BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

Soul Rider
By Carolyn Fox

• Published in 2017
• This story took place in 1994
• 265 pages

Synopsis:
A story of a woman who went on a life-changing journey. Carolyn Fox was a single mother and lawyer haunted with grief and secretes and facing her fiftieth birthday. So she decided to changer her life by facing her fears: she bought a Harley, packed it with a sleeping bag and tent, and set out to ride through all fifty states alone!

“Facing fear and finding redemption on a Harley”

My thoughts:
So I thought I would approach this book differently by giving you my thoughts on each chapter. So this is an experiment and I will need your input on whether you find this helpful. Also, this book in particular speaks to me because I ride and have ridden across country albeit not alone.

Prologue: “Haunting Cries” – Luckily I read the authors note – she talks about her publishing journey and how she was ready to print but still thought the book was missing something so she had a literature service take a look and sure enough there was a suggestion to include her struggle dealing with a child she lost. So when I started reading the Prologue I thought “Do I really want to read this?” But I am a firm believer that our dreams are trying to tell us something and here she’s riding her motor cycle and reflecting on a reoccurring dream about open doors and crying presumably by a baby and guilt. It’s a short passage and I am still thinking “do I want to read this?” But I press on.

Chapter 1 – Dancing with the Wind – She’s on the open highway and a big truck is rolling past her. I know from experience this is nerve wracking and it’s this feeling that draws me in further to this story. I can feel the wet wind on my face as well as getting pelted by the road debris kicked up by the bigger vehicles. Now I am a bit awestruck because I realize she is by herself on this journey and I think “what a brave sister!” As the chapter title suggests dancing with the wind on a motorcycle is a not only nerve wracking but exciting. She found out you have to work with it not against it, it’s a control thing. Most of us have learned there isn’t much you can control and the wind blowing around an 800lb motorcycle definitely isn’t one of them. That’s the glory in riding, you find the happy place or you learn to cooperate and enjoy the ride. Now you learn she is loaded with camping gear and is sponsored by the KOA to make this trip. Although I love to ride, usually with my man leading the pack and the solitude that come with driving my own bike and riding my own ride, I can tell you now I would never do a ride such as this by myself and especially not in a tent! Now I am definitely hooked and want to read more.

Chapter 2 – Chasing elusive love – Who really trusts their GPS fully? Ha ha ha I think Ms. Fox and I could be friends! On to her next stop and she “smokes” right by the GPS turn because that didn’t look right, so an hour later she had to turn around and retrace her route. See this is why I love following me hubs; I just don’t have a good sense of direction. She moved on to relationships between men and women. She points out that women can be “hint based” conversationalists where men are the “Joe Fridays” of the world, Speak it Sister! Why don’t men see that the last thing we want to be is needy or imposing? She says “this deprives men of being chivalrous” I do love me some chivalry! She starts thinking about a previous time she went on a trip with her boyfriend and nothing can test a relationship like a road trip.

Chapter 3 – The Lone Archer – This chapter starts out with anxiety on the reader’s part, as she ventures into Yosemite national park. While she manages to survive her trip through Yosemite she overhears a man ranting about his son cutting his hair in a non-traditional way and she offers some words of encouragement. Which did not have the intended effect, but she mounts up and continues her journey. So far I like this book and author but I am very concerned for her and her lack of concentration while driving her motorcycle across country.

Chapter 4 – Ancient sentries beckoning – Lord! Now she is driving through Death Valley! Word to the wise, don’t dally when it’s hot. I can appreciate the scenery however, if you are not used to riding in heat and humidity you will or can have a heat related episode. We live in Florida so we take steps to be safe and sometimes that means you just don’t ride during the day. Who in their right mind would hike down a 1,000 foot rock formation in full biker gear complete with boots and back pack? I fear for her and just can’t stop reading. This woman has balls of steal and just doesn’t realize it!

Chapter 5 – A Death in the Family – Yikes this chapter is absolutely heart breaking. But sometimes you just need to get it all out. This trip for the author is turning out to be cleansing in so many ways.

