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duck, duck, GOOSE…

So… If you ever wonder how I spend my evenings… Well, It’s usually not like tonight. Our friend Linda works as a Media Specialist (Librarian) at a local elementary school and she is dressing like Mother Goose for Halloween. She needed a stuffed goose for a prop, but we haven’t been able to find one locally, so… I made a paper mache goose. It still needs to be painted, but at least it does resemble the body of a goose….
Tomorrow- Thursday, is Linda’s birthday! Happy Birthday Linda. We love ya!
duck, duck, GOOSE...

duck, duck, GOOSE...

Happy Birthday Ken!

Happy Birthday Ken!Happy Birthday Ken! He has been a proud, card carrying member of the Jack Benny birthday club for a “few” years now! Hope you had a great day!!

(Nearly) weekly ride- Aug 17, 2008

Here are a few shots from todays ride…

BRP Pink Beds

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The view of the Pink Beds
along the Blue Ridge Parkway. (named for the profusion of pink wildflowers that grow there in the spring, including mountain laurel and rhododendron) Elevation 4822

We went for a ride with Ken and Linda today. We didn’t go last week- Ken was out of state- and the week before Linda had some major school work to finish up for the semester. It felt great to get back out on the road with them…

All along the Parkway we saw hundreds of butterflies- during one of our stops I got this shot of two of them “dancing” around a flower bed.
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jan ken 817 Ken and Jan

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We stopped off at the French Broad River, near Hendersonville, NC. Every time I see the river I think of a song by Michelle Malone- called Lafayette (you can hear it here).

When we first walked down to the rivers edge we saw this little catfish hanging out. He was so calm I was able to reach down and touch his tail. The photo of the fish didn’t turn out great- but I really like the reflection of the trees and the sky in the water…

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ken linda 817 Our good buddies- Ken and Linda…. We love ya… yeah we do…

Weekly Ride, July 27, 2008

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I really look forward to Sundays. We have spent each Sunday this month taking rides with our friends Ken and Linda. It’s become kind of a weekly tradition that I hope we can continue throughout the riding season.

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Today’s destination was Black Mountain, NC.

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The route took us past Lake Lure, NC- For those of you who saw Dirty Dancing, This is where some of the filming took place. It’s such a beautiful lake- although it’s really touristy…

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…We also saw Chimney Rock, NC…

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…Once again we rode on a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I love riding the parkway because it’s 469 miles with no stop signs. The parkway is used by cars, motorcyclist, bicyclists and hikers. It’s really a great way to see beautiful mountains and vistas.

Jan and I plan to ride the parkway from Cherokee, NC to the Shenandoah National Park sometime in the near future.

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We found a perfect way to end our ride- a COKE ICEE

Weekly Ride, July 20, 2008

Today we took our weekly ride with Ken and Linda- and guess what? It didn’t rain. It’s rained on us every other time we rode with them. But today was beautiful. Greenville’s temperature was to reach 97 degrees today- but we headed up to the mountains where it was much cooler. We drove up to North Carolina and took a ride through Pisgah National Forest and stopped off at Looking Glass Falls.

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Looking Glass Falls is one of the most visited falls in the Southeast- mostly because it’s very easily accessed (you can view it right from the highway, or walk down some steps to the base of the falls) and it’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The falls consist of a 30 foot wide cascade and a heigth of 60 foot, it may not be impressive in height, but it’s ranked highly for it’s beauty.

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The views on the Blue Ridge Parkway were stunning- it was a bit hazy today- so you couldn’t see as far as you normally could. Even so, we could see for miles in all directions.

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Common sight on the road today.

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While we were riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we entered the Devils Courthouse Tunnel,- which naturally passes through Devils Courthouse Mountain located in Western North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. Folk tales say the Devil holds court in a cave in the mountain- personally, I just think it’s a pretty mountain- with a dark tunnel….

July 13, 2008

We went for another ride today! We arranged to meet Ken and Linda at the North Carolina line.

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And…. Once again, it rained. It seems every time we ride with Ken and Linda, it rains! We don’t much mind- we can use the rain.

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We stopped off at a sporting goods store (my birthday is quickly approaching, and I need fishing gear) and bought Ken and Linda Frogg Toggs (they are the best rain suits we have found) for their birthdays! (which aren’t until October… but they need them now!)

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What an awesome fish… Wish I could catch one like that in our lake! Speaking of which- it was yet another beautiful evening on the lake!

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Biker Bling…

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Today was the kick off for Wing Ding 30- Jan and I spent the biggest part of our day taking a Trike Safety Course- today was classroom, and tomorrow morning will be out on the course. We did get a chance to wander around the vendors area a bit, and quickly discovered it would be really easy to spend thousands of dollars on accessories for your motorcycle. I’ve decided if it’s a part that can be put on a GoldWing- you can find it in chrome.

wing ding 73 040You can get “themed” trailers to carry all your “stuff”- (I was starting to think we may need a trailer just to get our purchases home…)

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You can even buy a 4-wheeled GoldWing- How awesome is that?

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And if you so desired.. you could buy a snazzy sidecar.

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While we were there, we met up with our good buddy Ken- he was getting a Tow-Pac installed on his 1990 GoldWing 1500- It’s a kit that adds 2 additional wheels to the back of the bike for stability. It’s really a pretty neat concept.
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Ken with his super cool bike- ride on Ken, ride on…
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After we left Wing Ding- we took a little ride through beautiful upstate South Carolina

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Isn’t this beautiful… We’re almost to Ken and Linda’s

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Tonight was the first time Linda rode on the GoldWing. I think she had a great time. Every time we stopped she had a big smile on her face!

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And of course- the post isn’t complete without another picture of Jan and I!