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A Year in Review – Motorcycling Through 2011

A Year in Review – Motorcycling Through 2011

Now that we are just around the corner from the close of 2011, I find myself reflecting on some of my favorite moments and blog posts throughout the year:



We kicked off the year right with a trip around Manhattan island on New Years Day. Similar to the tradition that says the person you kiss at the stroke of midnight on New Years is the person you will kiss all year – the Isle of Manhattan ride set the tone for the remainder of 2011.



Crotona Midnight Run

It’s February. What better way to celebrate the winter than with a timed road ride? I know. A timed road ride, that kicks off at Midnight.

Bikes parked for Crotona Midnight Run



By the time March rolls around, you’re wishing for spring in the worst way. You’ll look for any excuse to get out and spend some time on the bike. I decided that taking a ride around the east end of Long Island to visit it’s windmills would be a perfect way to court the warm weather.

It didn’t work. It was freezing.

Gardiner Windmill



April brought us the big milestone of Chloe getting her first motorcycle. Someday, she’ll look back and say “I learned to ride when I was a kid…” and this will be what she remembers about getting her first motorcycle.



The Berkshires Big Adventure. Yeeeehaa!



Throughout all of 2011 there are a few standout riding moments that really left a mark on me. Once of them was being in the warm, golden light of the late afternoon on the Blue Ridge Parkway with my dear friend, Bill.

Our bikes on the Blue Ridge

When you have a stretch of the Blue Ride all to yourself… it is quite magical. Dare I say, perfect.



GL, Me and Kenny in PennsylvaniaJuly had a few days that were positively SIZZLING. Luckily for us (not) one of the hottest days of the year was the day of the AltRider/Giantloop dual sport adventure ride in Pennsylvania.

Kenny, GL and I spent the day having a blast on the rocks. And I got a chance to meet a couple really nice people, like John from New York, Harold from Giant Loop and Eric from RideAdv.com.



Meeting other bloggers who are out on the road is a cool experience. In August, I hooked up with Chris from EverydayRiding.org while he was on a tour of the Northeast. You never know what you’re going to get when you meet someone you think you “know” from their writing. As it turns out… Chris is a great guy. I felt like I knew him forever.

On my way back down to the ferry to head home, I also got to meet John from John’s Alaska. Bonus!



In September, Kenny and I took our yearly “big trip”. We found ourselves back out in California bumming around. The trip… was heavenly.

Lost Coast Mattole Rd



In October, I found myself the proud new owner of a new motorcycle that I didn’t know that I needed until I got it!

My New Triumph Tiger 1050



Rather than hitting the mall on Black Friday, we did what girls REALLY love to do: we headed out for a family motorcycle ride. I love riding motorcycles with Chloe <3

Me and Chloe in the woods



In December my friends and I donned our big red suits and hit the road. It was absolutely one of my favorite rides of the year. Making someone else happy is the best gift you can give yourself.

The Flying Santas - Long Island Chapter


Happy New Year

2011 was filled with lots of laughter, many happy miles and a few adventures along the way. I hope that you find the same to be true. Wishing you all the best in the new year.

Hope to see you on the road.


2011: My Favorite Five – Motorcycle Photos

2011: My Favorite Five – Motorcycle Photos

The blog “All Things Rogey!” recently posted a blogging challenge: Post your favorite photos of 2011 and the reason why they are your favorite. The rules: the photos must be taken by you and you must include a photo of yourself in the 5.

Narrowing a list down to just five photos is much harder than I thought. 2011 was a really good year. But, in no particular order here they are:

Monkey & Me Riding Off Into the Sunset

Riding into the sunset with Chloe

Why I Love This Pic: Because nothing can compare to watching your kid triumph. This photo of me following Chloe off into the fading winter sun represents in my mind something that I hope continues throughout our lives. Love that kid so much.

Original Post: Riding Motorcycles With My Daughter Is Heaven


The Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ride Parkway Sign
Why I Love This Pic: In June, I took an impromptu long weekend trip on the bike. In the warmth of the late afternoon sun my friend Bill and I found ourselves on a nearly deserted stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a perfect moment in time and one of my fondest riding memories of the year.

Original Post: Two Ugly Ducklings on the Blue Ridge


Golden Hills on Hot Spring Drive

Hot Springs Drive

Why I Love This Pic: The heat was so oppressive but there was something so wonderfully beautiful about riding along in the the dry golden hills. This was taken on our first day of meeting up with our friend Ed in California, whom I am always happy to ride with.

Original Post: California Love: Golden Fields on Hot Springs Drive


Motorcyclists Dream – Twisty Road Next 140 Miles

Winding Road Next 140 Miles

Why I Love This Pic:  This is the kind of sign that inspires 1,000 motorcycle daydreams. Taken near Red Bluff, California on Route 36.

I’ve seen some blogs re-post my photo and chuckle that the curve in the photo doesn’t look like much – and they’d be right. But only a person who has never ridden CA36 could make such a silly statement. It’s what’s around the next bend for the next 140 miles that counts. Awesome road.

Original Post: Here It Is! The Greatest Road Sign In The World


Me and Sunflowers

Fuzzygalore and sunflowers

Why I Love This Pic: I have a little bit of the fugs going on, so I’m kind of camera shy.  This is one photo of me I actually like! It was taken while we were out riding in the woods during the summer. A nearby farm had a plot of sunflowers stretching all the way across the field. Being that they are one of my favorite flowers, I just had to sneak over for a peek.

Some Other Moto Blogs Participating in the Challenge:

Did you post your favorite 5, too?
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