|It's 55 F outside today. Mostly clear. The bike
is running for the first time in many weeks (some small leaks need to
be sealed but they're not significant). Leave Rockford about 2pm for an
afternoon ride. Warm-n-Safe electric jacket will come in handy later in
the day. A second set of gloves and a neck piece are also stowed for
the evening ride.
Leaving Rockford I headed out to the Freeport airport and stopped to
talk with some folks there for a bit. Leaving there I started the loop
(clockwise). I kept deciding weather to visit the Mississippi River /
Iowa or to make a short trip and get back during the daylight. The
front wheel kept heading westerly - I'll get back after dark.
I checked out the "valley ride" south of Kent and followed some
"comfortable as an old shoe" roads up towards Galena. Once at Galena it
was a jump to get over the River and into Iowa. The route back was
basic US-20 the whole way. Traffic wasn't too bad.
Tomorrow I'll park the bike for the season and tend to those small leaks in the Springtime.
I can't say that any of the photos are spectacular but its been a while so it just wouldn't be right not to take something...