2nd Annual Hawgs N Hills Rally – Thunder Roads Article

June 7th, 2008

A recap of our experiences with the 2nd Annual Hawgs N Hills Rally can be found in the attached article, ‘Rally Wrap Ups’, which is in the June 2008 edition of Thunder Roads.

In addition to our recap of the rally, Thunder Roads also used a few of the photos we took.

Our recap of the Hawgs N Hills Rally begins on page 22, or the third page of the pdf file.

Rally Wrap Ups [PDF, 628KB]

2008 Texas State H.O.G. Rally – Thunder Roads Article

June 7th, 2008

A recap of our experiences with the 2008 Texas State H.O.G. Rally can be found in the attached article, ‘Rally Wrap Ups’, which is in the June 2008 edition of Thunder Roads.

In addition to our recap of the rally, Thunder Roads also used a few of the photos we took.

Our recap of the H.O.G. Rally begins on page 17, or the second page of the pdf file.

Rally Wrap Ups [PDF, 628KB]

Riding the Hill Country – Thunder Roads Article

June 7th, 2008

The following is a recap of a ride through the Hill Country that Lisa and I took in early May.

We were fortunate enough to have the article published in the June 2008 edition of Thunder Roads, ‘The Oldest Motorcycle Magazine in Texas’.

In addition to ‘Riding the Hill Country’, we also contributed to Hill Country Faves. And Thunder Roads even used a few photos we took as well.

Riding the Hill Country [PDF, 240KB]

2008 MBI Riders Choice Awards – Winners

March 19th, 2008

Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI) 2008 Awards For The Motorcycle Industry

(PRWEB) March 19, 2008 — Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI), announced the winners of the 2008 Riders Choice Awards. The awards, voted by thousands of motorcycle riders in 77 countries, recognize significant achievements and serious lapses in judgment during 2007 by motorcycle and related product manufacturers, persons and organizations. This years winners are:

MBI Riders Choice – Star Awards

– Object of Lust — Ducati Desmosedici RR
– Best Concept Motorcycle or Scooter — Honda Evo 6
– Best Manufacturer’s Website — BMW Motorrad
– Best New in 2007 Scooter — Piaggio MP3 400
– Best New in 2007 Motorcycle — Triumph Street Triple 675
– Most Environmentally Friendly Motorcycle – ElectricMoto Corporation Blade XT
– Wish We’d Thought of That — KTM Bread Toaster
– Women Riders Booster of the Year — Lois Pryce (20,000 mile solo ride, Alaska to the tip of South America on a 225cc bike)
– Thumbs Up — Ewan McGregor/Charlie Boorman ( Enhanced image of motorcycle riders)

MBI Riders Choice – Fallen Star Awards

– Most Disappointing Motorcycle – Suzuki B-King
– Thumbs Down — Loud Pipes Save Lives
– What Were They Thinking — Babecage
– Worst Manufacturer’s Website — Cycleport/Motoport

The Riders Choice Awards are unique in that the nominees and winners are chosen by every day riders around the world, not by professional journalists. The awards reflect the judgment of the motorcycle buying public, not motorcycle industry insiders.

Anyone could vote, there was no restriction on age, gender or country. Even non-riders could vote. No registration, nor email addresses were required. However, a system of storing and analyzing IP addresses was put in place to minimize duplicate voting.

About MBI
MBI (whose motto is “Riding and writing is what we do”) is a group of 161 international motorcycle weblog authors from China to Chile.

Membership is open to any motorcycle rider who maintains an active motorcycle-related Internet weblog or news web site with original commentary. With a combined readership over 5 million readers per month, the awards represent a true feeling what lives amongst the biker communities. The awards are not given by professional journalists, commercial publications or companies, but by the public.

More information about MBI, its members and the complete list of nominees will be found at the MBI web site http://www.mbiweb.org/.

