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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

9th Annual MSR BCA Ride: Save the Twins! You Want Me to Do WHAT??

I awoke to a spectacular day! The sun was shining, the sky was blue and it was COLD!!!

Somewhere along the line, I lost the morning. I know the ladies of the Mountain Shadow Riders were up at the crack of dawn setting up and getting ready. I was....still at home. No, I wasn't trying to miss all the pre-ride set up.

I actually tried to leave...about 10 times.

Where is my hat? Found said hat.

Where is my wallet? Found said wallet.

Where are my gloves? And so on and so forth.

Finally, I have my act all together, get the motorcycle started and head down. Brrrr!! It was cold! Even at this late hour, I ride down to the Western Omlet with a half dozen motorcyclists. I wonder if they had as much trouble getting out the door as I did? Probably not!!

I pull into the parking lot and say my greetings and hello. I have to practically strong arm Gordon to get my ride t-shirt. Hahaha! Strong arm Gordon. He's about 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Has the sweetest disposition, but still. He'd squash me like a small bug...if he were so inclined to do so. Thank goodness he is so good natured!

I decide to put my ride shirt on over the many other layers. I'm running around, trying to put on a shirt and talk to my many friends and many strangers. No, I am not paying attention. Twenty minutes or so goes by and our Ms. Chapter Director wanders over and says "momma, your shirt is on backwards".

LOL...another indication of how the day is going.

As I talk my usual trash talk self, Ms. Chapter Director again wanders over (and no, my pants are on correctly) and asks....."Would you mind leading a group"?

I all about choke on my donut. Has she forgotten that I am perpetually lost? Has she forgotten that I couldn't find my way out of a paper bag if my life depended on it? Well, I could, but I'm not admitting to it!

I tell her that I would prefer not to lead a group, but if she can't find anyone else, I'll begrudgingly take the assignment. Two minutes later, she says I'm hired.

Oh boy.

I don't think she looked very hard!

I pull my bike up to the staging area and get in the leader's position. Mind you, I was on the route committee and have driven the route once.

Oh boy.

No one pulls up behind me, so I think I am off the hook. I look down the street and see this b-i-g l-o-n-g l-i-n-e of motorcycles. I have a brief thought that I am glad I'm not leading that group of folks!!

Christine......CCCCHHHHRRRRIIISSSTTTIIINNNEEEE.....I hear my name being called. It's Ms. Chapter Director and she's yelling..."your group awaits you".

Oh boy.

I pull out and around and take a short count of motorcycles. I'd say there were about 25 or so.

And I'm the lost girl.

I get my directions out, fold them up, and clench them between my teeth.

First stop is to the Bon Shopping Center by route through Garden of the Gods.

I take a deep breath, give the thumbs up, look back at everyone and pull out.

I say a short prayer...please don't get lost.

I'm sure Ms. Chapter Director has the same prayer. She better be praying for me!

Tomorrow I'll tell you how to lose all the motorcycles......

Until then....

Keep the Shiny Side Up!!

~The Rainbow Wahine

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