First Successful Rode Trip

by Kathy
(Sumner, WA)

Typically I ride with my husband of 27 years and maybe 2 other bikes, short ½ day trips, ,never on the freeway, close to home. This is my third year but really the first serious year. I moved up from a Honda Rebel in February to Harley’s 883 Superlow, (I am only 5’2”) I call her my Piglet.
A few weeks ago my husband and I were invited on a week’s journey to tour Washington and Oregon States with a number of other riding friends from our local HOG Chapter. The week fell at a time my hubby was scheduled for a 2 week fishing/boating trip up to Alaska. So I graciously declined the offer only to be encouraged by other women riders to go solo without him. Wow, separate vacations? That was a wild thought.
I weighed the route, the $$$, the fellow riders…….. I could do this!!!
I was able to share rooms this another seasoned lady rider, which helped keep the costs down and helped me to feel less “solo.” We ended up with 14 people, 6 lady riders, 2 couples 2up and 4 men riders, so 12 bikes in all.
It was one of the most amazing and empowering things I have done in a long time. I rode mountain passes over Mt Rainier, along the Columbia Gorge (fought with the wind) crossed over the Hood River Bridge (100% grated very long bridge!), rode fantastic twisties on Mt Hood, visited Timberline Lodge (redrum!) We toured some of Oregon’s historic covered bridges, headed out to the coast and rode along Hiway 101. I got to ride over the Astoria bridge 3 times, I think it is like 3 miles long.
I only had one boo-boo. I learned what happened when you try to get off the bike without using the kick stand . And when all was said and done when it was time to burn for home I rode the freeway! Major thing for me. All-in-all we rode over 1200 miles last week.
As my seasoned lady rider friend put it “If you are not a confident, comfortable rider after this trip you may as well hang the keys up and sell it.” NO WAY! When is the next trip! Only next time I want to share the experience with my hubby too.

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Jun 20, 2012
Jealous here
by: Colleen

Hi there,

congrats to you on your first long trip! We sound shockingly similar, I ride with my husband and son all the time and this is my second year riding. I upgraded in February from a Rebel to a 2005 RED 883 Custom Sportster that has been lowered. I haven't taken a long trip yet. We go on small trips a couple of hundred miles usually. Reading your story got me all excited for doing a trip with others. I haven't joined our Local Chapter yet - but we were invited to a run this weekend to Maryland (i'm in Pgh PA) not sure if we are doing that one or not.
Good luck on your next ride!

Jun 19, 2012
nice story
by: Lynn - FL

That is a terrific story! Congratulations to you! I love the name of your bike - Piglet. I have heard other people talk about forgetting to put their kickstand down and aren't sure why, so don't feel so bad. Usually it only happens the one time.

Although it was probably strange not having your hubby there, it gave you time to bond with the other woman rider and to work as a team.

Thanks for sharing!

Jun 19, 2012
Great Job!
by: Patti

That you decided to embark on this journey sans husband, I give you a lot of credit. I've been riding only two years with the goal of doing road trips. Well, our first trip is in 2 days, though it will only be a short one. We're taking the coastal route from So. Cal. to Monterey. I was very excited to read about your trip (with a spark of envy, I might add) and hope that one day I'll get to trace your route. Who knows, maybe we'll meet on the road someday! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 19, 2012
Congratulations on a successful journey
by: Sheri Flynn

You rocked it girl! Wish I had been with you! Oh, and don't feel bad about the kickstand thing, I did that the very first day I got my bike! You'll NEVER do it again! :)

Jun 19, 2012
road trip
by: Pappa Free

You did a great job Kathy !!! Glad that you decided to come along, it was fun !!!

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