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28 June 2008 @ 07:06 pm
Motorcycle Diaries of the Biker Babes, 2000-2006  
Okay, this is another one of those real life posts, the ones that have nothing to do with Supernatural.  So, if you're just into my Supernatural writing, feel free to pass this one by. (And I promise faithfully to write about the boys Very Soon Now. Really. You think you're going into Winchester withdrawal? Me too. Why else do you think I'm suddenly so focused on family?)

Some of you who know me already know that from 2000 through 2006, I took my big vacation each year with my sister Terry and our Mom, riding on the back of my sister's Harley with Mom in the sidecar. On every one of our trips, I kept a journal of what we saw ("We saw the second-largest ball of twine in the continental U.S.. Awesome!" -- sorry, little Sam-moment there ...) and what we did, road-tripping across America in helmets and leathers on three wheels. I'm finally loading those trip journals into my LJ, and you're welcome to read them.

Mom was 76 when we started the big rides, and the trips stopped only when her Alzheimer's -- which made itself evident on the 2004 California trip -- advanced to the point where we couldn't keep her comfortable, happy, and safe on the bike. In 2007, we still did a bit on the bike when we could, just short day-trips in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois on her best days, because she loves the Harley and her sidecar throne. I don't think we'll get the chance to do another trip, but the ones we did were positively epic!

I've linked all of the journal entries to this message. The journals themselves are VERY long, so each trip is split into pieces, anywhere from two to four segments, with a link at the bottom of one section that will take you to the next.

I hope you enjoy the tales, and might choose to visit some of these places yourself, if you get the chance! See them through my eyes ...

2000:  The Biker Babes Do Branson

2001:  Biking Through History: The Biker Babes Cruise The Civil War

2002:  The Biker Babes' South Dakota G'Journey

2003:  The Ride Home:  The Biker Babes Celebrate Harley's 100th

2004:  The Biker Babes' California Dreamin'

2005:  The Biker Babes Cruise The Mid-Atlantic

2006:  The Biker Babes At Liberty

Heh -- before Terry got the Harley, we still traveled together; we just did it on cruise ships (first, Hawaii; then the Scandinavian capitols of Europe, plus Berlin and St. Petersburg; then the last cruise of the season to Alaska and the run down to San Francisco; and finally, the Panama Canal) or big trips (Australia!!). These days, I'm more frugal and much less exciting ... *wry grin*

Current Music: "Back on the Road Again" by REO Speedwagon
Rachel Martinrachel_martin64 on June 29th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

This sounds so interesting! I will be reading over the next few days.
bardicvoice: Rushmore Babesbardicvoice on June 30th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope you enjoy them - I finally got all the pieces posted, so all the tales are now there.

Happy reading, and g'journey!
roxygirl880829roxygirl880829 on June 30th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
Hey Mary,

With school and stuff this will take me awhile to get through, but I'll be sneaking in on and off to get a peak!

bardicvoice: Rushmore Babesbardicvoice on June 30th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you have fun with them! Take your time - they're not going anywhere ... *grin*
(Anonymous) on July 8th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sending me the link! I look forward to rereading some of these, and reading others for the first time. You gals sure know how to have a good time!
Laura B from RTP