Life in Motion is series of posts about motorcycle rides that Rider, Writer and Video Storyteller, Rodney Myers, has traveled. Long or short, epic or simple, you can find his ride reports and thoughts from the saddle here and in Southeastern Rider Magazine.
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Back Out for Another Run on Highway 555
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Couldn't resist another run on Highway 555. Take an easy day today, only rode 150 miles. It was way hot, and had to ditch the leather jacket.
First off, Kasey and I would like to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!
Up until three years ago being in Indiana, riding on the first day of the year was a special event. Of the times I have been able to ride on January One, those rides have cut short by cold winds, rain, and one started out with the mercury hovering five degrees below freezing. Fortunately, the late morning, early afternoon brought temperatures in the mid fifties.
2019 in North Carolina was starting out with clear skies, a sun blazing overhead, and air warming up to near seventy degrees. Just to cover their butts, I believe the local weather forecasters put in a small chance for rain. Those are all ingredients to make it a no-brainier when it comes to going for a ride.
Everything seemed in place, until we were all suited up. For some reason, Kasey couldn't hear me in her Bluetooth headset. All of mine seemed to work perfectly. After a few minutes, we gave up, as the roads were begging us to use them…
End of the year reflections and checking the views
As a Midwest transplant to the southeast, I’m used to having to stop in the winter, and let the bike sit for weeks. I know most of us in the southeast don’t have to stop, but days that are good enough to ride become rare, the days good enough to ride mean extra layers.
The end of the year is also a natural time to think back over the past twelve months, as well as cruising my way to 100,000 miles. So, come with me on this ride through 2018.
The first real ride of the year was pretty typical for a premiere cruise. With an eye on the weather, a few guys start talking, before you know it, a plan is in place to meet up, and follow the leader. The only other rider I knew was Terry T-Bo. We cruised around Stanly and Anson County Roads. The sun poured through the blue Carolina Sky, but the temperatures were still cool. We made a stop for ice cream, but the corner shop hadn’t p…
So with two days left in 2018, Mother Nature decided to bless North Carolina with some decent weather. 2018 has been one of the wettest years on record for the area, and two Hurricanes passing through didn't help that. When the rain was not in the forecast, that meant clear skies, but also cold temperatures, so the riding has been limited as of late.
It was still a little below Kasey's threshold, but with her encouragement, I headed out on the road alone. I started out heading north on 200, also known as Central Avenue, in the mid sixty degree air. As I made way into Stanfield, then out, and into Locust, then out, the speed limit bounced back and forth between 35 and 45 miles per hour. As I break free of Stanly County, the limit goes up to double nickles for short time until I approach Goergeville. This is not much of a town, but it does have a good sized volunteer fire department, which is also a good place for cops to hang out running radar. Sure enough, today I would be sm…