Well I did get a trip out to Lancaster, but as the forces that be were against me (got up late, had to clean the chain and adjust clutch). I could not make a full day of it as it was anyway, but I did get in some good riding and got a couple of pictures.
Too bad that the sun does not hang around that long this time of year because I wanted to explore a bit more. As it turned out it was a train kind of day anyway.
None the less I printed out the directions on Google maps to Strasburg railroad (and the previous route that I was
going to take) and brought along the GPS anyway just in case. Also taken was a extra pair of paints just in case it got cold because it was 55 deg when I left @ 12:30 pm. I was glad that I did.
While I do not have a map bag, scotch tape worked out pretty darn well to keep the directions in place
What is nice, is that only 3 pieces of tape were needed, and they came off the tank nicely.
None the less I got there with no real issues or events, and I expected that when I got there that there would not be a lot of people there (being that it was a Monday, and kind of "off season") but I did not expect it to be this empty. Can you spot the v-strom in this picture?
They didn't have their steam engines running, but a old diesel powered trolley (L.O. & S. self-propelled motor car 1915) running the usual line giving tours and what not.
After touring the site for about a hour and looking at all the old stuff, and hitting a couple of stores it started to get really cold and overcast and decided to get a quick bite and jet before it got too cold. While I did have cold weather gear, it was not "tested" and I did not feel a hour and some trip in the cold was a good way to test it.
Here is the final picture, showing the overcast, and the cheap quality of the digital camera. Too bad the quality is not better, this might have made a good desktop picture. These are some of their rolling stock that is used with the steam engines during a normal day.
None the less I headed up the street to Isaac's restaurant and deli for a quick bite to eat before heading out. They have some good food that is priced well and is great for lunch stop offs. When it was time to roll, I tossed on my spare paints to double up and I was out of there.
While heading back I made it to pretty much Newtown Square before the rush hour traffic kicked into high gear. Me being a guy that hates rush hour in a car, and even more on a bike, decided to stop off at Nicholas Smith Trains for a hour or two and allow traffic to die down.
None the less a ok day on a motorcycle is better then any day in the office. I did see a couple of "touring" bikes on the road, but nothing else.
I guess I'll have to wait till spring/summer before trying this again.