Chapter 6 – Collecting Passengers – Vanity and being a biker chick just don’t go together. This lady surprises me with each chapter…still reading. As Ms. Fox is recuperating from a cold she meets a young woman at the camp ground who has MS. The woman used to ride but is unable to now because of her MS but she asks her to “take her with her” figuratively. This absolutely melts my heart. But it also reminds me that we carry our people with us always, not sure that’s just a mom thing but for the sake of this book and this journey that’s what I am channeling right now.

Chapter 7 – mothers worst nightmare, the biker – Ms. Fox tells her story of her maiden motorcycle ride, albeit short, and this has me remembering my first driving experience. Well it was more like an episode of Benny Hill. Ha ha ha She says after all the aggravation of teaching herself to ride, they finally got another car and she knew she’d never be on 2 wheels again…fast forward 20 years and here we are.

Chapter 8 – The woman in the mist – Asking the universe for guidance can be enlightening if you pay attention. But you “have to ask” and be open to getting an answer you may not agree with or understand fully.

Chapter 9 – A gun or an attitude – I am seeing her evolve as a rider here, showing more caution. She is riding some good “hills” by the sound of it. Hmm, might have to put Kansas on our radar. She been on the road “only a couple weeks” and has started to settle down as she is driving through Oklahoma. She reflects on a few instances that made her uncomfortable. Although she is armed, she is approached by a few sketchy people that she gets weird vibes from; luckily she trusts her gut and gets the hell outta there. But this brings up a valid concern for anyone that is traveling alone. Keeping yourself safe is something you have to actively must do and the best thing and the first thing “I think” you should do is removed yourself from the situation Quick, fast and in a Hurry!

Chapter 10 – The Burned man – (A Very Prolific Chapter) – As the latest “jerk” moves on she talks about how the American people have been duped by the news outlets (by their scare tactics) that the only thing going on in our world is nothing but negative and hateful. But by traveling rural roads she discovers that the majority of people are great, helpful and hardworking. A hand up means more than a handout! She really hits that nail on the head in this chapter about how riding a motorcycle “incites the senses and demands” that you participate in life. I have said this repeatedly, that motorcycle riding requires you to put all that stuff you have rolling around your head aside, in order to be safe and the benefit is incredibly cleansing to your soul.

Quote pg 111 “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain” by Emerson

Chapter 11 – Reality Check – One of the main worries she hopes to find an answer to is her fear of being alone. She is about to be 50 years old and she thinks she has to have an answer to what bugs her. She is a busy person with so much on her mind. So to her I would say at this point you’ve just got to stop carrying all this crap on your back. Put it down and walk away from it. Deal with what is in front of you because that’s all you can do.

Chapter 12 – Taming the Heinous Beast – Well the title of this chapter had me very curious; she tells her story of taking the motorcycle driver course. Holy smokes! You’ll really want to read this one. Now of course this has me thinking of when I took this class. A few days before my class, my hubs wanted to show me a few things and let me take it for a spin. Well in short I did a Benny Hill impression in the middle of my street which in short means I fell over!

Chapter 13 – Deaths Premonition – Riding in bad weather is never a good idea, but sometimes it’s unavoidable and you just have to “suck it up buttercup”! She’s been on the road for 18 days at this point and has experienced just about every danger possible. She is just realizing that she needs to think differently and be more alert. Also, I am just realizing that in 1994 when this trip took place, you just couldn’t map quest your route. So bless her heart she’s doing it “real” old school with a real honest to God map!

Chapter 14 – A conversation of substance – Well she’s made it to my neck of the woods in Florida. Let me remind you she started out in Oregon. A friend try’s to be match maker and although they are a good verbal match he isn’t the one. But she did get to swim with manatees.

Chapter 15 – “Do the Thing you fear” – Turning 50! Reflections…my dad always said when you ert in your 30s you will begin to philosophize about your life. When you turn 50 you really begin to take a look at the trajectory of your life. Where did you start or what did you want to do with yourself versus where did you end up? But the cool things about looking at your life, you can really appreciate the journey. Oh the possibilities are endless.

