I started this blog because I love to take motorcycle trips both local and around the country. And I love finding that roadside attraction or quaint town and of course the best places to eat. So I'd like to share my adventures with friends old and new. And I would like to hear about yours. Feel free to share. What's the nicest ride you've ever taken? The most scenic ride? The longest ride? Rallies you've been to with thousands or a solo ride? The town you fell in love with? The food that you'd go back for? Talk about the motorcycle shops along the way. We all love a warm friendly face. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so use them to help others share your experience.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Catching Up...

So, to continue my story, Faith and I met in 2002 at our Monday night bowling league. By early 2003 we were seeing each other often and in June of that year we moved in together. As I said earlier, she was new to riding on the larger street motorcycles but took to it quickly and our weekends were filled with two-wheeled adventures.

We covered most of New Jersey from the Delaware Water Gap to Cape May. We joined the Polar Bear club http://www.polarbeargrandtour.com/ and rode every Sunday from October thru May. Not always perfect riding weather but that's why they're the Polar Bears.

If we found out about a charity ride or benefit or just a fun ride with a group, we were there. We had rain gear, heated gear and no excuses for not riding. We especially like the large police escorted rides. To be in a group of a thousand or so motorcycles taking up a lane on the highway with police cars and motorcycles leading the way is one of our biggest thrills.
We also attended a lot of state rallies and the larger "bike rallies". With two people it's not easy to pack for a week-long trip so we started pulling a trailer on the longer rides. The "Americade" rally in Lake George, NY  http://www.tourexpo.com/data/index.php  became one of our regular trips and we've done Laconia bike week in New Hampshire  http://www.laconiamcweek.com/  a couple of times.
Our favorites above all are the "Fly & Ride" trips that we take quite a lot. As a Harley owner and member of H.O.G. (harley owners group) we can book a trip to many different locations around the country, rent a motorcycle at a participating Harley dealer and enjoy unlimited miles of adventure and then drop off the bike and fly home. http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/HOG/fly_and_ride.jsplocale=en_us   This program has given us the opportunity to spend more time on vacation and less time riding to the vacation. We've taken advantage of this to go to the "Laughlin River Run" in Nevada many times http://www.laughlinriverrun.com/. It's by far one of the nicest rallies that we attend. And it's nice to be able to relax on the flight home instead of thinking about the long ride home after all the fun.
So we've ridden our motorcycle up and down the east coast and we've done Fly & Rides to the southwest a few times. I must say that the thrill never gets old and Faith is always ready and willing to saddle up and go.
Then it was time for a new motorcycle. Unfortunately, not long after we got this one, I started having back and knee problems. So the riding time suffered and we didn't get out like we used to. After a few scary rides and the realization that my riding skills weren't as sharp as they were, a decision had to be made. Stop riding or think about a trike conversion. Kind of a no-brainer!!

This is our new ride !!!!! We're loving it and we've got quite a few miles on it.

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