April 11, 2015
Birthday Vacation on the Island
The Outlaws (they aren't really true in-laws anymore - LOL), that used to live in the next town over, moved to Rhode Island last fall. More precisely, they moved to an island, off of Rhode Island, to manage a timeshare resort. They kept telling me I should go out for a visit. Since I get my birthday off work as a holiday, and my BD fell on a Friday this year, it was a great time to take a 3-day weekend to go visit.
The tourist / vacation destination of Block Island, has not yet gotten underway so most "attractions" were not open, but that was okay, I wasn't going for ice cream, specialty chocolates or any of that stuff - just get away, see BIL & SIL, and generally recharge.
I left Friday morning to make the 1PM ferry (ferry only runs 3 times/day at this point, so timing is everything). As usually happens when I take vacation, I left in 40 degree weather and it was raining. It was the same when I got to the docks, and was supposed to stay that way for most of the weekend. Oh well, I expect nothing less! The view from the ferry was less than spectacular
So, I ended up taking a nap. Don't get to do that often, and obviously I needed it because I woke up just as we were approaching the breakwater of the island 55 minutes later. I texted SIL when I landed, and she came to get me; the timeshare community was only a couple of blocks away so I didn't have to wait long.
The rest of Friday afternoon I spent talking with SIL as she was finishing up ordering of linens and dishes needed for the units before prime season began. They had given me a room (thank you so much guys!) since they weren't full up yet. I also accompanied BIL to the dump, where I helped unload cardboard from kitchen cabinets that he had installed in some of the units. We also stopped at the local hardware store for plumbing supplies to finish installing kitchen sinks. With that, I got some idea of the lay of that part of the island, and BIL gave me histories of some of the features we passes (like "New" port - which used to be a lake and was opened up to the ocean for more portage).
That evening we walked to one of the few restaurants that was open for fish fry - walking is the main transport as everything is right there at the port, so it doesn't make sense to drive. At that point the rain had turned to intermittent drizzle, so we didn't get too wet. The fish was fabulous and we all returned to the resort gorged. I broke out the kindle and got in some reading before calling it a night.
Saturday I awoke to 40's, gray skies and massive wind. After making some tea, I curled up with the Kindle and read a bunch more. The outlaws expected several parties to arrive from the 1PM ferry, and they were doing last minute preparations, so I was left to my own devices. I walked the street along the beach and found the water was very pretty.
When I returned, it was shortly before the ferry was expected. SIL needed a couple of things done, so I was happy to help out. Then some of the guests started to arrive, so I retired to my room for more reading.
After the commotion died down, I decided to go walking a different direction. Even though it was still mighty windy, the sun had come out and it was warming up some. I found one trail, which I followed until it appeared to be getting close to town, then turned around to find more outlying area. I found the airport and the local air taxi. I was fascinated with the tail emblem and then suddenly realized it was the shape of the island.
After detouring for the pictures, I kept heading out, where I found another trail that went past this driveway.
Above the steps, I found that I was behind and above the airport
I was debating whether to go along the trail further (I was off the trail for the above pics, when I received a text from SIL asking where I was. I replied "I'm on some trail behind the airport." She replied that she wanted to make sure I wasn't bored. Ohh, no way! I decided to head back the way I had come as I wasn't sure how long the trail would continue before it found another road. When I got to the bench, I got another text from SIL saying she had ordered pizza and it would be ready in about 30 minutes.
I got back shortly before the pizza and we stuffed ourselves (obviously, this was not a wheat-free weekend for me). While we were eating, more guests arrived and SIL had to go check everyone in. I cleaned up (we had been eating at the picnic table). I then headed to the office, where SIL was checking in the last guest to arrive for the day. It was a youngish couple (anyone who appears under 45 is youngish to me now - LOL), who was asking about hiking. SIL hadn't yet gotten to any of the trails, so I was happy to give them some direction to the two trails I had found.
While the young woman took their baby to their unit, the young man asked if they should drive, or if it was safe to walk there. I told him that most people gave wide berth to walker (as wide as they could, some roads were barely two cars wide), and as long as they walked facing traffic they would be good. I also told him that most of the people would wave to them - the islanders are truly friendly, even In the off-season.
After a few minutes of paperwork, SIL decided she wanted to show me the "Cliffs". Since it was late in the day (6-ish), she drove us there.
Island Birthday - Part 2
The Cliffs were truly grand - giving a great view of the ocean, with a very nice staircase down to about 100 feet above the sands.
We then went to another viewing area further down the road, before we headed back to the Resort.
When we got back, I broke out some wine that I had brought to celebrate their first opening (for them, not the resort). We had some good conversation while I played with their kitty. Eventually kitty got tired and decided my jacket was a really nice place to snooze.
Sunday morning, SIL wanted to go to the Easter Sunrise Service at 6:15AM. So, we started walking about 6. The horizon was starting to show color when we got there, The service was beautiful, and short. The sun broke thru the clouds on the horizon shortly after the service started.
