2006 Season Recap

by on November 10, 2006
in Commentary

Well it’s time to wrap up the 2006 riding season for this biker chick! We took probably our last cruise of the year on Sunday, October 29. Just a short hop “up around the lake,” but it was about 70 degrees and beautiful. Here are some highlights from the year: Riding in January was awesome! We had, I think, three days when it was above 45 degrees, so we took advantage and got the bikes out. Very unusual to be able to do that in Iowa. On July 15 I went on an all-girls’ ride with two of my friends and a great bunch of women I’d never met – we never did get a second ride planned for ’06, but I’m taking the lead in ’07 to get these gals organized as I had a blast! Also in July, hubby and I (and two friends, both who ride) took a butt-building ride over to see Albert the Bull in Audubon, Iowa – this was a very nice day trip where I got to hold up a giant set of concrete & plaster testicles.

The big trip took place the first week of August. Steve and I left on August 4 for the ride to Sturgis, our first trip to the mother of all rallies. I posted ride reports for each leg of the trip, as well as photo galleries, so grab a cup-o coffee and settle in for our little slideshow. It was definitely the highlight of the year; my favorite day was the day we rode through Spearfish Canyon and visited Deadwood. Another great trip was the “gal pal weekend” where my friend Susan and I rode to the Loess Hills Region of Iowa. We rode the Loess Hills Scenic Byway, stopped at the Harley dealership in Sioux City, then on to Le Mars where we stayed overnight and then took a tour of the Blue Bunny Dairy Visitor Center. Great weather, and the kind of meandering itinerary where you feel like you’ve done something major but at the end of the day you realize it took you 8 hours to go 250 miles.

And finally, of course the Toy Run sponsored by ABATE of Iowa – always a great way to end the season. I didn’t make any major purchases this year for the bike, though I got the full benefit of my Mustang seat (with driver backrest) and love the sound of my drag pipes.

It was a great summer; next year I’m thinking about trading in the ’00 Sporty 883 for an ’07 Sporty 1200 Custom. We’ll see if that happens. I may just commandeer hubby’s Heritage Softail Classic.

A site note: this website surpassed the 4,000 VISITOR mark in October – you, my readers, are the BEST!! I’m so glad to have you back here each month, and my plan is of course to provide something new or entertaining at least twice a month so please stick with me over the winter months!

More later –
Janet

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