Friday, February 29, 2008

Daytona Bike Week has arrived!

This weekend marks the start of the annual Daytona Bike Week event. This is the largest motorcycle related event in the country, with over 500,000 motorcyclists descending upon sunny Florida to enjoy, the sights, sounds, scenery, parties, motorcycle racing and loads of other motorcycle related events.

A few of my Guzzi friends are making Casa Galardi their HQ during Bike Week. Ace and Ralph (Missouri) and Rob (Wisconsin) arrived yesterday. Ace and Rob will be working all week and weekends installing motorcycle tires for Metzeler.

Saturday I am going to see my first baseball spring training game of the year with my coworker Scott and his two young lads Kurt and Nick. This will be the little rats' first game! Cleveland Indians vs . Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, FL.

Sunday a.m. Daniel (Kansas) and his brother-in-law Gil (California) will be arriving and they will be here a few days to mostly enjoy all the motorcycle racing events which happen during Bike Week.

Monday night is the big Moto Guzzi gathering at Pantheon Pizza in Daytona. I am looking forward to the hordes (well, over 50 anyway) of Guzzis that will descend upon the place for pizza, pasta and coversation.

Tuesday I have the day off...yeah! I will be heading to Daytona International Speedway with some friends to watch the motorcycle races...everything from Harelys and Indians from the 1930's to modern day bike...including a nice sprinkling of Moto Guzzis!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Guzzi National Rally...updated

The big news of today is that I am planning to ride to the Moto Guzzi National rally in June 2008. This year it is located in Malibu, CA. So I plan to take 2 weeks off in mid to late June/early July and ride across this great land of ours, from sea to shining sea.

My pal Stal from Papillion, NE plans to go as well, so I will either meet him somewhere along the route or in Papillion. Here's a link to Guzzi National Rally.

I'd like to stay at the Blue Swallow motel on Route 66 and hopefully visit my sister Mara and my friend Dave during the trip.

Tentative schedule is for me to ride to Omaha and get there by Friday night (June 20).

Leave Saturday and ride to Tucumcari, NM
Sunday ride from Tucumcari to Phoenix, AZ
Monday ride from Phoenix to Malibu, CA where the rally is located.
We'll be there a few days. Then on way back ride to Tucson, AZ to visit my friends Dave and Julie and their kids.
After that we'll kinda take our time a bit and ride some interesting routes on the way back to Omaha...then eventually I'll ride back to Florida.

Here's a view of what the route could look like from Omaha...

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Smyrna Beach

I took a little walk on New Smyrna Beach today...about 22 miles from my house. It's a nice, wide beach. Less commercialized and crowded than Daytona Beach.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Daytona Beach today

I took a vacation day today and headed over to Daytona Beach in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day, sunny and mid 70's.

I walked the beach for a while, stopping at Zeno's for some of their excellent saltwater taffy. I also took a walk on one of the big bridges over the intercoastal waterway. Some great views from there. Below is a li'l vid of the ocean and a link to the pics I took today.


Daytona Beach 2/8/2008 pics

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Greenville, SC road trip today

Leaving this a.m. for an all day trip with my friend Andrew to Greenville, SC to pick up a Ducati he bought. We will use a pickup to get it and haul it back, so I will prolly get home about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

UPDATE: Well, we arrived home at about 11:10 p.m. last night. Very successful trip. The bike was in good shape, Andrew likes it a lot and the trip was really a pretty easy one. We did have to deal with a lot of "tossers" on the road, as Andrew likes to term them. These are essentially idiot drivers, like the pic of the white car you see here who was in a BIG hurry to zoom past us, then would slow down so we had to pass them. Tosser indeed!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A fun Saturday in sunny Florida

Had a really good time today on Brix's inaugural MOD bike event, though my day started on a rough note. The Griso ran out of fuel on the St. Johns River bridge on I-4 on my way down to breakfast. Luckily there was a gas station a little less than a mile away and it wasn't too awful bad to push the bike there.

Anyway, 30-40 folks I'd guess met up for breakfast in Winter Park, Florida. A good variety of bikes and folks. Good food and good conversation, followed by a good ride to Brix's friends acreage. There we met a llama and goats and saw an awful lot of cool bikes and other keen stuff! Beautiful weather too...upper 70's/low 80's and sunny! Here's a link to some pics I took....


After that I rode to the Cars for the Cure car show in Lake Mary, FL. Loads of sweet cars! Some pics at the link below.....