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A couple of weeks ago, the weekend of the Fourth actually, I rode my motorcycle to Kentucky.

Okay, okay, that's not entirely true. Really I rode F's motorcycle, and I rode on the back. But it was fun! It was quite an unexpectedly pleasant way to spend the holiday.

Earlier in the week, I convinced him to help me buy myself a helmet. I figure that even if I don't ride with friends very often, it's still safer and more comfortable to have a helmet that fits well. And now I'm available at a moment's notice to accompany anybody on a motorcycle!

So we started driving south after smegs on saturday night. We stopped just outside of Cincinnati, where we got a cheap hotel room to catch a few hours of sleep. The next morning, we visited a couple of friends for brunch. Well, really they're F's friends, although I met one of them before. Even so, both guys were friendly and welcoming to us both.

S fixed the four of us a fabulous brunch. It was really amazing, with many varieties of tasty treats. It was a delightful meal, consumed on the patio in the sunshine. I enjoyed getting to know them. S teaches at a university in Michigan, but he summers in lovely Southern Ohio. K enjoyed showing off his swimming pool to us. "All my life," he told me, "I've wanted to have a pool." So he'd recently had an above-ground pool installed in his backyard.

The day was warm, and once we'd finished eating our fill the pool called enticingly to me. It was so blue and clean that it positively sparkled, quite unlike dingy Michigan water. I joked to S, "Do we have to wait 20 minutes after eating, or can we swim right away?"

S assured me it was all right, so we all changed into our suits. K asked, "Do you think we'll need toys?"

"Oh yes, definitely," I said with enthusiasm. I knew he had some inflatable toys, but I'd had no idea how many! He started bringing them out. Adult-sized inflatable sea creatures -- an alligator, a whale, a shark, a turtle, a sea monster, two different-sized dolphins... and those are only the ones I can remember. It was great! There were practically more toys than water.

We had a BLAST playing in the pool! We climbed on the different toys, had chicken fights, pushed each other off the alligator, swam, and floated in the sun. It was way more fun than I'd expected, and we swam for an hour or two.

K was kind enough to invite us to spend the night, so we agreed to return after we'd spent the afternoon riding. F wanted to drive down into Kentucky and ride on some of the fun twisty roads down there. After S fixed us some delicious tuna salad sandwiches, we struggled into our motorcycle gear and headed south.

After a few false starts, we found some fun roads to ride on. We did that for awhile, then headed back to Cincinnati when dark fell. We had dinner at a chili place, not Skyline, but a knockoff of some sort. When we arrived back at K's place, S and K had just arrived home from a party. We all walked their enormous dog together.

Monday morning July Fourth dawned with a delicious breakfast at Waffle House, then another dip in the pool. More playing with the giant flotation devices, more chicken fights, then some blissfully lazy time soaking up the sun while floating on a giant alligator.

Eventually we bid a sorrowful goodbye to my new friends, and headed back down to Kentucky. We found some new twisty roads, then happened across a restaurant with a ton of motorcycles outside. F suggested that those riders would know some fun roads for us to check out! So we went inside to ask.

K had suggested we visit a tiny town called Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Rabbit Hash is famous for having elected a dog for mayor. No, not just a nasty human being, but an actual canine. F mentioned to the bikers that we were thinking of going there, and that we were looking for fun roads.

They were clearly a group out for a ride, without any particular destination. They looked at one another and shrugged. "It's about an hour from here. Want to go for a ride? Sure. We'll take you there!"

There was about 10 of them who joined us, pouring out of the restaurant, onto motorcycles, and on the road to Rabbit Hash. Pretty cool! It was a charming little town, too, even if it didn't have much more than a general store.

After a lovely afternoon, some time spent riding, some time spent relaxing in the sun, we eventually started driving North again. The sun set, and it was the night of Independence Day. As we sped toward home, we could see all kinds of fireworks shows in the distance. We amused ourselves along the ride watching for them, and pointing them out to one another. The perfect way to end a fun-yet-peaceful little weekend vacation!
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 22nd, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
So should we start a pool for the date when you buy a motorcycle?
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: July 23rd, 2005 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm available at a moment's notice to accompany anybody on a motorcycle

You'll have to wait until I replace the rear shock before you can accompany me on the Evil Bandit.

I took my friend Abbe for a ride, and the bike's reaction was "You have GOT to be kidding me." The engine didn't mind the extra weight, but the suspension just gave up. Apparently I am, all alone, about all the bike can handle.

(This is not entirely my fault for being so fat. Japanese moto makers are notorious for putting soft/wimpy suspensions on their motorcycles.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
All right, I shall try to be patient.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: July 23rd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a fantastic weekend. Even though the fireworks weren't quite as close as they were last year, but they were a lot of fun.

A couple of weeks ago, the weekend of the Fourth actually, I rode my motorcycle to Kentucky.

Yamaha Virago, Honda Rebel, Honda Magna. These are a few that come to mind. :)

Even though we bid a sorrowful goodbye, we will be seeing them soon. :) But no Waffle House. :( I'll give S a call later today and let him know we'll be seeing them next weekend.

It was a great time. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I sure did!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: July 23rd, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Myself and Laura may be visiting Chicago weekend of 6th or 13th August. I don't know how easy this is for you but would you be interested in meeting up? Alternatively we are in Indiana for a few weeks?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would definitely be interested in meeting, if we can make it happen! That would be really cool. (: My travel schedule is confusing these days, and keeps changing, what with work wanting me to be in Ohio more or less every other week. I definitely want to visit Chicago soon, and Indiana is an even closer drive. Email me at renniekins at livejournal.com when you have details about dates, and I'll see what I can do!
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: July 24th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have been watching this with anticipation! It would be great if we could make this happen somehow.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 25th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, it would be so cool to meet you both in person! Let me know where/when/etc, and hopefully it'll work.
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