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Am I Finally Getting Better at Dirt Riding?

Time – the most precious commodity there is.

When you find a person who willingly shares such a precious resource with you – it’s a great feeling. I have a friend, Gary who has taken me under his wing and has gone out of his way to help me along with my dirt riding. He has a manner and patience that seems to be helping to turn my mindset around.

He’s just a good dude.

The last few times we’ve gone out riding, Kenny gets to zip off and run with the gazelles while Gary babysits me and coaxes me in to relaxing. Not by doing anything in particular but rather just being his natural laid back self. The result has been a boost in my confidence and pace.

When Kenny and I drove home from riding in the Pine Barrens last weekend I couldn’t help but remark that it was the best day of dirt riding that I’d ever had. For the first time I felt like I’m actually getting better. Can you believe it?

It seems like with Gary’s encouragement and patient tutelage I’m finally chilling the fuck out. I’m just so glad to be feeling good.

…You Have Some Travel Plans?

On Friday before I set off for a weekend away on the bike, I posted a picture of my SPOT tracker on Instagram. (Because that’s what the kids are doing these days.)

Fellow blogger and friend Brent (Sojourn Chronicles) asked:

“…You have some travel plans?”

It dawned on me that I have ALL of the travel plans. ALL OF ‘EM. I want to go everywhere (man).

Now how do I make that happen?

Thanks for the Postcards!

I just wanted to send a great, big THANK YOU for all of the postcards and notes that have been sent my way. Every time I open up my mailbox and find one, I feel like a million bucks.

You guys and dolls rock. Seriously. <3

This whole postcard thing was spurred on by Kathy’s Snail Mail Challenge. I’ve sent out nearly 50 postcards over the last month, so I think I’ve met her criteria. But… I’d be happy to send out some more. Or, some to the same people who may have received a card already. Just don’t think I’m some kind of creep if you get another card one day, ok?

You can send me your address if you’d like future postcards:

Or if you want to send me one – I’d be a happy girl:

Travel Souvenirs – Send me a Postcard, Please!

I’m so knocked out by how many people have sent in their addresses to get a postcard from me. Thank you! I’d love to get postcards from you, too. If your pen is burning a hole in your pocket and you want to send me a postcard from your travels, please do!

Thanks again, Kathy for the inspiration!

And thanks, Ed for the Fuzzy girl image!

Postcards from the Edge: The Snail Mail Challenge

It came as no surprise that my girl and kindred spirit, Kathy from ToadMama.com loves postcards. They often have the most perfect photographs of wherever you’re visiting.

Late last week Kathy issued a challenge on her blog: The Snail Mail Challenge.  To participate, you have to actually send at least 5 postcards or letters to friends – not just buy the perfectly photographed lovelies and stick them in an album somewhere. *whistles innocently*

I probably shouldn’t tell you this as it could ruin the reputation of my manly-man Kenny. But…? I will.

When Kenny and I first met and we’d travel, even just doing day trips – he would send me postcards from where we’d been with memories of the day or sweet love notes scribbled on the back. He’d drop the postcards in the mail at his house which was just a few miles away. I would then have a lovely memory waiting in my mailbox the next day. I always found it so romantic.

So, why am I telling you all this?

Well firstly, you should check out Kathy’s blog.

And secondly, and this is a big leap on your part —  if you’re feeling daring and want a postcard from overseas, I could be your girl. Since I’m heading off to Italy, France and Switzerland shortly if you’d like to receive a postcard, you could email me a PO Box or mailing address and I’ll send you one.

I could tell you that I’m not a creep or anything until I’m blue in the face but I completely understand that sending a stranger a mailing address is a little weird. But, there it is – the offer is on the table. A s k f u z z a t g m a i l with no spaces and the .com is where you can send your address. I’ll do my best to see if I can find cards that are motorcycle-y.

And if you’re so inclined, maybe take Kathy up on her blog challenge, too?

[edit] 8-22-14

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their addresses so far! Thanks for the trust and of course thanks for reading. I’ll be in your mailbox soon. Well, not me personally. That would be… something. Ugh. Then the fire department would have to come with the jaws of life to extract me. Wouldn’t that be quite a scene? ::sigh:: No one wants that.