Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Dec 4 in Eastern Iowa

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    got collie? SCDorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    234

    Dec 4 in Eastern Iowa

    I just traded by 00 R11R for an 01 R11RT and got the chance to do a little riding yesterday. This is somewhat rare this time of year in my neck of the woods.

    So I took off from Cedar Rapids and headed northeast on 151 to Dubuque. Wanted to get highway miles in to try to judge touring comfort. It's been pretty warm around here, so the landscape was much greener than normal, although of course the trees have defoliated and the crops are (mostly) all out. The terrain is gently rolling, mostly farmland, with numerous stands of tree and prairie interspersed. The hills get more dramatic as you approach the Mississippi. At no place does anything approach 'Scenic and Wild', but I am one of those wacky souls that really digs the Iowascape.

    I stopped in Dubuque for awhile. It is, I believe, the oldest town in Iowa, settled sometime in the 1600s by French miners. It is a typical old river town that was devastated by the migration out of industry in the 60s/70s. They are attempting a comeback now, and appear somewhat successful. They have some nice architecture:
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Steve

    '07 F800ST

  2. #2
    got collie? SCDorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    234

    Dec 4 in Eastern Iowa (cont.)

    They also boast the steepest, shortest cable car ride in the world. You can see where the elite of Dubuque lived at one time...
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Steve

    '07 F800ST

  3. #3
    got collie? SCDorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    234

    Dec 4 in Easter Iowa (cont.)

    Here's a pic of the new bike...
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Steve

    '07 F800ST

  4. #4
    got collie? SCDorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    234

    Dec 4 in Eastern Iowa (cont.)

    I found this little shop called 'The Yorkshire Rose' run by a nice lady from Leeds. We had a pleasant conversation and I picked up a few holiday items. Oh, and this...
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Steve

    '07 F800ST

  5. #5
    got collie? SCDorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    234

    Dec 4 in Eastern Iowa (cont.)

    I headed south of out Dubuque on what passes for twisties in Iowa. More like nice gentle curves. Drove down along the Mississippi to Bellevue another quaint little river town. Here's a pic taken from the lock and dam there, over the Big Muddy, toward the Galena area of Illinois...
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Steve

    '07 F800ST

  6. #6
    got collie? SCDorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    234

    Dec 4 in Eastern Iowa (conclusion)

    Headed home across the winding roads of Hwys 62 and 64 from there, had a wonderful ride, about 250 miles all told. I really love my RT, it's comfortable, handles great, and really hauls @$$ compared to my roadster. The roads were mostly empty, except for a few chickens on the road at one point near Wyoming (Iowa, that is). Apologize for the lack of dramatic photos, but, hey, it's Iowa in December, there's no snow (thankfully!), and I was mostly busy riding and learning.

    And it's another nice day today....

    Cheers all,
    Steve
    Steve

    '07 F800ST

  7. #7
    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    State of Confusion
    Posts
    7,799
    Nice pictures. Great to see that the bike is starting for you
    -=Brad

    It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •