First Trip, Day 2: Roundout Reservoir and Hunter Mountain

Another beautiful day though it got a little chilly toward the late afternoon and I didn’t sleep very well the night before. I was a little cold and, well, never really been camping so was a new experience! My parents were not the outdoorsy type so we didn’t do much of that growing up. I don’t think I ever complained about it, either!

Day 2 – Roundout Reservoir and Hunter Mountain

Campground view in the morning

Campground view in the morning

Tent and bikes.

Tent and bikes.

Didn't see any maybe another time!

Didn’t see any maybe another time!

umm... I guess it's a bald eagle but he looks a little worse for wear

umm… I guess it’s a bald eagle but he looks a little worse for wear

Just me!

Just me!

You cannot get views like this in NYC proper! No one at the counter?! What!?

You cannot get views like this in NYC proper! No one at the counter?! What!?

Always making sure he knows where we are.

Always making sure he knows where we are.

View on Hunter Mountain

View on Hunter Mountain

Beautiful fall sky - Hunter Mountain

Beautiful fall sky – Hunter Mountain

I assume this gets easier ha ha! There was a hairpin turn and a traffic circle at Hunter Mountain. I did NOT do well on the hairpin. He talked me through the traffic circle through the SENA headset. Look where you want the bike to go. Lean the bike. Sure. I’ll do that. :p

First Trip, Day 1: Neversink Reservoir

I made it! I won’t lie though – it was a challenge. I don’t know that I was ready for a ride like that as a first ride, but right – I made it. He had me plan the ride out and I know he enjoyed it. Lots of twisty roads, beautiful fall days. Not too shabby.

We left on Saturday the 13th and came back the 14th. The first stop was at Campmor for a sleeping bag for yours truly since it would be a little awkward – and damn cold – with no sleeping bag.

Day 1 – Neversink Reservoir

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Just making sure he knows where we are…

Private lake

A private lake? Yes, please.

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In front of the reservoir.

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It seems like I’m supposed to take photos like this… 🙂

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But… where is that?

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A peaceful place to sit

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To the right of the campground!

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To the left of the campground! So pretty!

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A little detail

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Old movie theater sign. Love old signs!

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Side view

Random mannequin legs doubling as goofy Halloween decoration at the restaurant where I had a much needed dinner!

Random mannequin legs doubling as goofy Halloween decoration at the restaurant where I had a much needed dinner!

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Few beers and a good fire!

 

Stars on Bikes (that also do Pilates!)

Tricia Helfer of Dark Blue

Tricia Helfer of Dark Blue

It’s funny how perception changes once something new has come into your life. I probably would have noticed this little sidebar article in SELF Magazine but maybe not or I would have just skimmed over it quickly. Now that I have a bike, I was much more excited by it! And what a great way to use your bike and celebrity – raise money for a good cause! She is featured in the October 2010 SELF Magazine. We’ll just ignore the fact that she is in a woman’s magazine about being your best self and being true to who you are and she looks like she is actually supposed to be in Esquire. Not that I think she’s unattractive or don’t appreciate the female body but sometimes, some images just seem out of place.

She also does Pilates, of which I am a big fan, and when I was taking the MSF course, they put a lot of emphasis on posture – sitting up straight and not leaning on the handlebars – and I thought, man, is Pilates going to come in handy for this! Not that I don’t already sing its praises to the heavens for ridding me of chronic hip pain but it just keeps proving itself to be the best form of exercise I’ve ever found.

I am officially official!

I have passed the MSF and got my license today!! The trip to the DMV was actually quite fast. Maybe going first thing in the morning isn’t the best idea. Maybe that’s what everyone thinks or has to do because of work so 11ish is better because everyone is gone!

On the Schedule

Booked next week for little ole me is the MSF course. Two days back to back for 11 1/2 hours. Wow. The boyfriend is very excited. He’s walking around the house going “Next week you can take the bike out on your own and you won’t need me”. This may be true but I have a feeling after 11 1/2 hours, it’s a glass of wine or a beer and then to bed. That is what my dad, when I was in high school, liked to call ‘Brain Drain’. Indeed. That’s probably what my brain will be. Drained.

