I had to stop and play the last sentence of the conversation over again. Three grown men, none of whom had children, were talking about sippy cups. Really?!?!
I believe that many men act like children, but the use of a sippy cup? Well...yeah. I guess I can see where it would be beneficial. But I am way off track.
The conversation was actually chiding Oilburner for not having a cup holder on the RT. After all,Ken had one on his. And the discussion at hand was the only way Oilburner would be able to drink while riding with a full fact helmet. Sippy cup came up, but I think they meant something with a flexible straw.
I didn't care. I knew Oilburner wasn't installing one. That is a Goldwing farkle. So I tuned back out of the conversation and thought forward to the ride that was coming up.
We hadn't ridden to Cherohala or the Dragon yet this year. With the fall colors coming, and winter not far behind, those roads were going to be busy soon. Therefore the first "autumn" like weekend of year saw us headed there.
Who knew the first autumn week would have us experiencing 37.4 F (3C) at 12:30 on the Skyway. But there it was in all its blinking glory on my temp gauge.
Where were the 67 F (20C) highs they had predicted?
Nothing to worry about here though. Starting out in my winter jacket and four layers of winter clothes showed me that would not be sustainable at freeway speeds. So I switched the layers to the Gerbings heated jacket directly at the breakfast/meetup location. Two guys had fairings, and one of them heated gear. The Harley dude, sans a windshield, had on a down jacket. We were all prepared.
There isn't much more to say about this day. It was all about the ride in the company of good friends that were well matched in riding styles. The twisties were smooth and easy. The side trips were agreed upon. The route was up for changes. We were all willing to take a lead.
You can see more images on Flickr. And you can watch the video that sums it all up.
Cherohala With Friends from Love Of A Motorbike on Vimeo.