Chapter 16 – 50 and alone – Although life can beat you up and leave lots of scars, I learned you really have to find the optimism. Life can always be worse; someone always has it worse than you. I leaned you absolutely cannot keep carrying all that shit on your back.

Chapter 17 – People are like Frogs – As much as I hate to admit it, people are like frogs (Note: I am not a fan of Frogs) we go through many changes, physically and mentally and you just can’t rush that process.

Chapter 18 – Elizabeth – Forgiveness & Redemption – This chapter is so heart wrenching. When a person is so deeply hurt and cannot forgive themselves for circumstances that are just beyond your capacity at the time, it’s just gut twisting awful. But this is what this whole journey is for, it’s liberating and cleansing. It’s not that you can forget the circumstances or feelings but you can move on. Use this whole experience as a stepping stone to get out of the hole you’ve wallowed in for so long.

Chapter 19 – The Predator – The trials of traveling alone brought her to the attention of a very seedy character. This reminds me of a saying “if you look like a victim you will be a victim”. This chapter had me on the edge of my seat.

Chapter 20 – Cousin Shirley’s old dog – Lord, if you think chapter 18 was tough on your feels, get a box of tissues for this one. The situations are totally different but…this one took aim at my heart and hit its mark.

Chapter 21 – Breaking Free – This whole trip she has been worrying herself sick about being alone. Her boys are living their life, her BF broke up with her while she was on this trip and to make matters worse she sent all her warm clothes and extra jacket back to Oregon. Now she’s in the UP of Michigan and headed to Minnesota! Yikes, I tell you I have never met someone so hell bent on doing things the hard way!

Chapter 22 – Winds of Change – Dear me she drove off into a damn storm again! But she swears she won’t do it again. She found this quote at Mount Rushmore by Theodore Roosevelt “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.…Here she goes again!

Chapter 23 – Deadly storm on the high plains – Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ on a cracker!!! Holy Hell, that was the scariest yet! I doubt anyone can really know how bad a storm is on a bike unless you have been there. I personally have been there and it’s utterly frightening. You reason with yourself, remind yourself to breathe and to just survive. It is exhausting.

Chapter 24 – My Solitary Shadow – Boy isn’t that the truth “…it is important to remember my roots. I believe it is the mixture of our past and present experiences that makes us who we are today.” (pg 260) You have to come to terms with being comfortable in your own skin.

Epilogue – Turning 50, you can make it a happy occasion or a depressing one. Ms. Fox turned it into a happy one because she was able to resolve issues that she needed to come to terms with.

 

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2018 Vacay with the Harley’s – Michigan, Georgia & Home

This is the final installment of the 2018 Vacay with our Harley’s.

     The first few days are spent relaxing, doing laundry and etc we did take the bikes out but weather is again an issue so to play it safe we alternate between the cage (aka truck) and the bikes.

Oscar and his couch
Chilling out with this guy…check out those beautiful trees!

     Let me just say Western Michigan is one of the best places to ride a motorcycle. First, the roads have a tendency to be wider and I suppose it’s because you have to have a wide shoulder to plow all that darn snow. However, I do not recommend any riding on the interstate system the potholes are numerous and deadly. All that being said, if you get a chance to drive the Eastern rim of Lake Michigan, do it!

     of the roads we traveled were: M63, The Blue Star Memorial Highway and US 31. You will sometimes see Lake Michigan, which totally looks like the Ocean. If you don’t see it, you will smell the clean air; not sure if that makes sense to you. There are areas you can pull off and look out at the lakes vastness of which you cannot see the other side, which happens to be Chicago. There are parts of the road that are tree covered and if you are not from these parts better have a jacket of some kind because it gets chilly. Yup no kidding, it gets chilly when the fog is rolling in off the lake.

