57 am quote
Beautiful shots from a beautiful part of the U.S.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:58 am quote
duane1 wrote:
Beautiful shots from a beautiful part of the U.S.
Thanks! And, yeah, always grateful for getting to live here.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:17 am quote
I'm starting to see the appeal, and necessity?, of electric gear!

But I'm way too cheap for that stuff, so, Sunday, under 45 degree clouds, high winds and occasional rain, I donned: fleece tights, zip-in quilted pant-liner, zip-in rain barrier and heavy riding pants; and up top Smartwool t-shirt, Smartwool turtle-neck, heavy wool sweater, down vest, light down puffy, heavy winter riding jacket; cheap winter gloves in mitts, and about five layers of various wool around my neck!

On Saturday, under identical conditions, with one layer less, I utterly froze after two hours.

But Sunday I made it out for three until being chased home by rain, managing to make it in wet but warm before the deluge set in.

In other words, a beautiful day.

11-21b.jpg

11-21c.jpg

11-21.jpg

Addicted
GTS 300 ie - traded in; Honda CB300FA; Honda Ruckus scooter
Joined: 12 May 2014
Posts: 728
Location: Toronto, Canada
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:26 am quote
Ha ha, I can see you manipulating the scoot on the bridge, looking left and right if a car is coming. It's difficult to see if the roadway is wet or not...were the metal plates slippery?

Just extend the tailpipe with a hose and tuck it under your jacket
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:46 pm quote
Michael B. wrote:
Ha ha, I can see you manipulating the scoot on the bridge, looking left and right if a car is coming. It's difficult to see if the roadway is wet or not...were the metal plates slippery?
Ha, exactly that! Three cars did indeed wind up coming over, and yep, I had to skitter the scoot out of the way...which surprised me cuz this bridge connects nowhere with nowhere else.

Plates were dry (for the moment!) and yeah, I bet they'd be horrible in the rain!
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:45 am quote
And then it snowed.

But not before freezing me arse off on one last, long, often muddy, ride. I woulda explored this road further on down into the canyon in the backdrop, but when I dismounted for the pic a huge, three-headed dog came down and stood mid-road, barking "abandon hope, all ye who enter," and I took that as a sign to roll elsewhere.

What an amazing, 7,000 mile first season this has been. Rough year in lots of other ways, so I'm especially grateful for this journey that took me away from myself and deep into the wonder that opens up just outside of town.

And now begins three months of slogging thru slush and waiting...waiting....

11-26-16.jpg

Addicted
GTS 300 ie - traded in; Honda CB300FA; Honda Ruckus scooter
Joined: 12 May 2014
Posts: 728
Location: Toronto, Canada
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:14 am quote
TD, the dog's name was Fluffy and if you play harp he will fall a sleep and then you can pass. Haven't you learn anything from the movies?
TD, you need to go on a tour. There is no feeling like it.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:57 am quote
Michael B. wrote:
TD, the dog's name was Fluffy and if you play harp he will fall a sleep and then you can pass. Haven't you learn anything from the movies?
TD, you need to go on a tour. There is no feeling like it.
Yeah, I'm still totally itching to do some real touring -- just finishing up Neal Peart's Ghost Rider and probably about to watch The Long Way Round for the umpteenth time....

Since my wife gives me the stink eye every time I mention a bigger bike, I think the plan for next year is to trailer and do base-camps, and then I can keep my riding to two lanes and twisties.... Tho that ain't quite as romantic as just hitting the road for a couple weeks.
Addicted
GTS 300 ie - traded in; Honda CB300FA; Honda Ruckus scooter
Joined: 12 May 2014
Posts: 728
Location: Toronto, Canada
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:44 am quote
So...your wife wouldn't be willing to ride as a pillion?
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:41 pm quote
Michael B. wrote:
So...your wife wouldn't be willing to ride as a pillion?
No...god no!

It took me nearly two decades to let her ride one of these myself, much less talk her onto it.

Which is fine, in part cuz she is the most accident prone person I've ever met, and also cuz we do spend tons of time together and it's healthy to have independent lives, as well.

So, I gotta admit that whenever I see a pillion my first thought is "my god, man, that defeats half the purpose!"
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:23 pm quote
Suck it, winter!

12-1c.jpg

12-1b.jpg

12-1.jpg

Member
Dreaming Of A 300 GTS
Joined: 12 Dec 2016
Posts: 10
Location: North Texas
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:57 pm quote
I can see my bucket list is growing again.

Great pictures and incredible landscape!
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:17 pm quote
Aaaand we're back! Felt so, so good, but after record snow-freeze and about six weeks with five inches of hard-pack ice covering the roads, it's one big gravel trap out there. Still, wow, abstinence is not my forte.

