Sunday, November 26, 2006

Full Beaver Moon Tech Day

Last weekend, Rebecca, Deb, Eric, and I rode up to Canton, TX to attend a tech day, BBQ, and camp-out held by Howard and Jill from TWTex.

I only took a few pictures, but the photo thread is here on TWT.

I didn't get anything done on the R1200ST, but I *supervised* while Rebecca did an oil change, replaced brake pads, and did a brake fluid bleed. Deb got assisted with some electrical wiring, and Eric was along for the ride.

The hosts were prepared with excellent smoked turkey and brisket. The bonfire was huge, and made even more entertaining by the meteor shower happening that night. The four of us snuggled up on Rebecca's queen size air mattress to get a better view (and keep warm).

The ride back to Houston on Sunday took a little detour through Tyler and the piney woods with lunch at a cafe in Henderson. We were having such a good time that it almost didn't matter that we were eight miles from the Louisiana border at sunset.

The ride into Houston in darkness was a good test of my new winter gear. My on-board temperature gauge was in the high 40s to low 50s. I was using my Widder vest, heated grips, and balaclava. I was very glad of the extra clothes I'd brought for layering purposes.




2 comments:

Prof Wes said...

It's funny what you get used to and what sends you running for the heated gear.

I rode to work this morning - 36 degrees. Under my Kili I wore a fleece pullover. Used my regular spring/fall gloves (leather, no insulation) and turned on the heated grips after about 15 minutes on the road.

I'm thinking "high 40s! wow!"

I'd venture to guess you fare better in the heat of summer than I do though - lots more experience with that down TX way :)

Becca said...

Very funny.

I seem to be much more heat-tolerant than cold. I've ridden in mid 30s, and without heated gear even (it was too buried in my luggage, big mistake!).

I rode all the way through Texas summer, and suspect I'll be fine in the Texas winter too. And everyone was saying that my heated gear would be WASTED in Texas! Hah!