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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 13:52

Ok.... Dare I admit defeat! A new female friend (you know who you are) encouraged me to do some blogging.. so here goes. It's difficult when you feel as though you are riding upstream all the time. I say this with respect to my passion for riding, and my living with a spouse who enjoys it as a weekend passtime. He does not understand the need for me to experience the open rode, or to get down and dirty with my bike, if you know what i mean. So.. my trip to Washington became the subject of much discussion and controversy amongst the upperclass suburbanites which make up my family and circle of friends. Its frustrating not to know any biker types. Its even more frustrating to know that your spouse doesnt share the passion. Anyway..... my upcoming trip did NOT sit well with him. He felt I MUST be going there to meet another man. After all.. what else would drive a woman in her 50s, who has two children and a husband at home, to ride 5000 km for a two day rally??? Trust is a huge issue between us. So...... I did not go. We compromised, and I decided to go to Minneapolis instead. I know people out that way, who were gracious enough to ride into the city with me. Hubby doesnt think I know anyone there, plus, it is only 8 hours from me.. so he was ok with that one;) So... I packed up my bags... loaded down my bike, and decided to head out on Monday. The weather forecast was bleak... it called for thunderstorms, and hail... with tornado watches moving towards the south (where I was heading). But it was a nice day so I was determined. Finally, finally, I left at 6:00 pm. It was partially sunny.... and I thought I could at least make it to Grand Forks by night fall. I would stay the night there, and head out to MN in the early morning. I started riding.... got about 45 miles out of the city, when it occured to me that I dont think I should be heading towards Brandon! At least.. I never remembered seeing Brandon on the way to Grand Forks before. But then.. I am not good with directions, and I never really bothered to look. And the last time I rode out there, I was following a friend in her car. So... I pulled off to the side of the highway, and called home. I said to hubby.. "Dont laugh, or I will KILL YOU.. but.... am I supposed to be heading towards Brandon???" lol. Needless to say.. I took the wrong road out. Oh, Pembina Hwy.. not Portage. So... I turned around.... 45 miles back to the perimeter... and ended up taking the wrong turnoff so that I had to start pretty much from square one. But.. I was determined! I finally made it back to Pembina Hwy.. and headed south towards the outskirts of town. Oh yes.. I remember now... Morris, Emerson... the US border. I thought I best fill up with gas before I get too far. I was still in the process of figuring out the mileage on my new bobber tank. I was up to 230 km so I figured I would need to fill up soon. I saw a gas station coming up. I was about to turn right into the gas station, when an *&^hole did a lane change and came up behind me so quickly that had I turned into the gas station, he woulda hit me, or so I thought. So.. I decided I would try to drive into the gas station through the exit. The crazy man turned into the entrance. Well... I didnt make the sharp turn in, and I dropped my bike! I was pissed off!!! Bloody Pissed OFF!! I picked her up... walked her down to the road a bit so I was outta the way for people who wanted to leave the gas station. I waited a few minutes till I got my breath back. And then I tried to mount my bike. Problem is... I was on the right of my bike... and the stand was on the left. I couldnt lift my leg up over the luggage, so I couldnt mount my bike!! I was trying to figure out how to move to the left of the bike so I could put the stand on, and get on the bike properly. And there was NO WAY I was going to call anyone over to help me. How embarrassing!! I finally decided to step onto the curb, which gave me the few extra inches in height that I needed to be able to swing my leg over the luggage, and mount my bike. I started her up, and got the hell outta there, hoping that no one was watching that whole fiasco. Now... I am out of town, yet again. It is about 8:30 pm, and it is starting to get dark. But I am determined. I figure I will make it to Grand Forks by 10 pm. Still doable. I ride another 30 or so miles, and it occurs to me that I am gonna run out of gas. There is nothing coming up that I can see. I have no idea how much longer I am gonna have. Well... being a believer in signs, I figured I have had 3 of them already.. so I decided I had better swallow my pride and head back home. I had to flip the petcock but I did manage to get to a gas station before running dry. I rode back into the city, and decided to stop for a bite to eat at a local diner. I sat there... in my leathers and bandana... my bike loaded up. And as I ate my chicken wings, I prayed to God that no one asked me where this weary traveller was coming from. How could I tell them that this tough looking biker chick couldnt even find her way to get outta the God damned city!!!!! I came home.... feeling totally defeated. I ended up sleeping the entire day away the next day. I guess all the emotions got the better of me. Everyone here says they were very glad I didnt go. And.. as it happens, it has been pouring like crazy since my return, with no plans of letting up. So.. I guess it just wasnt meant to be. But I wont give up. I dont wanna be a wannabe! I WILL take that roadtrip.. even if it kills me:)


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 17:42

Hey..you just build a cherrished memory of how tough it was to get started way back when.... I have had friends plow up front yards with thier foot pegs and plow new fields (with a bike) in thier first years ridding...hey MINOR set back...


