Wednesday, September 10, 2014

No wet bike rides for me...

It rained again today.....  And that wouldn't be of interest except that it rained last Wednesday too....  And Wednesday is when we go on the long motorcycle rides to far away places..  But not in the rain...

Last Wednesday the planned ride was out to Pamona Lake at Vassar, Kansas...  There is a golf course there and they had scheduled the riders for a luncheon...  But the weather forecasters had other ideas as we had lightning bolts coming down in rapid succession...   I don't do lightning on the motor cycle..    So we decided to drive...  And of course when we arrived it was sunny and bright..

Most of the Wednesday crowd comes from Topeka, so they couldn't understand why we were coming in the Jeep....

Yesterday we rode to Wellsville which is just South of Olathe  right down the Interstate highway..  That was an interesting place because the downtown is old brick streets and most of the shops are antique offerings..  But the restaurant is Bar Be Cue and very tasty to boot..

But this morning we were supposed to ride over to Lawrence where Kansas University is located...  Its only about 30 miles over there...  and as I backed the bike out of the garage to go....  as I was standing there, a deluge of water came from the sky soaking me to the bone..  So I calmly rolled it back in the garage and took the car again..

I would have just passed on the ride, but I remembered the chicken fried steak from last year... And it was big and good...  So I drove over...  And just like last week it was dry and somewhat sunny in the next county West...  Again I was explaining that it was pouring over in KC....  To which I was getting the "Ya sure just like you said last week"  line...

I probably won't take the car to Wednesday rides any more....  LOL

Other than that, I have been doing some fall jobs around here and thinking about the trek next month to Arizona...  The weather here will deteriorate rather rapidly after Sept 30....  Rain will become the new normal and cold will set in on most mornings...

So its time to do all the fall oil changes and so on Monday I worked on the garden tractor that I use as a mower...  Its an older John Deere with a Kohler engine..  It has an oil filter and a pressure system..  I was changing the oil after I had mowed and it was still hot....  So when I took the cap off of the drain, oil went everywhere in and explosion..  It was as thin as water....  That gave me a mess to clean up later that afternoon....  But I'm making a list of things to do before I leave and these oil changes are at the top...  Most of the items will not be started again until spring..

Tomorrow its motorcycles and the hobby car...

Other than that, its just family stuff like baseball games and cookouts...  And on the grill session Sunday evening, we ran out of propane right in the middle of the cooking....  That set us back about a half and hour...

Are you thinking about your winter travels as well.....?

Retired Rod

Monday, September 1, 2014

Holiday Routine

The same old holiday routine had me off to Lake Ozark this past weekend...  I went down on Thursday and came home Monday...  We did the usual stuff....  Cooked way too many good meals and ate every bite of it....  I had both of my son's and their families along..

On Sunday night we had the Taco bar...  Marinaded Chicken done on the grill and the beef done in the taco seasoning.....   Then all the fixens....  Danielle made a special Mexican cheese dip with spinach in the crock pot....   Needless to say we were spreading cheese dip all over the tacos, making them open face tostada style...  With oddles of gooey cheese running off of the sides...... Don't tell the cardiologist...

It rained this morning but no one was done playing on and in the lake...  So once it let up things progressed with more boat rides and jet ski jaunts....  It was late and I was packed up, so I left it in the kids capable hands to shut things down..

It was dark when I arrived home so they will be late into the night.... The kids will have school tomorrow, so I hope they don't snooze in school....

It rained again heavily on the way home....  It was so dense that I had to stop once to let the worst of it pass me by...

Today, September 1st was Loyce and my anniversary...  So its a little sad here once things come to a complete stop....  I'll try not to dwell on it.....   She passed away on the 8th last year, and its hard to realize that a whole year has gone since that day......

Well tomorrow we have another motorcycle ride in the morning, so perhaps that will keep my mind busy......  And on Wednesday there is yet another ride to Vassar, Kansas....  Its supposed to be in the mid 90s that day....  I'll be killed...

Retired Rod

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A car museum (Pictures) in a town up by the Nebraska border...

We rode to Wetmore, Kansas.. It was 114 miles from my home here in Olathe/Overland Park..   This is North of Topeka on the road that goes to Omaha..... The cafe wasn't anything really special..  I had a small biscuit and gravy with a side of sausage...



We left KC at 7:30 and went thru the rush hour traffic to get out of town...  But the main attraction in Wetmore is the car museum..   It looks like a Chrysler dealer outside but it turns out that's just a historic sign... They had all kinds of cars...


This is in the wrong order, but this is the city hall with the post office next door...



I don't know all of the years, but this is a Cadillac..