I have been wanting to take the course for the whole summer but lack of full-time employment has hindered it from happening. I was HOPING the boyfriend would front the money a little sooner than this and then I would pay him back when I become a full-time contributing member of society again. And I will, believe me and he knows that. That was the deal. He buys the bike, I pay for the course. Why suddenly has he decided to front the caaaaash money? Colors in the Catskills.

So thank you Adventure Rider for making sure I get my ability to ride before the frost sets in. Much love! 😉

A Quick Pic

Little ShackI am visiting my family in West Virginia and the boyfriend rode his bike down to meet me. Today we went to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Fair because my Aunt designs and creates renaissance and medieval clothing for her company, Annie Laurie Cloaks. We stopped along the way to loosen the chain – he didn’t think it felt right and we stopped right in front of these great little buildings and I am very happy with the photo of my little shack! You can view the full photo on flickr.

eeek! The First Lesson!

So after three mornings at the DMV (oy) the bike is now registered with us. Despite the ‘oy’ at spending three mornings at the DMV I really never waited that long and honestly, it’s a fairly efficient system. The third day was because of a mistake on their part, which, while yay! that it wasn’t my mistake, what can you do? I don’t even want to know how many registrations and licenses and titles and permits they process in a day. It’s New York. There is always a line and there is always traffic. And I give a lot of credit to the boyfriend who was extremely thorough in filling out the paperwork. The one part he missed, which caused the second day, was completely understandable. The wording made the signature seem optional rather than mandatory.

Anyway, more on the DMV than you want to know or I meant to write about! Around five pm, he (will almost always refer to the boyfriend) calls and asks if I feel like going out and having my first lesson. Sure! Why not? It’s a lovely Friday evening.

So we’re in the parking lot behind our building and you know, just getting a feel for the weight of the bike. He wants me to see how far I can go before the bike becomes too heavy to hold up and so forth. I had to ask him,  though, if there was a limit for him on his bike. He’s taller than me and I couldn’t help thinking if he doesn’t have that problem, I don’t want to have that problem! He assured me, though, that yes, he does have the same limit because that’s a lot of bike to hold up when the full weight is on one leg! Ok. I don’t feel like a wimp or anything. 🙂 And then of course, I rev the throttle without realizing it and then hit the break so I don’t hit the wall and woo! popped my first wheelie! *embarrassed shake of the head* SO lucky that damn thing didn’t flip over on me. Geez.

He decides it may be a little to small in the parking area and that I’d be better off on a street. We head off to an industrial area in Brooklyn that isn’t that heavily trafficked and I get the feel of the clutch, neutral, etc. And then my next fun moment, I let the clutch go too soon, the wheel is turned to the right, I try to brake and suddenly me and the ground have a moment together and the bike is on the ground. Nice. *another embarrassed shake of the head* It got better after that and one hopes that these mistakes now make for a better driver later!

Now it begins for ME!

BMW GS 650

BMW GS 650

SO excited! The boyfriend went into the city today to meet with his co-worker becaaaause… he was buying his bike for ME!
I had seen the bike once before but I wasn’t sure if it was right for me. It felt a little high and heavy and, as time has passed, I remembered it being a darker shade of a bright blue. It is not, as you can see. It is actually a very nice silvery blue.
I finally heard the beep-beep as he passed in front of the building to go into the parking area. I had my jeans on in no time and ran downstairs! And it wasn’t too high! And it wasn’t to heavy! Phew! Now – I just have to learn to ride it! Can’t wait!

I am officially permitted…

My Permit

My Permit!

to learn to ride a motorcycle! I am SO excited. I have wanted my own motorcycle since I was a teenager and now I’m one step closer! Went this morning to DMV and was very happy that it wasn’t too busy. I think I was there for an hour total. I was done really quickly according to the lady at the counter and yeah, maybe. There were people who went in before me and were still there when I left. When I got called to the counter to sign things, I noticed the woman had put a heart around my name. I’d like to think that’s because I didn’t get anything wrong! 🙂