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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rambling Thursdays



“May your trials be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views.” Edward Abbey

We’re going on vacation in a few weeks, and it will be the first time in a car in at least five years. I can see the puzzled look on your face as you try to figure that one out. 

It’s true. We haven’t driven a car on vacation for a long time. Okay, I won’t keep you in suspense anymore. We’ve rode a Harley Davidson on our vacations, and I lived to tell about it! 

The quote at the beginning of this blog reminds me of these adventures. We’ve had some great times and I will never forget them. 

We’ve been to Memphis, (BBQ of course), Niagara Falls, Osarks of Arkansas, the deep south, and a couple of trips to southern Indiana. 

A vacation on a motorcycle is an adventure. But there can be perils beyond your control. Oh the sights, smells and the wind are invigorating. But we’ve felt rain pelting our faces like bb’s. We’ve crept along in stalled traffic, sun roasting us alive. And to add to our riding pleasure, dressed like Eskimos while riding in a 30 degree cold snap in May. 

And what to pack, and how and where to pack it?? Let me just show you this lovely picture to give you an idea of what you are up against...


Now imagine trying to fit this in a motorcycle. You get the idea. 

Okay, maybe I am dramatizing just a bit. But in Louisiana a sweet older woman had a shocked look on her face when we told her we traveled from Indiana. “You packed everything you need on this little ole bike?” 

Yes, we are magicians in our day jobs. And we did pack for a week’s trip in three compartments the size of cereal boxes.  No, not really. But let me tell you, it can leave that impression as you try to stuff that souvenir in, cause you just had to have it!

Needless to say, you pack light. And forget bringing anything back home! It’s all part of the adventure, okay? Take pictures!

Anyway, what a pleasure it will be to cruise in a climate controlled car. Raining? Roll the windows up. Heat? Crank up the air. And Hallelujah, I can bring home plenty of souvenirs! And shoes! I can pack more shoes! 

As you can tell, I am positively giddy about this trip. 

Are you planning a vacation? Ever took one on a motorcycle?