21
Apr
10

My friend Liz…

Had a great day of riding on Sunday. It was sunny and void of the wind we had been experiencing lately. It was the first day this year that I rode without leathers! I was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, converse hi-tops, and a hoodie. It was fabulous and I rode all over town, talked to lots of people, and even had time to look for a new pair of light riding boots. As always, the bike draws a lot of attention…but, being gregarious means I don’t mind the bevy of questions that an electric bike brings EVERYTIME I climb off her.
Monday I had made a date to meet my friend Liz for lunch. She had come up from Fort Bragg to visit family and talk some business with me…as well of a little girl talk session. We had never met face-to-face but had spent time on Twitter (lilredridingliz) and my website, http://motorcycletravelamerica.com. I have followed her on her blog at  http://lilredridingliz.wordpress.com/ and truly enjoyed reading it. She is a very interesting and creative women.
When I got dressed to leave, I was expecting the same lovely weather as the day before. Dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt, I was ready to take off. Unfortunately, I realized as I left the driveway that it was cold…and windy. Now, this little Enertia of mine is a spunky little thing and 50 mph comes quickly. Wind, being wind…it was blowing up my sleeves, around my neck and down my back, and up my pant legs. It was cold, people! Funny thing was…I just didn’t care. The wind in my face is like a drug and the feel of that machine under me is nirvana.
As I rode into the parking lot of the Red Robin restaurant, I could see Liz scanning the area in anticipation of me riding in. She knew the bike is silent so she wasnt relying on sound but sight. I stood on the foot pegs  so she could see me over the cars. She laughed. After I climbed off the bike and gave her all the info on my new baby, we went inside for dessert and coffee. The rest is history….two girls giggling over apple crisp, telling each other life stories, and getting the waiter to take pictures of us.  It was the most wonderful time! We made plans to meet up with some of our other Twitter girl friends at the BMW internationals in eastern Oregon in July and even talked about teaming up and doing some business together. Ahhhh…the power of social networking!  Thank you, Twitter. We had a blast!
Riding home brought glances and stares and even a few people asking me questions through rolled down windows at the stop lights. On my Enertia I can actually hear what they are saying and they can hear my answers.  Life is good here in my town. I am the only Enertia riding around…well, except my friend Dave who actually works for Brammo as a representative (and also who graciously delivered my bike to my door because the weather was too wet for me to ride it home from the Best Buy store). We plan to take a few rides together this year to “show off” our bikes and, hopefully let everyone know what a great commuter bike this Enertia is. I am currently “seasoning” my batteries to hold a full charge and should soon have the full 50 miles of riding pleasure.
The next thing I am going to have to break down and purchase are the saddle bags. I don’t mind riding with a back pack but, on Sunday I climbed off my bike at the local coffee shop/college student hangout and a young man began talking to me because he thought I was  a student and younger than I am.  I had to tell him that I am a grandmother…and possibily older than his mother. Awkward! It may not have helped that I had my hair in braids to keep the wind from tangling it. My kids always tease me about looking so nice and innocent and then riding motorcycles and having a concealed weapons permit! I really am an enigma……
 My thanx to my friend, Liz, for sharing the dessert and her life with me. I raise my cup of milk…no comments, please…and toast our friendship. Here’s to many more moments of laughter. Next time we will have Cindi with us….oh, my!! (Motoette on Twitter)

Lady Godiva…on the treadmill, working off the apple crisp!

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6 Responses to “My friend Liz…”


  1. April 21, 2010 at 2:50 am

    This was a great read, as usual. PLEASE post it on the brammoforum.com , won’t you?

    • April 21, 2010 at 3:15 am

      Ahhh…so that is what you want me to do! I got it.
      Where would you like me to post it? Did you see what I posted to the “owner wanna be”?

  2. April 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    You done good! Thanks for all the posts over there. You’re becoming one of the most active members.

    • April 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

      Now that you have me involved, you wont be able to get rid of me. What that means, Harry, is that you are stuck with me! Poor Harry!! LOL
      Thank you, my friend…..

  3. April 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Loved this post. I’ve been thinking about getting a motorcycle forever!

    • April 23, 2010 at 1:50 am

      There is always a bike that will fit you..no matter what size you are. ALWAYS take a safety course; in most states its manditory and will allow you to eliminate the test course at the DMV which are always harder than the courses at the safety course. It can also get you a discount on your insurance.
      Now that I have said all the things that I SHOULD say, let me tell you this; Riding is a kick in the head! Let me know if you go anywhere with it. I would love to hear all about it.


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