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E2E Rally Bonus Stop Planning – Roadside Presidents

For the E2E Rally, I’ve been thinking about how I can string together historical markers, monuments and engaging sights to ‘theme’ my bonus stops. We’ve got 6 months to dash around and pick up points. Keeping things fresh will mean that my interest will stay piqued and I’ll be more likely to play through the whole time.

With one of the E2E Rally bonus categories being “Historical Landmark,” I think this app just might help in route planning…

Ridin’ Nerdy – Roadside Presidents

If you’ve read this blog for more than the last 3 minutes, it may not come as as shock to you that I’m a bit on the nerdy side. I like history, learning “stuff”, roadside attractions, visiting touristy and vintage locations.  I’m always on the lookout for blogs, websites and apps that weave my geeky interests into my motorcycle rides.

I’ve long been a fan of Roadside America. I use their website, iPhone app and have their GPS travel guide on my Zumo. So, it would seem that downloading their Roadside Presidents app for the iPhone would be a natural fit. The Roadside Presidents app gives you the same irreverent slant that their roadside content does – just with a Presidential twist.

Interested in checking out a statue of William McKinley’s VP – Garret Hobart? (Isn’t everyone?) What about the rock where Alexander Hamilton rested his head after being mortally wounded in a dual with Aaron Burr? Right! I bet you didn’t even know you wanted to see such a thing. That’s is precisely why this app is so important ;)

The app uses your phone’s location services to deliver up these delicious (and weird) Presidential road stops. I’m certain some of these places will find their way into my E2E Rally photos.

Maybe they’ll show  up in yours too?

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Grrrr! My New Ural Yamal TShirt

While I was at Ural of New England last weekend, I got a Ural Yamal tshirt.

 Olga, proprietress and fabulous lady, designs the shirts that are for sale in their shop. LOVE!

What the heck is a Yamal?

Read about the beautiful orange beast: 2012 Limited Edition Ural Yamal

While I was in the back of the shop, I got to see a Yamal that was being prepped for its new owner – who I met later in the morning. As it turns out the couple live just a hop, skip and a jump away here on Long Island. Small world, being made even smaller one funky Ural at a time :)

Road Trip: Visiting the Revzilla Showroom in Philly

My daughter Chloe recently outgrew her textile riding jacket. Having her sized and fitted into a decent piece of gear for the upcoming season was something I wanted to do in person. The biggest challenge? Finding someplace with a good selection of quality gear and a range of sizes available to try on.

*lightbulb* 

Revzilla.

As a very satisfied online customer for a few years now, popping in to their new brick and mortar showroom seemed like a perfect idea. And… we could get cheesesteaks while we were in town. Win-Win! 

When we walked into the retail space we were greeted by a salesperson – Bobby. We went on to work with him throughout our time in the shop. He was patient, accomodating, knowledgeable and above all friendly. He didn’t give that full court obnoxious sales press that I hate so much.

He was clearly familiar with the products and was able to answer any questions we had and made recommendations where appropriate.

Bonus Points: He was able to look at me and my daughter and correctly size us by sight for REV’IT jackets.

 

What was different about our shopping experience at Revzilla, when compared to other motorcycle retail spaces?

Selection

The biggest differentiating factor. Helmets, boots, gloves, jackets, pants, full suits – all in a range of sizes, fabrics, brands and price points right on the floor.

On top of that – after eyeballing a few items, Bobby checked the computer to see what they had in their onsite warehouse and brought out different color and size options in more than one of our potential choices.

Attitude

Though the store is stocked with some high end items I never got a whiff of that pseudo-exclusive, douchebaggy vibe that some stores take on. Sure they sell upscale brands like  Rukka and Klim but they also offer middle of the road brands for folks whose pockets aren’t as deep.

Attentiveness

The sales staff were readily available. They seemed to know the line between being pushy and being absentee.

If you’ve been a fan of Revzilla online store, you will have a great shopping experience in their showroom – it feels like a natural extension of their webfront.

The Goods

After looking through the jackets and having carte blanche to choose whatever made her heart sing from leather to textile to…whatever, Chloe selected a REV’IT Levante jacket in silver and a pair of Held gloves.

She is her Momma’s girl :)

And with me being the curious type – I tried on a jacket. Or two. And I may have accidentally bought a REV’IT women’s Airwave for the summer and a REV’IT women’s Ventura because… because Bobby was a good salesperson.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

It’s defintely worth a stop-in.

Revzilla

Showroom Address:
4020 South 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112

GoPro Photo-Mode Outtakes and Candids

The GoPro in photo mode is really the gift that keeps on giving. I was just going through iPhoto on my Macbook Air – the computer that I drag around when traveling. There are often photos on it that I forget about.

I just stumbled across this one:

I love that Kenny looks like a teeny-tiny person and I look like a giant, even though he towers over me in real life.  Apparently I was a giant that made no sense whatsoever, judging by the look on his face.

You can file this one under ‘pinky out’. I had no idea that I did this weird pinky move until I started using the GoPro.

Considering there is absolutely NOTHING but bright blue sky, I have no idea what I was pointing at in this picture. Maybe I was trying the ole “OMG, it’s Bigfoot!… made ya look” on Kenny?

 Then are those time when you capture… moving on…

Sometimes the unfortunate innards of a bug will ruin what could have been a lovely photo.

The same can be said for a poorly placed rain drops or fog on the lens.

But my favorite GoPro candids are the ones that capture a view that you might not have otherwise stopped for. When you find those gems on the memory card, it makes it all worth it. 

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