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Moto-Fuzz-Mama Blogger Meetup in West Virginia

Moto-Fuzz-Mama Blogger Meetup in West Virginia

Isn’t it kind of amazing that you can get to know someone through their blog?

Whatever the writer chooses to put in their posts is merely a sliver of their life. Even when they are honest and direct, what they’ve opted to share is edited. Yet as a viewer you begin to develop an idea of their character reading the lines and what you decide is in between them. Maybe it is through the topics they write about, their insight, maybe even the vision of their photos. Who knows? But you start to build a character out of them and something inside of you makes the decision that “yes, yes, I think I would like to meet this person in real life.” 

In real life.

What a funny turn of phrase for this day and age. With the pervasiveness of social media and information sharing ~ the lines of real life and what happens inside of your telephone have become rather blurry.

crazy toad lady

Kathy from ToadMama.com and I have been reading each others blogs for years now. During that time we’ve floated around the idea of meeting up but timing has never quite worked out.

Kathy is my kinda girl. She loves to ride her motorcycle, likes silly roadside stuff, says words like douchebag and is one of those independent broads who sometimes likes to do stuff with other people. In other words – she’s normal!

When Kenny and I were sure we would be heading down to Romney, West Virginia for a long weekend I sent Kathy a message in hopes that we’d finally be able to hook up and ride together. The stars aligned and the universe made it so. On a sunny Saturday morning, Kenny and I met up with Kathy – who had planned an awesome local loop for us to ride.

kathy and me at the low water bridge

Knowing that I am a lover of the interesting roadside “stuff” our first stop of the day was a low water Old Town Bridge. It connects West Virginia with Maryland and is one of the few privately owned toll brides in the US.

kathy and me crossing the low water bridge

The route that Kathy strung together for us took us over hill and dale across wiggling snakes of asphalt. She picked some of her favorite local roads to give us a good flavor of the area. Some of which were small and marked in a way that my eyes aren’t accustomed to. On one turn I actually said to myself “is this someone’s driveway?” When you get route suggestions from a local – you’d best listen up.

big blue skies in west virginia

Our lunch stop was at the Star Mercantile in Wardensville, West Virginia.

star mercantile in wardensville west virginia

Interestingly enough Kenny and I both recognized it right away as we’d used route 259 several times when heading home from the south. Lucky us, now we had the opportunity to stop inside and eat. It’s the kind of place that makes you a burger like your mom would. Outtasight!

me and kathy at star mercantile

I had such a great time following Kathy on her GS. She is a confident, zippy rider and a great navigator. The fact that she likes to stop and check out interesting things along the way really makes her my kind of riding companion. There were several times throughout the day I felt a little sad that we don’t live closer together because I’d probably be bugging her to go for rides all the time.

Thank you, Kathy. Thanks for taking the time to come out and meet with us, to plan and lead a route and for being a beautiful person. I’m so glad to have met you <3

Summer Reading: Motorcycle Bloggers I’ve Been Enjoying

Summer Reading: Motorcycle Bloggers I’ve Been Enjoying

All summer long I have been green with envy reading so many good ride reports around the web. Here are 2 that I’ve been enjoying recently. I hope you do too:

BMWGSGirl – Oregon to Texas and Back
Throughout her trip, I found myself looking forward to seeing her daily posts pop up in my Google Reader. Motorcycles, sarcasm, beautiful scenery photos and an overactive imagination make Jess’ posts great. The way she writes makes me feel like she’s talking to me. She cracks me up 🙂

Everyday Riding- Big Trip 2011
Chris is a year round rider from Minnesota. Yes, I said YEAR ROUND and MINNESOTA. He set off on his SV650 for a trip around the Northeast for a few weeks in August. I had the good fortune to spend a few hours getting to know him over lunch while he was passing through Connecticut. Follow along on his trip as he meets fellow motorcycle bloggers and sees the sights along the way.

Happy reading!

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