When we turned to head to the church for breakfast, I saw that there was a full moon too.
The church put on a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, bacon (fresh, not store bought), potatoes and French toast made with cinnamon raisin bread - with real maple syrup. I put in donations for both of us since they had provided my room and two large meals while I was there (I took salads, sardines and bananas with me for my other meals). We walked the long way back to the resort to help all the food settle.
All too soon it was time to board the ferry for my trip back home. I had a great time, got to see and hike some new territory, had great food and even better conversation. I am so blessed that they invited me to come down (and meant it!). I hope to go again in the fall, when there is more color.
November 19, 2014
States I Have Visited
I am sure of these states. I was probably in Oregon too but don't remember as I was young (I do remember WA though)
Create Your Own Visited States Map
June 26, 2014
One of the gals that I rode with several weeks ago recieved a video (sorry, can't seem to embed it in the post) from one of the passengers of the Essex Ferry we took from NY to VT. Comes with sound too! I am the 4th rider off the ramp (on the best looking bike of course - LOL)
Here is a slideshow of pictures that I and the rest of the queens took on the trip.
June 19, 2014
Wednesday Happenings of Note
Two things of interest happened last night:
STBX is now the EX. I don't have the paperwork, but he texted saying he got the final paperwork from the courts.
Interesting phone call from a former co-worker and good friend. Things may be afoot, but too early to tell. I may have an opportunity to go to Isreal though. If it pans out, I'll have to get a passport.
June 08, 2014
Left 6 Am Wednesday morning to meet a bunch of gals I know on a motorcycle forum in Chatham, NY for breakfast. Met some Blue Knight riders there (retired police officers), and they bought us breakfast - great way to start a trip!
Then we rode to Lake George, NY to experience a bit of Americade (a biker rally). Yes, I know I went backwards to get there - I could have gotten to Lake George in just a little over the time it took me to get to breakfast. We spent some time walking around and shopping before finding our hotel for the night.
Thursday we left to go riding thru VT, taking the Essex Ferry from NY to VT. We stopped at the Dutch Mill Restaurant in Shelbourne, VT where the owners took great care of us. Mary (owners wife and hostess) was great. She had a fantastic sense of humor and was very friendly. The owner ran out to move his van when we arrived so that all 10 bikes could sit on fairly level ground. The food was very good and I heartily suggest stopping by there if you are ever in the area! She took pics with us - and this one really captures her spirit and personality (she is in the dress and the cook is the guy in back):
We ended up in North Conway, NH about 8 PM to spend the night. Then on Friday we rode thru the White Mountains. Some of the gals braved the Mt. Washington auto road even thought the weather was sucky (very foggy and fairly cold). I didn't go, with my fear of heights (and no gaurd rails on the road), and opted to do an alternate ride on the Kanc and thru a few of the notches. We got to Bentley's in Maine about 6 PM, where we spent the night.
Yesterday morning we road to the beach to walk the sands, then we all started the trip home. Some of the gals came from TN and GA, so they still aren't home now. There were several NY gals, who made it home shortly after I did - about 3 PM. I had a great time with the gals - I had never even met 8 of the 9 women. The one I had met, it was just for a short time 2 years ago, so I was unsure how the personalities would work out. But we did great together and I look forward to another ride together - perhaps next year.
Here are a few pics from the ride: Americade, ferry ride, VT, Kanc, Bentley's
May 26, 2014
Last weekend I went with a friend down to Plymouth, MA to play tourist and to see the "rock" and "boat". The first thing we hit was Plimouth Plantation (no, that isn't a misspelling): It was facinating to get a close up of the rushed roofs, tools and implements and fences. Especially facinating were the stacks of wood which were placed in a circular pattern. Actually makes a sort of sense. There were people in character there doing chores and answering questions in what was believed to be the accent of that time period.
My friend got a couple of decent pictures of me (God, I'm slouching - I obviously have been neglecting those muscles when I work out).
Then we went to the shore to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II. While visiting the Mayflower, a paddleboat went by. Those are always cool to see. Plymouth Rock is protected by a pillored monument, whcih has a dedication enscribed.
While walking off our lunch, we saw this memorial to fallen First Responders.
Had a great time playing tourist. Felt a bit guilty that I took a full day off from getting anything meaningful done, but sometimes you just have to do that.
September 08, 2013
Riding in the Rain
Coming home from the Cape, I had a dry ride all the way thru MA (did hit wet roads though) then when I got to the NH rest area, the skies let loose. I waited out the first bout of rain, took off, and about 2 miles down the raod ran into another deluge.
Even the cars ahead of me slowed down to 45 MPH (on the highway, where we had been going 75-80) and put on their flashers. It even hailed a little (teeny, tiny hail). The most amazing thins is that other drivers were extremely curteous and kind to this biker - they stayed well back from me, if they passed, they did so at the far left side of their lane and pulled well ahead before pulling in front of me. I am so used to other drivers trying to kill me (hey, that's the way you have to ride) that I was almost stunned by the change in driver behafiour.
