Friday, October 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
It's no secret that we like music and we've been known to promote it here once and a while, and we've been known to spin some vinyl at our off-season gatherings. On that note, rock and roll lost one of its greatest singers/frontman last night. Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip passed after fighting brain cancer since 2015. Our favorite from the Hip is the album "Up To Here." Find it and play it loud. In the meantime, enjoy this short:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
These two schmoes got to ride motorsickles all day in the Driftless area of 'Sconsin. Mindora Cut, chief among one of the riding locations. Still plenty of good riding left.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The final installment.
|In rural North Dakota, you can pose right smack dab in the middle of the road.|
|From the atop the Nicollet Tower.|
|Inside the Stirum, N.D community hall, where they used to play high school basketball.|
|Zach is the king of the pothole prairie.|
|Neal at the old homestead outside of Oakes.|
|Evil triplets doubled.|
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The whole point of this ride was to visit the nuclear missile launch facility in Cooperstown, N.D. The site, Oscar Zero, has long since been abandoned by the USAF as part of the START treaty signed by the US and Soviet Union. The state of North Dakota recognized the historical significance the nuclear missile sites played in the Cold War and turned Oscar Zero into a museum. Worth the trip. Here it is, in pictures, of course.
|Type in the secret code, insert the house key and give these knobies a twist|
and it would have been Ka-Boom City on the other side of the globe.
|Johnny, is it suddenly warm?|
|The chair of Armageddon; comforting to know, right?|
|Missile crews worked 24 hour shifts and were locked into the launch capsules |
buried 50 feet below the surface. Coffee powered these guys through long shifts.
|If the elevator did not work, you'd get hauled up from the launch capsule via a dumbwaiter.|
|Lock box that stored launch codes.|
|Would you trust these guys to run the show?|
|First Ducati ever parked upon a missile silo.|
|Blast door of epic proportions, yo.|
|Entering the launch capsule.|
|Them is big locking pins, right there.|
|Atop missile silo.|
|Outside Oscar Zero launch control facility.|
|At the missile site south of Cooperstown.|
Saturday, September 23, 2017
You get a ton of photos, that's what. Round one of the Cold War Tour of North Dakota. (we visited a defunct Minuteman III nuclear missile facility near Cooperstown, ND. Who knew the end of the world was so nearby?)
|Nicollet Tower near Sisseton, SD. It's a 75-footer.|
|Literally, out there. And this is what it looks like.|
|The David Brown tractor on the Lambert homestead. |
Yes, this is the tractor James Bond would drive.
|Yep, we visited silos in a Soviet Block town.|
|No one, and I mean no one, can resist a photo with a large fish statue. Neal doing the selfie.|
|Roaming the Prairie Pothole region of ND|
|Brett reflects upon life in the prairie. Hahaha.|
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Yep, it's way up there in the Arrowhead. For those of you who don't know what that is; it's the pointy area of northern Minnesota along Lake Superior. And there is a shit ton of gravel, fire roads, single track - and thanks to a lot of rain -a lot of mud and puddles. Fun as hell? Ya, you betcha. Am I tired this Sunday eve? Ya, you betcha. A good time was had by all.
|What makes a great tire stand? A fire pit grate, that's whut.|
|Apparently we were not too far into the ride: bikes are far to clean at this point.|
|Coming off a forestry road, pre-crash, of course.|
|As usual, a good group of guys to ride with.|
|Tearing along a wall of some really loose stuff.|
|Getting ready to head off down another forestry road|
|This is what a broken foot peg looks like on a Honda Africa Twin....|
|This is what the field repair looks like on a Honda Africa Twin.|
Locking pliers are your friend, boys and girls