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 17:18

The main thing is you tried, and soon you will succeed. People think I am nuts for traveling alone but at least you don't have to run on some one elses schedule and just be drug along. I will soon have a new traveling partner and we'll see how he hangs with me traveling, I feel if your going to travel alone be prepared, if traveling with someone else be flexible it's not just your trip it's theirs too. But travel all you can. And don't worry about your friends and family thinking you've lost your mind.....if thats the point I hope I never find mine.....


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 09:06

Never admit to being lost. You are just; 1)meandering 2) wandering 3) taking the tourist route 4) exploring 5)adventure travelling 6)looking for trouble 7)breaking in new treads 8) wearing out the last of the treads 9)Flattening out your butt, just to see how it looks 10) learning the National Anthem. Where do you live? maybe I should put you in my 'visiting' list!


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 08:56

Re: goolinbursti write: Even a bad day on the bike is a better than a good day at work.;)

SOOOO well put, Gool! You know.. I have learned that I prefer feeling the sting of the rain pelting down on my face, rather than spend one good day at the office:)


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Posted on Thu, May 24, 2007 22:17

Re: suburbansweetheart write: Hey You kind of look like the Modle of the Month..is that you Hubby...LMAO

Her ass is much tooo small LOL


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Posted on Thu, May 24, 2007 07:51

Even a bad day on the bike is a better than a good day at work.;)


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 22:37

Hey You kind of look like the Modle of the Month..is that you Hubby...LMAO


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 22:36

Sorry Girl I fell a sleep at the computor...lol Talk to ya Tomorrow...


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 21:05

sorry about your run of bad luck. Each ride gets a little easier, and gives you a little more experience.. It just takes time


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 18:22

Thanks all of you for your positive comments... I really appreciate them. If I ever get outta here.. I will send pics LOL:) Be safe and happy!


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 18:22

I gotta give you a ^5 just for Tryin...More than most would Im proud of You...Ride Safe and Often....D


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 18:19

Cruisin... no doubt it would be great to ride with others.... Thats why I am here:)


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 18:18

LOL Maneater.. I can laugh now. I wasnt laughing Monday, I tell ya;) I guess its all part of the learning, for sure. I am a stubborn ol broad.... so I am sure there will be lots more tales to tell... hopefully next time, I will make it outta the city:) lol


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 18:17

Thanks Sweetheart! It was a pleasure talkin to ya. And.. my door is always open to you, too!


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 16:34

Hey Cyd, Nice to see you here .. Aren't they wonderful people they are alway honest and caring and you will make alot of riding Buddies here for sure.. You did great girl maybe next time don't go alone just incase.. Can't wait to come up and see your neck of the wood's and there is always a place for you here in Chicago...Be safe!!

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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 15:37

I suggest being you sound so new to biking that you ride with others for a long trip until you get things under your belt. There are tank bags with map holders that you can also put your handwritten instructions in or a GPS system. Riding with others also lowers how nervous you are. You sounded very stressed out to the point of putting yourself in danger from your blog.


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 15:09

You know what you did? You learned things. You learned you can trust yourself on the road. You problem solved. You picked up your bike and figured out how to get back on it. You experienced a lot in one day and this will stay with you and help you out again, somehow, in the future. Please be proud of yourself. I truly admire what you did. You packed up and went. Did it matter where? You got on the bike and went for it. Like Knuck said, there is next year and by the time Rolling Thunder comes around again you will most likely have a much larger network of friends or even a club to ride with. I truly hope your husband and friends can find a way to support you. You really did great Sushi. I learned a lot just reading your experience. Thank you so much for sharing it. Treas


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 14:19

There is always next year for Rolling Thunder and you made it home. All in all a good trip I say. I don't remember how many times I left for some where and never made it, but I have always made it home. I say now that you know how to get out of town try again.


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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2007 14:16

Don't give up. Some people do not understand the freedom and stress reliever riding is. Trust is a very valued commodity in the world today. It is better to compromise than to loose trust in each other. Riding alone is a whole challenge in itself. Your learning. That is the best you can ask for. Look forward to hearing about your trip.


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