Thursday, September 23, 2010

Autumn Equinox and the First Day of Fall

With the Autumnal Equinox occurring in the week and not on a weekend it was looking doubtful I was going to get a ceremonial goodbye to summer ride in. Fortunately Rick called Tuesday evening and ask if I wanted to go do the Kings Valley Loop. This was the opportunity I was looking for so I quickly suited up and off I went to meet him at his place.

We heard that they were closing the gates to the top of Mary's Peak for road construction and decided to run up there instead to see how far we could get before finding a locked gate. We've been wanting to do Mary's Peak since taking the Advance Riding Course and put our skills to the test. Needless to say, it is difficult to see your exit in the dark. We took it slow and easy, Rick flushed the white tail road rabbits from our path and we climbed the twisting grade. The higher we got the cooler it got and the later it got the darker it got. The moon was full and it was a clear night, we could see the fog rolling in high along the banks against the moonlight. We made it past the open gates and continued to climb, past the last gate and nearing the top, the road dipped and we rode through the ghostly fog rolling across the road.

All the gates were open and we were at the top, a clear view to the west, the sun was just setting below the fog bank on the coast. To the east the city lights below were flickering through the trees. Some hikers pulled up shortly behind us in a Nissan Xterra, packed up their backpacks and started their hike up the meadow to yet a higher vantage point. One day I'll bring hiking boots and a lunch in the saddlebags and hike to the top of the meadow, I've never been up there and I can only imagine the 360º view of the valleys below.

Rick and I stood and chatted for a bit but soon it started to get cold and we still needed to climb down the hill. It was a great ride up and fitting to bid the setting summer sun farewell for Wednesday was the first day of fall. We meandered down the hill, again carefully watching for deer. At the bottom of the hill we rode down the Alsea twisties toward town, took one little detour down Decker Road then we turned north again and headed for home. Thanks Rick, it was a great ride.

It was a good summer, we didn't do nearly as much as we did last summer as far as fairs and events go but we did ride over with some friends to the IMBC in Bend and made some new friends. Trobairitz and I rode the Aufderheide National Forest Scenic Byway and the McKenzie Pass together and I took the Team Oregon ART class.


Tuesday night I got home and found an email waiting for me.

I had sent an email Monday mentioning interest to a Craiglist ad and by Tuesday I was corresponding with a gentlemen with a bike for sale. This particular email confirmed that it was still available, I now had his phone number and his address...but it was two and a half hours away and I wouldn't be able to go see it until Saturday.

That is until he wrote "If the bike sells before you come by, I will let you know, either by phone, or email". This is a normal and common sales technique, but it is a very effective one as it sets the buyer up for a wonderful game of "what if". What if it is as nice as he says it is, what if he does have two other interested buyers, what if it sells before Saturday, what if I miss out on a great deal? Then it turned into what if I can sneak out of work early Wednesday, what if I beat the other buyers to it, what if?

Well, I did sneak out of work early, I did beat the other buyers to it and it was a fantastic deal that I could not turn down.

Yup, I pulled the trigger on an '05 Triumph Tiger...

and yup, I rode her home.

I'll be writing more on the new to me bike, but first I have to finish the work week, this is an expensive addiction.



  1. Great write-up and the pictures are really well done!

    Congrats on the new ride,


  2. Troubadour:

    I was rubbing my eyes when I first noticed your header with a "different" bike. Lucky it was the right colour as everyone knows Red goes the fastest, and corners the fastest too

    Congrats on your new wheels.

    Wet Coast Scootin

  3. First of all, I love the colours of the leaves, nicely captured.
    Secondly, congratulations and a warm welcome to the newest member of the 'family'. This looks like a serious 'travel machine'. Looking forward to reading more about your riding experience.

  4. I looked at the header and wondered why you had a picture of someone else's bike. I've heard that black goes the fastest but red gets the most tickets...


  5. Congratulations - she's beautiful! I think you're going to ride many wonderful miles with the Tiger. :D

  6. Nice looking bike - when do you get the custom paint touch added?

  7. Thank you all. I went for a 350 mile ride yesterday and she didn't miss a beat, I love it.
    It is fast, but no tickets, I wear a hi-vis jacket so I look like an old man minding his own business.
    I don't know if I can find a panel small enough to send to my brother for a custom paint touch. We'll see.

    Ride safe friends.

  8. Great rite up, and great bike. I have a few friends with these and they all love them! THey have a fantastic enginge in them. Well done.

  9. Congrats on the new bike! It goes with the new blog theme very nicely!

    Scootin' Old Skool


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