Because it has been so good lately, I chose Rocket as my ride. On the way down, it passed 69,000 miles and ended the day right at 69,100. It was perfect until the end of the ride when I got on I-10, got it up to 74 mph and the power dropped and temperature rose. I got off and finished the ride on US 90, where it got back to perfect. It appears that it is going to be fine on all roads where I stay below 70 mph. That covers most of our group rides and can cover everything if I am careful.
Upon getting home, I have wanted to take Vanessa for a long, fast test ride since Boris replaced the leaking water pump on Saturday. I took her all around the area, probably nearly 50 miles including I-295 for more than 15 miles. She is not as fast as Razzo, topping at around 74 on this ride, but she did not overheat, stumble or give me any indications that she is not now capable of any ride. She now goes into the rotation for big rides.
Thanks to Russ Dixon for the photos.
At the start, Jim Skillman and me, on Rocket
Stopped at a light in Maclenny. The first hour was cold and damp.
Turning, 8 miles north of Sanderson in the Osceola National Forest
The sun finally came out. Feeling the warmth on my legs made me happy.
Sunny stop near Lake City
Leading the gang onto one of my favorite roads
Price Creek Road, south of Lake City. Scenic north Florida at its best.
More on Price Creek Road
Price Creek turns into SW County Road 245 just south of 238, and reward the rider with one of the few vistas in the area.
More scenic North Florida
Parked across the street from the Great Outdoors in High Springs. High Springs is one of the best small towns in North Florida. It is just far enough from Gainesville to be busy, while not being a sprawling exurb.