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Well -- it was another beautiful day in Florida for a ride this past Saturday -- 'bout 21 folks made the ride to Lake Wales, FL for lunch at Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak -- darn good company with darn good food -- darn good combo!!!

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I was at a BMW rally in Lake Wales many moons ago. It was in July and it rained two inches every day from 1pm to 3pm which was a break in the high 90s temps. There was a moat around the parking area. It sounds like April has better weather.
 

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July gives you lots of choices, Greywolf.

I went to Newfoundland in July a couple of years ago, and had the sort of weather you are having now. Lilacs were blooming, and icebergs were visible in most of the bays on the east side of the island. Yeah, I know bergs are rare in IN, but you have plenty of lilacs in April.

Florida's July is a month of almost predictable early afternoon rain. Quite often, afternoon showers wash the roads for me, so I can ride home in sunshine on clean pavement.

In British Columbia's Cariboo region, you can experience four seasons of weather any day of the year. I went there the first day of summer, and the pinging noise was hail bouncing off the bike.

If you want some revenge for Florida's rain, your opportunity comes next week, when I ride through the region where Lincoln spent his youth. Oh, that's your stomping ground, isn't it. Well, I will share your weather mid-week, en route from Paducah KY to Carmel IN to Toronto ON.

By the way, thanks for all your knowledgeable posts. I have learned a lot from you.

Keith
 

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There's always nice weather someplace. All too often, it's someplace else.
 

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Odd experience in Paducah

I count myself as one of the stupidest people on two wheels, Al.

In 1965, I took my 1965 Honda Super Hawk on a long ride, from Toronto to Cape Girardeau MO to Virginia Beach and back home to Toronto. I liked that ride a whole lot, for many reasons, all of which you probably know.

When did I do my second long ride? 2006!

Well, I am trying to make up for that interval. I have enjoyed several long rides since, and the next begins in two days.

OK, why am I going to Paducah? Well, that Super Hawk was mine for only one year, because I traded it in on a Honda car, the S-600 ... which didn't stay long either, but this is the bike's story, not the car's.

I never dropped that Super Hawk. Well, almost never. I parked it outside a bar in Paducah, on some soft tar in August. While I was inside having some, uh, coffee, the bike sank into the tar and gracefully fell over onto the bulging knapsack that was hanging off the right side of the bike. (Super Hawks have floor stands only, and the spur to stand on sticks out to the left, so it had to fall to the right.)

No damage, except to my pride. I stamped the broken asphalt into place, and the marks almost disappeared.

All I wish to do in Paducah is ride through without falling over. I won't be able to spot the bar, but I will look.

I have learned about soft tar, and I enjoy the disk that Jim Shaw gave me a couple of years ago. It even has a string to remind me it is in use, and to haul it up with.

Thank you for giving me an extra reason to enjoy Paducah.

Kentucky sure is a lovely state, but its jelly is almost flavorless. :rolleyes:

Keith
 

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Keith -- enjoy your trip -- watch out for soft tar -- oh, by the way -- next week thru the weekend -- is the annual Quilt Show in Paducah, KY -- no hotel rooms for miles around -- enjoy your trip

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