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Wishful Thinking: One More For The To Do List – Teakettle Junction

A few weekends ago a friend posted a photo on Facebook of a motorcycle ride he’d taken in Death Valley. The picture was a group of friends in their riding gear in front of a sign that had teakettles hanging all over it.  It marked Teakettle Junction, which I’d never heard of before.

Now I can’t get the image out of my mind. The more I Googled to learn about Death Valley and looked through photos, web sites and blog posts the more it became apparent that I must go there. Aside from the rugged beauty of the National Park environment itself, there is something sweet about those dangley teakettles that I simply must see.

Bucket List? Say hello to your new friend from Death Valley.

Teakettle Junction – New Sign

Photo: James Marvin Phelps on Flickr

Do Women Who Ride Motorcycles Find It Easier to Get Dates?

I received a comment from long time motorcycle rider BobbyN who asks the following:

In a previous life I was a bartender for a large theme restaurant in NYC. I worked with a lot of great waitresses who would complain about not finding a boyfriend, which I would have a tough time believing. Now I have another wonderful, beautiful, successful, very funny friend in L.A. who is crying these same blues. I would joke that if a woman learned how to ride a motorcycle, she would never have that problem.

Then I thought, is that true or just a male perspective?

Though I did meet my other half on a motorcycle ride, I don’t have a lot of experience in this department. So, I thought I would open this question up to the floor.

Ladies, Gents – What do you think?

Do women who ride motorcycles find it easier to get dates or find a longterm mate?

What’s Your Take On This 3-Wheeled Scooter?

A Case for Motorcycle Commuting

Dreaming about taking the long way home

Lately I haven’t been doing much pleasure riding. Like other people with full time jobs, with children and families there are seemingly weeks and weeks that go by where the majority of your time is not your own. After all of the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed what you’re left with are a few ticks on the clock in the dark hours of the day.

Enter the case for motorcycle commuting.

Yes, some people commute on their motorcycle for fuel savings. Some people commute for ease of parking, for being able to filter through traffic, to take up less space than a car. Sometimes though… sometimes you just have to commute to escape.

Every time I look out of the office window and see my motorcycle parked amongst seas of cars, I enjoy a little twinge of pleasure. A secret smile comes across my face as I think just a few more hours and I get to ride home. And if I can squeeze in the time, maybe I’ll take the long way.

These busy times are when something is better than nothing.

Motorcycle Misperceptions – Changing Them, One Person At A Time

Triumph Tiger 1050

Yesterday when I stood outside of my office packing up my sidebag and getting ready to head home – a man walked out of the building, eyes fixed on me and the Tiger. I smiled at him and he smiled back.

“Wow! All this time I thought it was some big 6’5″ guy with tattoos who rode that bike. “

No, sir. It’s just little old me. :)