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Old 08-01-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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My wife's first road trip

My wife has been riding her own bike on and off for 10 years now. She has had a Ninja 500 for the last 3 seasons but doesn't get to ride a lot. Most often she is content to ride along on my Strom on longer days and use her bike for quick afternoon rides.

So I was very surprised when I suggested we make a quick trip to the White mountains for an over night camping weekend and she announced she was taking her bike. We had talked about this in the past but she had never gotten the courage to break out of her bubble and ride for 2 days.

Since I wasn't really planning on going anywhere I had to scurry around Friday night changing my tires and helping her fit soft bags to her bike. So Saturday morning we still had to gather our gear and pack for the road. She was very happy to have all the extra room her bags gave her. Typically I am a packing nazi and don't let her bring much for extras since we pack for two on the strom to include cooking gear.

well on with some Pics...

All loaded up and ready to go..


Looking happy to be headed out..


about an hour out we found this Handy little store to stop and get a drink and give her a break..


A great old Barn we found along the road..


Our destination..Timberland Camping Area in Shelburne NH


The new owners Dave and Lori..they plan to be very motorcycle friendly...they are riders as well.



something about a woman in riding boots and shorts..
we made camp and then went for a ride..


It was really just an easy 100 mile day but it was a big deal for her because she broke out of her safety bubble. We set up camp and spent the rest of the day cruising around on my Strom sight seeing a bit..



Glen Ellis Falls




Then it was off to do a little grocery shopping and back to camp for supper. Sorry no food pics but fire grilled chicken, steamed asparagus and rice was on the menu..

After dinner relaxing




Next morning I woke early to make coffee and a fire for when my wife awoke..


then I scrambled up some eggs while she toasted some bagels..


Then we cleaned up camp and packed up to take the longer way home..


We probably did 165 miles or so on the return trip, cutting down through the White Mountains and then back home to Maine. She did very well, had to stop a few times to rest and took a long lunch but she made the trip. I think she really enjoyed herself and grew a bit as a rider this weekend. I have a feeling it was a first of many trips for her on her own bike.

a few more random pics from the ride home..










well thats all I got folks..I think it was my first RR but I felt my wifes big weekend deserved it. I have been married to that girl for almost 22 yrs now and she still surprises me
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #2
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Great pics and write up.

She done good!

Love her plate.

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Old 08-01-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Great post.....at least right up to when you started putting your ugly mug in front of the camera. I do agree on on thing, the shorts and boots together was "HOT"! Looks like you two had a great time. I'm dying to get out and have some fun but the low temps around here for the last week have been 100+. I think I'll just wait until it cools down a bit.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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Good weekend by the looks of it!
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:50 PM   #5
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Great pics! We are jealous we can't be out there too, what a perfect weekend for your travels! Hope to see you soon, Dave & Laurie
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:33 AM   #6
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Laugh

I must agree with Timberland Campground, Dave and Lori are great people and were super host for my trip last week. +1 The White Mountains was such a beautiful location!

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Old 08-02-2010, 04:05 AM   #7
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Looks like a nice trip.

Your situation is about like ours; the wife likes to ride, but only so far in a day, then she like to get on with me and do some cruising around.

Things go quite well when I let her set the pace.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:00 AM   #8
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nice report, congrats to Ginger

did you ride the north road?

anyone with a little time to ride should take that ride on the north side of the river.. just watch out for the "corner"...that 90 deg. one....
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:37 AM   #9
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Looks like a great ride! Quality family time is soooo valuable!
It looks so nice up there. Florida is soooo hot right now...

Thanks for taking us along!


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Old 08-02-2010, 07:47 AM   #10
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rideing and campin with your wife,,does it get any better that
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
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Nice to see the 'other' coast.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:42 PM   #12
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nice report, congrats to Ginger

did you ride the north road?

anyone with a little time to ride should take that ride on the north side of the river.. just watch out for the "corner"...that 90 deg. one....
Yes she did and she loved it
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:51 PM   #13
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...... I only wished my wife wouldn't hate bikes. I would not even dare to imagine us riding together. Good on you guys
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:53 PM   #14
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Did you get to ride up the auto road to the summit of mount washington? I'm planning a ride out that way in the next few weeks. Also where is the Timberland Camping Area located? Looked like a nice trip.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:53 PM   #15
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Looks like a nice trip.

Your situation is about like ours; the wife likes to ride, but only so far in a day, then she like to get on with me and do some cruising around.

Things go quite well when I let her set the pace.
I have been practicing riding her pace for a while now.

She has a much nice ride if I remember to go a little easy
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