Ohio River at Flood Stage

Cincinnati, OH—The Ohio River flooded in March 2011. I drove to Eden Park to see what it looked like from an observation point high above the river.

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This was just over flood stage, not nearly as bad as the Flood of 1937, which was more than 25’ above flood stage.

See you on the highway.

Brent

V-Strom and Givi Luggage

Riding season is just around the corner, and I hope to do much of my Ohio River Towns photography project on the motorcycle. So, I needed to equip the bike with sufficient luggage to make it utilitarian.

I have always liked the Givi brand of motorcycle luggage. They are rugged and good looking. Secondly, I love the way you can use the same mounts to put different bags on the bike. Below is a great example of how that looks. First, the bike without bags.

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You can see the new engine guards and the luggage mounting racks on the rear. Next, is the set of smaller bags I purchased when I first bought the bike. Givi E-22s. These are great for around town and running small grocery errands. I have used the smaller bags to go camping, also.

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What about a top case? I decided to go with the Givi Trekker series of bags. The 52-Liter top case will hold a lot of stuff like camera gear and audio equpment, and it doesn’t look too bad with the E-22s—just a slight difference in styling.

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Or, how about riding with just the top case. Many do. Without the side cases, it’s a narrower profile.

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For the bigger loads, such as motorcycle touring and/or extended camping, the full set of Trekkers will do just fine—52L top case and 33L side cases, better known as panniers.

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That’s some serious load-hauling capability. Still, it’s best not to try to carry everything. Think backpacking or minimalist motorcycling.

See you on the highway … along the Ohio River.

Brent

Looking for festivals on the river

CINCINNATI, OHIO–Ohio River towns offer many different types of festivals, and I’m looking forward to attending a few. More than a few, actually. The types of festivals I like to attend are the ones that celebrate community, like the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati, 2012 and 2014, held at Coney Island on the Ohio River.

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Festivals are about culture, history and food. Is there one in your town? On the Ohio River?

See you on the highway.

Brent