yep I forgot a hat thought about it on the way up but after looking at the majority of the crowd my sad little patch of hair that is left put me in the Hippie haircut category at this meetA few bald spots?!?!?! That’s why I wear a cap.
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COLD... That is how the day started. Leaving Huntsville at 7:00am with Joe fink and Jeff Hansen, the lowest I saw was 31 F and it did not get over 34 F until after the first 90 miles or so, only then creeping up to the low 40s until after we passed Waco. It was in the low 50s when we arrived in Hico and warmed up to 64 by the time I left a little after 1:00pm. It stayed right around that temp all the way home. The wind really picked up once we passed Waco and it stayed that way for me all the way home. I didn't get any pics, but there was a lot of fog in the low areas and different layers floating around. North of Huntsville as we were coming up on the Ferguson Unit on FM 247, the lowlands near the Trinity River bottoms were covered in thick fog to our East and the sun was coming up, hitting it and the layers, lighting it all up with a cool glow. I should have stopped, but my fingers were already frozen to the grips We did stop in Centerville at Woody's for some snacks and to warm up. I had some of those chemical hand warmers in the breast pockets of my mid layer jacket. They barely got luke warm. Very disappointing! Then I noticed that they expired in Nov 2017 It wasn't so bad after we left Woody's.
I never counted bikes. Some folks show up early, eat, and leave. They just don't hang around to kick tires and shoot the breeze with folks By the time I got back out to the parking lot, some of them were already heading home. I left around 1:00pm and had a nice meandering ride home that included some fun dirt roads here and there. I only took one pic at a low water crossing that wasn't much this time. Last time it was flowing pretty good and I had Sarah on the back of my GS. Anywho, just over 450 miles for me. I can REALLY tell I don't do days like that much anymore because I was SORE when I got home!
LOTS of pics! (will be attached momentarily as they are on my phone...)
3. The friendship of Motorcyclist I love seeing all the different brands and style bikes with owners all getting along that is one thing I have always liked about TWT it is for motorcyclists not just those that love one style of bike and think everything else is substandard
2. Age, I saw very few guys I would guess were under 45years old. Is the younger crowd not riding or just smart enough to stay home on a cold morning?? Wasnt there some saying about age and wisdom if that was the case it should have been mostly 20-35 year olds there
I think there tends to be a middle aged 25-35 gap because that is when a lot of people are dealing with student debt, starting families, building a career, paying for cars, paying rent or for a house, etc,... and they just can't spend the money on bikes. So you have the younger crowd that is likely still single and without kids, maybe have decent jobs, and can afford a sport bike. Then on the other side of that gap are people that are starting to get their feet on solid ground after busting their butts for 10-15 years and they can finally think about spending money on something fun, which often puts them at 40+. Had it not been for TWT from around 2005 to about 2010 or so, I would have stopped riding once we started having kids because there's no way I could have justified spending the money on bikes, tires, trips, gear, etc,...