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Breakfast a Computer Support

Sunday July 27th, 2008

Sorry, no map for this one, as you will see, for part of the ride, I had no idea where I was. Ok, so the GPS told me where I was, but I didn't keep the tracks to recreate the map.

The Sunday Morning started with a trip to breakfast. This time, instead of heading downtown, I was heading north to a Golden Corral. To get there fast, so that I could maximize my sleep time, I headed up 465 to Shadeland Avenue, then up to just south of 86th Street, and into the buffet.

Wade wanted me to help him out with some issues he was having with his GPS Program, so I followed him west of town to his house. After some technical work, I was ready to head back home, on the opposite side of town. This journey would take me passed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and today was Brickyard 400 Day. I would be lucky to get within earshot of the taxis going in circles.

Eventually, I would arrive back home, another day with a good mix of riding.

Another Tuesday, Another Board Meeting

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008



Here is one of my routine rides, and I am sure that I have posted about here many times before. Yeah I know, if I were more tech saavy, wanted to work harder, or cared more, I would just put links to the ther posts. Hey, this one has a map!

Anyway, I headed west into downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street. At Delaware, I turned north. After a little over a mile, I arrived at the Indianapolis Public Schools Headquarters for tonight's meeting.

With the business to be voted on next week fully discussed, we packed up the production truck, and the crew headed its separate ways. I hopped on The Pearl, and off I went, north on the back alley, then short trip east on St Clair back to Delaware. I took that north about a half a mile, and to the ramp for the interstate. This is one of the few times you will see me on the super slab.

I quickly got up to speed on the ramp, crossed the two lanes I needed to stay on I-70, and then continued east until the beltway …

A New Rider: Intiated

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008




If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, or if you have read a lot of my blog, then you know one of the benefits of riding is freedom. Heck, just watch a few biker movies, and you will see that the motorcycle is Hollywood symbol of freedom. I think one of the reasons that it is so free is because there are so many ways to enjoy it. First off, think about the different kinds of bikes, from easy to operate scooters, laid back cruisers, futuristic sport bikes, and loungers on wheels touring bikes. Then there are different types of riding like off road, commuter, rural, back roads and highways. Then you can decide if you want to be the solo rebel that always rides alone, rides with a group of other motorcycles, or rides with a passenger on the back. Better yet, you can exercise any of these options whenever you want, and you don't have to stick to just one!

As you have probably read, I lead a lot of rides. There is some stress and responsibility that comes wi…

Continuing the Education

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Saturday, July 19th, 2008




You know how sometimes you wake up, you know it is going to be a good day, and other times when you know it is going to be bad day? Then there are the days you wake up and you think, this will be an interesting day. I had spent 14 years riding with the same person on the back of the bike, and of course there were a few people that hopped on in that time to see what it was like. Now I was riding with a new passenger, and I do mean new, I mean the week before she was afraid to get on the bike!

C.Jay and head off be going south on Franklin Road. I have learned that newbies are afraid of speed. Believe me, I get that! I recently learned to snow ski, and even though my skis were always crossed, plowing out the snow, I felt like I was about to take flight! So we stayed on back roads, and those with speed limits below 45 miles per hour.

We meander our way down Franklin Road, and eventually arrived in, surprise! Franklin, Indiana. Surprisingly, she was very comf…

To a Board Meeting

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008




Here is one of my routine rides, and I am sure that I have posted about here many times before. Yeah I know, if I were more tech saavy, wanted to work harder, or cared more, I would just put links to the ther posts. Hey, this one has a map!

Anyway, I headed west into downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street. At Delaware, I turned north. After a little over a mile, I arrived at the Indianapolis Public Schools Headquarters for tonight's meeting.

With the business to be voted on next week fully discussed, we packed up the production truck, and the crew headed its separate ways. I hopped on The Pearl, and off I went, north on the back alley, then short trip east on St Clair back to Delaware. I took that north about a half a mile, and to the ramp for the interstate. This is one of the few times you will see me on the super slab.

I quickly got up to speed on the ramp, crossed the two lanes I needed to stay on I-70, and then continued east until the beltway fo…

Motorcycling 101: An Introduction

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Sunday, July 13th, 2008




Well after a meeting two days earlier, this new gal, C.Jay and I decided to meet again, with the intent of going for a ride on the motorcycle. We planned to meet at the library in Beech Grove, on this sunny Sunday around one in the afternoon.

