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Moto Meet-up with Everyday Riding

June 5, 2012

Friday and Saturday were spent cooking and cleaning in anticipation of our weekend guests, the moto-blogger Everyday Riding and his beloved Mrs Everyday Riding.

Everyday Riding was in his fifth week of seven, traveling from his home in Minnesota, out to the west coast  via Alaska, with an upcoming return via the southwestern U.S. He’d picked up his missus in Seattle and they were enjoying a leisurely trip down the coast to San Diego when they graced us with an overnight visit.

Saturday arrived and I tracked Everyday Riding’s progress via the Spot Satellite GPS Tracker he’d installed on his blog. That’s such a nifty piece of software. My first opportunity to use it was in spring of 2010 when the Ride for Miracles was headed our way. But I digress.

Around dinner time, I kept my ears open for the sound of a bike rolling in. Based on my calculations observing the tracker, Everyday Riding’s loaded SV650 rolled into our driveway as anticipated.

We set about unloading the bike, making tea, and getting ready for dinner.

Since Everyday Riding is also a food blogger ( and both he and his wife are vegan¹, I was a wee bit nervous about the meal I’d prepared, but soon learned I had nothing to worry about. We enjoyed our meal, then sat around into the night getting to know each other, sharing motorcycle tales, and laughing together. It was a great evening. There is nothing like shared interests to create new friendships!

Sunday was much lazier than I anticipated. We had a leisurely breakfast of tofu scramble breakfast burritos, fresh fruit salad, and Café Beaujolais Austrian Sunflower Seed Bread for our guests. (Since I’ve discovered I am healthier on a gluten-free diet, I abstained from the bread.)

It was soon time to head out on the road, as the Everyday Ridings were expected in San Francisco that afternoon to visit long-time friends.

We didn’t get far down the road when I detoured around the Mendocino Headlands State Park scenic loop, with a stop for some photos (and a snack). The weather was flirting with us, going from warm with high clouds scudding across the sky to a misty, encasing fog within minutes of our arrival.

Here are some photos from our stop:

Mendocino Headlands State Park

Here comes the fog.

Snack Break

What better spot for a snack?

Photographing Wildflowers

Mrs Everyday Riding loves the wildflowers.

Sea thrift

So do I.

We hopped back on the bikes, and a short (very short) ride later, we stopped to look at the mouth of Big River and Big River Beach.

More photos were taken:

Big River Overlook

The requisite bike shot.

M/M Everyday Riding

Mr & Mrs Everyday Riding

And then it was really time to head out to the sublimeness of Highway 128.

Everyday Riding set a good pace, given that his bike was loaded with gear and passenger, and we carved the road all the way to Boonville in the verdant Anderson Valley. Another snack for all of us, a fill-up of gas, and it was, unfortunately, time to part company. You’ll have to read about the rest of their ride to San Francisco in Everyday Riding’s blog. I had a smooth road home that afternoon, thinking about the 20 hours spent with new friends and marveling yet again at the incredible opportunities and fantastic people that motorcycling has brought into my life. Wow!

Thank you, so very much, for making time in your trip for us, Mr and Mrs Everyday Riding. You are welcome here any time, and we both look forward to riding with you in the future.²


A vegan diet means eating no animal products. Generally undertaken for health reasons, as in the case of Mr and Mrs Everyday Riding, and sometimes undertaken for spiritual reasons.

2 Tony was having tire issues and was unable to ride with us to Boonville.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. akrichardm permalink
    June 5, 2012 7:10 pm

    Nice post and pictures. We didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Everyday Riding but it was wonderful visiting with Chris.

    Nice that you don’t have the same “Visors down” policy that Trobairitz had 😉

  2. June 5, 2012 8:46 pm

    Great to meet you! Looking forward to the next time!

  3. June 5, 2012 8:47 pm

    It was great to meet you both! Looking forward to the next meetup!

  4. June 6, 2012 2:24 am

    Awesome! I am glad that you too had the priviledge to host the dynamic duo of Everyday Riding. And you were able to ride with them too.

    Motorcycling and blogging just makes the world seem a little smaller and brings the best of people together.

  5. June 7, 2012 10:46 am

    How fun! Wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

  6. June 9, 2012 10:29 pm

    And the list of bloggers who Chris is meeting along the road is ever so growing. Awesome, that you could meet and even throw in a ride.

    We didn’t have the pleasure of meeting the missus, but Chris is a great guy, and we enjoyed his visit thoroughly.

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