MBI Website: http://www.mbiweb.org/
MBI Awards 2007: http://www.mbiweb.org/2008/
Interview Contact: Mike Werner
Telephone: +33-2-35297230
Email: mwerner@mbiweb.org


Motorcycle Bloggers International (MBI) 2008 Awards For The Motorcycle Industry [via PRWeb]

2008 Motorcycle Bloggers International Riders Choice Awards

February 19th, 2008

Here is your chance to vote in the 2008 Motorcycle Bloggers International Riders Choice Awards.

You can vote for the winners in over 13 categories such as:

• Best new motorcycle
• Best manufacturers web site
• Wish we’d thought of that
• What were they thinking?
• Women riders booster of the year

To place your vote, simply visit the MBI web site (link provided below) and enter your choices. No need to register, give your email, sign in blood, or the such.

Thanks for participating!

2008 MBI Riders Choice Awards

Holland Ranch

September 8th, 2007

Holland Ranch was unlike any other place I have ever stayed. In talking with the owners, Hans & Bianca, they told me they wanted to make the place “a little European and a little American” and I think they have succeeded. Hans and Bianca are from Holland and moved to Texas last December, although the ranch has only been open for business since April. They stopped by to visit as I was packing up to head out and they told me that in Europe, it is common to have a separate facility with running water where you shower, wash dishes, etc. Frankly, I thought the experience was kinda refreshing. As I walked to get water to make coffee, it occurred to me the simplicity of the place. No frills, but with no frills often comes less stress. The lack of frills is exactly what gives the place its charm! Route 66-Holland RanchIt was a peaceful balance of “roughing it” camping style, but with the amenity of just enough civilization to make you feel at home. In its own unique way, Holland Ranch offers the proverbial serenity seeker an opportunity for peace by surrendering a few material niceties in exchange for a little bonding with nature.

kaartklein2Definitely a must-stay to add to your list of cool places or even purposely plan in your route! They are pet-friendly and motorcycle-friendly, which scores some points with me, since I love both. Staying here inspired me to seek “off-the-beaten-path” lodging, usually at a fraction of the cost and with a lot more character. I think by nature, we motorcyclists have a sort-of free spirited, nomadic element about us that predisposes us to like places like this. Our innate urge to be free of constraints most certainly gets satisfied here.

It’s very easy to find located between Dallas and Austin. You can link to their site by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy it! Comments are welcome!

Heading Home (to Holland?)

September 3rd, 2007

I am heading out today to start making my trek back home.  Of course, it is not a trip I can make all in one day, so I decided to stretch things out a little and take a slight detour to Holland Ranch.  It is a campground that has AirStream trailers for lodging.  It puts me on a different track than I would normally take and offers the smell of adventure.

Check out the Holland Ranch website here.  I will be staying in the Route 66.   They are motorcycle friendly!

Birthday Bounty Books

August 25th, 2007

Today is my birthday! It’s been a long time since I have been able to celebrate my birthday with family as opposed to them mailing me a package. I awoke this morning to a door length poster outside my door wishing me Happy Birthday, balloons covering the floor or my personal bathroom and all sorts of gifts in a goodie bag. Just like when I was a little girl! It is fun sometimes to emotionally time-travel, as long as I don’t stay there too long!

Things have been reasonably good since I have been here. I have been staining a fence for my parents and it has been a good exercise in breaking things into bite size manageable pieces. It is WAY too hot here to work on it all day, so out of necessity I have to strategize to work on it in the morning and early evening. Slowly, but surely I am making progress. And I can see the progress! It makes me think about all the things I make progress on in life that I can’t physically see, so I assume no progress is being made. Progress is always being made, even if the only progress I make in a day is to NOT do something to my or someone’s else’s detriment. Being plagued with the disease of over-achievement sometimes keeps me on a merry-go-round that I would rather not be on. But hey, I am making progress! I just have to remember to not use “making progress” as an excuse to rest on my laurels.

Speaking of progress, I have read almost two books since I have been here. The one I have finished is The Journey of Socrates, the prequel to Dan Millman‘s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and the Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior. I highly recommend all three books, but read the last two first and then read The Journey of Socrates. Dan Millman‘s style of writing is soul-provoking. He weaves a true story together with vivid story-telling to make a book that is almost impossible to put down and will without doubt leave you with some newfound discoveries about yourself. For sure a 5-star!

