Riding My Motorcycle And Christmas Shopping!

motorcycle touring, motorcycle travel, motorcycle ride, motorcycle trip, motorcycle riding, motorcycle road trips, TravelRiding my motorcycle and Christmas shopping… You just can’t beat that. I am lucky to live here in central Texas. We never put our bikes away for winter. Yes, we can have some really cold and nasty winter weather but in a day or two it will be clear skies with temperatures ranging from the 40’s to the 80’s.

Monday was one of those days and the Wing was feeling a bit neglected and I just needed to get out and ride. And since I needed to do some Christmas shopping I decided to combine the two. Janet had looked at a few things and I decided to go get them for her stocking by the longest scenic route I could find.

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Christmas Shopping Route

It was a bit cool but perfect riding weather. I like cool better than hot any day. You can dress for cool but you can’t ride naked when it is blistering hot… The ride was just about 111 miles, round trip. I set the radio to Magic 95.5 and listened to Christmas music during the ride. Nothing better to clear your mind than riding listening to Christmas music. It just helps put you into the Christmas spirit.

It was a great ride and I can check off one more thing off my Christmas gift list.

Y’all ride safe… I hope I see you down the road somewhere…

Traveling By Car vs Motorcycle…

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Traveling by car vs motorcycle…

Traveling by car vs motorcycle, if you feel the same you are free to share…

While here you may want to have a look at some of our ride logs below.

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Ride safe… See you down the road,,,

Dogs Who Ride Motorcycles

Dogs who ride motorcycles seem to be everywhere. The other day I saw this video about dogs riding in side cars. It made me think back over the years about all the dogs I’ve seen riding not only in sidecars but on the motorcycle either behind or in front of the rider. I’ve seen one small dog riding in a leather saddlebag and another in a backpack. The dogs have been all sizes and breeds and they all seemed to enjoy the ride. My brother’s dog would get excited every time he would start his 4 wheeler. It loved to ride, and why not? It seems like these dogs were bred to ride. I googled “dogs riding motorcycles” and got over 3 million results. There were pictures, videos, articles, dog carriers and apparel… helmets, goggles, jackets etc…

I like this video a lot because this friendly bulldogs loves to wave to other bikers as they pass.

This video is a compilation of more dogs riding in every way you can imagine…

I have been following this blog about Ara and his dog Spirit for some time. He travels around with his dog in the sidecar. It is a story about life, sadness and overcoming… Click the image below to go to Ara’s blog…

Several years ago a girl I worked with told me about a motorcycle trip she took with her boyfriend from the east coast to the west coast.  She took her cat. She said she would never do that again. I can only imagine…. I have noticed you never see riders riding with their cat.

Dogs and motorcycles just go together.

While you are here, checkout some of the other post here…

Ride safe… I hope we see you down the road somewhere…

Our Favorite Place To Ride Our Motorcycle In Texas

Our favorite place to ride our motorcycle in Texas, hands down, is Big Bend National Park. Big Bend is a park rugged with geographical contrasts. Big Bend is comprised of 1,252 square miles of land with miles and miles of scenic motorcycle roads. Some of the geography includes the Rio Grande River, the Chihuahuan Desert, the peaks of the Chisos Mountains, the cool climate of the Chisos Basin and the limestone outcrops of Persimmon Gap and Boquillas Canyon. There are scenic photo opportunities at every turn. We have taken many beautiful photograph while there. There is one particular picture Janet took that we like the best. Every time we see it we would sometimes comment that it would make a great painting. The picture is of Yucca at Chisos Basin with Mt. Casa Grande in background.

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Yucca at Chisos Basin with Mt. Casa Grande in background

Janet took the comment about the picture  to heart. Janet had an artist friend (Floyd Riley) do a painting from the picture. The painting turned out very well and was all we had hoped it would be. A special thanks to Floyd for a great job.

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Yucca at Chisos Basin the painting

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The Journey of a Thousand Miles …

motorcycle touring, motorcycle travel, motorcycle ride, motorcycle trip, motorcycle riding, motorcycle road trips, TravelThe journey of a thousand miles should start with throwing your leg over your Motorcycle…

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Do you tour on your motorcycle? If not it’s time you should start thinking about it. You haven’t experienced travel until you have done it from the seat of a motorcycle….

Below are a few of the many rides we have ridden… Just to give you something to think about…

Ride safe and I hope we see you down the road somewhere…

Have Goldwing Will Travel…

Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene. Idaho 2014

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Being a tourist before the Ironman

This past June we traveled to the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho to see our daughter Katie and son-in-law Ben run in the Triathlon. This was our first time to be in Coeur d’ Alene and it won’t be our last. The city of Coeur d’ Alene is named for the lake it is on. The lake is beautiful and is surround by scenic mountains with beautiful sun sets and sun rises. Coeur d’Alene is surrounded by dozens of lakes left by the glaciers of the Ice Age. Lake Coeur d’Alene is more scenic and offers many activities in and around the lake. We were impressed not only with the scenery of Coeur d’ Alene and the surrounding area but the people were some of the friendliest people we have met on any of our travels.

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Katie getting ready for the 2.4 mile swim

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Ben and Katie on the 26.2 mile (i.e. A marathon) run.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene started in 2003 and is held each year on the fourth Sunday in June. Triathletes start their day with a 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene, followed by a 112-mile (180 km) bike ride and finish with a 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run for a total of 140.6 miles (226.1 km). The city is a gracious host and made us as well as the triathletes feel welcome. The weather for this year’s triathlon couldn’t have been better. The weather was partly cloudy, with mild temperatures and a slight wind. The wind was probably the most problematic for the triathletes. This was the second Ironman for Ben this year. Ben will do two other Ironman’s later this summer. I don’t have a clue how he or anyone else can do one much less, four in one summer.

Ben and Katie stayed together for the race and finished together. This was the first time they had done this and they said it made the race that more enjoyable. Katie had a problem with her bike on the bike ride. She was glad Ben was there to help get her back on her way. This was our first time to see them do an Ironman. The beautiful location, the people of Coeur d’ Alene and the great weather all made for a good time. Janet and I look forward to doing it again.

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The end of a perfect day…

More pictures and video… Below is a video I put together of Ben and Katie’s race.

For more information about Ben and Katie’s races and what it takes to be a triathlete checkout their website here.  www.TriFit-XT.com

The Days I Ride My Motorcycle

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The days I ride…

The Days I Ride My Motorcycle… Feel free to copy this image or share this post if you feel the same…

Have you ever driven passed a road many times and wondered where it went, never venturing beyond that thought? When traveling by motorcycle it seems that you always make the turn and travel that road, not knowing where it may lead. That’s the allure of riding. It is always an adventure. You are out there in the elements, feeling the sun, wind, heat, cold, rain and smelling all the smells along the way. Spring flowers, food cooking, rain in the distance etc. all the out-door smells… yes, skunks, dead animals etc. too. Some of the most beautiful scenery we have experienced has been while traveling by motorcycle. Over the years we have taken many motorcycle trips. Friends have asked that we share these trips with everyone who may be interested. Thus the start of this blog. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do sharing it with y’all.

Before you go you may want checkout our “Motorcycle Touring Logs”.

I hope we see you on the road somewhere… Ride safe…