Yes Emily

Yes Emily, girls can ride motorcycles!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

So much to do ... so little time.

Well, I've only days to go and here I sit in my living room turned mission control. I am now trying to conquer the GPS. I love the idea of route planning - and finally (really, just seconds ago) I've loaded the first 4 legs of my adventure as routes into my Garmin Zumo 660. The first leg was simple, no problems but I wish somewhere in the instructions (maybe they did, but who reads instructions) they would have pointed out that you can't save a route that includes too many maps or waypoints. So I've had to break down the Marion Ohio to Charlottetown PEI route into 3 legs.

I've had a TomTom in my SanteFe for some time now so why did I choose Garmin for bike? It's simple, of course I'd read several reviews by bikers about the Garmin and I had an idea it would be a good choice but the real reason was - it was the only model available off the shelf in Kingston. I had it installed at K-Tec Moto Services (thanks guys) and I'm thrilled. They also installed a 12 volt plug so I can charge all my toys on the road. If you're ever passing through Kingston and need a reliable motorcycle mechanic check them out. They also insisted I know a little bit more about my bike than I had chose to pay attention to, simple things like where the tool kit is, (my dealer, Performance Shed did walk me through all these little details but I must have been blinded by the shininess of my 'prissy' new little Yamaha VStar and promptly forgot.

Bikes tuned up, blog's on the go, Garmin's under control - now it's time to start the list - what else do I need, if you've got a tip I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lincoln highway and getting ready for my maiden voyage . . .

I see I've been kick-started right into my first blog, and I'm a newby at this for sure - so please be patient (and send your tips please, please, please) as I try to figure out how to blog and get ready for my first solo motorcyle tour at the same time (yikes, talk about a learning curve). Of course I'm hoping for an audience of thousands but realistically expect this will be a place for my friends and family to follow my journey no matter how crazy they think I am.

At the end of school, yes, I'm a kindergarten teacher, I'm packing the VStar and heading west to Ohio where I'll pick up the Lincoln highway for a bit as I head back east to the coast up to what we Canadians call "The Island" and then home. It's not my first motorcycle tour - I've ridden to Jackson Hole Wyoming(ask me about it)and to New Orleans(did I mention I live in Ontario, Canada?), but this is the first time on my own and on my "prissy" little Yamaha VStar 650 Custom.

In all honesty, I'm a grandmother now (can't believe I just admitted that to the whole world) and this blog is just my way of writing down where I've been so I remember it tomorrow . . . I'd love to hear from you. I'm on the road July 2.