Yep, Dan and I are going and we have been checking out lodging. Hog Haven sites, when I called are only ten feet by 25 feet which after you put up your tent or camper, does not give you much more room than your bikes...yuck. if you want a campfire, room to spread your stuff and some quiet when you finally want to crash for the night.
There are several state parks in the immediate area that are motorcycle friendly and willing to accomodate riders coming in late after concerts as long as you have your site set up during the daylight hours.
We found a cool spot at the Richard Bong Rec. Area but as I said sites are going fast so if you are going, book online now to hold your site in Aug.
If you are from the Milwaukee area and have or are renting a space for riders to flop, how about using this blog to communicate it. How many out there of you are going? If you know of available lodging put it here to.
Dan and I are looking at doing the MOTHER Road Rally next year in June. It's a 2,148 mile one week run from Chicago to California. Have any of you done it, and how was it? Any pointers you can give me about the trip or places to absolutely stop and see along the route?
There are other groups one can join up with also to do 66. Currently, I am researching the options. IF you have ridden any of the parts of route 66, I would love to hear from you on this blog. Happy trails.....
THe sign if falling down, weeds coming up in the parking lot and the place shut down and fallen into disrepair.... There used to be an old bike tool shop out back where wrenchers would gather, shoot the shit and work on bikes. Inside the bar is dusty and filthy. Some repairs will definitely be needed. Who was the owner again? Heck, I am trespassing... Well, it is going to take some elbow grease to get this place back up and running. I am thinking we could all use time out from our busy lives, sit back have a beer and make some new good times. Anyone want to step up and help get this place up and running again? What do you want to pitch in and help with?
My kids are all on their way back home from college and elsewhere and soon the house will be full with laughter, clutter, and the smells of Christmas baking. May you all have wonderful holiday with you and yours.
Thanks for making me laugh, sharing your humor, insight,and yourselves. My life this year has been richer for knowing you all. Peace, and may 2008 bring with it all that you each are hoping for. Love you, Deb/Cruisin'
For those of you traumatized by winter, feel free to add more verses......
Roaring and frothing, old man winter blew in,
Cars crashing on causeways only added to the din,
The pelting sleet showered,
as the windgusts swelled.
So each car and each person slipped, slid, and fell.
Caged in thier homes,
people often got cranky,
with nought but to do,
but eat and get flabby.
Well with ice and snow and a few more inches tonight the bikes put away for spring. Time to bake. What's your fav. Christmas goodie?
Haystacks, homemade chocolate covered cherries, "better than sex" bars, pecan sandies, chocolate toffee bars, rumballs, frosted lemon bars,chocolate or peanut butter fudge, decorated Christmas sugar cookies, malted pecan nougats, peanut brittle, buckeyes, old fashioned molasses cookies,warm homemade english muffin bread with homemade jam? What are you powerless to resist?
Coming home, especially if you have seen action, can be a difficult transition. Insomnia, depression,not being able to feel emotions,memories,sometimes guilt, etc... So some questions:
Do you think the aftercare services provided by this country are adequate? Suggestions for improvements?
How can family and friends best be supportive?
My first grandchild was born this past Friday and is having problems with severe apnea.(stopping breathing) She has just been moved to a University hospital for neuro testing and stepped up care. Please keep her and her new first time mom in her prayers. Thanks so much.
Ever since I had a light bar put on my bike, I have had electrical problems. It's back in the shop again this time the light bar does not light up and it won't turn over. Before that it was the wiring to my cooling system. Wondering now if it is all somehow connected and something is misswired or shorting. Also I am concerned. Yes all this work has been done by dealerships. I am also getting more corrosion than normal. The bike is garaged when not in use but I ride all the time, as it always has been. It is a 1999 Honda with lower miles. Any thoughts? I went through electrical problems with a Ford truck once that I owned and that was sheer hell due progressive shorting. Don't want to live through that again. Inwardly I think the dealership that put the lights on messed something up but how do I approach them with this? Just seems when you are a woman dealing the service dept..anywhere... you tend to get screwed. I am expressing my deep concern but wondering if I should start to get bitchy.wWe are talking about a Honda here. Any input from you who wrench your own or have been through this sort of thing would be deeply appreciated. Dressing up like a sex kitten with a warm apple pie probably woudn't get me anywheres either..not like I look that great in fish nets in miniskirts...LOL.
Here's something we have not talked about yet and mine is up for renewal. How many of you carry an extra rider to cover being in a collision with an uninsured or underinsured motorist? What do you all make sure you have on your insurance rider that you think is a "must have" for coverage beyond the basics? If you have been one here who has been in a motorcycle accident, do you have any hindsight on stuff you wish you had covered?
Here's a chance to get together again on Sept. 22. ABATE Region 8 is hosting a very scenic ride/poker run
over the various dams in Kent and surrounding counties.. door prizes,having a dam good time goes without saying....!
The ride starts at 6th and Monroe streets in Grand Rapids. Sign up starts at 10 a.m. Cost is cheap at a mere
10 bucks a person. I know your collective social calendars fill up fast, so just a heads up in advance.
Sort of a takeoff from Wind Junkie's Childhood reminiscing blog....
Me I was going to be either a veterinarian or a scientist. Built forts in the woods, swam in the creek, and raced these three wheelers called "Super Mice"
Windsurfed and sailed, swam alot and rode halfbroke ponies bareback. I was never much into dolls. Baked all the time with my easybake oven and pounded my little brother for eatting up my mixes. He broke the heads off my unused dolls and I broke his little race cars in revenge. THose were the days..sigh.
Just got back from my bike trip with my all women's motorcycle club to the Blue Ridge. Rained everyday, some days buckets poured down with sheets or rain and washouts on the roads. Did the Dragon, white water rafted, ate too well, drank too much and laughed alot, and rode, rode, rode, everywhere. Couldn't get enough of the wonderful vistas. In all a great time, wonderful windy roads and beautiful scenery. Had my bike overheat and act like it was going to die on me one day going up on one of the highest roads along a steep mountain face in Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park. Got a little scared then. No place to pull off, mountain on one side, on a narrow road and dropoff gorge to my right. Thought I bought a Honda to for its reliablity..hmpff. Turned out 300 bucks latter to be a corroded wire in the harness shorting out. Took to two dealerships and 7 hours to figure it out.. wasn't impressed to say the least. Rode back from Bryson City, NC to home here in Mich. in one day that really wore me out but I did it. I sure can take turns now better on my bike. Lol Drying out my leathers and doing my laundry as we speak. I am whooped today, but a smile on my face. :}
I got my poster last week and am touched that you sent me one even though I did not make the top 4. We are getting it framed and matted and it is going up in the shop. you are a great guy. I notice you are not blogging much, i hope it is due to nice riding weather and not that you are straying from the fold. Happy Trails, Deb
Just wanted to say we had a wonderful time and you are quite the host. Your cabin is adorable. Bloodymarys with dill asparagus, devine. I know you put alot of work into this weekend and Spiritvtwin and I really appreciated it.