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Friday, December 29, 2006

One Ride in December….

I’m feeling the itch….need…to….ride….

It is not going to happen. I had one ride in December…a short jaunt out to Manitou with a friend of mine. Dodging the ice patches on the road and avoiding sand…it was almost not fun…almost.

There is still entirely too much snow and ice on the ground and with yesterday’s reinforcement snow, I see the handwriting on the wall—riding season of ’06 will be closing with no more riding. Too bad. For the folks in the south part of town—kudos to them for being able to get their motorcycles out on the road! There were a good many out on Christmas Day, I hear.

Here in the north part of town—riding is still a fantasy. There is so much snow and ice on the ground that I have forgotten what the pavement in my neighborhood looks like!! Sigh…

Well, our annual New Year’s Day ride is probably going to get cancelled since it is not looking pretty at the moment.

I’m sure Kathy is out scooting around and I’m hoping that she’ll get out and scoot a couple of miles for me. It’s just too icy. Until we thaw out, my motorcycle is staying put.

Have a good pre-New Year’s Holiday…as always….

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

~The Rainbow Wahine

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Remember that there are many people that cannot be with their families for this holiday season--please honor them.

We still have a large amount of ice and snow on the ground at the moment and there is more snow forecasted for today. Not like we had in the last week, but just something else to shovel. No riding, that is for sure. Even if it were clear, I'm not sure I'd be out in it on the bike. The thermometer registers 24 degrees at the moment...and waaayyy too cold!!

At any rate, hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas--with lots of chrome and motorcycle accessories! Heck, maybe a few of you out there will find a motorcycle under the tree.

If anyone has an extra Road King Custom, I would be happy to park it under my tree!!

Merry Christmas!! Enjoy your time with loved ones and enjoy the celebration!!

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

~The Rainbow Wahine

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Santa Came Early...

Great for the kids...not so great for motorcycling! Wednesday I awoke to howling winds and sideways snow and bloody cold temperatures. Not that I spent much time out of doors or even thinking of being out of doors--rather, I was stuck behind this computer!

It's been a long and hard task, but I can say that I have written and submitted my final paper!! Whooohooo!! That means that I am officially done with school. Well, almost--the only thing left to do is graduate!!!

If I had a trip of any length, my handy dandy laptop came along--for the sake of posting here and on my other blog and doing homework! I've been MIA for the last few months because of the pace of work involved with school has increased dramatically and I was buried under the huge mountain of papers I had to write. Not to mention the severe cases of burnout that I faced on numerous occasions. It was a tough road. So much that I no longer found writing for pleasure--a pleasure.

However, it is officially over...and I plan to be back writing on a regular basis on one of my favorite topics.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Keep the shiny side up!

~The Rainbow Wahine

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sunday's Ride...

Sunday was a rare riding day for me...I think this is the first time I have cranked my bike in several weeks. Yikes! Winter is indeed here *sob*...

One of my girlfriends gives me a call and says she's headed out to Canon City...did I want to go?

Heck yes!

I have two problems:

1. I blew the fuse on my heated hand grips so I had to get down in the fuse box. On the Fatboy, it is under the seat and the passenger strap thingy is attached to my saddlebag. In other words, I had to take the saddlebag off. I did, no problems...ten minutes later, my grips are back heated.

2. I attempted to blow my knee out skiing Saturday. That's attempted. I'm alright, my knee is just sprained. Can I manage hopping on and off the bike with a owie leg? I wrapped it up good and tested...yes..I can do this.

I just have to remember to put the left foot down first--which is what I do anyway.

The temps for the day are the low 50's so I bundled up. Yes, I look like the Michelin Man in black. Not only that, I have a peg leg too!

I met up with my girlfriend and no, we ended up not going to Canon City--I'm thinking it was going to be too cold as flashbacks to my last trip up there resulted in a frozen Wahine. Not my idea of fun.

Instead, we headed up to Manitou. Manitou is a really cool artsy town that has a lot of shops to wander in and out of. Whooohoooo!!! Motorcycling, eating and shopping!! This girl is in heaven.

Around 3:30 we started to lose daylight and more importantly--heat. The roads were fairly clear, but there were some wet spots on the road and I didn't want to get caught when the water spots turned to ice. After all, I crashed Saturday on my skis and remembered it was not a pleasant experience.

My riding is about done for the year. I have my little boy this year for Christmas and New Year's so those weekends will be spent with him.

Well, no motorcycling adventures...but we are planning on riding those pesky skis again after Christmas!!

~Keep the Shiny Side Up~

~The Rainbow Wahine

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Mountain Shadow Riders @ Christmas

Hi all! Gosh, time flies when I'm a paper writing fool. Sigh. Good news is that I now have nine more days of school and I'll be done! It's been a long haul!

At any rate, the Mountain Shadow Riders has taken on another pet project--to become Santa to disadvantaged families. Elementary school kids.

This topic was presented at the November Chapter meeting and voted upon. Guess what....we adopted the entire elementary school! It is a small school in a very small town.

We finally got the information a couple of days ago--it was very short notice! However, the members of the Mountain Shadow Riders stepped up to the plate and all the kids and families we have adopted have been adopted!!

I'm so proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of riders.....the members and support members of the MSR indeed rock! Whooohoooo!!

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

~The Rainbow Wahine