Change is in the air…
Lots of somewhat random thoughts today.
The reality of work is hitting me. Although we are “working” on this amazing ride while meeting customers from across the country, for several of us, our real jobs are waiting for us back in Milwaukee. Squeezing in e-mail and phone calls has been a bit challenging. As a result, we hit the road the road a little bit late today due to some calls this morning.
Changes are beginning to happen to our riding group. Although my wife stayed a couple of extra days on the trip, she had to fly out this morning. Kids and a soccer tournament were calling. Today is also the last riding day for Eric and Rod’s spouses. They’ll be flying home soon. It’ll be interesting to see how the group dynamics change with the women gone. Will we ride longer? Shorter? Better food? Make new friends along the way? Hmm.
When checking out the map for our ride today, it didn’t appear that there was much sightseeing to be done on the way to Colorado Springs. Seemed like a good day for a blast to our destination. However, we did have a chance to make our second stop in Las Vegas. Different states of course, but another Las Vegas. I think the name is about all the two cities have in common.
I’m not sure what it is about motorcycle trips. As my family knows well, I can’t drive a car for long distances. Get too tired. For whatever reason, I don’t have that issue when on a bike. Just a couple of weeks ago I did multiple 700 mile days on a bike without getting tired. Perhaps it is the open air and being part of the environment. The wind. The smells. The bugs. In the end, I’m not sure what it is, but I sure love being on the open road. For me, it is one of the big things that makes motorcycling great.
The guys made a decision today. Wendy’s for lunch. The moment it was said, we knew we were in trouble. The women had picked a local spot. We wanted to make time. Rod got the look from them and he quickly walked away. He knew better than to engage in that discussion. There was a bit of a silent protest from the ladies. Chocolate frosties saved the day.
We’ll know in the morning if this was a wise stop, but on the walk back to our hotel from dinner, we hit the establishment known for wings, owls and some other stuff. Keep in mind, I was trying hard to write this blog (which with our schedule has proved to be more challenging than I anticipated). It was another story for the rest of our group. One of our ladies (yes, it was Laurie) decided to do some shopping and attempted to acquire a Hooters shirt. Turns out, you can only get one of the official tank shirts if you work there. She tried filling out an application, but it didn’t seem to work out. Needless to say, fun was had by all.
Morning will be here soon.