I got up yesterday to perfect biking weather. The sun shining, not too hot, and a gentle breeze. This was going to be an awesome day. I spent some time the previous couple days reshaping the seat. I didn't go wild adding new foam etc., just dishing the seat. I'm sure I could get it better, but I rode the two hours on the way out without stopping or standing on the pegs every ten minutes. I had a little discomfort but nothing to worry about. TONS better than before. It was a gorgeous day to be out for a ride, but since I had a destination, I didn't take any interesting looking side roads.
I had good directions from Kenosha to Monroe. Just take 50 to 12 to 43 to 81 and you're there. My first mistake, I thought Monroe was a lot smaller than it actually is and didn't have any directions to the actual trail. No problem. I got some lunch and after eating pulled up the internet on my phone, got directions to Lucky 7 gas station that sells passes. Lucky 7 was only blocks away and I got my permit and directions to the trail. I rode the half mile to the trail and scoped out the area. Here's where my second mistake kicks in. The only trails I was familiar with were the bike trails in my home town. They use a nice small gravel commonly known as traffic bond that forms a nice smooth surface with wear. This gravel was nothing like that.
I figured I give it a go anyways. Using the stock tires it felt like marbles under the front wheel. I made it maybe a half mile down the trail, decided this wasn't any fun and turned around and headed back.
All was not lost though. It was still a beautiful day and I was on a motorcycle. I took my time heading home hitting a few rustic roads and stopping at a cool Mill Park landmark off HWY 81. The seat proved itself to be acceptable, and the new top box came in very handy. I'm sure I'll give the trail another shot some day, but not until I get a more suitable set of tires.
Edit: Oh, and I got 55.8 mpg!