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.
- Original Post: Ringing In The New Year – The Isle Of Man(Hattan) Ride 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.
- Original Post: Ride Report: The 2011 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.
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.
- Original Post: The Joy Of Being A Motorcycle Momma
The Berkshires Big Adventure. Yeeeehaa!
- Original Post: 2011 Berkshire Big Adventure Dual Sport
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.
When you have a stretch of the Blue Ride all to yourself… it is quite magical. Dare I say, perfect.
- Original Post: On The Road: A Perfect Moment In Virginia
- Original Post: The AltRider Giant Loop Adventure Ride – Pennsylvania Style
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.
- Posts: California Love
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!
- Original Post: Well Hey There, Tiger – Welcome To The Family
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
- Original Post: Riding Motorcycles With My Daughter Is Heaven
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.
- Original Post: Motorcycle Santa Ride 2011- Long Island Style
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.