All week the weather reports have been advertising a beautiful weekend. Lower 80 degree temps, clear skies and finally the promise that summer has arrived. So, I decided to take a bike trip. I thought about various destinations. Last weekend I took the bike to Willie in Murphysboro to swap out a plastic oil pump gear for a steel one. My bike used plastic and there have been failures that can ruin an engine. Finally some mental stress-free riding. Possibly South to Nauvoo or East to Hennepin. Instead I decided to go to Oquawka-Keithsburg-New Boston-Aledo. I could get a couple catfish at the fish market, have a beer and lunch at Blackies, take a picture of a barge, see Mark in Aledo and then home.
I've had quite a few espenses with the bike this spring:
New tires $400
Steel Oil Gear $248
Gas to go to Murphysboro $120
Pay Willie for the swap $100
So finally good weather, and time, to head out for a day trip.
Well, I got as far as Farm King in Monmouth when the engine started making noise and the oil and water lights started flashing. Crap, double crap.
Well, I had to have it towed, and it is now at a shop in Kirkwood. Marvin came to pick me up and take me home. Another favor from Marvin who seems to spend much time bailing me out of fixes.
Here is a picture of Ron towing the bike to S & K Morotcycle Shop in Kirkwood. Can't think of much good today except I have been invited to Burgess by Marvin to have a beer or six and maybe a cookout. Best drown this day in suds.