Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hurry Up and Wait

It's been a long time since I've posted to this blog...and I've missed it. This past year has been about trucking for me. The economy...well, I don't have to say much about that, do I? Pay cuts have run right through the industry I work in, but hey, I still can work and things are looking up.

Enough whining.

Today I was checking out youtube...I always get such a good feeling from the music videos with the lady bikers, so I thought I'd see if there were any Lady Trucker videos. If you don't have time to see all the ones I posted on this page, see Trucker47, she's a hoot and a fearless document-er(?) of what life on the road is about...and does it all with an inspiring spirit.

I'll be checkin' back in with y'all

Keep the shiny side matter what your ride is!!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rode Roads with Ronman

I am shamefully behind in getting this post written...this particular ride was a memorable and fun time and since we don't often get to meet our blogging pals, it was especially nice.

For those of you who haven't read Ronman's blogs, please go on over to and meet Ronman.

On May 14th, I met Ronman first by being passed on the road and saluted...Ronman on his bike and me driving Maxine toward her final stop for the night. Unless you drive a truck for a living and are also a biker, you wouldn't maybe understand what that kind of exchange is like, but I will say that Ronman later more than made up for reminding me who was on 2 wheels and who had 16 wheels too many!!

Ronman knows where my fuel stop is and he of course got there ahead of me and parked "Doll Baby" in front of my fuel island. (see pic) If you've ever wondered who takes Ronman's pictures...he does. I had my digital with me, but he opened up his saddlebags and in just a minute, we were all set for pictures. Tripod set up, timer set up...all done in a flash. This is a guy you would want to travel with...he had tools, extra glasses, extra helmet...and you can guess where the extra helmet led...LOL

I squeezed Maxine into the last parking space and to be honest, though I would rather not, I knocked a driver's spot mirror loose on his truck while I was backing in...not something I have done in a hundred years, but I did it. Woke the poor guy up and there was me, "Doll Baby", and Ronman, who makes me look like a little woman and believe me, I am this nice man says "Hey, no harm, I'm not going to ruin your night over a mirror." I gratefully gave the guy all my info in case he had a morning change of heart, but he didn't, so not only did I meet a good blogger friend that night, I ran across a truly kind driver.

Ronman's home is in the area where I was born and raised and our ride took us through as much of it as he could manage for a late night ride. I didn't recognize any of's been a long time. It was really great riding at night with no traffic, knowing my pilot was at home anyway on this no longer familiar territory. After about a hundred miles, I got a little wiggly...I'm not used to riding "bitch" and the passenger seat got a little confining for me...I was tired and I found out what it's like to almost fall asleep on a motorcycle. Ronman's a lot younger than me, but ladies, I will say this_the scenery directly in front of me was quite nice for a woman who's not accustomed to riding behind a 10 foot wing span.

Ronman's been really patient in waiting for me to give my own version of this trip first...he's a real gentleman and I did very much enjoy meeting him and I enjoyed our ride immensely.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Panic...It Happens

I was reading the comments and there is one from my friend Paula (see the pic of her with her lovely "Ruby") reminding me that I drove right through her fence while we were learning to ride on her little farm.

I completely panicked and held the throttle wide open, ran through the fence, fell is funny when we talk about it now, but I was never so scared. It taught me a lesson about myself, though, so I do something that is probably a big NO_NO, but it works for me. I tighten the throttle on my bike and I then have to make the bike slow down and through muscle memory, it's an automatic thing now when I get into a quick stop situation. When I first started riding, it seemed like throttle forward should be GO and back should be stop, when of course, it is the exact opposite. I'm not even going to get into how long it took me to learn to back up a just have to do what works for us, I guess.

Oh, and when I made my next circle around after crashing the fence (on Paula's bike), there was Paula, calmly nailing the fence back up with me shouting 'Don't stand there!!!" and she only laughed and said "You won't do it again..." and I haven't done that particular thing again, anyway.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

..Thanks Russellville Marina!

Well, that big $200 deposit came back to me in the mail, today along with a nice Thank You card. I did enjoy my stay there and hope I can go back again. A week wasn't long enough to ride all the good trails in Arkansas.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Back to the Grind

Did I ever drag my feet getting home today!! I stopped at every wide spot in the road to enjoy the sun and talk to other riders. It was a great trip, though, and I'm thankful to have had no real problems.

