Sunday, March 12, 2006

Kenosha & Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

I left the house at 8:15AM, it was 42 degrees outside, slightly breezy, but the sun was out. There was another strong storm heading this way, supposedly scheduled to arrive late afternoon, winds were supposed to pick up to 30MPH. I met up with Alex in Des Plaines, apparently the city boys, Andy and Dan were lost. They were at a McDonalds a few miles away from the meeting spot eating breakfast waiting for us to get them.

The four of us headed to I-294 and then zipped over to Kenosha, WI to the ST.N coffee meet. We arrived at around 10:30AM. The pace lead by Alex AKA fast beemer was just like his name.

The coffee place named Common Grounds was located on the shore of Lake Michigan. I’d like to come here in the summer time when it’s warmer, the wind off the lake was cold today, making it feel less then 40 degrees. I had to put on my mittens to keep my paws warm while standing around loitering in front of the coffee house.

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Cold enough to wear mittens

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Andy’s new ride

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Let me try that on for size

After some coffee and a lot of chit chat, a small group of us headed to the beach to check out the light house. The waves were big, the winds were frigid.

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Kenosha beach and light house in the background

After some pictures we took off to Lake Geneva to grab some lunch, the sun already disappeared behind the thick colds, the temperature stayed in the mid 40’s. It was supposed to be a high of 51 today but I doubt it ever got there. I had the heated grips on all morning, I was trying to wait until I was frozen stiff before I turning on my Widder electric vest.

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Lake Geneva

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We grabbed some parking spots near the shore of Lake Geneva, there was still a thin layer of ice on the water, a reminder that Winter was still here. Lunch was at Popeye’s, not related to the similarly-named fast food chain. Popeye's of Lake Geneva is a local institution that serves rotisserie-cooked meats, as well as burgers, steaks, and seafood.

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Ice on the lake

After lunch we split up. I took off around Lake Geneva, and rode though Williams Bay down to Harvard, then Marengo, finally Burlington then home. The clouds were really thick now and threatening to release their contents. Winds were picking up also, but still nothing like yesterday. My clutch hand was also hurting me, a reminder that I haven’t been riding the Duc lately, haven’t been squeezing the tough hydraulic clutch. After a few regular weekends of riding I’ll be used to it again.

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There is an easy way to spot a sport-tourer even when they are not on their bikes… look for the black textiles and tank bags

I pulled in to my driveway at 4:30PM with a gimpy left hand after almost 200 miles riding. The rain started an hour later.

5 comments:

Jammin said...

Hey, so what are you saying about guys in blue textiles with blue bags??? I isn't a sport-tourer? The fashionista in me takes over...

I had freezing hands the whole day, thinking my newly installed heated grips weren't working, while set in the 'high' position. Rick found out that the installation diagram is reversed and the 'low' setting is actually the high. Oh, the agony.

Rick said...

LOL who is the 60's leftover in the beret and sunglasses on the K1200? Boy, leave Kaos to his own devices for a couple of months and he digresses to a hippy....LOL.

So, what was his bike like Anna, comfy?

Hmmm, I was riding with Diane from 11 to about 3, it wasn't that cold here! The infamous "cooler by the lake" thing happening.

I found my installation notes, and there was in my chicken scratch, "wiring diagram is reversed" it didn't click until your call saying your grips didn't seem to be working.

Jerry James said...

Great write up, damn it looks cold. We rode on Saturday but it was in the mid 70's. There is something to be said for N Texas..

Laura said...

Nooo! I linked over here from aboyandhisbike..I am from Richmond, IL and live in MD now. Reading this post has made me so homesick! Popeyes!! NOOOOOOOO!
~L.

Black Ice said...

OK...is it just me or does the taillight on that new beemer look like a stuck-out tongue?

(And the word-verification thing read "thbbat." Synchronicity, I tell ya! LOL)