4 JUNE 2009 - Friday
So it was Friday, I had arranged to be off all 3 days of the weekend and wanted to spend it riding. I thought to start it off I would head to Lawrence KS and get my 1 point in the ABCs of Touring for the KS HOG Rally. I would spend the rest of the day collecting other ABC points and riding SE KS.
Up by 10am I am shortly on the road and heading to Lawrence. I could take the interstate, a toll road, but I hate paying tolls so I head off on US24 and take the scenic route. This way will take be by the HD Dealer. At most rallies the only real worth time thing is the vendors who always seem to have the same stuff, but you can only find it at rallies. The KS HOG rally is notorious for not having vendors, because of some insurance BS. But I decide I will take a peak in the dealers parking lot just incase. The KS rally offers a bunch of rides, but you pay an extra fee for each one, they were interesting, but not interesting enough to
register for the rally and pay for the ride. Last year they had a fatal accident on one of their rides. Since the rally base is the extra rides they sell, there is little to nothing going on at the rally site. So I paid for the rally for 2 years but anymore I don’t register or ride their rides, I just go by and get my 1 pt picture.
I slowed as I went by the dealer (Riverside HD) but I didn’t see anything and had sped up to continue on when I noticed in the very back of the parking lot a vendor trailer. I turned around and went back. The vendor was pinstripping and installing accent lighting. Kind of a dud. The guy was painting and the girl was installing the lights. They were offering to pinstripe whatever you wanted on the bike for $125. There were bikes sitting there that were done and they looked pretty decent. I told him to surprise me. I went in and talked to the service guys at the dealership. I had written an article about them and what they did a Buell rider who had cancer. Taking his older
bike and tearing it all the way down to the frame, repainting that and rebuilding the bike to look new, polishing and painting what was needed.
That was just the first half of the day. After a stop at the host hotel for the HOG rally I headed toward Xenia KS for an ABCs of touring point. A stop for gas and a picture stop at the Anderson county rural firestation #7 were part of the trip to Xenia.
While at the Xenia town sign last year the owner of the house closest came out and started talking to me about his trike. A home made bike that he and his sons built. I was hoping that he could come out a talk again. I was in no hurry kind of stalling in hopes he would. But what happened instead was a local biker pulled up to see if I needed assistance. We had a nice discussion about riding. He was a sport bike rider and tried to impress me with the times that he was getting riding between these towns. He was a nice guy I wasn’t impressed. Speeding doesn’t impress me. He did take a picture
for me of Effie and I at the Xenia sign.
Heading back to KC there was a lunch wagon open along the hwy. I smelled it before I saw it and it smelled really good! The portions were really big. I ordered a half order of curly fries. The curly fries were cut up fresh for each order. On back to KC.
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