1957 T Bird



1957 hardtop convertible Ford



1946 Chevy Pickup...  IF they would have sold it to me I would bring this one home....


Early 50s Chevy pickup



Willys Overland Jeepster  about 1950



Nash   "Hey buddy how do you get this thing out of second gear...? Beep beep!"








Pegasus gas pump..... Those are worth a fortune these days...



My riding partner Al in his orange safety shirt...


The owner purchased a historical gas station next door and it is part of the display...  The car is an Oldsmobile from the late 30s



Oldsmobile had the V 8 Rocket motors before any other GM product.... Note the overhead valve engine.... Fords were still all flat heads..



Mustang...  I wonder what he had to pay for this little jem...


Inside the old gas station...



This was down in the basement of the car dealership museum...  He found it in a barn somewhere in Kansas...  It hasn't been restored yet... just washed up some....  Oldsmobile about 1968 or 69 2 door hardtop... Note no post...



It was well into the 90s when we left town about 11 AM...  We rode back to Atcheson for about an hour and a half but got quite hot by then.... Stopped at a McDonalds......  For about an hour... to cool off.

The next jaunt was down to Platte City just North of the KCI airport....   Again we were dying from the heat and stopped at another McDonalds for more ice water... And this time an ice cream cone...

The last jaunt was back home on I 435 at 75 mph...  By then it was 97 degrees and the wind felt like dragon breath....  It was almost 5 PM when I got back...  But Biscuit was over at Ben's house in the A/C so she never missed me a bit!

Retired Rod

Monday, August 18, 2014

Out and About some more

Once back from that RV trip up to Iowa, things here in KC kind of got all slow and laid back...  Well except for the motorcycle rides....  And knowing that those aren't real popular to read about, I went into blogger standby...

So lets catch up all at once on those rides...  I went on three last week...  First on  Tuesday we stayed in the local KC area and only rode over to Blue Springs..  About an hour over there, and mostly on the perimeter interstate that surrounds our metro area...  The place was called little Richards and was kind of a hunting lodge place...  I counted 30 deer heads mounted along the walls...  A sign outside had the picture of a hand gun pointed at you with the inscription "Heck with the dog....Beware of owner"..  You know a real Missouri kind of a place....  I'll get into trouble for that comment, I'm sure.

I had a hot tenderloin sandwich...  The small one that was only 8 inches around...  Served Hot Beef style on wonder bread with mashed potatoes in the middle...  Completely smothered in chicken gravy...  I left most of the potatoes, but cleaned the rest of the sandwich from the plate...  About 10 million calories.....

On Wednesday we rode over 90 miles thru the countryside in Kansas to Americus...  This is down by Emporia, but we took all two lane roads...  The morning was cool and the ride was never over 60 mph..   This restaurant was more of a cheers bar, called the New Breck Cafe..  Here I got a Jucy Lucy style hamburger...  The one with the two patties of burger and a big gob of cheese sealed into the middle....    You bit into the burger and the cheese oozzed out all over almost burning your face.....  I passed on the fries though and had cottage cheese...

But then on the way back we went thru Dover, Ks where we had been several weeks prior, knowing that they had fresh hand made pie...  They make sugar free, which means that I can have some...  And the peaches are fresh off of the trees now....  Hot with a big dollop of cool whip...   Knowing all the restaurants in all the towns has its perks............ or drawbacks depending on how you look at it...

Well on Thursday we took a break from the restaurant scene, but I ended up over in Lawrence, Ks to get a new front tire put on the bike at a shop over there...  I have 12,000 miles and that is about the limit for cycle tires.. They are really soft rubber and do not last like car tires...  I ended up in McDonalds for lunch that day...

Then on Friday, we rode straight South of the city to Moran, Ks....  Chancy's Grill....  This time my friend Al convinced his wife Sharon to ride along...  Chancy's wasn't much to write about, as it was just a grill on the corner of US 54 and US 59...  But it was the first time that Sharon had gone along with us..  I'm not sure she was overly impressed.........  We did stop at the McDonalds in Ottawa, Ks on the way back for an Ice Cream Cone...  That was probably the highlight of that day other than the rain that plagued the morning as we left town...

Biscuit had the chance to go over to Ben's house and play with the grandkids on their last day of summer vacation before school started last week....  They must have led her all over the neighborhood because she was out like a light all of the next day....  She really likes her grandkid adventures..

And  on Saturday we had an impromptu party over at Chris' home that lasted into the evening when his neighborhood put on a block party with the street blocked off at the corner...  Lots of grills out in the street with coolers at the end of driveways....  The usual KC kind of thing.....  I left before midnight, but reports were that things went well beyond that....

So the activities abound here, but today I was out mowing the yard... Had to get that over with as tomorrow we are off to Appleton City over in Missouri....  That's another 80 miles or so and it is to be in the 90s...  We are nuts, I think...

Retired Rod