Friday, July 25, 2014

First Sidecar Ride

My grandson finally got his sidecar ride a couple of evenings ago. We went down to the church parking lot since it was nice and flat (and paved). He seemed to have enjoyed the ride and was working on his wave. I think he got it down.

After the short ride, he then explained what went on to anyone that would listen. In the background is Bridget's brother and my Talon's mom. He and his mom were getting ready to move to the lower-48 the following day.

A very sad moment as we said goodbye. Here is Talon in their heavily loaded Cube as they head out for their first trip down the Alaska Highway. An adventure for both but he knew that something was amiss and wasn't very happy about it. We got and update last night and on the first day, they got as far as Haines Junction. Almost 500 miles. They are both going to be missed.

We are still getting record setting rainfall. A new record was set last month and we are only about a ¼" from the July record. The water in the Chena river has been running high but it is being controlled by the Corp of Engineers flood control project that was constructed after the 1967 flood. The rainfall is still short of that year but there's still another month. This isn't a real road covered by flood waters but the winter road used after the river freezes. I took this while we were out and about with Bridget's brother finding geocaches. A very wet afternoon...

At 43°F this morning, I'm ready to install the wiring for the heated gear this weekend.

10 comments:

Unknown said...

Richard:

I guess it's sad when family moves away. Good thing Talon got to ride in your sidecar, now he will remember you. Still cool for you, it was only 13°c this morning, nearly perfect for riding

bob: riding the wet coast

RichardM said...

I think he'll remember the sidecar ride for a while especially if we send an actual, physical picture. It's starting to feel like Fall already but it's supposed to be a nice weekend.

Conchscooter said...

Get 'em started young and the motorcycle bug never loses it's grip.
On another note how can it possibly start to feel like fall and its not even August yet? I hold out hope that the company in Hell will be amusing because I am pretty sure the weather will be Alaskan, and I will need cheering up. If only Hell were hot.

SonjaM said...

Preparing the next generation to take over. Good job.
We are in the midst of summer yet you're already talking about heated gear. Oh my.

RichardM said...

Our weather is pretty dismal and more than one person noted that the fireweed was flowering. A sign of the end of summer around here. From my perspective, you are the one living in Hell with the life sucking heat and humidity. ;-)

RichardM said...

He's always wanted to go for a ride and this was an opportunity before they took off. I got the heated gear outlet wired up, now I hope I don't need it...

VStar Lady said...

Talon is a real cutie ... he definitely has the wave down pat. He will remember that ride for sure and one day tell his grandchildren, "I remember when I went for a ride in Grandpa's Ural," and they'll say, "What the heck is a Ural?" Good thing you are sending pictures.

redlegsrides said...

I am sure the sidecar ride will be a fond memory in Talon's life....

RichardM said...

I'm not sure how long he will remember the ride but that's the reason for the pictures. I think my son took about twenty or so...

RichardM said...

I think he enjoyed it. Every time he sees the sidecar, he checks to see if the tonneau cover is off.