Newer Zoom/New Zoom 2


I guess it’s finally time to explain this post.

This actually happened back in August, I’m still kind of foggy about how it all started. Dan was looking at motorcycle ads, then we were talking about and comparing different touring bikes. He then found a 2012 Venture at Romey Cycles: great price including a five year unlimited mileage warranty and not terribly far from home so we planned a road trip to check it out.

When we parked (Old) Zoom in the dealership lot that Saturday morning I didn’t realize it was the last time I would see it. Went inside, saw the new bike…they offered us a good price on (Old) Zoom, got financing, lots of paperwork & signatures and we rode off on our first ever brand new vehicle!

I never did find out what happened to (Old) Zoom. Our salesman said the guys in the service department were pretty excited about it, a few of them showed interest. After checking both their pre-owned inventory and cycletrader.com for almost a month and finding nothing I hope that’s what ended up happening.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine


We did a 310 mile ride yesterday into Virginia and West Virginia. This is my view looking back on Wolf Gap Road in VA. It was taken by turning almost completely around in my seat, a task made difficult by speed, the twisties in the road, and trying to keep the New Zoom’s two antennas out of the shot (easier to do that than deal with them in Photoshop).

This is the first time I actually made an effort to get photos from this angle and definitely something I’ll try again.

Three Mile Island


We often see a lot of interesting things on rides. Saturday we were headed north in Pennsylvania when this came into view:

Shrugs from both of us and then a minute later we saw signs and realized this was Three Mile Island. That was quite a flashback…I’m not going to get into age but I do vaguely remember the accident, kind of an oh wow moment. It’s funny how at the time when things like this happen it’s all the news coverage but then they eventually fade from the media spotlight. After we got to our hotel I ended up doing some research because I actually didn’t realize any of the facility was still functional.

This shot was taken from the road; I was surprised at how close it was and what didn’t appear to be an abundance of security. I remember years ago my grandma lived in the area of the Fermi facility in MI. Sometimes while visiting my dad would see how close he could drive to the plant before guards literally came out of the trees asking if we had business there. Fun memories.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life


This is interstate 270 just approaching the exit to get us back home; the photo was taken Saturday morning so traffic was light.

We are often on this road at the end of rides late Sunday afternoon or early evening when traffic is heavy with other folks returning home from weekend adventures. I find it very stressful after a relaxing ride.

Weather Change


We’ve lived in Maryland for over 10 years. I absolutely do not miss Michigan or Ontario winters, but I’m still not used to summer weather here. While the calendar still says ‘summer’ we finally got a break from the heat and humidity today.

We had planned to ride but didn’t have a particular route or even destination. It was cool enough this morning that I wore both a long-sleeved t-shirt and my jacket. We ended up riding 260 miles in beautiful weather…had lunch at the Marshall VA location of El Agave, did the 211 ‘motorcycles high crash area’ onto Skyline Drive, home thru Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry.

My neck is sore-nothing new-and I have windburn on my face but it was a great day and I’m very much looking forward to more fall-weather rides.

Night Drive


A favorite song, courtesy of Garnet Rogers:

How bright the stars
How dark the night
How long have I been sleeping?
Sleep overtook me on my westward flight
Held me in its keeping
I had a dream; it seemed so real
Its passing left me shaking
I saw you're here behind the wheel
On this very road I'm taking

Hurtling westward through the prairie night
Under the spell of motion
Your eyes were clear and bright in the dashboard light
Dreaming of the western ocean
The dusty towns left far behind
Mountains drawing ever nearer
Your face was then as it was tonight
Ever young
Ever clearer

I know this road 
And its every curve
Where the hills commence their climbing
We rested here
If my memory serves
The northern lights were shining
You lit a smoke 
We shared some wine
We watched the sky in wonder
Your laughter echoes after all this time
In that high and wild blue yonder

I don't know why I write these lines
It's not like I could send you the letter
It's that I love your more after all this time
It's that I wish I'd shown you better
Years have slipped 
Beneath my wheels
Dwindling in my rear view mirror
As time has passed
Your life has seemed less real
But these night drives bring you nearer




CN Tower


In replying to comments made on my latest Weekly Photo Challenge I mentioned that I would post more pictures from our visit to the CN Tower. I’d been to the Tower before, but that was more than 20 years ago so I didn’t remember much about it.

The elevator is glass, and as I showed yesterday there is a glass panel in the floor. I stared at the doors the entire ride up! On the observation level there are much larger glass panels in the floor. At first I kind of partly stepped on, which I thought was quite brave of me and enough for this adventure, and then we walked around the entire tower checking out the view.

Back to the glass floors and somehow Dan managed to talk me into laying down to pose for pictures like all the other tourists! It’s an odd sensation….it’s sturdy-doesn’t feel like you’re going to fall-but definitely makes the stomach feel wobbly.

So not only a fun experience but I ended up being rather proud of myself as well 🙂