     The other things you see a lot of are farms and orchards; I know that’s not what you think of when you think Michigan. I might have mentioned how cool it is to actually see an orchard of Cherry Trees full of cherries in last year’s blog post; I just find it really cool. The Western side of Michigan you have lots of historic places, Beach towns, sand dunes, farms, orchards, wineries and craft beer. We will focus our time on this trip visiting family and Craft Breweries. Did I mention there might be some libations? LOL

     During our last two vacays my hubs (aka Fred) and his cousin (aka Barney) have made it their mission to sample as many craft breweries as possible. I think their count at the end of this trip is about 24 and can you guess how many there are in this area; 136! So we will have many more to sample for the next 10 years! So Betty and I road along to about 9 of these places, we tasted several different things and enjoyed most of them. Here is a list of the ones visited this time around: Lucky Girl Brewing, Latitude 42 Brewing, Silver Harbor Brewing, Three Blondes Brewing, Brix Corner Oven, Arcadia Brewing, Red’s Sports Bar, 5 Lakes Brewing and Bowling Alley (The Cherry and Apple Cider was my ultimate favorite), Paw Paw Brewing…

     One of the most incredible places we went to, twice, was Cranes Pie Pantry. OMG, so darn good! It’s a 150 year Family Farm and Orchards and they take their fruit from their orchards and make fresh PIES! Ok and they also make wine and cider; you can go for lunch or just dessert.

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Lake Michigan

     For July 4th we went to visit family in the area but our daughter and son in-law made a quick trip to Chicago (from Dallas, Texas) and in doing so they made a side trip to see all of us! So exciting! They took the train from Chicago over to Michigan City and we picked them up, so cool! 

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Waiting on our kids…
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Anticipation…
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They’re Here!
Family Discussions...
Family Discussions…hanging out, I Heart these people!

     Now we are heading South to visit my most favorite person, my Aunt in Rome, Georgia. This place is so special to me I cannot put it into words properly…this place has gone from sleepy little industrial town to an amazing Baseball, Tennis and College town. I follow this place on Facebook because I don’t want to miss out on all the revitalization they are doing downtown.

     When we hit town we look for a couple craft breweries I know that are popular. The first place we go was just a cool family atmosphere with all kinds of Georgia wines and craft brews on tap and for sale (I am not being paid to make these statements, I am just telling you my thoughts) called the Foundry Growler Bar. I wanted to make a stop at a winery in Southwestern Georgia but guess what this place had the wine I was after and YES I made a total ninny out of myself when I spotted it too! People stared! I grabbed the last 2 bottles on the shelf! LOL

     We went downtown and made a stop at the Rome City Brew house Music & Grill, now this place is COOL! So here’s a bit of history about this place: The original structure was an Opera House and was built in 1880 which was the principal center for entertainment for the Dresden, Boston and New York Symphonies! Of course there’s more to this story, it burned down and was rebuilt and has been everything from the Opera House to a 5 and Dime store back in the 50 and 60’s. When you walk into this place there is just a feel of a lot of history and the old wooden floors tell a story that you can’t help but to speculate about.

     One of the coolest places in downtown is the Masonic Lodge, the story on this place is basically, when the union troops burned through town they had to burn it down but they felt so bad (the masons of the Union) took up a collection and sent the money to the Masons of the Confederacy to have it rebuilt! Did I mention this place was special?
So anyway, our next stop is to Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, which has become a bit of a regular stop for us. I always share a drink with my Aunt here, lol. The building is old of course, and they have a band inside which makes it a bit loud to have any convo with people who are hard of hearing but its just wonderful people watching through the giant windows.

     The next day we go visit my Great Aunt Bernice aka Bunt, she will be 99 at the end of August! I had a college History project about FDRs plan to put people back to work, I asked her about it and she told me that’s how she ended up in Rome from Alabama. She convinced her mom and dad to leave the farm to work in the “city” at the cotton factory. Yeah, did I mention this place was cool? I think I said that already…
And then it’s time to leave, headed home to Florida and I just hate leaving this place, just hurts my feeling something awful.

     That’s a Wrap – What an Adventure, I want to send special thanks out to our friend that saved our vacation by allowing us to use his beautiful new truck (you know who you are) and to my Caveman for doing all the driving, I am the luckiest gal!

