It was SUCH an awesome weekend. I wish I had 2 more days ... then 2 more days after that ... then 2 more ... you get the point. Yesterday was raining and miserable, so we drug the teenager to the range and he FINALLY got to shoot for the first time. Now ... my son has been into/out of a lot of things, and guns is one of them. He has watched videos of how to clean them, load them, shoot them, what brands/models are for what ... he's definitely a Youtube expert on such things. We rented a 9 mm Beretta cop issue. He shot the first round beautifully, then the 2nd bullet jammed. Instantly, I felt a small panic rise up inside me, but oh so calmly he ejected the bullet, lined up his next shot, and pulled the trigger. That round fired off fine, but then the next bullet jammed. Again, he super calmly ejected it, then shot again. His entire "turn" went like that; fire, jam, fire, jam. I took the gun for my turn, and same thing happened to me. Head scratch, the range officer had no problem, and David had no problem, so I think the issue w/ Kody and I was that our wrists were moving too much. We traded that one in for a "civillian" issue of the same gun, and had no more jamming issues. I am so proud of Kody; he shot like he'd been doing it his whole life. He loved it, thanked us profusely for taking him.
Today, we sent the baby with his grandparents for "their week" down in GA, and we headed off to Cherokee, NC! We were eating at the Casino to celebrate all the fun February things; Valentine's Day, the 20 year anniversary of our engagement, and my birthday (which is next week) and the 1 year anniversary of owning Mufasa. It just so happened that today was the first warm and non rainy day in a week, so of course we hopped on the bikes! Khaleesi was purring like a kitten and rode as smooth as a baby's bottom. Last week she got an oil change and a new front tire, both of which were sorely needed.
We hit 321 and rode through the National Park up and over the mountain to Cherokee. It was a slower and uneventful ride as there really was a LOT of traffic out and about today. We barely saw any bikes, it was 98% automobile traffic. I swear all I have to do is look where I want to go, and Khaleesi takes me there. Every curve felt like it was on rails, and the slower pace meant much of the ride I actually rode with one hand, b/c when I'm like that I can sit up straighter and relieve some of the pressure on my back. All too soon we arrived at the casino and parked in the garage. We locked our helmets and jackets to the bikes and went in to stuff our faces.
After rolling ourselves out of the casino, we decided to head back through Bryson City and down 129 to go home. This way was a bit higher speed, as there was hardly any traffic! I practiced holding different lines as we swept through turns at 60+ mph; it was exhilarating! Once we got into Deal's Gap, both the resort and Killboy were closed off completely until next month; we took a super quick break, and David let me lead down the Dragon. He was wearing his Go Pro for the first time, and he filmed me as we drove down it! As per usual, my arms and upper back got a little tight. I ALWAYS respect the Tail; I know there's plenty of highly experienced riders that have accidents on that road, and I never want my confidence to put me in a dangerous situation. Thankful to God as usual, all was well and I SLAYED those 11 miles! Despite consciously pulling my heels up in some of the steeper banked turns, I still dragged one on the ground, and as usual, that gave me a quick little scare! It was cool watching myself drive it! I'll post the video once we get it uploaded to Youtube.
Upon arriving home, found out my birthday present had arrived! David bought me a Daymaker headlight for Khaleesi. The Daymakers are the fancy LED type lights instead of the more yellowish halogen lights. Took all of 10 minutes to install it! Yipee! I'm happy b/c the white light shows up a little better in the day light, and ANYTHING to make myself more visible makes me happy.
Tuesday is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL. It's also my later day at work. I may just head on up and over Foothills Parkway on my way to work :D So excited, it'll be my first day of the new year riding to work. It's beginning to look a lot like riding season!!!