Saturday, October 31, 2009

A wonderful ride and great group of people

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I had updated my blog. Today Deb & I rode down to Florence to attend our first Motor Maids meeting. It was a pretty chilly when we left home but by the time we headed home it was a tad warm.

The ride was uneventful and we arrived in Florence early. So we decided to stop at the local Circle K, get something to drink and pass a little time before our scheduled lunch. We finished up our drinks and went to gas up so we wouldn't have to do it afterwards. In the process of putting my key in the ignition, it jumped right out of my hand and down into the engine of my bike. Wouldn't you know it? Out in the middle of nowhere, well, not really nowhere but Florence is a very small town.

I can't see the key anywhere. Deb ran down the street to the NAPA to get a telescoping magnet thing but that didn't work. I ended up having to loosen the cover over the clutch to get it out. In the end it was a good thing we got there so early, by the time we got my key out and to the lunch we were only about 10 minutes late.

The women there were an interesting group, several from Tucson, a pair from the Grand Canyon area, another pair from Mesa and Deb & I. One of the women there has been a member of Motor Maids for over 50 years. Listening to their stories was a real treat.

Anyway, we had a great time and a great ride.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Weekend Ride & Party

We left Saturday morning around 7:00 AM to meet Chelli for a "day ride" to Sierra Vista, to help Jackie unload, then Tombstone for lunch, then home. A bit much for a "day ride" we really should have planned better and anticipated needing to spend the night someplace. South of Tucson we got a bit chilly then when we got close to Sierra and it started to rain. We didn't get to Sierra Vista until after 1:00 and spent a great deal of time at Golden Corral eating and getting warm. We helped unload Jackie's trailer by then it was too late to head to Tombstone, not to mention we were still wet and cold. The fine rain continued to fall.

Chelli elected to leave her bike because she and Drew didn't have rain gear and ride home in the car. Deb & I headed back toward home but ended up staying the night in Tucson. Because it was a "day trip" Deb & I didn't bring our cpap machines, but we a room any way. I took some benadryl and we took turns telling each other to roll over. This morning we got up to a beautiful sunny morning with temps in the 70's, got a little breakfast and headed home. This trip was the opposite of the one down, where we ran into a huge dust storms.

It was great to get the new bike out for her maiden voyage, we did 300 miles on Saturday and another 139 on Sunday for a total of 439.2 miles.

Got home around 1:00 PM, had three hours before the boy's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. The party was a huge success all the way around. Thanks to everyone who joined us and help celebrate. It was also a great opportunity for us to meet some of Amanda's friends we had been hearing about for months. After a couple of hours of intense sound, stimulation and play time the family finally headed towards home...exhausted...and looking forward to enjoying some peace and quiet.