Time to see some big things
We spent some time this morning debating freeway vs. back roads for our ride today. With the added incentive of seeing the world’s largest ball of twine, the back roads became an easy decision. We’ve done big holes, now it’s time for big things. What’s better than a big ball of twine?
It seems like we (maybe just me) might be getting a bit cocky about not hitting any rain. We had one close call already with rain, but things didn’t look good this morning. The weather looked great to the east, but we could see rain to the west. Picking up Highway 24 meant traveling north for about 30 miles before turning east. I said let’s go, but I could see everyone looking at me like I was crazy. My confidence was high that we’d remain dry. Mile after mile, I kept thinking, they’re going to harass me for days if we get wet. The rain was so close at one point it felt like we could reach out and touch it. It was even raining on both sides of us for a stretch, but we remained dry. Amazing.
First stop of the day was the world’s largest twine ball. Ok, technically, it’s the world’s largest ball of sisal twine. Apparently, there’s another ball of twine in Minnesota that is competing with them. Regardless, it was big. Really big. They even have an annual Twine-A-Thon, the third weekend in August (we were invited back by the guy weed whacking the ball of twine grounds), where anyone can wrap more twine onto the ball. I read somewhere online that they might be in danger of losing their largest ball status since it isn’t really a ball anymore. It is a bit more of a blob these days.
Cawker City is home to the ball of twine. Odd little place. Felt like we were in a little town out of a Stephen King novel. Only saw two people. All sorts of abandoned vintage trucks on the main street. Tried getting gas, but the pumps looked like they were out of the 1960s.
Today’s dealer party at Blue Springs H-D was huge. Our biggest dealer party yet. Five other ride routes converged on the dealership, so there were lots of riders on their way to Milwaukee along with a number of other company people. Tim Hoelter, our V.P. of Government Affairs and one of the original executives who bought Harley-Davidson back from AMF did a fantastic job welcoming the crowd. To keep everyone entertained, (especially the male attendees), a couple of Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders were signing autographs along with a couple of mascots. Thanks to everyone at the store for putting on a fantastic event.
I love what you learn about people on rides like this. Curley, one of the H-D staff members on the ride, told the craziest story tonight as we were planning tomorrow’s route. He said he used a blow drier on high, hung by a hanger to warm up his hotel room. Said it was too cold. Good news though. He said he only left it on for an hour while he took a shower. Huh? Who heats their hotel room with a blow dryer? I’d never heard something so crazy. Somehow I don’t think that’s what they intended with the blow dryer. Wonder what the fire marshal would think?