Nov 23, 2020, 10:13:58 AM11/23/20
to VA Guzzi
Awright-Awright-Awriiight! Mother Nature smiled down on us bikers BIG
TIME Saturday. I backed the Eldo out of the garage Saturday morning, by
the time I got my Jacket, helmet, & gloves on the thermometer I
have mounted inside the fairing was sitting solidly on 70 degrees. It
was still reading 70 when I got home late in the afternoon. The sun
shone on roads cleaned by recent heavy rains, it just don't get no
better, especially for mid November.
I arrived first at Stonehouse Creek Park, w/Lannis pulling in on his
Stelvio a few minutes later. He said he'd come up early & had been
riding around the back roads of Amherst county for over an hour. He said
"I grew up in Appomattox county 25 miles away & had no idea there
were so many nice back roads in Amherst County" When Bob Corfield
rolled in on his new toy 1400 California Touring a little later he
commented that he was very familiar w/all the local roads from riding
the mountains & attending Virginia rallies going all the way back to
early Sherando Lake days. Every few minutes we heard the distinctive
Guzzi rumble as Allyn Chappell on his V7III, my Son Doug on his
California Stone, and Mike Jones on his Son Nate's 750 Breva arrived,
Mike's Convert is still down for repairs, so he borrowed the Breva &
Nate rode his Kawasaki. That gave us 7 attendees, all on bikes, w/6 of
them Guzzis....not too shabby for November!
We had the pavilion to ourselves all afternoon, there was a little
traffic down to the lake, mostly vehicles w/ boat trailers & one
dude on an enduro bike obviously having a blast. I'd stopped at the Food
Lion in Madison Heights & bought myself a sub from the deli, it
appeared that everyone else brought food from home. The tables in the
pavilion were bolted down, so we each had our own, well spaced for
proper social distancing.
After much discussion of the local roads, the conversations branched out
in interesting directions like they always do at our gatherings. From
mounting the second front wheel brake cylinder & piping up
w/teflon-ss brake hose on Doug's bike, to the little Ford Festiva Cult
club diminishing as Lannis is building himself a Toyota convertible
& selling his Festiva...But Nate still has 5 (formerly 11!) so the
moto-lust for the little cars remains alive in Amherst. After lunch
there was a good tire-kicking session w/all the bikes being checked out.
We all rode down to have a quick look at the (muddy) lake before turning around & heading home.
Hopefully, the upward curve of covis cases in Va will have flattened
dramatically by next month & meeting in a restaurant will be an
option, we'll just have to "play it by ear".
Ride safe & do what's necessary to stay healthy,
PS: Nate says that Keri's pregnancy is coming along fine & that Mike
& Laura's the new grand-baby is due any day. Best wishes for an
easy delivery & a healthy Mom & baby