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2013 in review

December 31, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Of course, I was not very active at writing, not having a motorcycle to ride all year :(, but that is going to change within in the next couple of months, and then I will be back… count on it! I also have a couple of guest posts upcoming, as I’ve been approached by a few people lately who’d like to participate! That, to me, means I’m doing a good thing with my blog.

See you all in 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Fundraising for Summer

May 7, 2013

Eden's GoFundMe pictureI’ve just set up a GoFundMe page for my daughter, Eden, who wants to attend a summer teen art and language institute in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where her grandparents (my folks) now live full time.

I’m thinking I should set up a GoFundMe page for a new motorcycle. . . hmmmm. . . dreaming!


(Anyone who is interested in helping us get Eden to art camp this summer can find the link to donate on my Facebook page. The GoFundMe button is not active on the image at right.)

Where in the World…? A Photo Challenge

April 12, 2013

I love how interconnected our motorcycling community is. Via Princess Scooterpie comes this challenge from rider/author Gary France, to post and share a photo of your motorcycle in the most interesting place you have parked your bike. I was going to write, “the coolest place you can think of”, but if I had a photo like that, my photo would definitely be featuring an exotic, foreign locale. Like this. (Thanks, Matthew, for your adventures and posting such great pix!)

Alas, my adventures have only taken me through the western U.S. to date. The good news is that I have many, many fond memories of awesomely cool rides in cool places, and a couple of photos to share.

I can’t resist sharing my favorite picture of me riding in an interesting place. (Gary, does this count? If not, scroll down for my “parked” favorite.)

My #1: Riding along the Abert Rim in Southern Oregon. On the right is Lake Abert, an alkali lake that only supports a colony of brine shrimp, and the birds that feed on them.

Abert Rim, Oregon

Really, I still love that photo, taken by my love, Tony Reed.

But I have clearly digressed.

Here is my number one choice for “parked motorcycle photo”. This is along the Salmon River Scenic Byway in Idaho (Hwy 93) and the monolith is Tower Rock, also known as early explorer William Clark’s “The Clift”. Lewis and Clark passed this way in 1805, and this outcrop contains some of the oldest rock in Idaho (pre-cambrian quartzite). That’s Lil Red, on the viewer’s right.

The Clift in Idaho

Thanks, Gary, for a fun chance to relive some of my favorite road trips! I am eagerly looking forward to seeing other rider submissions, and your favorite picks.

End of the Line

March 7, 2013

I said goodbye to Big Green this morning. I ran out of steam for trying to get it running right – again. It never liked being parked for the winter, and our humid coastal climate didn’t help matters much.

There is a space in my garage, awaiting whatever bike will come next… now I get to dream (and start checking bike specs all over again); fun!

Farewell, Big Green. You took me many happy miles, and I know you will bring more than a few thrills, lots of grins, and big giggles to your next riders. Thanks for the memories…

Konocti View

Here I am at an overlook on Hwy 175, Mount Knocti in the backgrouund.

MotoCorsa Messes with Your Mind…

December 19, 2012

This is giving me tremendous giggles today. Click the link to take a look (I didn’t want to spoil it for you…) then come back and tell me what you think.

Spot the Difference calendar featuring Ducatis… and a surprise.

While I would personally rather see the gents in butt-clinging leather pants and a tight tee or a sexy leather jacket, I really appreciate that MotoCorsa (only the most awesome motorcycle shop in Portland, and probably the whole northwest) included the men, so that both genders of any persuasion can have some eye candy—or a giggle—all year long. That alone is reason enough to buy one of these calendars for the garage wall! Thank you, MotoCorsa.

Get yours in time for the new year at MotoCorsa’s online store.


Shopping for Your Next GPS?

December 17, 2012

Garmin eTrex Venture HC
My friend and colleague, Rich Owings, has become quite the GPS guru during the past few years. He has just posted his “GPS Predictions for 2013” and they make for a pretty fascinating read.

Rich’s Website is loaded with information, reviews, and technical specs about nearly every conceivable GPS model. If you are in the market for a hand-held, automotive, marine or other GPS unit, this is the site to go to.

My GPS prediction for 2013? You may find me reviewing one of the top motorcycle GPS units at Stay tuned!

For the Ladies: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 6, 2012

As a graphic designer in a small community (~14,000 in our zip code), I am sometimes called upon to be the poster child for our local hospital. Why? Because they are my client, and the hospital’s PR guy apparently thinks I make a decent model with a good story (because I ride a motorcycle), and provide an even better message. The message is not that I am a cancer survivor (thankfully, thus far), but that I am a woman who believes in getting regular mammograms and other recommended health screenings.

So ladies, listen up! Get your screening mammograms. Maybe not necessarily annually, depending on your age—but get them. I have had friends die of breast cancer, and I have both family and friends who have had this form of cancer caught early enough to treat and beat it. But if you don’t get the mammogram, you may not know until it’s too late. If you believe in ATTGATT, this is just another form of keeping yourself safe. For the sake of those who love you… please… get over your nervousness, fear, whatever, and do this.

Here’s the ad, with my smiling mug and my message to all of you (photos by my sweetie, Tony Reed):

Breast Cancer Awareness ad campaign