I'm spending the night on my little sailboat tonight to get my "float on" before going back to work. If I had to decide between a boat or a bike...I'm telling you, that would be one tough choice for me.

This morning I read an article about people living to be very old and the base of the article was that people who manage stress live longer, healthier lives. This week's trip should give back what the past few months have taken away.

Thanks y'all for riding along and giving me encouragement along the was my first "solo" trip, but it

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Should I?...or Should I not?

Yesterday was rainy and cold and even so, I wondered all day if I could just stay one more day...when I checked in with work, they said they wouldn't need me til Monday sometime. This morning, I dragged my feet about packing up and even as I was loading the bike, I wasn't committed to already paid for reservations did include tonight, but then I got to thinking about all the things I need to do before going back to work. Exciting laundry, I went ahead and checked out and after a few miles in the sun, it was all good again!

I said in a previous post that I would say whether I had taken too much with me...I could have gotten by with less if I'd been willing to take time and go wash clothes...I was having too much fun.

Lake Dardanelle State Park is a beautiful, convenient, clean park. There's a lot of car traffic going in and out, but the Park Rangers are visible all day and night and I didn't see many people speeding. The visitor center has a lot to see, according to the park website
but there were school buses full of kids there every day that I was there, so I'll save that for the next time I visit.

Last night, the camping spots filled up with RV's and tents and it was cold and I could hear people talking and laughing til late. I felt sorry for the tenting way they got much sleep.

The only negative thing I have to say about the accomodations has nothing to do with the actual cabin or park. They were fine...clean and safe...but Arkansas has a hefty "Lodging tax" (I paid $67 in tax) and allows the hotel/motel/lodging people to charge a damage deposit up to a maximum of $200 (which I paid) and that is above and beyond the actual lodging charge and I am now waiting to have that returned to me. I'm sure that whole thing is necessary...some people can always screw things up for the rest of us.

If you're interested to know where I stayed the web address is: I didn't have much interaction with Ted and Brandy, the operators of the Marina, Cabins and Boat Repair...but that's okay...I enjoyed the peace and quiet and I'm sure they were happy that I didn't turn out to be some wild partier.

I'm in the last little Arkansas town before Memphis and will roll on toward Athens, AL tomorrow. There's a truck stop across the street and tonight my ears will re-adjust to the sound. The interstate driving has been okay, but tomorrow's trip is all US Hwy 72, a road I am familiar with, not so much fast traffic...and it's the road that goes home.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Found an Internet Hookup Finally!!

Well, I 've been keeping a log offline on my computer and this morning I got on my bike, rode over here to the Flying J truckstop. I'm having a nice breakfast while I upload what I have saved for you. I'll get back online Saturday on my way home. The weather is going to be just right and I'm looking forward to the ride.

Thanks to you all for your comments and support on this trip. RONMAN, just hang in there til your vacation...SISTERS...y'all have been your usual Fabulous selves...I knew I could count on you for encouragement.Note to Self….
Sunday, April 13, 2008
8:18 PM

don't forget sunscreen!!! When I got up this morning, my cheeks were so red and I looked like a raccoon where my sunglasses had been.

It was cooooolllldddd riding today, but I stayed in the saddle for longer stretches than yesterday…it seemed the miles just raced by, possibly because I was on the interstate and totally focused on the traffic around me. Moonlight will get up and get on by any slower vehicle…and in just a second or two!! Most of the day, I kept it to the speed limit of 70. The wind was rough again today, but coming head on and I didn't take such a beating from it. This trip will keep me from ever having the thought again of selling my Road King and buying a cheaper, lighter bike. I like to travel…she sticks to the road in some awful wind and the 412 miles cost less than $30 in gas. I got a real feel for the new 6 speed today…the bike gets quieter and clearly more fuel efficient. It does need to be at 70 mph at least to be quiet…I could hear some complaint from her if I stayed in 6th and let the mph drop any.

The trucks were considerate in passing and being passed, for the most part. I'm guessing they cut me a little more slack for being dressed in pink leather…lol…really, the pink is not a fashion statement (my SOTF sisters will say different-I'm known for being a closet "girly girl")…in my experience, pink is not a color drivers normally see on the road and I believe they look…and then LOOK AGAIN…and that's what I want…I want to know they see me.

