I've started many projects and finished few. My goals for this new venture, or possibly adventure, are few and modest at this time. I recently purchased a Honda CBR250R and I'll try to chronicle what happens as I try to relearn motorcycle riding skills after having not ridden regularly since about 1970. I hope to do a modest amount of traveling or touring, with my first venture planned for the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I invite you to follow along if you're so inclined.
Also, I'm going to be posting rants, if you will, about religion, politics, so-called complimentary and alternative medicine in addition to anything else that comes along that I find interesting. Please excuse how the format of this blog/website. Though I have many blogs, I'm a neophyte at best in how to properly design them.

Snap of the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Skyline Drive (Virginia), OK, I fess-up, taken on a trip with my Miata.

Don't Vacation in Virginia Beach, Virginia! You've Been Warned! Yes, I Went for a Ride This AM...

May 27, 2012
Well, tonight I went for a ride. Yes, trying to get some miles in; also, tonight I wanted to ride the Interstate to try to get a feel for what I would consider a comfortable speed. Anyway, I left home about 1:00AM or so. I rode down the Interstate toward the Ocean Front, planning to turn around when the Interstate ended. Hmm, I should have.
Instead I rode down Atlantic Avenue, our main drag if you will. Dang, I've never seen so many trashy and thuggy (sp) looking people in one place. There were hundreds and hundreds of them swarming up and down Atlantic Avenue. Yes, it was 1:30AM. Every block had several gangs or groups of 10/15.
Each block had several police officers. I wondered if they are paid some type of combat pay.
Wow. For many many years the only time I've gone to the Ocean Front has been in the winter. I have learned my lesson.
Seriously folks, there has to be a better place to spend your money.
Back to the bike.
I'm comfortable at 55/60, but doubt I'd want to go much faster for an extended period. I have no plans to actually travel on an Interstate. I don't like them when I'm in my car.
So, I ended the night with 25/30 or so Interstate miles and total miles was 55. The temperature was about 60 and other than  regretting going to the Ocean Front, a decent enough ride.

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Outside the dealership....

Outside the dealership....
Yes, taking delivery of my new bike, May 17, 2012. The Marsee tank bag fits nicely. It's the strap-on type and you can get to the gas filler by unsnapping two of the straps. It is not in the way; however, it does expand upwards. My rainsuit is strapped to the seat.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.
Yeah, I know. I look pretty old. Actually, I'm only 25, the years have been tough and they've taken their toll.

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

I was on the verge of placing an order with Aerostich for Ortlieb saddlebags and decided to see how this bag would work. It’s the large Ortlieb dry bag. It cavernous and holds a whopping 2990 cubic inches. And, no it’s not filled to capacity, I just stuffed it with some clothes. The bungees I happened to have, though if I decide to use this as shown, I’m going to order six ROC straps. The only things that I can think of that I’ll be packing that are damageable or breakable are my netbook and two small cameras. The cameras I can put in the tank bag and the netbook I can wrap in clothes. I know one thing, if I do decide to use this bag I’m going to have to do some stretching exercises, as I will surely not be able to throw my leg over this. Yes, definitely a step-through situation.