~Home Sweet Home ~

Concert Review by Dixie

The Band Wagon Tour Concert with Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Turnpike Troubadours and Tenille Townes at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

The Concert was a BLAST! This was the first time we actually got seats rather than the grassy knoll. The seats were great, seriously roomy with lots of leg room. The Entertainment line up was fantastic. I am a Huge, LBT and Miranda fan! We now have a couple new artists to watch also.

Ok so let me expound on the seats LOL, did I mention they were roomy? Again this was the first time we ponied up for seat tickets, sooo glad we did! The seats for so roomy that I could turn a bit in my seat and have a conversation with my husband without getting a crick in my neck. He is a big fella so leg room is a big deal also. He was able to turn slightly in his seat when the ladies next to us made their 45th trip to potty and get more drinks, without really having to get up. I don’t know that we will ever buy grassy knoll tickets again, it was a great experience!

Me2 Concert

 

While tail gating I went to visit the radio station tents and one of them had a drawing for backstage passes, of course I entered, you had to be present to win. So at the designated time we went back (yes, I entered the hubs so he had to go with) and before they had the drawing we had a visit by Ms. Tenille Townes. Wow, what a voice! her voice reminds me of Janis Joplin, really soulful, definitely one to watch. Unfortunately, we missed her opening act inside as I was trying to buy merchandise! Seriously the Amp needs more than 1 merch stand.

Tenille Townes

We did get to experience the Turnpike Troubadours, excellently old school, Steel guitar and all! If you like “old” or “traditional” country music, try checking these folks out! We enjoyed them immensely.

Turnpike Troubadours

I can’t say enough about both Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert, HUGE fan here! As a whole they each started out as a jam session. It was like just hanging out with a few hundred (or more) of your closest friends listening to your favorite music while having a few libations. Then at the end of Miranda solitary set, LBT joins in and Holy Moly they totally rocked the House!!! They did a few covers like “Say my Name by Destiny’s child”, that totally stunned me, just fantastic! Their finale was “Lean on me”! The Audience participation was off the chain! There were more than a few times the crowd (myself included) sang the whole song not just the chorus.

 

We love music and are really looking forward to the next one.

2018 Vacay with the Harley’s – Louisville (Part 2)

So we made it to Louisville. So far not that impressed. We are staying at the Galt House, still not impressed. The upside is we get to hang out with a few hundred of our closest friends and motorcycle riders. I hate being a negative Nancy here but this is not a great place to ride a motorcycle. Lots of construction and one way streets are not great for trying to find your way around and the GPS was not helpful.

galt house

Ok, so getting that out of the way, there is a lot to see and we walked around downtown. Lots of small business shops, food spots and bars not to mention the Louisville Slugger museum was just a couple blocks away.

So first order of business after check-in is getting a drink lol, there is a theme to this event. So we go to the bar area, how cool! There is fish in the bar top and a large bird habitat set up.

The next day for dinner we went on a dinner cruise, this was seriously a good time.

We went for a ride around town or I mean outside of town. We drove by The Downs, such a pretty place from the outside. Then we ended up stopping at the University of Louisville – SPI campus for a photo shoot. Everyone is thinking… dang we are thirsty!

University of Louisville - SPI

Off to the hotel we go for refreshments and to get ready for the Banquet…


If you know me, you know I love Hats! Me and couple of my favorites, hmmm someone doesn’t look to excited! Well that’s ok because a few drinks in and all will be well. Ha ha ha But then this happens…

Shhh, don’t tell them I added these photos…just our little secret…

So after dinner our little group of about 12 or so go back to a suite to chat and have a few pre-bedtime refreshments (did I mention there was a theme) and there may have been a visit by security for laughing. Can you imagine! Seriously though if the offended neighbor had come over….but anyways, seriously Good Times!

Next leg of our journey…Ohio!

2018 Vacay with the Harley’s (Part 1)

Our Journey Began on June 20 and ended on July 8,

sorry took so long to post…Happy Reading!

