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Bike Night @ the Vortex

(all photos in this post were shamlessly ripped from Steven Vore).
A long standing tradition in Atlanta is Thursday night Bike Night at The Vortex. The weather is getting just right for it and the bikes were out, the burgers were thick and the tales were tall.
In fact the burgers were really thick. How thick you may ask. Well, seems I found this menu entry labelled the "Double Bypass" a THICK beef patty with TWO fried eggs and cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. See for yourself...

Really I tried. I couldn't get this big honking thing squashed down enough to eat it whole. So, I ate one grilled cheese, a fried egg, cheese, the lettuce and tomato. Then I attempted to eat the other grilled cheese, fried egg, cheese and beef patty. I got maybe halfway through that and surrendered. It beat me down, but I live to see another day without a heart surgery!

A GREAT time was had by all. There were bike of every kind and size imaginable. I&#…

Happy Easter


Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas Anymore!

As you have already probably learned, a tornado swept thru downtown Atlanta Friday night and played havoc on Centennial Park, the CNN Center, the Georgia Dome, and Cabbagetown. Because we live so far north of that area, we didn't even get a strong breeze from it.

On Saturday, storm clouds began rolling in and rain started around noon. Around 2pm we lost power. Then it began to hail. I don't remember ever seeing hail accumulation like we had during this storm. At the gutter downspouts were piles of hail ankle-deep. Fortunately the size of the hail never got very big so we didn't have dented vehicles, damaged houses, or any broken windows. It did shred the cover on the BBQ grill, but we can deal with that minor casualty. The rain and hail stopped and the sun came out and all was calm. Then, the hail returned a bit more forceful than the first time. Finally the hail subsided and the rain returned. We later learned a tornado touched down a quarter-mile from us. We were grateful…

Ice, Ice, Baby...

Up and out the door at 6:15am Saturday to head to Columbus to work with Last Chance Ministries. It had just stopped raining as I eased Rosie out of the garage and there were serious looking clouds hanging overhead. As I rolled down GA400, it started to rain. Nice cold and raining. But, the windshield on Rosie is just the right size to deflect the rain to the top of my helmet, so I stayed dry in my leathers and my visor stayed clear. I drove in and out of rain for about an hour until stopping for a cup of coffee at the Waffle House near Pine Mountain where it was snowing. Fortunately the snow wasn't sticking and the roads remained clear. Clear enough that folks were trying to drive 90mph on I-185, and I tried to give em room to do it and get far away from me.

After meeting up with a couple of the other guys from Last Chance, we resumed the trip to Columbus. About 5 miles the windshield on Rosie looked about like the picture above. That really got my attention, I had to sit a little …