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Had to put the big bike into storage for the winter already. Seems like I just took it out last week, but when the rain starts to get hard it is time to find a warm spot to park. With all the crap weather this year, family issues, work etc I only put 6000mi on. Never even put the battery into my 900C:crying2: AARGH! Well, next year?:wink2:
 

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Danad -- my heart bleeds Kawi green for you, dude! For us here in Palm Springs, in the desert, it's just now getting to be really good riding weather. The triple digits lasting all day and into the night are pretty much over. My commute to work is at about 68 degrees with the sun coming up over the mtns. that ring Rancho Mirage; my ride home is in the low 90s -- bearable -- as I watch the sun sink behind the mtns. that ring Palm Springs. And it'll be this way now until early June of next year. I'll be thinking about you...and you do the same for me, please, next summer, when you're riding around Alberta and here it's 120+ for days in a row in August!
 

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I have to agree with you Smed.
 

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The only thing there that gets to triple digits is the price of gas lol. I have never been to Palm Springs (no refineries there) but I did spend 5 years in SE Texas where temp and humidity get to triple digits at the same time. Cold weather is the norm here.:devil2:
 

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The only thing there that gets to triple digits is the price of gas lol. I have never been to Palm Springs (no refineries there) but I did spend 5 years in SE Texas where temp and humidity get to triple digits at the same time. Cold weather is the norm here.:devil2:

where exactly in SE Texas was you?
 

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Our base of ops was just out of Beaumont but I have been in every refinery on the gulf, including a few in Mexico. Spent the better part of a year in Pasadena and Baytown. Hot and sweaty lol. Actually happy to see 4 or 5 ft of snow after that stretch. We pioneered a technology for cleaning cokers, fired heaters, reactors etc up here in the oilsands and then brought it south. Trained a bunch of Texans to take it over and came back to the cold. Loved that area (except for the heat)! Hard working and patriotic folks. Used to spend some of my off time down at San Jacinto and the battleship. Parking lot was always full and almost all were Texas plates... Hunkered down thru a few storms while I was there but nothing like these last couple! I heard that most of the refineries are coming back on line, amazing! I'll take the forest fires and the crippling cold (and short riding season) over sideways rain any day!
 

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Man, you must have been right in the middle of that mess! I worked on the Valero cokers in the 90's so I can't remember exactly the lay of the land, but I don't recall much high ground anywhere around there! Water wings on that V2K......
 

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I'm in Lumberton, just North of Beaumont. Most of the plants here are all back online, though about 40% operational. I've been in and out of them the last few weeks. There's a few of them that are a mess and having a lot of trouble getting them back operational. Some of the units come up and have to be shut right back down.


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LMAO! Like that pic! Well I hope that they get everything up and running soon. Big part of the US economy depends on that little part of Texas.
 

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Haha, it is one of my favorites . The place I'm working at now, they are saying it'll be December at this rate before it comes back online. It's in Port Arthur. They got greedy, and refused to shut down, operators were wading through flood water to turn valves and keep plant running, and the flood water rose high enough to take out a sub station, causing them to lose all electricity in the plant. Kinda forced them to emergency shut down, and it's caused all kinds of problems.

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I spent some time in Port Arthur too. Went to a fantastic BBQ place there, think it was called Homey's. Freddy Flintstone ribs, fire, smoke, bourbon.......aaahhh! Flavor jets just went on! Now I need ribs! If I still lived in the area I would have to trike the V2K for sure lol.:devil2:
 

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I spent some time in Port Arthur too. Went to a fantastic BBQ place there, think it was called Homey's. Freddy Flintstone ribs, fire, smoke, bourbon.......aaahhh! Flavor jets just went on! Now I need ribs! If I still lived in the area I would have to trike the V2K for sure lol.:devil2:
Every day I make my 45 minute commute goes further to persuade me to stay away from anything South of Lumberton on my bike

Never heard of Homeys. There's a great place called Tony's though.

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In 1970 I visited Edmonton while living in Ont. I was thinking of moving there. Decided against it moved to Key West Fl instead. On hindsight I'm pretty sure I did the right thing, love riding year around.
 

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In 1970 I visited Edmonton while living in Ont. I was thinking of moving there. Decided against it moved to Key West Fl instead. On hindsight I'm pretty sure I did the right thing, love riding year around.
Yes indeed! You definitely made the right move there my friend! I am sooooooo envious of those that can and do ride year around. We are just 70kms (~40mi) South of Edmonton and I worked in the big City for many, many years.

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Looking up a bright starry sky this morning, a portent of a nice fall day AND a potential for a short ride in warmish weather..... Only takes a few minutes to pull the cover and shove a battery in:devil2: AAAGH, who am I kidding? When the forecast is for sunny it always ends up the opposite. I grew up in an area that had 4 seasons, but now we just have two..... WET, and COLD AND WET:crying2: I think I wanna be another Snowbird retired in Apache Junction...
 

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S'posed to be 104 here today...so I took Mo' out early when it was still in the low 70s...beautiful ride through town, chuckling to myself at all the cagers headed to work on a Monday!
 

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So I guess the cold weather has hit south Texas. 40's at night.

Die Winter Die!!!
 

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