Hi there! How is everyone? We are headed to Louisville via Nashville for the first leg. The vacay with the Harley’s haven’t started ideally, we are trailering them this time. Weather is a huge factor and it’s just not safe. So to start off the beast died in our driveway (thank goodness for small blessings) so we borrowed a friend’s truck.

On the first day we left out with a small caravan of 4 trucks with trailers. But the truck we were in was having trouble in the north Georgia mountains. So the fellas switched a couple trailers around, much better.

We made it to Nashville! We hit Broadway quick fast and in a hurry, went straight for food and drinks at FGL (Florida Georgia Lines restaurant Honky tonk). Food was good but the drinks were better! If you ever get a chance to experience this place you won’t be disappointed. It’s 3 floors, 3 stages that potentially could have bands on all 3 at once. While we waited for our table we went up to the 3rd floor to listen to the band and check out the birds eye view of downtown Nashville, did I mention we love this place?

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this was our waiter at FGL.

Of course the next place we hit was Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Y’all this place has so much history, it’s amazing atmosphere. Again, 3 floors and 3 bands. First floor band was Rockin the house. Second floor band had a young Hank Jr look alike, crankin out the tunes. Third floor band sounded great, we just didn’t make it that far.

The next place was The Stage, they had a band where the lead singer was barefoot (yep, litteraly) and had some serious talent, we may see him soon in mainstream.

The final spot was Dierks Bentley’s place called Whiskey Bent. The Corey Farley band played everything from ACDC to Jason Aldean. Absolutely my favorite of the night. Their drummer sang most of the Rock stuff while playing the drums, this guy has mad skills!

We had to head back to the hotel at this point, most of us had been up before 5am and after quenching our thirst we needed a nap! Haha

That’s a wrap for day 1❣️

Hello!

Hi there! I am new to this so bear with me. This blog is going to be about some of the things I love: motorcycles, books and crocheting. I was encouraged to start a blog by a friend because I love books! I have a few authors I follow (more on that later) and I tend to Yammer on incessantly when the opportunity arises. I also have a love for riding my motorcycle; yes, I drive my own bike which is a Harley named Aengus. Then there is crocheting, it’s mostly about the yarn and the things people can do with it. These things are my escapes, if you will, from the everyday sometimes humdrum chaos of life.

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Baby watch, Crochet projects and the Holidays 

Hello Everyone,

How are you? Have you ridden your motorcycle lately? Read any books lately? What else is going on in your life, you want to talk about it?

So first up, Grandbaby watch for EllieJo. She is due Nov 21 at last appointment this week, all is good but theres been no progress in the dilation area. The doc says she could come any day, for the last 2 weeks and my daughter in-law is READY to say the least, bless her heart EllieJo is going to be a biggun like her daddy was❣

On another note we found out our daughter is pregnant and due in April, with a girl also❣ I have a bit of anxiety on this one because they live out in Texas, so we all want them to come home of course.

On the crochet project side of things, OMG I’ve been a crocheting fool! Lol  I belong to a crochet group. We have a few charities that we do lap blankets and etc for. One of the most heart breaking ones is called the Senior Orphans. Let that sink in for a minute.  Now think about this, these people live off of $600 or less a month.  They get excited about BBQ sauce sandwiches (yes, thats right NO MEAT just sauce on bread), nice smelling hand lotion, new toothbrushes….we are going to make a drop off this weekend, I’ll try to post pictures later. We also contribute baby blankets to the local domestic abuse shelter and lap blankets for the local Veterans nursing home. You add in personal projects and holy moly everyone seems to be having babies too,  and Christmas is coming! I dont do alot of christmas gifts in crochet but there is a little girl that is turning 3 on christmas eve that i have a project i want to do for her from Aunt Buuny (thats me! 😁) and Uncle Caveman. 

So for Thanksgiving we are having everyone over since we are on Baby watch.  🤞 Eleanor makes an appearance around then, i am kinda hoping for Friday the 23rd, that puts her close to Nana Bunnys birthday! 😃

As for riding my motorcycle,  its been awhile but i may get a chance this weekend. Gosh the weather has been so crappy or i had that bug that was going around or we’ve been preparing for the GrandBaby to come..but holy smokes WHAT A YEAR we’ve had…more on that in another post.

