Sunday, July 19, 2009

Busy, busy, busy...

It's been a while since my last post, but Trobairitz and I have been busy. We sold her little Nighthawk 250 the Friday of Independence Day weekend, it was too small for what we wanted to do. A great little bike for around town but anything over 50 mph and it would buzz and shake, not very good for inspiring confidence.

We attended the Independence Western Days Ride-In that Sunday (previous post). Tuesday we found another bike she liked and ran up to Vancouver after work to "take a look" at it. If you are driving over one hundred miles after work to look at a bike you best be prepared to ride it and I was and I did....all the way home.

The next day, Wednesday was Bike Night so we went headed downtown to meet the gang for pizza. Another great turnout, several of the riders went for a ride while the rest of us stuck around to BS.

The two of us went out Thursday night to get used to the new bike. This is her 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R, a great little beginner bike that she won't out grow yet big enough that I can use to chase the guys to the coast and as a winter commuter. It looks like a sportbike but it's pretty docile under 5000 rpms where she'll be riding it but will get up and go when needed.

Saturday came up on us pretty quickly and we headed South to Eugene for the 40th anniversary of the Oregon Country Fair. This is not your typical country fair, this is of course, Eugene. There were sights to be seen and sights that shouldn't have been seen, but we had a great time and plan to go again next year. Great entertainment, fantastic vendors and wonderful food choices. Utilikilt was on hand to take my money in exchange for my next kilt.

Irondad from Musings of an Intrepid Commuter stopped by my work last week, good to finally meet the man behind the blog. Great guy and just as nice in person as he is in his blogs.

This Saturday took us to Gresham for the Portland Highland Games, not nearly as well organized as the Country Fair nor as much fun but we got to listen to some pipe bands, saw Rebecca Lomnicky from Corvallis perform and thumbed through the vendor's trinkets, treasures and trash.

The Triumph St. Pipe Band

Rebecca Lomnicky and friends

and the New Westminster Police Pipe Band

and finally back to Corvallis Saturday night to DaVinci Days so we could see Ladysmith Black Mambazo

It's been a busy month and it's only the 19th, there are two rides set up for both Saturday and Sunday next weekend, how much more can I cram in the next twelve days? I am glad that I managed to get a nap in today, maybe August will be slower.


  1. Great blog bud...glad you changed her bike...though I don't think this may be the one for her...long term... so probably we're gonna see another change .
    Your missus tried to convince ne you ran a great blog... I needed to look at it myself and know what...she's right...!

  2. Thank you, thank you very much.
    You may be right about the bike as she really wants a Triumph Bonneville, but this will do for now.

  3. Every once in a while I think about learning to play the bagpipe. Not that it would be at all easy. No other instrument seems to me to have a soul like the pipes do.

    I'll think of you out riding next weekend when I'm teaching an instructor prep on a parking lot all weekend in Portland. At least you'll have air moving!

    P.S. Thank you for the kind words.


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