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My wife is off doing a mounted archery weekend so I thought I would get in a leisurely backroads ride and maybe pick up some lunch or whatever. Just break up the day some was the plan. We woke up to a light rain and temps in the low 40s but the KLX300SM was the next bike in the rotation so I thought "How bad could it be?" Well, there is a huge difference between low 40s with low humidity and the sun shining and low 40s with high humidity and no sun! LOL!
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I wasn't really planning to stop and take photos, but stopping became necessary to warm up a little. I have been home an hour and the top of my legs are still cold. Definitely some dreary photos today.

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In the above photo, if you look to where the bike is pointing you can see the road in the distance. This would be fun if the road wasn't fairly fresh chip and seal with the emphasis on chips. I find these type of roads to be more sketchy than a gravel road.

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So, I ended up at the Corner Pit BBQ, and sorry @Bruce00, but another crazy rider was in there eating so we started a conversation and I forgot to take a photo of my lunch. o_O

You all will probably get a kick out of this. I was dreading the ride home so I ordered a rack of ribs wrapped in foil and ziplock bags, and put it in the front of my jacket to keep my core warm on the ride home. As I write this I am smelling the smoke from my shirt! :p Those hot ribs definitely helped and now I have the main course for dinner!

Forgot to post a photo of the dinner I made for @Bruce00 .

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I keep hearing you southern guys talk about these chip roads - I've never ridden on one, it isn't something we do here. Cool pics once again.
 

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I keep hearing you southern guys talk about these chip roads - I've never ridden on one, it isn't something we do here. Cool pics once again.
Looks like they do it in parts of Canada. Advantages of Chip Sealing | Canadian Paving Service

If they clean the chips off that don't get embedded it is not so bad, but because they are the same color as the road you are not aware of them until you feel them under your tires as you lose traction.

On main roads the cars ahead will kick them up and chip your paint.
 

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I keep hearing you southern guys talk about these chip roads - I've never ridden on one, it isn't something we do here. Cool pics once again.
They started doing this to some of the gravel roads around here. They recently did the road past my house last year. When they first did the road it was good but then a couple weeks later they spread more rock down that just sat on top, which was awful on the bike. I only have about a quarter mile till the main highway so I took the skid steer out and cleaned up the excess chips so I had a clear safe ride. Over the course of the year the rest of the rocks either got embedded or spit to the side of the road and I could travel the rest of that road safely on the Glide. I like the idea of these chip roads as it keeps the dust and mud down but am curious to see how they hold up in our climate after a few years.
 

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They started doing this to some of the gravel roads around here. They recently did the road past my house last year. When they first did the road it was good but then a couple weeks later they spread more rock down that just sat on top, which was awful on the bike. I only have about a quarter mile till the main highway so I took the skid steer out and cleaned up the excess chips so I had a clear safe ride. Over the course of the year the rest of the rocks either got embedded or spit to the side of the road and I could travel the rest of that road safely on the Glide. I like the idea of these chip roads as it keeps the dust and mud down but am curious to see how they hold up in our climate after a few years.
That's interesting, never seen it done to a dirt road. Around central MI they immediately add another tar layer on top of the stone. Keeps the flying debris down but best to let the 4 wheels pack it down for a few weeks.
 
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[QUOTE="twowheeladdict, post: 4846583, member: 99602 I was dreading the ride home so I ordered a rack of ribs wrapped in foil and ziplock bags, and put it in the front of my jacket to keep my core warm on the ride home. As I write this I am smelling the smoke from my shirt! :p Those hot ribs definitely helped and now I have the main course for dinner!
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The things people do for a little warmth 😂.
 

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That's interesting, never seen it done to a dirt road. Around central MI they immediately add another tar layer on top of the stone. Keeps the flying debris down but best to let the 4 wheels pack it down for a few weeks.
My road had a couple bad spots with big ruts, they dug those out and packed new dirt in those spots, but most of the road they just graded it oiled and spread the chips. Agree, best to give a couple weeks of 4 wheels before taking the bike on it. Our R.M. (county) has their own crew and equipment so I expect them to be doing a lot more of the roads around me like this over the next few years.
 

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They started doing this to some of the gravel roads around here. They recently did the road past my house last year. When they first did the road it was good but then a couple weeks later they spread more rock down that just sat on top, which was awful on the bike. I only have about a quarter mile till the main highway so I took the skid steer out and cleaned up the excess chips so I had a clear safe ride. Over the course of the year the rest of the rocks either got embedded or spit to the side of the road and I could travel the rest of that road safely on the Glide. I like the idea of these chip roads as it keeps the dust and mud down but am curious to see how they hold up in our climate after a few years.
That's the issue, for bikes atleast. You'll get, what resembles a sand bank, but made of loose chips in your lane or across your lane. On 2 wheels, you just hope and pray at 30mph😂
 
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