In an effort to extend my motorcycle riding season, I had Flying Tiger install a set of heated hand grips. The cost of the grips plus installation was $300, but money well spent.
The button with the LO to HI is the controller for the different heat settings.
I can say without a doubt that it was worth every penny. Having warm hands makes a huge difference for comfort. If you like to ride but don’t like being cold, its worth it!
I took another evening ride going north.
I ended up in the land between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. I was going to ride north to a free bridge, but it got late much sooner than I expected. So I gook some cool night photography and headed home on the Golden Eagle Ferry to save time.
On the Golden Eagle Ferry looking north at the shore I just left.
Part of the joy of motorcycling for me is to be spontaneous. This means picking random roads to see where the go and stopping when you would continue in a car. Today’s ride had me out by Waterfall before I took a new road. I ended up in Pacific, Mo in an area I had been before. But I had never stopped at the overlook. So I parked at Jensen’s Point Overlook to hike up and check it out. Its just south of I-44 in Pacific, Mo on E. Osage Street. See map below.
Here are a few photos from the top. Its cool that you can see the river from the top.
Eric and I met up for an easy Saturday morning motorcycle ride. We decided to meet at an old Blockbuster (now defunct) that he used to work at. There, we would meet his sister Alisa and ride together to St. Genevieve, Missouri for breakfast. Why St. Gen, cause its far away and gives us a place to ride to.
So I’m riding along on the highway doing my own thing and getting over 50 MPG. Suddenly, I’m passed by Eric going much faster. So I kept up with him and followed him all the way to our meeting spot. Why this part of the story is important is because Eric often complains that he doesn’t get that great of fuel economy. He used to get great numbers, but the longer he has had his bike, the worse it gets. When we got to the meeting spot, I was down to just 40 MPG due to keeping up with Eric. I did my best to explain to him that his crazy riding (cause motorcycles are so much fun) is the reason it has gone down!
From Left to right: Eric’s Yamaha FZ-07, Alisa’s Honda CB500, Hogan’s Suzuki V-Strom 650
Once we met up, we had a nice country ride down rural Missouri highways until we got into St. Gen. From there, we headed to a Huddle House. As luck would have it, it was closed for renovations. Eric guided us to a McDonald’s for breakfast. I actually like McDonald’s, but was looking for some small town food. So I told Eric and Alisa to hang on. I approached a stranger and asked if he knew of a local diner for breakfast that wasn’t a chain. He pointed us to Buddy’s Place Restaurant (585 Ste Genevieve Dr, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670).
Buddy’s was the perfect small town breakfast. The buffet had more stuff than I should have eaten, but that didn’t stop me! I don’t normally take photos of my food, but this was an exception!
Eventually we parted ways. Eric and I took the ferry across to Illinois and Alisa went back home solo.
Its hard not to be excited when you have a new toy. My Wee-Strom still has my attention even though I purchased it in March. Today’s adventure had me riding out to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. I know there are some gravel roads out there and I don’t have much time before sunset!
I stumbled across something else awesome. They had some fields of sun flowers that were blooming perfectly!
And my trusty Wee-Strom that got me there and back with lots of smiles!