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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Riding on the Back...of a V-Rod...VRRROOOM!

My friends and I get out on Wednesdays to celebrate happy hour together. Usually consisting of happy-hour pizza and whatever other discounted food we want at Old Chicago's. We had been getting tired of the pizza-pasta-pizza-pasta routine, so we decided on some different bar Champps.

My friends like to meet at Old Chicago because they are deeply embroiled in a beer tour competition. Not really sure what that means, but since they were out of town, we took advantage of going somewhere else!

I actually rode up in the car since there were four of us--two being kids and the visiting kid didn't have any safety gear. That said, my son didn't want to ride either, so it was the car for us.

The restaurant was up at the Shops of Briargate--not too far from the house. Not really an important point except after dinner the girls wanted to window shop and the boys...not so much. My girlfriend offered to give me a ride on her V-Rod and I was okay with it.

After all, what girl wants to turn down a short shopping excursion for all things girly? Not this one!

Thank goodness I had sneakers on instead of sandals!

Shopping done, we headed out. My friend, Cindy is a great rider so I wasn't too worried about riding on the back with her. After all, her boyfriend had ridden on the back at the Breast Cancer Awareness ride--some 100+ miles of Colorado what's a few miles??


I looked at the seat and though...hmmmm...that's a little passenger pillion! In addition, I thought she had a backrest.


Oh well, no worries...kinda. We take off and I warn her not to take off too quickly...or I might actually fall off the back.

She laughed and commented, "You mean you don't want me to show you the power of this machine"?


I think it would have been really fun if there were a backrest...but alas, there was none so I just made the best of it.

And I didn't fall off!!!

My old bones are quite thankful!

Well, that's a short adventure.

And Kudos to Jamie for doing the ride with Cindy on the back with no backrest. I don't think I would have lasted more than 10 miles!!

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

~The Rainbow Wahine

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ride to...Eat

Yesterday's adventure was supposed to be a ride out to the Bucksnort Saloon in Sphnix Park, Colorado. It's a wonderful ride through some beautiful twisties. Not to mention their signature Buck Burgers.

Alas, it was not meant to be! The winds were quite blustery. With 35 mile-per-hour winds and gusts up over 50 miles per hour the consensus was....nahhhhh.....

Instead, my little group decided to take a short spin up to Green Mountain Falls and have lunch at the Mucky Duck. It's the first time I've ever been in this little gem in Green Mountain Falls. Known for their French Dip sandwich, this was a nice little stop to fill our bellies and kibbitz with one another. It's not a very big establishment, but was able to accomodate our group of 12 easily with a reservation. I had a lovely spinach salad and french onion soup...and my son had most of my soup!!

In addition, our host was quite gracious and frankly, had a great sense of humor to put up with the likes of our kibbitzing!!

Two hours later, we decided to head back to the Springs. It was a great ride down the pass on Hwy 24 and we arrived safe and sound and not too terribly wind blown.

Hopefully the wind will not hang around here too long. It's been a very windy spring and, darn it, I'm ready for it to blow away....far away.... I had a few of my other riding friends tell me that the winds of this day were terrible and the day's ride was not very fun.

I hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day Weekend. If you see a Vet, please thank them for their service--I know that I am very grateful for all those that stand guard for our freedom.

Keep The Shiny Side Up!

~The Rainbow Wahine

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Now, The End of May--But a Girl's Ride!

Wow, now May is almost over!

I haven't done much riding lately, although I think the price of gas prompts me to ride more as a cost savings. But I've been busy with other things--like school, home and other things.

I did get out for a quick scoot with the girls for lunch--up to the lovely Wines of Colorado. It was a beautiful day for riding! For those of you who have never been to The Wines, you should do so! It's a marvelous treat and the food is always delicious!

My lunch was a lovely smoked salmon over a spinach salad. Dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette. The salmon is smoked on site and wow....yummy!!  Lunch is not the only treat. If you go, please ask to sit creek side--and enjoy your lunch outside in the sunshine and listen to the gurgling of the creek. Lovely!

Of course, a ride out with my gals--is the best! It's always great to get out in the sunshine and have the breeze between the knees! I hope to have many more adventures with the gals (and guys) over the remainder of the riding season!

It's in full swing now--there are many motorcycles out there! Vehicles--watch for motorcyclists! Riders--pay attention for the driver not paying attention. It can be a difference between a great ride and a bad one.

As always, keep the shiny side up!

~The Rainbow Wahine