Showing posts from September, 2006

The Work Week Starts Early

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Yes, it says Sunday, and yes it says work week. I can't say that I mind to terribly however. I usually don't do much of anything on Sunday anyway, so this will get out and going. I did get up for breakfast, but I was unaware that the forecast had changed, and the sun would peak out, instead of more rain.

I left the house around 2:30, and headed west on Washington Street. Traffic was pretty heavy for a Sunday, the Colts Game had already started, so I don't know where everyone was going. I turned at Delaware, and ran it north to 10th, and west to Meridian Street.

It was long evening of Pledge, three shows, 9 breaks. It was 11:30, and I was heading for home. I took the fast way, a short jaunt south on Pennsylvania, and then on to I-70 East to 465, and south to Washington Street.

Another Work Week, Only One Day to Ride

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Man, September has been a rough month. It started out so promising, a beautiful day of riding around and through covered bridges, to an amusement park, and a great new charity event. Rain was really killing the month, and I was beginning to wonder if it wasn't a second coming of spring!

Anyway, I started off with a chilly trip to work. I believe the weatherman said 55, but my gauge said 49 when I left the east side for my usual route. The bike was parked for lunch, as I had brown bagged it today.

After work, it was time to ride up to my parents for my weekly free meal. Construction forced me east to College Avenue, which I took north. 38th street, main way through town, has been tore up for quite some time now. With the big craters I saw, I didn't see any end in sight.

Along the way up to Broad Ripple, I took a slight detour to go past a co-workers new place that she was renting. She say that she, her sister, her friend, and her sister, all the…

New Cruisin Cousins and Familiar Territory

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Another Saturday, and another charity ride ahead of me. Actually, in Indy during the riding season, you can have your pick of what ride you want to go on. There is a lot of charity in this city. I knew of three rides that I could have been in, but the one today struck me, as it would take place in north, central Indiana, centered around the town of Peru, Indiana. Besides being the Circus Capital of the World, it is also where my father grew up, so I knew he would want to join me on this ride.

First up, breakfast, and I would be meeting someone named Kevin, who I had met through the Indiana VTX Owners Forum. He was coming up from the southside, so we agreed to meet on the east side, and ride up to Westfield together. I wasn't waiting long when he pulled in. I was a little concerned about the volume of my exhaust, but when I heard his short shots rumble up next to me, I lost all fear. We greeted each other, fired up the bikes, and head for the nort…

A Washed Out Week Just Leaves Friday

Friday, September 15, 2006

This will be a short entry about my ride to work. I have been condensing all the rides down to one post, but this week, Mother Nature condensed all my riding down to one day.

It was the usual way in and the scenic way home. For lunch, I ran to Side Street Deli at 22nd and Illinois, but that was my only diversion.

Wow, two lines, well now three, and the whole work week is wrapped. I wonder what else in around the corner?

A Charitable Cruise

Saturday, September 8th, 2006

About two weeks earlier, I got an e-mail from the wife of another Cruiser Club Member, and a long time friend of mine. He and his wife have two houses, one is a rental, and they have had a time keeping it up, and occupied. For that reason, we have not been able to ride together very much.

I started off late, about a quarter past 8, when I wanted to leave at 8. I called my brother to let him know I was running late. I rode west on Washington Street to Rockville Road. For some reason, I though Rockville Road turned into 10th Street. I thought I would be going past the meeting location, but I was wrong. I ended up near the church were the ride was starting, at a Speedway Gas Station. I called my brother, and no one was at the other stop but him, and it was after 9am, when we were supposed to take off. I also called Bryan, my friend, to see where he was, and that he could meet us here.

As luck would have it, a neighbor of Bryan's Rental, where he us…

The Work Week Rides

Tuesday, September 4th to Friday, September 7th, 2006

It is a shortened week thanks to Labor Day, but still a good week to ride to work. With the following exceptions, I took the normal routes back and fourth.

Wednesday, I had some extra riding, as I went to Garfield Park for lunch, and the station's employee picnic. I went south down Pennsylvania Street, and took Maryland to get on the southeast diagonal street, Virginia Avenue. I would take East Street south, and that would run me right into Garfield Park. I took that route back to the station also.

Thursday was another exception, as I would have a "pit stop" before work. I was requested by the state of Indiana to report for Jury Duty. In Indiana, you are given a card that tells you when you have to call to see if you need to report the next day. Sure enough, I called Wednesday after 5pm, and my Jury Group was called. The City/County Building is one that I pass everyday I go to work, so the trip was a normal daily…

Holiday World on a Holiday

Monday, September 5, 2006

We woke up in the morning in our Days Inn room in Jasper, Indiana. I was up first, and got dressed enough to head down for the breakfast area. I have never seen a continental breakfast so busy! Usually, I am at the breakfast at 5 or 6 am, and out the door by this time, nearly 8am. Nina's sister and her family was there, as well as Nina's brother. The seating area was full, so I took my breakfast out to the lobby.

We packed up the bike, as the other two families packed up kids and stuff, and headed out to the Amusement Park at around 9:30am. The park didn't open until 10, so we had no rush.

We returned back out to SR 231, and headed further south. We would take 245 to Santa Claus, Indiana, home of Holiday World Theme Park. It was only a 27 mile drive.

The visit to the park was slow, as many opinions had to be taken before deciding what to do next. It was a family day, after all. We were able to get on all the roller coasters, including the ne…

A Milestone Beginning

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Today, we start off on a long day of riding. But before we hit the road, I need to mention the reason for the title. For those of you who have been waiting since reading the last post, I will not hold the suspense any longer. Well, maybe a little longer, until I get the picture, which I took on the site, or mention, that I will be posting a picture. Now, I feel cheesy for leading you on. When I parked my Honda Steed in the garage last night, the odometer sat at 25,000 miles. Two years, one month, and three days after I took her out into the cool Illinois Rain, she turned this milestone. I have been to North Carolina, through Deal's Gap, and out to Carlsbad, New Mexico, and along the Rio Grande. Three months after the Texas Trip, I road along the northern water boarder, kissing the coast of Lake Superior. Sometimes, I can remember every single mile that I have ridden this bike. Every mile with a smile.

Title Two: Confusion and Covered Bridges

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Glow Necklaces! Two Dollars!

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Every year during Labor Day weekend, a local radio station sponsor a last blast of summer - a fireworks show downtown. One of the best viewing areas is the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens Parking Lot. Since Nina is an employee, the Indy Zoo takes advantage of a captures audience that will probably not be taking part of the zoo and gardens, and sells Glow in the Dark necklaces.

I need to mention that employees volunteer, and the zoo and garden do not get the money directly, as it goes toward animal conservation and wildlife protection.

Nina and I take the motorcycle, as it is easier to move around the traffic, and find a place to park the bike close to the entrance. Most of the ride would be my normal ride to work, as we cruised down Washington Street towards downtown. We would actually pass over the main north/south artery of Indianapolis, Meridian Street, and continue to the near west side. The first thing we pass under is the Indianapolis Arts…