Cold Ride


Earlier this year, Dad and I did a ride that I really enjoyed. He told me recently that they were going to do another ride, but this time, just for fun.

The ride this spring had much better weather. Today, it was cloudy and chilly. Actually, the temperatures would’ve been really nice if we were coming out of winter, but since it’s been in the 80s for the last several weeks, the fact that it was in the 50s this morning when we left was kind of shocking.


We met Dad in Ferncliff and rode the rest of the way together. Dad was on his Electra Glide, Tony on his new Road King, and I was riding Tony’s R6 (long story). Of course, since most of the bikes on the ride were Harleys, I got some ribbing. Mostly, nobody commented on it, though.

The route this time was Maidens to Lake Anna (the east side), then on to Waugh Harley Davidson in Orange. Once there, we hung out for a while.

As for the riding, I was a lot less comfortable this time than last. I don’t know if it was the weather (the cold makes me feel stiffer and that makes me less confident in handling the bike) or just my mindset. The corners on 522 may have been a bit more challenging earlier on in the ride (of course, I don’t even know if “warming up” on “easy” parts is helpful). At any rate, I felt like I was using more of the road to make my turns. I didn’t know the guy who was behind me, so I don’t really know how he felt about the amount of space I was using, but it made me self-conscious. The other thing that I considered was that it was the bike. I haven’t ridden the sport bike as much as I had the Super Glide, but it’s been my transportation for the last month or so

Tony and I headed home from Orange since it was closer from there than from the starting point. It was Tony’s first organized ride and he said he had fun, even though it was a little chilly (especially since he only has a mesh coat).

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