I'm tucked away in a nice little cabin on the Arkansas River and will have to Wi-Fi from somewhere else during the week. Tomorrow will be short hop to the Grocery and wait for the weather to warm up just a bit…after all, this is a vacation…I did the endurance run to get here…not gonna do it all week. At the end of this trip, I will place a link to the nice place where I am staying.

MONDAY April 14, 2008

Still a little cold and windy today, so I only got out to get some groceries and try to get my bearings. Russellville, AR is a nice place…everything a girl could need is only about 5-10 miles from where I am staying. There is a HOBBY LOBBY here…wonder what I can do without going home…lol…it’s fun to shop knowing my packing space is so limited. I just kept telling myself “Oh, I’ll get that next time!” All the people here have been friendly. I’m planning to do some cooking while I can…I am really tired of “road” food. Breakfast was Waffle House and that was fun because the girl who waited on me rides a Dyna Wide Glide, so we just chatted away. She couldn’t believe I was on an “alone” trip…she says she rides with her husband…In reality, it is safer as far as visibility to ride in a group, but there is the danger of becoming accustomed to being a “follower”…it could have happened to me and still could if I don’t pay attention.

“IF you’re SCARED…say You’re SCARED…and then get on with it!”

It took a long time to get to sleep last night…I’m used to being in different places at bedtime, but not used to a different bed and I don’t think I had realized how safe I feel with Maxine…all closed up in my little space. Clearly it was time to get away and challenge myself a little bit.

I’m looking at the weather for the rest of the week and it is supposed to get better everyday. The roads here are just right for some pleasant riding. US Hwy 64 runs parallel to I-40 and what I’ve ridden so far has been surprising short on red lights and stop signs.

TUESDAY April 15, 2008

Went out and got myself some new freckles today…lol…the sun has been shining and the temps are going on up. Lake Dardanelle is muddy right now from all the recent storms, but there are lots of “pull offs” on the nice highways that run right alongside the lake/Arkansas River that make nice rest stops to enjoy the sun. It’s still a little cooler than I would like…tomorrow is supposed to be warmer.

OH>>>>this is one of those states where No Helmet is required for a rider over 21 (I think that’s the age)…I’m wearing my helmet, anyway. Maybe I’ll try riding by the lake without it tomorrow, but no way I’m hauling ass down I-40 without one. My luck…I’d get hit by a bug going 90…lol

It’s been wonderful…the quiet…and strange, too…my truck is going to sound like a 747 leaving the ground when I get back to work. She always seems loud after a weekend at the sailboat…I can only imagine after a week off. I’m still waking up at the crack of dawn, but that’s okay…I do love to have coffee while the sun comes up.

WEDNESDAY April 16, 2008

AWWWW what a beautiful day it was today…I rode and rode and no sunscreen can stand up to all day in the wind, so I got a little sunburned, but it was so worth it…the first time this year I could tuck my leather jacket into a saddle bag, shuck the chaps, and enjoy riding without thinking about being cold. I did stop by the lake about 4 miles from here on the way in this afternoon and took off my helmet for the short ride back…y’all can ride bareheaded if you want to…I don’t need the worry and I know my hair would be just as messed up…or worse…than it already is with the helmet hair.
I look just as “alien” as anybody else with a helmet and I do support your right to ride without one if you want to. The ride is for me and I don’t fool myself into thinking that’s an elegant picture…me astride an 850 pound rumbling machine…but it’s my own thrill and I don’t want to be distracted by trying to look “cool”.

Got some calls from my girlfriends today and to be honest, the conversation was most welcome. I don’t think I’m lonely and my whole working life has prevented me from being a “Miss you” kind of person…but some girl talk after several days of basic silence has re-energized my enthusiasm for the rest of the trip. Of course, knowing that the weather is going to be Perfect for the trip home hasn’t hurt anything, either…

Tomorrow I will go over to the big truck stop by the interstate and hook into some internet…I have turned my head whenever I have passed a truck stop in the last few days. The price of diesel is going to hurt my feelings when I get back to work and I have avoided thinking about that this week.