I headed out west on Washinton Street, then meandered my way along Pleasant Run Parkway south and west to get near Beech Grove. I had to back track a little bit, but ended up at the library about 20 minutes early. I rode passed, satisfied that I near where I needed to go, and went to chekc out the park she had told me about. She had taken dogs here for walks, and it was a nice city park.

After my tour, I returned to the parking lot, empty, as the library was closed on Sundays.

Meeting CJ, Coaxing on the bike, Parking lot, then a ride.

Ride home

Meeting Someone New

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Friday, July 11th, 2008




Well, here is a rare Friday Ride. I had met someone through my MySpace Page,and after chating, we decided a meeting was in order. She was interested in going for a motorcycle ride, but even for me, that seemed like too much for a first encounter.

I headed off west on Washington Street, and cruised until Emerson Avenue. I traveled south, under 465 and out of Indianapolis and Marion County. After a few miles I arrived at St. Francis Hospital where she worked. She told me where she parks her car, and where I would most likely find a parking space for The Pearl. I parked the bike, slid off the helmet, and gave her a call.

After a friendly meeting of dancing with words and body language, I was on my way back home. I cotinued on Stop 11 East to Arlington Avenue. Then I headed up north, returning to Washington Street, and heading east to home.

Retreating to a Familiar Stop

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Sunday, July 6th, 2008




When you use the same place as your starting point for rides, you find yourself on the same roads lots of times. You see roads that you want to check out by taking a stroll down, and see vistas you want to tour around to check out, and of course, you see places that you want to eat, but it is the wrong time, or you had planned to eat somewhere else. Today, I am going to at least correct one of these instances.

I have traveled down 421 all the way down to the Ohio River, and whether I am going there, or someplace else south in the Hoosier State. Most often the trip includes the town of Napoleon, Indiana. There is not much there but a gas station, which I have stopped at a lot of times, and a little eatery, Bonapart's Retreat. This would be the correct. I passed this Waterloo, or should I be proper, and say Watering Hole, several times, and wanted to eat there.

So I headed down SR 52 to SR 9, then into Shelbyville, Indiana. I got on 421, and headed down to…

Independence Day 2

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Well, this was moving day for Nina, at least the begin of her move into her new home. Since they didn't need my truck, I was able to ride over the few miles, and help unload the items I helped pack.

It was just a short trip down Washington Street, then north on Arlington, and back east on Lowell.

I returned along Pleasant Run back to Arlington, north to Tenth Street, and then east back home.

Independence Day 1

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Well, it is the day that we here in United States celebrate our fore fathers taking up arms, and creating a new nation. We can be free from a lot of things, but this morning, rain would not be one of them. But it stopped, and dried out in time for me to ride up to party number one. Of course, if it had kept raining, there would be nothing to read!

Around 2:30 in the afternoon, I took off and head out for the first party. I rode out to Washington Street, then headed north on Shadeland Avenue until Fall Creek Parkway. I swept my way around the Parkway until 86th Street, then headed back west to Mud Creek. After a short stint north, I entered the neighborhood of party number one.

After a couple of hours, I was ready to head out for party number two. I didn't want to waste time, so I found the quickest way to 465, and headed south. I took that to I-65, I am sure the bike thought we were going to Columbus. I turned at Main Street in Greenwood, and headed ba…

Riding to Work: The United Way

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Well the weather and other items sure had a put a damper on my riding. And by damper, I mean not being able to ride everyday.

This is another trip back down to Columbus to the Cummins Television Network Studios. Not for a studio taping, though, but for field shooting. The first time they hired me for that, should be a lot of phone, and I am working with a lead videographer that I have a lot of respect.

So I took the usual route, west on Washington to the Shadeland exit, south to 465, and then I-65 South. I took the exit to US 31 South near Edinburg, and headed into the out skirts of the north edge of Columbus.

I took the exit to Indianapolis Road, and after the short stretch that was blocked last time, I pulled into the drive, and arrived at the studios.

I expected it to be a long day, and figured I would return on the interstate, just to get home quick. Well, we got done quickly, and I was able to take my time.

I started out up heading north on US 31. After …