Ready For The Trip – What’s Missing?


So late in March I mentioned that we were planning our long trip for the year, then I posted a map to give you an idea of where we’d be going.

Dan arranged for time off work. I planned dinners for the kids, stocked up on groceries for them. Made arrangements for the kids to take care of the dogs and things around the house. We have hotels booked and routes for each day. I bought a new bathing suit (yuck!), we each have new helmets, there’s even an awesomely cool crown guardian bell for Zoom which is so appropriate for the queen ūüėÄ

It’s now 12:15 am. We are supposed to leave late this afternoon. Yes, today. So what’s missing? Zoom of course. The bike has been in the shop for over three weeks now. It was supposed to be ready yesterday. Then 7:00 last night. At that time we were told that they’d bring it to the house between 12 and 1 am. Dan is trying to get a bit of sleep, so here I wait. And lose more and more patience…..

03/06/11 Hagerstown


Hagerstown MD
115 miles
5 bikes

We did a group ride yesterday, back roads to Hagerstown to visit Twigg Cycles followed by lunch at Barefoot Bernie’s. Our friend Drew gave us a guardian bell for the new bike. This is the story behind it:

Legend has it that Evil Road Spirits have been latching themselves on to motorcycles for as long as there have been bikes on the road. These Evil Road Spirits are responsible for mechanical problems and bad luck along a journey. Legend goes on to say that by attaching a small bell onto your bike, the Evil Road Spirits will become trapped inside the bell where the constant ringing drives them insane, making them lose their grip until they fall to the ground (ever wonder where potholes come from?). Legend also has it that the mystery of the Guardian Bell carries twice as much power when it is purchased by a friend or loved one and given as a gift.