Sunday, May 29, 2005

My Hero died too young

My Uncle Jim is a hero that I have never met. (my Mom's older brother)He graduated from High School in June 1944. Drafted that summer, and finished training and sent to Europe as a replacement in the 46th Armoured Infanry Battalion of the 5 Armoured Division January 1945. He was wounded in combat April 11, 1945 in Germany near the Elbe River and died of his wounds April 13, 1945 (less than 1 month before the end of the war). He was 19.

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery December 20, 1948, Sec. 12, grave 7903

Battlefield XL Rolling Thunder

The original members of the Battlefield chapter of the XL Forum. Mike, myself & R.D. in Washington D.C. for Rolling Thunder 28.

Rolling Thunder 28

Ever get the feeling that your just an ant going to the hill? Thats what happens when you go to Rolling Thunder. At 6:30a.m. I was by myself, a few miles up the road and now I'm riding to Dumfries with R.D. We get to East Coast H D and hook up with Mike and over a thousand other riders. After a 30 mile ride you become part of hundreds of thousands riders converging on D.C. from all over.

Then once again that solitary ride home to remember the day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

One step forward Two back....

Time to do some maintenance to get ready for Rolling Thunder. Clean oil & filter, replaced the rocker gaskets to fix the tiny oil leak & new primary/trans oil.

I was almost done and as I replaced the battery the positive cable broke at the base of the starter. So I had to remove one of the pipes to reach the starter connection. Today a trip to Battlefield, 5 minutes & $5 later a custom cable that's better than the original.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Good Day!

I rode out to our company picnic on this sunny, partly cloudy day. After eating some BBQ and saying hi to everyone I got the itch to ride & went out to nearby Bowling Green and cruised around and came on back to the 'Burg.

One week until Rolling Thunder in D.C.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Me & HellRazur

HellRazur & I stop for a lunch break in Faquier county on our 1st Battlefield XL ride.

1st Battlefield XL ride

Hooked up with HellRazur from the XL Forum and went on a 4-hour, over 50 mile ride through the backroads of North Stafford county. The weather was perfect, traffic was slow and the ride was great.

Now it's time to get some more Fred area XL riders to join up with the rides.