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Today I took a trip back to what keeps me grounded. I spent a couple of hours on a soul ride.  I picked a general direction to go and that pretty much was the only plan.  I had passed by this farm on several occasions of late and had yet to stop and take a photograph. Today I would rectify that.  I think you can see how this caught my eye.I haven’t taken a day like this in some time. I turned down some roads that I had yet to venture down. I always love doing this.  I was on the lookout for old buildings and in particular old barns.  I wasn’t disappointed. I soon spotted this jewel.  I ask you what has more soul than an old barn?I must commend the Little Woman for waiting so patiently as I focused my attention and camera on these other subjects. She never gets jealous as I do this. In fact I snapped this photograph of her on the sly.  Soon I rewarded the Little Woman by brining her back to the forefront of my attention.  I wasn’t sure where I was until I spotted this old store. I just love taking new roads and seeing sites I’ve yet to see.  Sooner or later I always come out to a location I recognize. To me this is what riding is all about.Ride Safe,

 

Ronman

I recently enjoyed taking a nice leisurely backroad trip with some wonderful friends.  It was the kind of laid back riding that I so love.  No rigid schedule to adhere to. No deadlines to make. Just a close-knit group of friends and our scooters out enjoying one another’s company and the beautiful scenery of Tennessee and Kentucky.Cumberland Falls State Park Kentucky is a wonderful scenic stop.  The ride there is equally as scenic. You can see from all the smiles in this next photograph that we enjoyed the journey there.

I would say that the folks in the blue raft are enjoying the nice spray coming off the falls. This particular day was extremely hot and humid.Kentucky has some not so natural things and places to visit as well. Who hasn’t heard of the eleven herbs and spices that made a Kentucky Colonel by the name of Sanders famous? Corbin Kentucky has the honor of being the birthplace of Kentucky Friend Chicken.   Although the original location has been destroyed, there is a museum of sorts across the street from that location.  You can enjoy some of the famous KFC chicken while looking around the displays of days of old.Where have you ridden lately? What scenic views have you enjoyed? What historic parts of Americana have you visited?

Ride Safe,

Ronman

Here’s an update on the MeanStreet Riders.  They are working on raising money to fund their media campaign.  Click on the link below to see a video about them.

Ride Safe,

Ronman

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Do you ever just take off and ride with no particular destination in mind? I certainly hope you do. Those are my favorite type of rides.  This past weekend was a very emotional one for me. It was the 24th anniversary of the death of my Daddy. As you can imagine a relaxation ride was exactly what I needed.

Even though it’s been many years since the passing of my Old Man, it still hurts. As for myself, I don’t think you ever get over something such as this. It’s just some days you can handle it better than others.  Thankfully this year I had a very dear friend beside me through it all. Amazing how much having someone else just being there with you can ease the burden.

This ride today pretty much went full circle. We started out heading north out of town with only the idea of getting a ride in.  We even had a late start.  Although the temps were in the 90’s it wasn’t too bad.  One thing that always helps on days such as this is to ride on roads that are bathed in the shadows of trees.  Throw in a meandering creek alongside the road and you have a natural air conditioning of sorts.  Another added bonus to the creek side roads are the twist and turns that go with them.

The north route wound up turning to the east then south only to bring us close to some friend’s house.  Knowing these folks always enjoy company, we stopped for a nice visit.  Nothing like getting caught up with some old pals and enjoying some nice cool refreshments as well. Soon it was time to climb back on the scooters and continue on our journey.  I always enjoy riding the scenic back roads of Tennessee and traveling back in time with all the memories that flash across my mind’s eye.

Although I had the camera along with me on this journey today I wouldn’t ever get it out.  This was one of those rides that I wasn’t gonna share any of the scenery with anyone other than the one there with me.  I feel selfish when I do this. But it has to be done from time to time.  Hopefully you’ll understand.

Soon it was time to make one last visit before ending this wonderful journey.  We stopped for a visit with some more dear friends.  It was a much needed cool down. The laughter always flows around these fine folks as well.  Just what I needed to end this weekend on an upbeat mood.

I spent my weekend with some very special memories and some very special people.  Five people to be exact. Granted not all together.  Five people who over the years I’ve come to know I can depend on. Five people who have continued to show me that they are here for me. No matter the day. No matter the hour. They have been and continue to be here for me. Unconditionally.

Ride Safe,

 

Ronman

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