I did finally hit drier air and made it home safely.
The time with SIL was exactly what I needed. even though it was cool, dark and damp, we had a great time. We did a lot of walking, window shopping (and a bit of clothes shopping), eating (ice cream - lots of ice cream), and working out. The time share had a great gym so we could work off a few of the calories we injested. We also played a round of mini golf (I need lessons from HH because I lost badly).
even with the weather, we had a great time and I really appreciated being able to get away and forget everything for a while. Even the ride in the rain was good!
August 31, 2013
WS left Thursday morning on the bike - heading for Kansas and his family reunion. That night he spent the night in PA. Last night he had made it to St. Louis for the night. Should make it to the Kansas clan and shindig today.
I am heading out with SIL (she driving and me riding) and we are headed for The Cape. She was gracious enough to invite me for a little fun, sun, relaxation (and forgetting that today is technically WS and my 28th anniversary) - and just plain time away from everything at a time share she has for the week. Work has been a bear too, so I really need this outing. It is only for the weekend (for me), but I will try to make the most of it.
So, no more posting this weekend - I'll catch you on the flip side.
May 26, 2013
Some New States
Ws left Wednesday morning, with a bunch of his buddies, headed to DC. The participte in the Run to the Wall almost every year, and this year WS really needed some time off. He won't be back until Tuesday.
I took a couple of days off of work myself. Like last year, I planned a solo, overnight trip on the bike leaving Friday and coming back on Saturday. I almost cancelled because of the forcast; rainy and in the 50's Friday, rainy and in the 40's on Saturday - even down south where I was planning to ride. Thursday night I was bummed, figuring I wouldn't go. Friday I woke up with a different mindset and set out for a couple of states that I haven't ridden in before; Rhode Island and Connecticut.
HOG (Harley Owners Group) makes it easy to have a destination if you are going for a ride. They put out a book of state maps with all the Harley dealers pinpointed. Those of us like me that have no set agenda, but want to ride somewhere, can pick a Harley dealer in the area we are interested in and immediatly have a destination for our ride.
I didn't want to deal with all the crowds ezpected for the holiday weekend on the coast, but was in luck because Ocean State Harley has a shop in Exeter, RI that is away from the hustle and bustle of the beach. I road thru rain all the way there, but it was warmish, so no big deal. I stayed on surface roads, so avoided the major road spray from fast moving traffic on the highway. With just one 45 minute detour, missing a road that I should have taken, I arrived at my destination in Exeter.
It felt strange as I was the only bike in the parking lot and the building didn't have any signs on it, but I had found the right place. After perusing the shirts (and buying one), I bid fairwell to the nice folk at Ocean State Harley. I sat on their porch to re-affirm my route to my destination in CT before heading on my way.
It seemed the rain ended about the time I entered Connecticut. It stayed dry until I reached my next destination, TSI Harley in Ellington. Once again I was the only bike in the parking lot, but at least the building was well marked so I knew I had the right place.
Once again I perused the merchandise, selecting a long sleeved t-shirt. The folk were friendly, as expected. As I started backing my bike out, it started misting. One of the service guys came out to do something, looked at me, held out his hand to feel the mist and raised his eyebrows. I yelled that I had started out in the rain, so it didn't really matter at this point.
I stayed the night at a Holiday Inn in Vernon, CT. that night the rain came down in earnest and it continued throughout the next day. I had semi-planned to head to a Harley dealer in Bristol CT (and meeting up with another lady rider that I knwo from NY) before heading home. But since the other rider was staying home, and the worst of the rain was directly overhead Bristol (and was stying there, naturally), I decided just to head on home. It wasn't only supposed to be rainy, but the high in CT was only to be 49 - not as high a temp was forcast for further north - I was glad I had the foresight to pack long underwear anyway.
I had in mind another Harley shop that I could visit in MA, with a slight 10 mile detour. But, decided not to since I was chilled thru the ride and it was still raining. Although I was dry (rain gear and leathers are great), I just wanted to get home where I could warm up. Plus I knew that the rain could intensify at any time and the ponding on the roads was already enough to make me careful and watchful for areas that I needed to avoid.
Once I hit RindgeNH, I stopped at a DD for a cup of coffee. I needed a break, anyway and decided that would be just the ticket.
I got home early afternoon safe and sound, got all unpacked and headed into the house. The inside temp was 64, so I turned on the heater. The temp outside was 46 - the warmest outside temp I saw all day.
I got to color in two more states on my vest patch and had a good time. I never thought about work (which I really needed after the massive hours I have put in for the last 4 months or so). And, I couldn't help wondering what all the people that saw me on the road thought. After all, I only saw 3 bikes and 2 scooters during my travels. Did they think I was crazy? Did they think I was dedicated. Did they think I had no choice? Me, I just though, yeah, I'm a BABC QOTR.*
* No, you won't know what that means, but all my sisters over at the HDForums Lady Rider section know exactly what that is.