Yesterday promised to be such a nice day that I decided to de-mothball the R1200GS and get out for a ride. My destination was Great Falls, Maryland–a place that, somehow, I’d never managed to visit despite having lived in Maryland since I was 5.
Today’s ride was just a quick, 80-mile visit to a handful of back roads in Carroll and Howard Counties in Maryland that somehow I hadn’t previously ever ridden. Also, it served as a shake-down trip to make sure that my new Vario side cases were properly mounted and stayed in place. (They did.) Along the way, I saw attractive streams and ponds—and too many vultures…
As regular readers will know, last week I attempted to find the Catoctin Creek Aqueduct–or what’s left of it–that carried the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal across the creek. I failed, but a few moments using Google Maps back home showed where it was. So, that was this week’s destination.
The last time I rode through Sharpsburg, MD–the site of the Battle of Antietam–I stopped in at the Sharpsburg Arsenal and admired their collection of Civil War rifles, pistols, swords, uniforms, etc. On November 18th, a buddy from work and I decided to ride there by the scenic route and look around some more.
Yesterday, I decided that it was time to try the R1200GS on some dirt and gravel roads. It’s performed superbly on pavement, but I was curious whether it would feel more “at home” on dirt than my F650CS did. So, I headed off to Frederick to ride a few favorite old back roads and to discover some new ones. Along the way, I met Per Olof—a true maestro of off-road riding.
Well, actually it was Amish farms in Lancaster County, PA, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum near Strasburg! Like a number of others here, I had Friday off, it was a beautiful day, and I decided to take the new-to-me BMW R1200GS motorcycle on an excursion. Ride 15 in Great Roads, Great Rides by Glenn and Bard sounded appealing, so I headed off for the starting point in Towson, MD. From there, it was northward into Pennsylvania–and Amish country.
With a newly acquired 2005 BMW R1200GS–the King of Motorcycles–I was looking for any excuse to go for a ride yesterday, despite the cold weather. Fall colors! That’s it, looking for Fall colors is always a perfectly acceptable excuse!