Category: Memory Lane

Throwback Thursday: An Old Roadtrip Photo from Niagara Falls

Throwback Thursday: An Old Roadtrip Photo from Niagara Falls

Since it’s Throwback Thursday on many social channels, this photo I shared to Instagram seemed like a good fit today. I’d precariously packed my tent, sleeping bag and too much stuff to actually be useful on the little backseat of my ZX6R and roadtripped to see Niagara Falls. It was 1998 and I was 24.

Looking back – I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to pack. I didn’t have “luggage.” I had bungee cords and dreams. But? That was enough. In those days, I focused on going after what I wanted and didn’t think about anything in between. My mind was not yet polluted with what-ifs. Maybe I was actually smarter back then.

Instagram: My Magnum Opus on #TBT

Instagram: My Magnum Opus on #TBT

My life’s greatest achievement, Chloe.

Here she is a few years back with her dirty face, sticking her tongue out at me while we took a break from riding to have lunch.

This little girl is now a lovely teenager who stands taller than her momma. I am so proud of her.

Throwback Thursday: Retro Road Tripping on My Old 6R

Throwback Thursday: Retro Road Tripping on My Old 6R

In 2005, Kenny and I set off for Yellowstone National Park on our motorcycles. Neither one of us really had any idea what we were doing. We just threw our stuff on the bikes and set off with little more than blind optimism guiding the way. Everyone starts somewhere.

At that time, I had 2 bikes – a Ducati 996 and a ’98 ZX-6R. The latter won in the comfort department so that was my steed for the trip.

The little red Ninja in Minnesota. Hiiiiii-Yah! 

fuzzygalore zx6r in minnesota

It is amazing how your approach to traveling changes in a relatively short amount of time. In retrospect, I didn’t really know how to savor what I was doing. Everything was so exciting and so new that I didn’t take the time appreciate things in the same way that I do now. I just wanted more, more, more! One day I will probably look back at this time and say the same thing.

Every trip is a learning experience. Gotta keep at it, keep exploring, keeping expanding that horizon.

Do you remember that feeling of your first “big” road trip?

Throwback Thursday: Feeling Free in the Redwoods

Throwback Thursday: Feeling Free in the Redwoods

Maybe it is a symptom of living in suburbia less than an hour from the megatropolis of New York City – but I find that it takes a while for me to adjust to really letting the magnitude of nature and even of people to find it’s way in.

Now that isn’t to say that I don’t look at things in the natural world and find them beautiful, I absolutely do. It’s more like – there is a shell surrounds my life that needs to get chipped away to get back to being “normal” when I leave this place. There is an unnatural hustle that needs to seep out of my pores so that I can relax. The pace of this area is fast and infectious.

On Thursday mornings I sip my coffee, my dog snores away on the couch next to me and I scroll through iPhoto looking at older pictures for a Throwback Thursday post. I don’t generally have a “plan” I just scroll through the galleries and settle in on whatever photo speaks to me at the time.

fuzzygalore kenny in the redwoods

This photo of Kenny looking up at the redwoods was taken during our last trip to California in September 2011. When I looked at it this morning, I could absolutely remember the feeling that I had settled in to my happy place. That for the week prior I was free from the tightening vice of scheduling and “have to’s.”

Being away and wandering is when I feel free. Do you know what I mean?

Throwback Thursday: Ride the Lightning

Throwback Thursday: Ride the Lightning

This morning I was thinking about all of the wonderful people and unexpected friendships that I’ve made because of the internet. My upcoming trip overseas will be with Ed and Pimmie, people that I met on the internet. Hell, I met my husband Kenny on a group ride with people from a forum.

For kids who have been exposed to it for their whole lives, this may seem “normal,” but at 40 years old, I have been able to witness the progression of not having any internet, to some static-laden whirs and buzzes and you’ve got mail, to having the world at your fingertips in your pocket at all times.

fuzzygalore ride the lightning

What does this have to do with anything? Well,…

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I’ve got a GoPro snapshot taken in California when Kenny and I were riding to meet up with Ed at the big shoe in Bakersfield. Out there in the dry hills there was nowhere to hide from the lightning. I remember feeling scared, not knowing if we should keep moving forward or turn around.

Opening up to meet people who you get to know online has been positive overall for me. I’ve gone to places and had experiences I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Sometimes you’ve just got to take a chance and ride the lightning.

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