2018 Oakland ADV

Adventure riding doesn't always happen in perfect sunny 70 degree weather.  Saturday was an example of that with early heavy rain in the area, followed by overcast misty skies and temps in the low 50's.  While it may have kept a few folks away, 9 riders made their way (sooner or later) to the Old Village Cafe in Clarkston.

Getting there was a bit of a challenge, due to yet another 'Run' that overtook the downtown area - causing Police to block all the roads leading to town from 9-10.  Literally, all the main roads, backroads, residential roads, etc.  You couldn't get close very easily.  But, eventually everyone made their way through and we were on the way by 10.

One advantage to rain, is that it keeps the dust down on the dirt roads.  It can choke you on a dry day if you're at the back of the back, but we had no such issues at all.  The corners were a bit slick in places, but other than that, conditions were good.

Our route took us north of Clarkston, through Ortonville, Metamora, Oakland Township, and Goodison.  The roads and scenery in the horse country on the north end of the route are excellent.

For everyone who hung back: You missed a great ride.  The rain held off, and we had a good opportunity to put a thick layer of mud on the bikes.

The ride ended at the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Goodison.  Great BBQ, hot cider, and donuts, if you're ever in the area.

Mike E

'16 R1200GSA

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