Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
When my family lived here, I was waiting to be tall enough to reach the lowest branch of this tree. Still denied.
(Unrelated, boy, I really botched the layout on this drawing...but at least I got to try a cool new pen brush, thanks Brian!)
In this issue, our heroine lands herself in a minor case of urban shock after a weeklong immersion in the mountain life. Also, FIRE. And gypsies. In a way.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Ask yourself honestly: Isn't everything better with scooters and friends? Really happy Mike came along for the movie.
Sometimes I'm still nervous driving at night, but Atlanta was cool and well lit, and I found myself singing in my helmet at 2am.
Monday, May 26, 2014
No riding today. Just resting, and drinking box wine on the river. 55 degree water below and thunderstorms above, but it couldn't get me down.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Arrived in Atlanta, my childhood hometown of 20 years ago. The street names are familiar but I can't tell you where they go. Too tired to draw, will come back and edit this post (now edited).
It was hard to leave North Carolina and the amazing people I met there, I'll go back again soon. For better or worse, something louder calls me south, and west. 234 miles, Cherohala to 68 S into lush, green, hot and humid Georgia - scoot's 15th state.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Or perhaps it should read: Motor Drome in moonshine.
Massive earbleeding thank-you's to Dale and volunteers at Wheels Through Time, and the American Motor Drome folks, for being that magical combination of kind, welcoming, awesome, and just damn themselves.
127 miles. Rode to the end of the Parkway and back. Following Harleys through the tunnels is an acoustic experience. May cause arrhythmia, but in this Bible Belt they're praying for me so heart better keep beating.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Taking it easy today. Breakfasting, planning, and a quick twisty ride into Penland School of Craft to poke around. In the evening, I tagged along to with my hosts to a wood firing at their friend, Courtney's, pottery studio.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
168-ish miles (it's cold outside and I don't want to check the odometer).
I'm so thankful Don reached out at Elk Mountain Overlook, to ask if I wanted to join him and his friends to ride The Snake. Time of my life, grinning ear to ear!
Now safe and warm by a fire, thanks to the hospitality of the illustrious author, Alan Gratz.
Rode in three states today, two of them new states for the scoot - North Carolina and Tennessee. I couldn't help but announce them in my helmet like a personal MC. I also announce animals, ie: "DEER!" "BUNNY!" "SNAKE!" (it was run over) "CATERPILLAR!" (inching across the road, several of them, not even kidding). Solo riding quirks begin...
Monday, May 19, 2014
122 miles. Thanks to Steve from Clearwater for a chat and a photo of me here, too. This was maybe 10 miles past Otter Creek, and the first place I had cell service. Also, I have a million photos of green hills and blue mountains, thanks, Parkway. Tonight's destination: Willville Motorcycle Campground, and a bunch of nicer guys around a campfire I couldn't have met.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Mileage: A scant 130, all on one tank of gas.
Thank to Kurt for the tip to stop in Buena Vista for some serious banked curves!
Wildlife: One electric blue humingbird, the usual hawk type birds, and a tiny lizard with a bright blue tail. Yes, my first reaction was to wonder if I shoot it with an arrow, will my strength circle expand? Agro, let's go!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
159 miles today.
Seven Hills Scooter Club can throw a party. I was feeling a bit rough the next day; smoky from fire, a bit bruised from dumping Rob's (?) Rattler on the grass, pricker bush damage from a trail joyride with the rally PX200, unshowered except for the nighttime dunk in the creek, saying bye to everyone with a muddy hoody and my boots bungeed to the back to dry. Yup, another great rally. And another two days till laundry.
Also, the Skyline Drive is absolutely stunning. I stopped for photos early on, but eventually the curves had me and I didn't want to stop for anything.
Wildlife on the Skyline Drive: Three bears! One grazing deer. And a suicidal turkey.
Friday, May 16, 2014
|That's 469 miles of 35mph.|
The plan, outbound from DC: Blue Ridge Parkway. One Dogwood Classic Scooter Rally, then 1-2 nights of camping either along the parkway, or a jaunt into the mountains, or Hot Springs, mood and weather depending. Then, arrive at the home of author and fellow agency member, the gracious Alan Gratz. On this map, the total is 537 miles. Possibly looking at 4-5 consecutive days of camping, and all new ground for me and the scoot.
After a bit of recouping and laundry, I'd like to poke around Asheville, NC. A motorcycle-only campspot was recommended to me, at some point Deals Gap for the Tail of the Dragon is on, and then down to Atlanta to meet old family friends and new scooter friends.
End of the first leg!
Let me just start by saying this isn't going to read so much like a tour of America's capital so much as...Grace and I hang out and hit some bars. We know each other from middle school, and I've visited her in DC many times (even by scoot), so the 'sights' are checked off. What is DC for me then? Another (albeit slightly more uptight) urban playground that currently contains my very good friend!
Grace was headed to PA for the weekend, for an epic celebration of a family member's 90th birthday. This being a Chinese celebtration, obviously obscene amounts of food would be required. I was merely lucky enough to tag along for the warm up in Rockville, MD, where there's better food than DC's so-called 'Chinatown' (as Grace pointed it, Chinatown lost its cred when Hooters moved in) due to a strong Chinese community.
So much delicious, digestion is hogging my resources now. Early morning tomorrow, to ride Skyline Drive and stop by the Dogwood Classic Scooter Rally!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
|Had to happen.|
I took the free-est route out of the city: Brooklyn Bridge to Holland Tunnel, then on the Pulaski Skyway out of Newark. The Giraffe met up with me in Elizabeth, NJ, and we rode down Rt 1 till the tolls stopped, and Interstated the rest of the way. I know, not the most interesting route, but I'm still retracing old roads and it was a beautiful day regardless. Total about 96 miles.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
|I can't seem to write Philadelphia.|
Or write at all (that says, "Talking routes and rides...").
|180 miles, not including ferry. I know, really pushing the limits of my comfort zone here.|
I've been thinking of how to compose this for a while, especially since it's still very close and I don't want too much overlap with the drawings. I'd like to include a map, photo, and writing post every so often, to capture more than just a moment in drawings but also to help me reflect and remember. Also, I personally enjoy seeing other peoples photos, too! Click to read on.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
|Oh boy, everyone gets to see all my penmanship mistakes.|
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
|It was a nice day to draw at Prospect Park, then I got too cold.|
Hopped back in the saddle for a couple minutes for the time honored NYC tradition: moving your vehicle for street cleaning. It's great to to ease into long-term travel by starting in a familiar place, but sitting in my Vespa seat after only a day apart just made me want to keep going. I think what I've set out to do will 'hit me' more when I've gone past DC - then, I'll be breaking new ground.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
All the two-wheelers were directed to the back corner of the ferry, which meant 6 Harleys...and one Vespa. There's only one road out of the ferry terminal, so the bikes and I rode in formation for quite a ways before individual riders started to peel off. They were just coming home from a weekend ride to RI.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
|First mobile post!|