Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ride Report: Union Hotel, Port Deposit, Maryland

Last Sunday I was invited to join three Americade friends to a ride-to-eat event at the Union Hotel and Tavern near the old Susquehanna River town of Port Deposit, Maryland.  The hotel dates to the late 18th century, and has been a weekend favorite of local motorcyclists for years.  I've ridden past the event many times but never stopped because it seemed too "biker" for my tastes.  However, though 98% of the bikes there on Sunday were cruisers, the crowd was mellow and the staff very friendly. The blues band was excellent (though louder than a set of open pipes) and the BBQ was top-notch. Alcohol was sold, but so was a variety of beverages for those of us who need every brain cell when riding. Looks like I've found another RTE to add to the ol' ride calendar; it would also make a nice early afternoon rest stop on the way home from strafing some of my favorite roads in the PA/MD Susquehanna areas.  Brunch is served beginning at noon Saturday and Sundays.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tomfuelery at the pump.

Remember when diesel fuel pumps were always set apart from the gasoline pumps, and they always had green handles?  Well, those conventions are fading away, and the handles occasionally get switched around (sometimes intentionally, as a "joke") at pumps such as the one pictured above, which means motorcyclists need to pay a bit more attention when refueling.  My ritual is to always sight along the hose I'm intending to use to ensure it goes straight up and not across to the diesel side of the pump. Not that I would ever, ever make such a dumb mistake about 15 years ago with my '90 Yamaha Radian, but if you do, you're in for a very slow ride home and a bit of a hassle to set things right, or so I hear.

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