Saturday, February 9, 2008

February 2, 2008

Just a short note to record a ride to check out a hot dog joint in Tarboro, NC. I had seen a TV blurb (Tarheel Traveler on WRAL TV) featuring Bud's Grill. From the broadcast, it sounded like the hot dogs and hamburgers served there were memorable.

So, I got on the RT and headed Northeast on Hwy 42. The ride was pretty uneventful except it was the first ride using my new Gerbing heated jacket liner. The liner arrived a couple days earlier, but I had not had a chance to try it out.

The power installation was much too easy. The Centec fuse block makes electrical connections so easy; just remove the cover (2 screws), strip the wire ends, loosen two small screws, stick the wire ends in, and tighten the small screws, and put the cover back on. A 5 minute job!

Temperature was about 38 degrees when I got on the bike. Turned on the liner and felt no heat for several minutes. I got a dual controller with the liner, so I thought I may have turned on the wrong switch. So, I turned off that one and turned on the other, all the way. In about a mile, I was beginning to sweat!! Too much heat, so I turned it way down when I stopped to get gas.

Along the way, it felt very toasty; not hot nor cold. Just right! I think I'm going to really like the liner.

Got to Buds Grill and went inside to try out their food. Sat at the counter and ordered a hot dog and hamburger all the way. Both were served quickly. The hot dog was average--not special. But the hamburger was great! Very good hamburger. Sweet tea had a slightly spoiled taste.

Got back on the bike and rode back home, uneventfully. Rode 126 miles for the day.

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