With the way that weeks seem to zip by in a blink, it’ll be 2018 before you know it. I’ve been trying to mentally walk back through all the places I’ve been and things I’ve seen this year. As someone who often feels like they never go anywhere and never does anything but work, this type of reminiscing is good for me.
It is so easy for me to succumb to what have you done for me lately thinking. Hell, I just reminded myself that I started the year off by leaving Las Vegas and spending New Years Day in Death Valley, California. I’d completely forgotten. Isn’t that sad?
So on the heels of that, I’m putting together some 2017 in Review posts – photos, notes and whatnot recapping the year. Why not join me on your own blog? Tell us about your 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When most years come to a close and I take stock of my time riding I always arrive at the same sentiment. I didn’t ride as much as I wanted to. Well, as I sit here on the last day of 2009 it is no different. I didn’t ride as much as I’d have liked to. But, the riding that I did do was pretty great.
Riding through the Daniel Boone National Forest in May. Our friend Pimmie was here from The Netherlands to enjoy it with us. That made it extra special.
Early spring ride out to Montauk. I was just getting my sea legs back and it felt good to just be out in the world. I can still remember what it felt like to eat my lunch in the sunshine.
Finally getting to meet Soth and the guys from SuspectsUnlimited for a dayride. The stopping is just as much fun as the going. Building a friendship with a man who shares a passion for life and riding was an important moment this year.