Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Ride

Sunday afternoon turned out to be wonderful. I rode out to friends shop to visit, look at his nice vintage Nortons and watch at least part of the Super Bowl. The roads out there had a lot more ice on them than the more heavily travelled roads that I usually ride on. The snow and ice covered road and driveway up to his home was pretty easy to go up but I kept the speed down to ~10mph going back down the hill. I'm glad that I replaced the screw-studs in the pusher last night. 

The two tracking solar panels are a good demonstration that even as far north as Fairbanks, the economics works for solar power especially if you have a great location as this.

I left after the first half of the game as I wanted to head down his hill while there was still light. As it was, it was already after sunset but there was still enough light to see the slick spots. Not a really long ride but still nice to be out on the road. Tomorrow is the monthly Airhead meeting at the Silver Gulch. The last time we met was when the rotor bit the dust. I can't believe how quick January went by.

16 comments:

Martha said...

I watched the first 15 seconds- the part where the ball was snapped too soon, flew past Peyton and THAT was the end for the Broncos. Pitiful.

Goodbye January.

Trobairitz said...

Pretty picture of the bike with the snow and solar panels. Of course the sunshine doesn't hurt either.

We watched the super bowl, only because there was nothing else to do with hubby's hurt ribs. It was disappointing to see how bad the Broncos lost but luckily we aren't football fans so didn't much care either way.

redlegsrides said...

Looks like a nice ride Richard. I hope the month of February flies by for me.

RichardM said...

I saw that and figured that it must just be nerves or something but it really didn't get any better.

RichardM said...

Apparently, lots of pictures of the bike were taken as some couldn't believe that I made it up the hill.

Not a football fan either but it was a great opportunity to visit. The only Denver fan in the room left early as he was seemingly out numbered.

RichardM said...

It was a nice reason for a ride and Dave put sand on the one of the steep uphill corners in his driveway which really helped. The estimate is for a month, eh? That seems long...

Dar said...

Nice picture Richard. You truly are an intrepid motorcyclist! We watched the game and although we were rooting for the Hawks, the game seemed a little anticlimactic in the end, I wish at least that the Broncos could have given them a little bit of a run for their money.

RichardM said...

The rig has turned into regular transportation and that was kind of the plan. I figured that the sidecar should add enough utility so that it could be used and relied on as you would any other vehicle. And it is slightly easier to find parking spaces though the lack of a lot of secure storage will continue to be a problem.

After the halftime lead, I didn't see much chance of a Denver recovery though that would have made it a more interesting game.

Kathleen Jennette said...

With that hack the weather doesn't stop you from having fun... except for that game. Spring is going to arrive soon though then baseball?

RichardM said...

Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Yesterday was very Spring-like around here with almost shirt sleeve temperatures. But realistically, three more months. The hack significantly extends riding season up here to essentially year 'round. Deep snow or extremely cold temperatures will still keep it in the garage but little else.

SonjaM said...

What again was the Superbowl about…? Methinks it had to do with expensive TV commercials, and something with a leather egg. Ahhh, just kidding ;-)

Unknown said...

Richard:

Imagine how much easier it would have been if you had 2 wheel drive (ie, new 2014 FI Ural Patrol). Sorry, was just thinking out loud.

Yes, time seems to be flying by. It's already February

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

For many around here it was a good excuse to get together and chat. I ended up having a wonderful conversation with a former University of Alaska institute director. Picked up some insight internal politics.

Plus, people brought, grilled and shared food.

RichardM said...

Not that getting up the hill took any skill at all, it was a question of sufficient traction. Not looking to buy anything new. That Ural costs more than a lot of cars… I'll wait until it's finished long term testing in Colorado.

VStar Lady said...

An excuse for folks to get together and party ... isn't that what they invented football for? Personally, the best naps I've ever had were while 'watching' football (except when the 'kid' was playing in high school ...)

RichardM said...

I think so, but this is from the perspective of a non-addict. These diversions are probably better than some other "popular" human activity, such as fighting.