It has been a big week for me.  Saturday I cracked the 6000 mile mark on my bike when we went to the Harley Drag Races.  Sunday I put in another 215 miles pre-riding part of the route for a ride Jay is leading next week.  This was followed by Million Mile Monday, giving me a total of almost 700 miles in only 3 days!  But that was only the beginning…

Troy’s Visit

My son Troy was visiting from Baltimore for a few days this week.  He only lives an hour or so away, but his visits are always short-lived because of the girlfriend that he can’t bear to be away from for more than an hour and because he spends his weekends running the lawn service company he started when he was 12.  I always try to make the most of the time that I have with Troy, and this week was no exception.  Jay took some personal time from work on Wednesday, and the three of us went for a motorcycle ride.

Di and Troy at Watermans

Troy has never gotten a chance to ride with us, so it was kind of special.  He rode passenger on Jay’s bike while I rode my own.  We went to Rock Hall, Maryland and had lunch at Waterman’s Restaurant.  The three of us split a dozen jumbo steamed crabs (like they only make on the Chesapeake Bay).  I was in heaven since I haven’t had many chances to eat my native delicacy since I moved away from Maryland.  Jay (being from New England) is still not convinced that steamed crabs are that good — he will stick with lobster.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Hush Puppies, Jumbo Crabs and Yuengling Beer

Crab mallets are fun and dangerous

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The ride was fabulous.  The weather was perfect.  And it was wonderful being able to share my new hobby (and some quality time) with my son.  When I asked him what he thought of the ride, he said his butt got sore.  LOL  It amazed him the wind difference between going 50 mph and 55 mph.  He said his favorite part was the gorgeous scenery. 

Independance Day

In a way, I was glad that the weather was miserable on the fourth…  We had planned to re-do the aborted pre-ride from the previous weekend, but I was just plain exhausted and had another big day coming up Saturday. We just stayed home and took it easy on this Independance Day.

Experienced Rider Course

Diana at New Castle DMV

The weather forecast called for a rainy morning followed by scattered thundershowers in the afternoon.  When my alarm went off at 6:00 am, the first thing I did was pray as I opened the blinds to peer out the window.  I was stressed enough about taking the ERC, the last thing I needed was ugly weather!

It was very overcast, but luckily it stayed dry the entire day.  So I breathed a small sigh of relief as Jay and I took off to the New Castle, DE DMV for our Experienced Rider Course.  I knew that Jay would ace the class with no problem, but I didn’t feel like I was ready for it yet.  I did take some comfort in knowing that Jay would be right there with me.  It had been tremendous fun when we took the Basic Rider Course together a few years ago.  Also, I heard that we would basically do the same riding drills as in the BRC (except this time on our own bikes), so I figured what did I have to lose?

We met some great people there.  It was a good mix of different riders.  Besides the instructors, we were the only ones riding Harleys.  There were several young guys and one mature gentleman on sport bikes, one guy on a metric cruiser, a graduate student on a standard, and a couple on Beemers (or is it Bimmers? — I can never get that right!). One of the Beemers/Bimmers was a sport touring bike and one an adventure bike.  We all had a great time while improving our riding skills and testing the limits of our bikes.

Although the forecast called for a 60-80% chance of rain and possible thunderstorms, the rain held out except for a little mid-morning drizzle. It was extremely muggy and humid.  Some of the drills were challenging for me, and some I felt like a pro.  I did the figure-eight in the box with no problem (a feat I didn’t accomplish once in the BRC)!  I am having issues with locking up my rear brake and skidding in quick stops though.  It helps when I shift down to first gear very early in the stop, but that doesn’t eliminate the problem entirely.  My hand is killing me from clutching all day!

So, the big question…DID I PASS?

Yes, of course I did!  (and Jay did too, go figure!)

Diana passes ERC

It has been a banner week. I started at the 6000 milestone on my odometer and I’m ending darn close to 7000!  I participated in Million Mile Monday, spent a wonderful summer afternoon with my two favorite guys in the world, and now I passed the Experienced Rider Course!

What did you do this week?

By the way, this coming week should be good too. Monday is our first wedding anniversary!

9 Responses to “Milestones”

  1. Congratulations! Both on passing your course, and your wedding anniversary! I’m glad that you got to spend some time with your son. The only thing better than doing something you love is being able to do it with the people you love. Have a great anniversary!

  2. Thanks Bec,
    I truly am happier than a clam at high tide right now! 🙂

  3. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on passing your ERC! Woo Hoo! Sounds like things are going your way!

    Also way to go on your miles! I’m glad you were able to ride on Monday! Harley rode my Glide to work and I didn’t ride at all. 🙁

  4. Thanks Lady R,
    Things are going so well I think I should start knocking on some major wood right about now! 😮

    Sorry you didn’t get to ride on Monday, but at least your bike made it out for a few miles! 😉

  5. Congrats on your ERC cert. I’m going for mine at the end of the month. Nice to see you getting more time up front. I’ve never gone nuts to butts and I don’t think I could do it unless it was a dire emergency.

    If you hadn’t said he was your son, I’d have figured him for your little brother! He looks like he should be playing in a band instead of landscaping. I don’t find it hard to believe he does well with the ladies.

    I’m a big lobster fan myself, but…I do love crabs too. Sampling your native delicacy is on my to-do list.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  6. Thanks Joker,
    It’s definitely good to get the saddle time, though it was quite a lot for one week. I am exhausted! My next step is to ride Jay’s bike around the neighborhood a little. I need to get a taste of the feel of a bigger bike before I go test-driving one at the dealer.

    Yes, you got that right, we are now looking into getting me a “big girl bike”. I am pretty certain that I will go with the Dyna Super Glide, but we are going to hold off a few weeks til the ’09s come out and they are eager to make a good deal to get rid of “old” inventory.

    As far as Troy, he is 17. I am super-proud of him…he’s a great kid. And actually he IS in a band (he’s a drummer, go figure)!

  7. Good to have you back, Joker. We haven’t heard from you in a while…but I just can’t believe we got no comments from you on any of the pics Jay has posted of my a## and my twins!! LOL

  8. You know, I actually started typing a comment, but I stopped! If I said what I really think, Jay might want to knock me on my ass when we finally meet instead of buy me a beer! I love to joke around and flirt, but when it comes to another man’s wife I try to not cross that “line.”

    But, since you asked I sort of feel like I have a license to thrill. So, as far as that shot of you in your shorts with your thong or t-back showing, all I can say that’s clean is beautiful and sexy…bordering on spectacular. As far as the girls go, lol, from reading my perverted posts I’m quite sure you know how much I love those. I’ve always thought hypnosis was bullshit. But, if there was anything that could put me under, nice cleavage like that just may have a shot!

  9. LMAO! Now there’s the Joker we all know and love!!!

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