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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflecting on another year gone by: my 5 (+1) most memorable moments (good and bad) but mostly good.

 It’s New Year’s Eve once again. It’s a time when most of us take a moment to reflect on the old year we’re leaving behind as we face the New Year ahead. For me it has been an exciting year and perhaps that’s the reason it seems to have flown by all too quickly. Not wanting to bore you totally with my life I’ve decided to share five events that made my year special and I invite you to share the things that have made this year memorable for you.

This year I challenged myself by taking a journey. It began as a solo motorcycle ride to California and ended up being a Coast to Coast adventure. I have hundreds of memories from this tour, two have made my list: Number one was seeing the Pacific Ocean and the Costal Hwy for the first time; the second was letting my Star fall on a deserted Mountain road in California and being helped by total strangers (the world is full of very nice people, and I got to meet a lot of them on this trip.)

This year my friends suggested I send my blog photo (you know, the one of me and my star) to Yamaha for their “What kind of Yamaha are you?” promotion. That brings me to number three. Barbara called to tell me she had something to show me and it turned out to be me and my star in the Yamaha ad featured in Canadian Biker Magazine. (There’s nothing like a moment of fame to boost your ego.)

Number four on my list of best memories of the year was being able to celebrate another Christmas with my Mom (now 94 years old and going strong), my sons, my granddaughter and my friends. And not only did Santa come but we had the best turkey that ever gave up its life for a dinner. (Life is all about food isn’t it?)

And now for number five, some of the best memories are of and with my friends. I am lucky to have been able to celebrate with one friend the launching of a new career as an artist, well done Ron. (Sadly I have also been able to cry with three other friends, Jan and Sue who this year both began very difficult battles with cancer, and Leslie who lost her Dad.)

As 2012 approaches … here’s to my family and to my friends old and new ... here's to all my fellow bloggers and fellow riders ... Wishing you the all best. Here's to new memories. Cheers! And Happy New Year.

Post your link in the comments to share your memories of 2011.

And now I've one more moment ...being on Gary France's list of Oscar winners. What a great list. What fun. Thanks Gary.


  1. Karen,
    You know that Ken and I are very proud of you for having achieved your coast to coast trip.
    I had to call you to tell you that the photo I took was in the magazine - it is a great picture!
    Thanks for sharing your delicious Christmas dinner with us! We always love being part of your family celebrations.
    Happy New Year.

  2. What a great list of special moments.

    Cheers to a healthy happy new year and many more wonderful memory making moments in 2012.

  3. The world of motorcycling and blogging brings many new friends and just adds another reason as to why I love being a motorcyclist! Happy New Year and I hope 2012 will be filled with wonderful moto adventures!!!!

    My year in review:
    Princess Scooterpie

  4. Barbara - thanks for all your support and whoops, forgot to mention - blog photo taken by Barbara Dale.

    Dar and Trobairitz thanks for the kind words ... and I hope everyone links to your blogs to see your fabulous memories of 2011.

  5. They are indeed special memories and may I add huge congrats on your big trip. Not only is it good for stuff like confidence but most importantly, it's good for the soul.