Last Hurrah of Summer 2015

It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over…it feels like it only arrived a few weeks ago. Motorcyclists and summer lovers in general were cheated by #Julyuary and its rain, drizzle, fog and cold temps. Nonetheless, the calender presses on and fall has arrived.

The weather gods were kind though, giving us a beautiful weekend to finish off the summer. In a most irresponsible fashion, I put most household chores aside for the full two days, and pretty much spent all waking hours on the bike. Nowhere epic, nothing extravagant. Just riding. It was one of the most enjoyable weekends of the summer.

Saturday

I hadn’t test-ridden any bikes this summer at all, which is a bit odd for me. I didn’t plan on taking in the BMW test ride day either, but faced with a beautiful Saturday and no plans for an out-of-town ride, we took a spin out to Avalon Motorad to see if anything interesting was available. I managed to hook a ride on the new R1200R, a roadster of sorts with a low seat height and that fantastic boxer engine.

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Comfy ergo’s and lots of torque. Love that boxer engine!

After burning gas that I didn’t pay for and enjoying a post-ride scoff* put off by BMW, we headed off for a leisurely ride around the north east Avalon, stopping here and there for coffee and conversation. It wasn’t until we were on the South Side Road watching darkness descend on the city that I realized I had spent the entire day on two wheels, and didn’t accomplish another thing. Oh well. It was worth it!

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Pouch Cove

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I don’t always drink Starbucks, but when I do I’m on motorcycle 🙂

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Dusk at Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America.

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Darkness falls on the old city.

Sunday

Unlike Saturday, I started Sunday with a bit of a plan…head out the highway for lunch somewhere on the east coast of Trinity Bay. We wanted to go to the Dildo Dory Grill (I’m not making this up…”Dildo” is a part of a dory apparently and is an actual town name) but found out that it was closed for the season. We went to the Shag It Cafe instead (again, not making it up. The cafe is named for the “shag rocks” in the bay that the cafe overlooks). It’s a beautiful spot with wonderful coffee and great food. I highly recommend it.

dildo

See? It’s the actual name.

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Istead of deep-fried what-nots, the clubhouse was served with veggie sticks. Delicious!

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the area a little, you never know what what you might see in small towns…

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Someone put a lot of work into ‘Mater here!

Usually when faced with a beautiful forecast for the weekend I try to plan these epic rides. Sometimes that works out, and other times it just doesn’t. I think I need to have more weekends like this, where very little is planned and I just go where the road takes me.

Summer is over, but I’m hoping for a great fall!

*Scoff: a good meal

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Posted on September 26, 2015, in Pictures: Places & Bikes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have visited in the area a while ago, and tried to be mature about the Shag rock and the town called Dildo… didn’t work. Couldn’t stop giggling.

  2. Ha ha – love the Starbucks comment! Our mornings are starting to get cool here in Colorado….but I’m still hoping for many more days without ice and snow before packing it in!

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