So tell me whats been going on in your world? Here are some pictures i wanted to share…

Grandparents question

Morning all! So we have 2 grandbabies coming. One is due around Thanksgiving (EllieJo) and one is due in April. 

EllieJo may be coming a couple weeks early, which has thrown me into MEGA NESTING PHASE for some reason. No they dont live with us, but i have a serious urge to clean EVERYTHING ! Is this normal for a grandparent? I am telling you this is not normal for me lol. I love a clean house but this is off the chain. Please lend me your thoughts and experiences on this my friends.

Lets add alittle more anxiousness to the mix by talking about the one due in April. They live in Texas, we live in Florida and i want them to come home badly. Of course i miss them and i want them to follow their path, but now we’ll have a grandbaby, waaayyyy far away. Yes i know planes fly there and roads lead there but….any advice here? Besides get some Medication?! 😁😁😁

I have a great book review coming about an amazing lady who has ridden her own motorcycle over 60k miles all over North America and Europe, over a span of 75 years and shes 93 and still riding her own ; so stay tuned!

Lady Rider – U-turns on a Motorcycle

Hi Everyone! This is my 2nd post about riding a motorcycle from a Lady’s perspective. 

     There has been recent discussion in my Lady Rider circle (Facebook groups) and with my local lady rider friends about U-turns and what freaks us out about them.

     I will be the first to admit, Left U-turns really make me pause and I can’t say that I ever remember making a Right U-turn. Boy was I relieved to also see that there are many others that feel the same way. After much discussion on the matter, I actually feel less stressed about the subject; I’ll let you know when I have the opportunity to do a U-turn again.

     For this discussion, the only people that weighed in were Lady Drivers of motorcycles so let’s hear from passengers too, so please comment below. I feel less stress because it wasn’t 5 minutes this post went up that ladies started giving advice and encouragement. My own advice on the post was “Look where you’re going, don’t look at the ground and Breath!” well that’s what I tell myself every time I have to do it.Uurns2

     The discussion also went to “counter balancing” in the turn, what!? I had not heard that term before and the thought of shifting in my seat really never occurred to me and the thought of it now is a little unsettling to be honest. However, I have personally talked with experienced drivers about the art of counter balancing (that’s what I am going to call it, because it takes lots of practice to get comfortable with the technique) which was very eye opening. So it doesn’t have to be a huge shift in your seat but you need to skooch (technical term LOL) to the right of your seat a bit just before you make that tight left turn, turn your whole head (not just your eyes) towards your shoulder or in the direction you want to go, do not look at the ground and breath. You will also hear advice about only using your rear brake (your right foot only) and feather the clutch to keep your momentum. Sounds simple, right?Counter Balance

     One of the people I talked with said, he thought the reason that people are uneasy with making tight turns, especially to the right was your right foot is lower or closer to the pavement while in the apex of the turn and on occasion you will scrape the floor board. (Side note: scraping the floor board is kind of fun but scary all at the same time, ask me how I know? LOL) Even making the tight turn to the left you can scrape the floorboard which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you do have to be careful not to lean too far for obvious reasons.

     That brings me to a little nugget about being right or left handed and which turn do you feel more comfortable doing. There was a small discussion about it where the person said that people who are right handed are less comfortable making right U-turns and if you are left handed you are less comfortable making left U-turns. So now I am curious because I am right-handed and I have been nervous making any tight turn, so what do you think? I really thought it only had to do with your skill/confidence level.

     Now being a passenger during one of these turns myself, I can tell you in my opinion, you should sit up and lean into the drivers back and look in the direction you are going. As a passenger, it is paramount that you pay attention. Hmm, this might be another topic to talk about.

     How do you feel about U-turns? Do you have any advice about them? Do you have any topic suggestions? Please comment below…Ride Safe!

