part of a ride to a destination that happened to hit decent roads.
Sorry if you think I'm getting on your case and we're ganging up on you...I'm not, I promise. I'm just sharing my experience with you, trying to help improve your riding, that's all
I've spent a little time in Ohio, so I know your problem with finding fun roads, but perhaps the above quoted statement needs a bit of examination. I understand the "I just want to get there, and do ____" but there's also the journey to think about. Yes, I use my bike to commute, and it IS a mode of transportation. However, when on the motorcycle, I will often take the "scenic" route because I know that A, there will be fewer cagers; B, its more fun; C, better riding roads than cutting through the city or taking the highway, and D, because its more fun. So I'll leave a few minutes earlier, and take the back roads. Next time you go to your buddy's house, try to find a route that gets you out of the hub-bub of the stop and go, straight line, stop sign city life, and blast through a corn field or something.
As for the parking lot use, find something outside of the city, or near the outskirts of town, that is a public use kinda deal like a park or something, and just go do some circles. As long as there isn't a bunch of people coming in and out, and you're not getting in anybody's way, you're really not doing anythign illegal. Especially if you explain to the officer that you're trying to work on technique, and it's better to do it in a somewhat controlled environment than on a public roadway at speed with potentially fatal consequences, he'll probably just ask you to leave. They really can't site you for anything.