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The Rarely Clean Motorcycles

Motorcycles Should Rarely Be Clean

Clean Honda motorcycles.
A rare sight of 2 of my Hondas clean. Rare as it should be.

I bought these 2 bikes about 10 years apart. They’ve made me a fan of Honda motorcycles.

About The Honda Shadow Aero

The 2006 Shadow is a proven reliable machine. This cruiser is dependable on daily drives to work, evening and weekend rides, and long hauls. Much of the maintenance is done at home. Parts are reasonable. The design of the motorcycle does make luggage and farkles difficult to add. Attempts to make it look like a Harley incorporates the use of useless plastic garbage. Good and bad considered, I like it’s character and value.

About The Goldwing F6B

I’ve written about the Goldwing F6B many times. What a machine of many characteristics, quirks, and nuances! On this evening, it did it’s job fine as a comfort bike on old country roads in Knox County, Ohio.

The Rural Sights In Spring

A lone tree stands as a sole survivor on a hill.
Lonely Tree On A Hill.

The fields are changing over to green or being plowed. The leaves on the trees are coming back to life. You never know if it will rain in the next few minutes or not. You never know what coat to were or if one should brought. On this night, it 2a 87 degrees and the next day the temps dropped below 60.

This is just how Spring weather is in Ohio. If you want to ride a motorcycle in Ohio, the weather has to be a secondary consideration or you’re not going to get much riding in. You’ll miss the exciting change to summer if you don’t put on that rain gear. Realize that a clean bike in these conditions is a sad bike too. Motorcycles are meant to be dirty this time of year.

Honda NC700X. About $6/day.

The Honda NC700X $6/Day Budget Motorcycle.

Honda NC700X On Gravel Roads
Honda NC700X On Backroads

I paid $6.07 today for the gas I used last week in my NC700X. The bike went to work everyday and a few short trips in the evening. The payment and insurance comes out to about$6/day. It’s a great 65 MPG budget motorcycle.

It amazes me that this motorcycle is not more powerful. It’s a rare thing though; A motorcycle designed to meet needs. Other motorcycles are designed for recreation. This one is designed for some fun, but primarily to economically and reliably move you from point A to B.

It talk more about the Honda NC700X here in a comparison with the Suzuki V-Strom. In short, it’s design is very unique and it gives you all the power where you need it – before 80 MPH. It’s light and easy to maneuver.

Old Man’s Cave Trip

Another Trip To Old Man’s Cave

This weekend was filled with rain or the threat of rain. Saturday, they warned of rain doom. We listened and drove the car on a trip. Today, we weren’t going to care and left for a motorcycle ride to Hocking Hills State Park, even though it was raining when left.

This worked! The rain wasn’t that bad. In a few hours it cleared up completely.

The lesson that I often forget every Spring is to ignore Ohio weather forecast in Spring And Fall. They never really know a damn thing. Just have rain gear on the bike and go.

About the hike; it was difficult and rewarding. I highly recommend testing your physical conditioning at any Hocking Hills trail.

 

Dandelions And Rainstorms

Dandelions Are Good?

When I was young remember enjoying the beauty of a yard full of dandelions. When they went to seed, you can blow on them and watch the seeds scatter to the win. I don’t remember such a fervor for their destruction the 70’s and 80’s.

Dandelion after going to seed.
Dandelion gone to seed.

Today, people want a monoculture of the grass of their choice. They want the perfect lawn like their golf course has. Cancer causing agents in chemicals they don’t understand  are acceptable in this war on anything other than grass. If you disagree, you’re a commie tree-hugging Nazi or something to that effect.

I read that early settlers brought over the dandelion from Europe because it was so easy to grow and they found it beneficial to their diet. Modern science proves that they are full of necessary vitamins and minerals. A serving of dandelion leaves has more calcium than a glass or milk.

Dandelions thrive in acidic soil and their roots easily break it up and aerate. The reason they thrive is that nothing else will. What irony. The one plant that wants to grow in poor soil gets poison so that not even it will grow there. I don’t think that society really knows how to approach many problems of this nature. It is something to think about.

Back to the rainstorm to ponder other wonders of nature.

Good Example Of Non-Conformity Working With Eric Kim

Eric Kim’s Blogging Strategy Worked

CJ Chilvers took note that popular street photographer and blogger, Erik Kim, deleted his Instagram account.

I got a chuckle out of it. I have all but given up on anything except blogging long ago. For the exception of the occasional Facebook post, it’s all blogging for me. Anyone who listens to me knows, if you want abrasive bullshit from me, go to Facebook. If you care to see what I’m up to personally, go to my blog.

I have always been of the mindset that there is no reason to give your content to poor platforms that you do not own. All of your efforts can disappear at the platform owner’s convenience. The platform owners delete at will too!

In my opinion, Mr. Kim rambles on and repeats himself a bit much for my liking. It works for him though. He is also another good source of inspiration for his constant insistence to buy books not gear. He’s well read on the subjects involving street photography too.

Regardless of opinions, Eric Kim worked hard and it’s paying off. He’s become influential in the realm of photography. Simple lesson.

Chives. Easy Gardening. Taste Great

Chives. Easy Gardening.

Chives from my front yard.
Chives. Smell and taste great. Easy to plant.

I’ve ate chives before growing my own and I never new they were a flower. Chives are easy to plant and cut. They taste so much better right from the front yard.

Fresh chives taste so good that I just could quit grabbing a few here and there. I don’t suggest eating that many because it can upset your stomach.

The Forgotten Building On State Route 37

A Forgotten Building. Why?

Forgotten Building In A Field
Forgotten Building On State Route 37 in Fairfield County, Ohio.

I’ve watched this building decay for at least 25 years. It may have been setting like this longer. It appears as though it was moved from somewhere else and place here on some rocks. The owners have farmed around it and ignored it all of this time.

It’s their business, but I cannot help but wonder why? Why go through the hassle. What is the significance of this building that allows it to stand? Was it a loved one’s workshop? Do they know it’s bothering someone and leave it here to spite them? Is it reserving a zoning change that allows for a replacement if they want? I can only wonder.

It’s one of many buildings I take notice of that are falling apart. “Rural Decay” is the category of photography that best describes this. How they take so long to fall down is always a curious wonder.

Goll Woods Trail

Goll Woods

Goll Woods was the most interesting part of my recent ride to explore Fulton County, Ohio. It was an old growth swamp. The area is part of Ohio’s Great Black Swamp which was drained a long time ago by settlers.

Goll Woods Trail in Ohio's Black Swamp
Path through Goll Woods

More photos and video of the ride are in the editing stages now. The ride there on the Goldwing was scenic.

Goldwing nezt to a covered bridge.
Goldwing parked next to a covered bridge in Fulton County, Ohio.