IMG_3495.JPG

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 la Negrita 2015 GTS il pipistrello nero
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 5556
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:24 am quote
tdrake wrote:
Aaaand we're back! Felt so, so good, but after record snow-freeze and about six weeks with five inches of hard-pack ice covering the roads, it's one big gravel trap out there. Still, wow, abstinence is not my forte.
Yayy! Good to see this. Back in the groove (with camera, of course).

Gravel, schmavel.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:08 pm quote
"Memory knows no chronology." Out for two hours today riding last year's well trodden trails, and my brain was utterly convinced last fall was just last weekend.

Given how divided the country seems these days, I was quickly reminded of how nice it is to be out where all the pickups wave when you pass by.

2-17-17.jpg

Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:39 am quote
After last week's glorious Friday afternoon ride, I promptly came down with a pesky little cold and spent the ensuing three-day-weekend in bed, cancelling plans to drive up North to see my kid (sometimes you just gotta invite yerself, dammit; cue the last verse of Cats In The Cradle)...and then the temps out here plummeted, the skies grew gray and ominous, and the snow returned.

Dark, cold, gray...whiny, old, depressed....

But yesterday the clouds briefly parted and the temps climbed to 35 and I came back with a vengeance...for the first half of the ride, at least, cuz that blue sky was mighty tentative and then it was mighty feckin' cold out there.

So I ducked in to my favorite tiny chapel, still surrounded by nearly a foot of snow, and played its wee, 1883 vintage pump organ for as long as my frozen fingers could handle it, which wasn't very long. ...and I'm gonna see if I can post a one minute clip here...

32 and equally grim this morn as I post, but the robins are in migration and there's a riot of birdsong leaking in thru the windows, and I do believe that it was a year ago today that I drove over to Missoula to buy the Vespa, so hope springs eternal.

There's a pic of the chapel interior, above, from November -- currently the windows are all shuttered and it was too dark for a pic, other than this static video:

https://www.facebook.com/tomdrakemusic/videos/10101095011255864/

2-24-17b.jpg

2-24-17.jpg

Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:09 pm quote
First hint of spring under rare blue sky.

IMG_3612.JPG

Addicted
GTS 300 ie - traded in; Honda CB300FA; Honda Ruckus scooter
Joined: 12 May 2014
Posts: 728
Location: Toronto, Canada
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:23 am quote
That's a nice pic TD, indeed.
Here in Toronto we were fortunate enough to get some warm spells
throughout the winter season, so I've been able to put 720 km on the scoot and 80 km on the CB300F so far this year. But all commutes.
It's difficult to get out of this humongous urban area
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:07 pm quote
Michael B. wrote:
That's a nice pic TD, indeed.
Here in Toronto we were fortunate enough to get some warm spells
throughout the winter season, so I've been able to put 720 km on the scoot and 80 km on the CB300F so far this year. But all commutes.
It's difficult to get out of this humongous urban area
We usually get a break in the winter but not this year...just utterly hammered!

My bro lives in Upstate NY and it was so warm and dry out there this winter he clocked hundreds of miles on his road bike...so it seems like when we get dumped y'all get mercy, and vice versa.
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:13 pm quote
Alright, finally some decent weather and free time and I've been making the most of it!

Brutal winter and spring here and I keep coming up against washed out roads, and much of the hardtop is still treacherously covered with gravel-traps, and, of course, every ride has me scanning the horizon to outrace the next rainstorm, but as of last weekend I gots heated grips and longjohns and will not be deterred!

3-26a.JPG
Hmm...won't be visiting my favorite cemetery very soon....

3-26b.JPG

3-26c.jpg

3-26d.jpg

3-26e.jpg

3-26f.jpg

Member
2016 Vespa Sprint 150 3V
Joined: 07 Jul 2016
Posts: 24
Location: Southeastern Wisconsin USA
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:30 am quote
That's one wicked pothole! Yikes!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 la Negrita 2015 GTS il pipistrello nero
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 5556
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:57 am quote
Man, you're starting 2017 off with a bang! I haven't even been out wandering yet. Great pictures.

Yeah, that is a bit of a pothole....reverse speed bump? In Wisconsin, we'd have signs up a quarter of a mile away for a fraction of that. In Illinois, well, meh.

Ride safe, and don't forget your camera!
Molto Verboso
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 1145
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:46 pm quote
Witness and Behold the Mighty Splendor!! (Cue the choir...)

6:30 PM and I was whining about something pointless on FB; a friend said "shut up and go ride your Vespa," and so I did. Nice night!

3-27.jpg

Cross Egypt Challenge - A 2400km ride throughout Egypt   vespa scooterwest scooter west Motorsport Scooters   AF1 Racing Vespa Austin
Post Reply    Forum -> Ride Reports Previous123
[ Time: 0.2266s ][ Queries: 25 (0.1519s) ][ Debug on ]