Reaching a goal for 2022

“Hey, Google. How many miles does the average motorcyclist ride per year?”

Around 3,000 miles

While the average annual mileage of a car ranges between 10,000 to 15,000 miles, motorcycles spend much less time on the Conyers roads. In fact, the average annual mileage for a motorcycle is around 3,000 miles.

That does not surprise me. Of course, that is an average. I have a riding buddy, who reports that he has only put about 600 miles on his Harley this year. We have not been doing a lot of rides together.

I have a few friends like Bob Stransky and Kith Birkenstock who put about 3,000 miles or more on their bikes per month. We tease Kith, who lives in the Atlanta area that he frequently rides to Colorado for lunch. Bob is either riding his BMW GS or his Honda ADV 150 scooter to grab National Park stamps.

As for me, my riding in the past few years has been dismal. The most miles I ever put on a motorcycle in one year was 13,367 in 2010. That was a year that I was riding my 2008 V-Strom 650 on several trips in the East and West. I have several years with five-digit mileage.

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And that brings us to today, and the achievement of a goal. I planned to ride at least 6,000 miles this year. That’s a lot more than the past few with Covid and all. A measly 6,000 miles—not even half of my record 2010 year.

But I did it.

Today, I only needed 30.5 miles to reach 6,000 miles for the year, and about 1.5 miles north of Blanchester, Ohio, on SR 123, I pulled over to document the moment.

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At 2:40 p.m. EDT, with 4,093 miles on my Moto Guzzi V85tt, and 30.5 miles on the trip meter, I reached the 6,000-mile mark. Everything from here to Dec. 31 is just bonus miles.

Three motorcycles were used to reach this moment. My 2017 Suzuki V-Strom, which I traded on the Moto Guzzi V85tt in March, and my Moto Guzzi V7iii Rough. Love those Guzzis.

See you on the highway.

Brent

Sunrise in SW Ohio

Rising early to nature’s call,
the pulling back of the patio-door curtains
revealed some of nature’s finest.

That moment before sunrise, 
when the sun’s light shines on the bottom of clouds
and turns the scene beautiful hues of pink and orange.

All is silent except for
the occasional visit by the hummingbirds
and the beating of their wings hovering at the feeders.

See you on the highway.

Brent 

 

The forecasters underestimated this

Meteorology is a science, but also a guessing game. Put together all the forecasting models to get a picture of what is to come, and you prepare for that. But, every now and then, Mother Nature has a different plan as she did last night. Accumulated snow was two to three times more than predicted. We were expecting one to three inches. We got six+.

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It didn’t take that long to move the snow, our sidewalks and drive are not that big.

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The snow may be a bit of inconvenience, but it also produces a bit of art, like our lower level windows.

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More snow and ice is forecast for tonight and into tomorrow.

See you on the highway.

Brent

2020 Year in Review: Missing in Action

What a year it has been. Or, has not been is more like it. Self-isolation has been the standard operating procedure. Staying home. Wearing masks when running the necessary errands to sustain life. Eliminating travel.

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Staying safe created a horrible, lonely year, and in review, I made a short list of all the things I have missed.

Things I missed:

  • Handshakes and hugs
  • Eating at a restaurant
  • Going to the movies
  • Fishing with friends
  • Horizons Unlimited Virginia Motorcycle Travelers Meeting
  • Wandering through the vendors at art fairs and festivals
  • The Labor Day Taildragger Fly-in Breakfast at Red Stewart Airfield
  • Hugs and handshakes
  • Motorcycle camping with friends
  • The Family Picnic
  • Entertaining friends at our house, or their house
  • Motorcycling to coffee/breakfast/lunch with friends
  • Did I mention handshakes and hugs? The human touch

Using the internet and technology, I found a way to stay in touch with friends. Maybe you have too. Do you Zoom?

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Things I managed to do:

  • Walks with Lin
  • Motorcycle rides, but no touring
  • Cooking, but I’m the cook at our house anyway
  • Zoom meetings with family and friends
  • Drastically reduced my alcohol consumption despite the pandemic, which really goes against the grain in these circumstances
  • Binge-watch programs on Netflix
  • Watch more college and pro football than ever before
  • Spend way too much time on Facebook
  • Bought and sold motorcycles
  • Turned 70 years old in November. BTW, 70 is the new 50.
  • Made love to my wife, Lin, 24/7/366. 2020 was a leap year.

Yeah. What a year. 2021 starts tomorrow, and vaccinations are just around the corner. Can I start planning now?

See you on the highway.

Brent