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The 2014 Crotona Midnight Run

The mailman delivered the flyer for the 2014 Crotona Midnight Run today.  It seems like it came a little earlier than usual this year, but I could just be imagining things.

If starting your ride at midnight, in New York, in February is your bag? This is the ride for you!

2014 Crotona Midnight Run Flyer

The 2013 event was canceled on account of weather. Will it run this year? We shall see.

Santa rides a… V-Strom? And Ural? And a Ducati? And…

…a Kawasaki and a Moto Guzzi and motard… and.. :)

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without our Santa Ride. It has fast become one of our most looked-foward-to traditions.

This year Kenny was our lone elf. Weirdo.

Long Island Santa Ride

My friend George turned up on his V-Strom totally decked out like a reindeer. Is that cute or what?!

reindeer vstrom

While we were hanging around waiting to see who would turn up, passers by stopped to take our picture and we got lots of honks and waves before we even set off.

long island santa ride

Just as in years past, the reward for riding around dressed like Santa is how happy and excited the people on the roads are to see you. Making people smile in spite of themselves? Priceless.

Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

The Ural Get’s Dressed for Christmas …and Other Nonsense

The Ural is mostly dressed for the winter. It’s donning its silver wreath on the rack and all is right in the world.

the ural christmas wreath

As it turns out, I had to do a little repair work on the string of wreath lights, though. Check me out being all handy and what-not! ;)

Why are Christmas lights so crappy?

broken xmas lights

On a side note – Kenny also “fixed” the Buddha in the front yard while messing with another string of Christmas lights. Hey, you know how it is. One light goes out? They all go out. (And statuary get kicked across the yard.)

buddha took a size 12 to the face

Santa Clausii Are Coming to Town

This weekend my friends and I are set to head out on our Santa ride. That happens to be my favorite-est group ride of the year. That’s the one where we all dress up as Santa or elves and spread some cheer on the roadways.

It’s always so much fun to see everyone be excited to see the Santas on wheels.

santa and elf in the Ural

It’s been great having a few more people join in on the ride each year. The 1st year, it was just me – a lone wolf Santa. It’s nice to have friends who are willing to do silly stuff.

Pics from our 2012 Santa Ride

Stay tuned for Santa Ride prep and pics coming up this weekend!

 

On the Tail of the Comets Comes a Girlie Motorcycle Rider

bill haley and the comets music notes chester pa

My travels during the Void Rally 8 brought me to Chester, Pennsylvania. The bonus location was a tribute to Bill Haley and the Comets who recorded at a local radio station. Though the building and its musical history have been torn down and lost to time, there are 2 black rubber musical notes embedded in the sidewalk.

…All that remains now are the anonymous inlays in the sidewalk on Crosby Street, cracked with age. Take a picture of a note inlayed in the sidewalk.

When I pulled up to 5th & Crosby I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I pulled into a parking lot and opened my topbox to read my rally book. As I stood looking at the pages, I caught a glimpse of a grandfatherly man walking with a little girl of about 4 or 5. I could feel their gaze fixed on me from about 50 yards.

After reading the rally book entry for the bonus, I closed up my topbox and set off walking across the street looking for the music notes.

By the time I photographed the music notes and walked back to my motorcycle, the man and the little girl were standing in front of my bike. I smiled and gave a nod, getting myself ready to shove off again.

As I stood there momentarily, the man walked towards me and said something. I still had my helmet on with my earplugs in so I let him know and asked him to speak up.

“How you doin’ t’day?”

“Doing great! You?”

“My little friend over here wanted to come get a look at you. I told her that you were a girl but she wasn’t so sure.”

I looked toward the little girl who had her face cradled between the bars of the parking lot fence . She was holding on with both hands and swinging one leg. She stared at me curiously.

I waved to her and laughed. “Oh, I’m definitely a girl, alright.”

“Oh, I know. I told her. But she had to see for herself.”

And with that, he put his hand on my shoulder as if to say take care and walked back to the little girl smiling.

He once again took the little girl’s hand and they walked back the way that they came. She kept looking back, stealing glances at me. As I exited the lot, I honked and waved to her once more.

It has been over a week now since I saw that little girl and I haven’t forgotten about the inquisitive twinkle in her eye. I hope that she doesn’t forget the lady on the motorcycle or at least the idea that if they want to… girls can ride motorcycles, too.

Sex, Motorcycles and Bacon – Tales from the Void Rally 8

Sex, Motorcycles and Bacon

I have returned triumphant from the Void Rally! Well, maybe not triumphant but at least in one piece. That has to count for something.

The Void Rally Ride Report has been posted and you should probably read it. You don’t want to miss out on tales of sex, motorcycles and bacon do you?

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