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2018 Vacay with the Harley’s – Ohio (Part3)

So the next leg of our journey was to Ohio to spend a couple days with our besties! It took us about 5 hours from Louisville KY to Tiro, OH. First order of business was a grocery store trip for, you guessed it, beverages! The theme continues…What amazing air and it’s a bit chilly! Yes its chilly and its nearly July 4th! Unfortunately the weather is still not cooperating so the HDs aren’t getting a work out on this part of the trip.

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The Besties!

 

We are only here for a couple days so we are on a mission to make it count. After breakfast we head towards Sandusky, we literally did a sightseeing tour up to the front gates of Cedar Point; definitely need to go here the next trip up. 


Then we head to the Ferry to go to Put-in-bay, OH, yep that’s the name of a place on South Bass island in Lake Erie. It has a huge Memorial and International Peace Memorial to commemorate the battle of 1812; there happens to be a large Column or tower you can go up in for some absolutely amazing views and you are only 5 miles from Canada.

 

We rented a golf cart and toured the whole island, looking at old homes and even ran across a little girl selling her coloring pages. The history is just incredible this place reminds me of Mackinac Island in Michigan except you can drive gas powered vehicles here. What a fun place, I would love to come back and explore the other islands; allegedly there is a winery on Middle Bass island. We hop the Ferry back to the mainland, did I mention is was chilly, and head for one of the most interesting places yet; the Thirsty Pony.  

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The Thirsty Pony is in Sandusky near Cedar Point and is a hotel, bowling alley, laser tag, casino (of sorts), restaurant ALL under one roof! The food was great! You’ll have to take my word on this because after a long day sightseeing no one took any pictures of our food or even a group picture inside LOL.

Day 2 in Ohio, we went to the local Harley Davidson shop and toured around town. Our besties are from these parts so they showed their old stomping grounds. I tell you seriously, we will be back to do more exploring. This area is so rich in history as well as farms and just amazing people.

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Found this little gem for our Granddaughter that is due to arrive in November!

Leaving in the morning for Michigan; this will be an epic adventure so stay tuned!

Why Do You Ride?

Hello Everyone! I have been looking around and I noticed that there isn’t much by or for Lady Riders. Well lets not forget clothing, seriously is that what HD and the rest think we are interested in? Do not mistake my tone here, I am just saying I like to ride for personal reasons, its not about the apparel for goodness sake! So I want to hear from other lady riders and that means everyone that rides and drives. What would you like to see more of?

I have found a few good social media groups that lady riders can chat in and ask questions. I even went out and looked for Blog posts and what I found alot of was photography challenges and that’s great and all and i have to say I am intrigued myself.  But there isn’t much out there with dialog about Lady Riders, so I am attempting here to get things in gear by using the hashtag #ladyrider on these types of posts.

So, to answer the question “Why do you ride?” I asked a few hundred Lady Riders, to include a few in Europe. For me personally, I think it boils down to being able to just ride, the freedom to do just that. To not have to think about all the stuff that is always rolling around my brain. Riding allows me to put that all aside, like mentally closing that door for awhile. Know what I mean?  Many of the Ladies I know ride or drive with their husbands, boyfriends, significant others and etc. They ride mostly to spend time with each other, to enjoy the AMAZING fresh air. Also, many of the ladies that answered my questions like to ride because it also allows them to do something with their husbands and etc, to have something in common. So many of us get caught up in our days that we often don’t talk to each other much or if we do its a singular topic relating to us each personally not as a pair or team. This revelation made an impact on me, how bout you?

Now about some of the reasons I ride, I have a hang-up (at least that’s what I call it) for the smell of the air and I can tell you from personal experience that different areas have a unique smell. I live in Florida so depending whether you are in or near a city you might smell more exhaust and fast food joints. But if we drive out in the rural areas, you can smell exhaust, Rain, the forest, dead animals (lol well you do sometimes), Honeysuckle, water (fresh and salt depending) and so on. What’s your favorite smell?

I also love the wind or air and sun on my body. We call it “Wind Therapy” and it just dusts off your soul. Remember I said, “riding allows me to put stuff aside”? Well in doing that, it seems to just lighten your mental load.

Please comment and share, I really would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions.