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Ride Report: Return from the Edge of Void Rally 9

Ride Report: Return from the Edge of Void Rally 9

I have returned from peering over the edge of the Void 9. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who followed along on the SPOT and sent words of encouragement. You guys are the best.

The wet weather definitely made for additional challenges. But was I triumphant in my quest? Well, you’ll just have to read the full ride report to find out.

Void Rally 9: Roll Me and Call Me the Tumblin’ Dice

The VOID Rally 9 – Yahtzee!

The VOID Rally 9 – Yahtzee!

This week I received my rally flag for the 9th VOID Rally. Say hello to Rider 52.

fuzzygalore void rally flag

New for this year is a Yahtzee game component to the rally. As if I didn’t have enough of a hard time completing the rally as it was 🙂

The 24 hour rally kicks off on Friday October 10th. Scoring will open at 1:30pm on Saturday with 4:00 pm being the DNF cutoff. If all goes well and based on past performance, I will already have my paperwork turned in, have been scored and be in the process of enjoying a delicious nap by the time that deadline occurs.

Over the course of the next few days I will have a mental breakdown planning my route only to say “screw it, just have a fun ride” at the last minute. Good times. 🙂

I’ll have the SPOT tracker going for the rally this year. That way you’ll be able to see the when I’m in some fleabag motel listen to hooker-sex or having the bejeezus scared out of me on some dark and lonely road.

Just a few more days!

Big Kids Playing in the Puddles

Big Kids Playing in the Puddles

At some point you just come to terms with your shortcomings. I will never be a confident dirt rider. There is something about the looseness of it that I cannot give myself over to. That and the fact that I don’t do it nearly enough to become good at it.

Riding dirt roads, gravel roads, dirt trails – I’m fine. As soon as I see water and mud? Forget about it. I freeze. When the answer is often to keep your momentum going to carry you through I end up shooting myself in the foot and slowing down to collect my thoughts before tackling whatever sopping mess is in front of me.

When we were riding in Berkshires this spring, things were…. damp. I tentatively putt-putted my way through some big, long puddles.

fuzzygalore riding in the puddles

My dude and fellow unicorn spotter Gary directing me to avoid a big rock under the water.

fuzzygalore riding out of the puddle

He must’ve been looking out for me after witnessing me fling both me and my bike down an embankment about 10 minutes earlier. Judging by the look on his face when I came back to Earth and looked at him, it must’ve been quite the spectacular wipeout. Oopsie.

fuzzygalore riding in the puddles

I’ll just keep tagging along on these dual sport rides when I can. If nothing else, the scenery is always great! 🙂

The 2014 Crotona Midnight Run

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…

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!

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