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Offline rgbeard

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Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« on: September 30, 2017, 04:06:55 PM »
This morning came too easily.  I woke on my own around 6:15, and persuaded my body to move around 6:30.  My entire self looking forward to a few hours of motorcycle enjoyment.

Today in Phoenix is projected to be a high of 99 degrees, even though it's late September.  Starting sooner is a plus.  I'd like to be home by Noon, or so.

My route today looks something like this:

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I got my shower, and contained my enthusiasm long enough to enjoy coffee with my wife on the balcony.  One of our Saturday morning rituals.  But as 8 o'clock approached, it was time to gather myself and begin my first motorcycle ride in over a year!  I've not felt so anxious about a simple ride around Central AZ before.  This was an easy ride around the high desert before, and now it was promoted to a big event in life.  A wayward semi making an illegal turn changed my outlook on a lot.  Funny how things change, isn't it?

Speedy waits for me down in the garage of the condo tower:

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Only 50 miles out of town, going towards Globe, it looks like this:

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The scenery doesn't suck:

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The town of Superior:

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There's a great tunnel called the Queen Creek Tunnel.  I just couldn't get a pic of it.  You can google it if you're curious.

Welcome to Miami.  Well, not that Miami.

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There's a nice service station in Miami.  The service might be a little slow.

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The restaurant next door, offered up Blue Plate Specials.

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Just in case one of our members needs some forward-planning help:

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From there it was on to Globe, gas-up, and begin the Northwest trek to Roosevelt Lake.

More scenery of this high desert goodness:

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Lake Roosevelt coming in to view:

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Along the way to Roosevelt, my little Speedy turned 28,000 miles young.  It was in an insanely scenic area, so I stopped to document the event.

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Roosevelt Lake has a great bridge and dam.  I've never stopped to get the pix before.  Today became that day.  Up here at 4,000' elevation, it's really pleasant.

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Having Roosevelt Lake now in the rear view, it's time to get to the aptly-named Beeline Highway and make a beeline home.  My pleasant temperatures will be giving way to low 90s in a short amount of time.

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All in all:

My left foot still doesn't really feel the shifter, but I didn't bungle any shifts, so I'll call that good.

241 miles, 3 hours 35 minutes.  30 photos taken.  Almost ΒΌ of a Saddlesore 1000 ride.

Less than $20 spent on gas.  But the peace of mind to be back in the saddle again was priceless.


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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2017, 04:35:44 PM »
Welcome back my friend!   8)
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2017, 04:56:49 PM »
Congratulations!!

That first ride - such a nice feeling...



Is the shift foot's feeling a permanent issue or something that should improve??
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 05:38:52 PM »
Congratulations!!

That first ride - such a nice feeling...



Is the shift foot's feeling a permanent issue or something that should improve??


Thanks - it is an awesome feeling.

Ask me in a year or two about the numbness.
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2017, 06:06:28 PM »

  :clap:
 Thanks for sharing.

Ask me in a year or two about the numbness.

If I was a betting man I'd bet you'll be fine!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2017, 06:29:28 PM »
Yay motorcycles!
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2017, 10:57:36 PM »
Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries

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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2017, 09:20:23 PM »
I'm very happy you're back in the saddle again. VERY HAPPY. I know when I t-boned a little Hyundai and totaled my Kbike in '94, the first person I reached out to, after rehab, was my dad. He found me my VFR pronto. Eyes forward sir.
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2017, 09:50:33 PM »
I'm very happy you're back in the saddle again. VERY HAPPY. I know when I t-boned a little Hyundai and totaled my Kbike in '94, the first person I reached out to, after rehab, was my dad. He found me my VFR pronto. Eyes forward sir.

Yeah, not quite the same here.  Haven't told my parents yet.  May not.

I've told those people that matter to me, already.   8)
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2017, 12:15:13 AM »
Good to see ya back out on the road :)
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2017, 02:35:05 AM »
excellent
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 08:05:41 PM »
 :thumbsup:

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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2017, 08:06:42 PM »
Congrats!

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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2017, 06:12:39 AM »
Most excellent ride report! Pics and subject matter. Congratulations. Good to see you back and recovered.
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2017, 06:35:18 AM »
Great therapy, thanks for sharing it.


Also, I didn't realize Miles was also an undertaker. 
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2017, 09:33:23 AM »
Great therapy, thanks for sharing it.


Also, I didn't realize Miles was also an undertaker.

I decided to make a living from my passion and take my hobby to new levels. I've gone pro.
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2017, 10:03:18 AM »
Congrats - tick that box and try not to look back!

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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2017, 10:45:30 AM »
Yeah, not quite the same here.  Haven't told my parents yet.  May not.

I've told those people that matter to me, already.   8)

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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2017, 08:22:00 PM »
Congrats - glad you're back on 2-wheels again  :thumbsup:
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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2017, 05:49:33 PM »
Thanks, all.

I decided to take the SV 650 out and replicate the route.

The bike hasn't been run in a year, except for me wheeling out of the spot in the garage and starting it.

It showed me no ill will for the time off, and we had a great time on the same path.

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Re: Recovery ride, 2017. Central AZ
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2017, 09:59:00 PM »
Late to the party- but congrats- great to see you back on two wheels!
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