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It's Been Too Long

August 6, 2020
A lot has happened since the last time I was here so let's catch up. First and foremost my Mom, Doris, passed away. She was 92 and spent a lot of time on this Earth partying, making friends,working and taking care of Dad. After he passed away a year ago her spirit seemed to sag and a few months ago she became forgetful and suffering from ill health. After spending a few weeks in a Nursing facility her symptoms worsened and she slipped away. Someplace she and Dad are dancing, toasting and singing their favorite songs.
I have been enjoying the company of fellow motorcyclists lately and spending time talking about our favorite sport. This past Sunday there was supposed to be a big group ride starting from Saugerties going through the Catskills with a stop for lunch at Goatie Whites in Fleischmanns, NY. Everyone was revved up for it but the weather didn't cooperate. The rains canceled the ride. One of the organizers went on Facebook and invited everyone to meet at the restaurant for lunch. Thirteen people showed up, enjoyed the food and conversation and can't wait until we can actually ride there.
Last night Linda and I went to Port Ewen near Kingston to see a Bike Night at a nice little Ice Cream and Food restaurant called the Frozen Rainbow. About forty bikes showed up and people from Woodstock Harley Davidson set up a table selling T-shirts and other goods. The weather was excellent and Linda and I enjoyed watching the proceedings and the food they served there. Maybe next week I'll go by bike to be a part of the show.
Just to ice the cake I dragged, literally, the big Kawasaki out and took it for a spin today. It is a heavy bike to move around but once in motion it's an impressive machine. The local roads are quite alluring and my short ride turned into a twenty-three mile trip before I knew it. If the weather keeps on cooperating August should be a great riding month. Stay tuned for future reports and videos.
 

Summertime Thoughts

June 30, 2020
The other day we had to go food shopping and to spruce up the occasion I took the scooter while Linda took her car. What sort of makes it an authentic ride together for us is that her car is a Honda. To get to the supermarket we have to take the Taconic State Parkway. The Parkway was built in the 1930s and follows the contour of the land as opposed to the bulldozed flat nature of too many roads built after it. I enjoy the hills and wide sweeping curves as we make our way to Shoprite so the ta...
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Ride On!

June 3, 2020
Unlike too many months that have gone by I finally have something solid to write about. We had family visits, birthdays and motorcycle rides to talk about. If I recall the last motorcycle related event I spoke off was a run to town to get flowers for Linda's birthday. It was a quiet week after that and then Memorial Day rolled around. Saturday was an excellent day and the Honda Nighthawk got in a run. The roads around here are excellent bike roads and the Honda is just the bike to enjoy them ...
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Covid Interference

May 16, 2020
It's been too long. I noticed just yesterday that it's been over two months since I was last here. This virus has prevented me from doing anything noteworthy to write about. I wasn't going to say, "Linda and I spent the day watching Coronavirus news, eating and going back to bed." The weather hasn't been conducive to riding, working on the bikes or doing yard work until this past week so now I have something to write about.
This is Linda's Birthday weekend so this morning we went to Burger Kin...
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Spring Is Coming

March 14, 2020
In the last month or so we have had weather warm enough to begin the process of riding again. My first run of the year was on my big scooter during a warm spell in February. I thought I would be foiled when I went to start it and saw the battery maintainer was unplugged. Usually I would expect nothing more than a clicking noise as the lack of voltage kept it from spinning the starter. Happily it fired right up and settled into a steady idle. The ride about the area was a nice break from the W...
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Winter Waiting

January 27, 2020
I get really down this time of year about not being able to ride the bikes. If it isn't too cold or snowing then the road salt on the streets keeps my bikes in the garage. What has me hopeful for the coming season is that the local motorcycle group (hvbikers.com) is building momentum and listing rides in the area for the coming Spring. There is even talk of starting a weekly gathering in some location in the Hudson Valley to rekindle the spirit of the departed Marcus Dairy Superbike Sunday. T...
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Christmas Time Is Here

December 22, 2019
The year is coming to an end with many highs and lows to its credit. First the passing of my Father in May was probably the bottom. Discovering the Hudson Valley Bikers Network online with a constantly updated list of motorcycle events added some adventure to my riding life. Linda and I have been wearing a groove in the roads traveling to Long Island to visit Mom and friends down there. My car has seen a lot of action in this regard.
The garage is lighter from the number of bikes and scooters ...
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Thanksgiving Report

December 1, 2019
This past Monday the weather was an inviting 55 degrees with brilliant sunshine. Time for another last ride of the season. I pulled the Honda Nighthawk out of the garage and it fired up immediately. The roads were mostly dry but it was salty in spots. The air was crisp and the bike ran strong for its size. The roads around here have a nice assortment of curves and rises that suit the Honda well. After a nice but short thirty mile trip we were back in the garage. I oiled up the chain to let it...
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The Season Ends

November 12, 2019
I'm sitting here looking out the window on a thin blanket of freshly fallen snow. It may look pretty in pictures but it dampens my spirit to think that four or five months of foul weather is beginning. It was a month ago that we had a ninety degree day and brilliant sunshine. To my mechanical side all I can think about is that the roads will be coated in salt and my motorcycles will be exiled to the garage for several months only coming to life for weekly two minute warmups. Sigh.
On a brighte...
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A Happy Ending

October 19, 2019
My big scooter is back in the garage! As I suspected, but feared worse, it was a wire that was rubbed through and couldn't carry current anymore. The only consolation in this is that the young men at the shop I took it to had to invest a great deal of time removing all the plastic panels and chase through all the wiring to find it. I rode it home and it hasn't lost a step, running as well as always. A longer ride is in the plans before Winter shuts us down.
This past Thursday we drove down to ...
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Jim Zeiser If you wish to comment my e-mail address is h1500e@hotmail.com. I'd like to hear anything-good or bad-that anyone would like to say. As they said in college, we're all lifelong learners.

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