I have also been listening to The Alchemist on audio-tape while staining the fence. The Alchemist, by Paulo Cohelo, is a classic by anyone’s standards and has made the fence-painting (staining) into somewhat a spiritual experience. Whoever knew that you could find the sacred in such ordinary things! Interesting observation though—listening to the book on audio has made me want to go buy the book to read. It is so good that I am frequently tempted to rewind just to catch the magnitude of what was said, but I finally surrendered that strategy and am just trying to listen in the present now, because I know I can go buy it in print to supplement my understanding of the story.

Be well. Be happy. Be present.


Gleaning Soul

August 17th, 2007

I have been here almost a week and find myself very frustrated that I have worked way more than I intended. Sure, I knew I would need to do some work remotely and I had prepared for that, but I didn’t really plan to stay holed up churning out work just like I do at home. But that is exactly what I have done all week and needless to say, I really don’t have much to write about as a result.

However, in my desperation to course-correct, I sought some solace this morning in journaling and as clarity started to encroach upon me, out came a poem I titled Gleaning Soul.

Life Wonderments, my personal musings blog, is where I post my poetry now, so you can click here to read it, if your heart desires.

I am tempted to apologize that I don’t have something more adventurous to post, but in the vain of acceptance, it is what it is.

Paying Dues

August 12th, 2007

I finally arrived, made it safe & sound, but not without battling traffic in Houston. Last year when I made this trip, I avoided going thru Houston like the plague, but it was still to no avail. I cut across north of Houston thru Conroe and that was constant start and stop traffic due to lights, which is miserable on a motorcycle in the middle of summer. Sitting still on a motorcycle is like the air-con being broken in your car, but worse because you’re sitting in the middle of an exhaust cloud on top of sweltering. So this year, I thought, “What the heck, it’s a Saturday, let’s just book it thru Houston on I-10.” My plan would have worked flawlessly, except that they had a 15 mile stretch of I-10 closed right smack in the middle of Houston. Attempting to get 4 lanes of traffic to all merge into 1 to detour around the construction is nothing short of a nightmare.

For the first hour, I tolerated the exercise to my clutch hand and the sopping heat, keeping a positive attitude that my hand was getting stronger and the sauna I was sitting in was a good unexpected detox. But after an hour, that attitude started to seem futile. So I abandoned any worries of what others might think and just started cruising past them—Ahhhh….air-con…FINALLY!!! I am sure they all thought I was being greedy and impatient, but I had long since paid my dues being nice, while they all sat in their air-conned cars. I don’t think I have ever been so grateful in my whole life to have hot air blowing on me! Whew, what a relief! Finally, I could start to think rationally again!

So in the final analysis, I have decided there is just really no good way to get thru Houston (as if that isn’t obvious, but you gotta give a girl credit for trying, eh?). The only good way to get thru Houston is to bypass it all together which sacrifices a whole lot of time going way out of the way (which isn’t a bad idea on a motorcycle), but if you just need to get there, you have to choose between two bad choices and accept their inherent circumstances. The only consolation might be paying the tolls and trying
Beltway 8, which I will probably do next time, since construction projects apparently don’t make much progress in Houston. I am trying to look at the bright side…after I do this a few years, I will know all the things NOT to do!

So now you know why it took me two days to make this post—it took me two days to recuperate!!! ;) Not really, but it sounds good!

On a more serious note, though, and not wanting to just whine, here’s a resource that might actually help in the ride planning stages anywhere in Texas. I would presume other states have something similar. Check out www.dot.state.tx.us. Under the “Travel” section, click on “Road Conditions”. You can check any road in Texas for construction, closures, damage, flood, etc. Really, it is well done, because they offer you several different search criteria to narrow your results to exactly what you need. You can look up a road condition in a specific area or you can look up a specific road. Like any good search criteria, the less you tell it the broader your search results and vice versa. They also offer a toll-free number you can call if you don’t have a PDA phone on the road with you.

Back with more tales, soon….