Western Connecticut & Southern Berkshires Pictures

Sorry I never did a wrap up of our Labor Day weekend trip to Connecticut. That was the pre-ride for our Fall Foliage Trip with our HOG chapter that we just got back from. Please enjoy the pictures from that trip while we post the new pictures and write about our newest adventure.

Click here to see the Labor Day Weekend trip pictures: Pre-Ride Western Connecticut & The Southern Berkshires.

Domestica Neglectitis, brought on by acute MotoMania

For months now I have spent practically every free moment motoring around somewhere.  Whether it be vacationing in the mountains of West Virginia, rekindling old friendships in Connecticut, developing new bonds of friendship in Rhode Island, enjoying local roads along Maryland’s Eastern Shore or Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, or simply an early morning jaunt to work, I’ve put close to 3000 miles on my new bike and spent just about that many on the back of Jay’s.  Not that I am complaining!  I love every minute of it.  The problem is that it has caused me to fall WAY behind on domestic chores.

I probably have enough Harley Davidson t-shirts and tank tops to last the entire riding season without ever having to do laundry…but the other day, I noticed that my garden looked like this:

Garden BeforeGarden Before 2

This is not a joke, or some picture I found on the internet.  It is true.  I have been suffering from a severe case of Domestica Neglectitis.  Since Jay’s bike is in the shop this weekend, I took advantage of the opportunity to make our house look more like someone actually lives here rather than an abandoned shack!  Not only did all of the weeds go, but I actually transplanted a few things.  (I really am not much of a gardener, so I hope I didn’t kill them in doing so at the wrong time of year!)  I planted some daffodil & crocus bulbs, and added several bags of mulch.  What do you think?

Garden AfterGarden After 2

Tomorrow I may have to just go on a ride without Jay.  I can’t let another gorgeous day go by without cruising somewhere!

Don’t Try This At Home – Motorcycle Stunt Video

Victoria’s Secret Angel Models with the new V-Rod Muscle

This news just in from Harley Davidson… 

Marisa Miller, the Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated cover girl, recently teamed up with Harley-Davidson to shoot photos as part of an upcoming ad campaign for the new V-Rod Muscle™.  The shots will be released in the coming weeks, and feature Marisa alongside the Muscle.

In the meantime, we have exclusive, behind-the scenes footage of the shoot that just went up on the Harley-Davidson YouTube channel.  The video offers a glimpse into the making of the ad campaign, as well as an interview with Marisa discussing the merging of an “authentic American” girl with the “authentic American” brand. You can check it out here

Tell Me About Your Tattoo

Mom

Motorcycles and tattoos seem to go hand in hand. For most of my life I never really understood why anyone would want to get a tattoo.  Then I met Jay who has five tribal tats.  This was before either of us owned a Harley. I asked him to explain each of them to me on one of our first dates.  Some of his stories were fascinating.  The one where he got a tattoo that looked like Goldberg’s (the wrestler) because it was his birthday wasn’t so fascinating and did not do much for the cause! However I did start to become intrigued by the concept. 

I watched a few episodes of “Inked” and “Miami Ink”, and even a documentary on tattooing.  I talked to several people about their tattoos and listened carefully to their stories.  I began to come around.

I could understand the motivation, but I knew that if I were ever going to even consider getting a tattoo it would have to have special meaning.  I wondered what in my life might have that special of a meaning that I’d consider having it permanently engraved into my skin.

  • Tweety Bird? — no 
  • The Ravens? — no
  • Yuengling? — no
  • Harley Davidson? — no
  • The name of a special guy? — no
  • My children? — hmmmm….no

And then it hit me!  My mother had been killed in a tragic car accident about a dozen years back.  Her favorite flowers were very appropriately daisies.  A daisy represents innocence and virtue.  Nothing could embody her spirit more.  I could go with that….or could I?

OK, I found an acceptable subject, but did I really want a tattoo?  It will hurt, won’t it?  Do I want to embody that “tattoo culture” image?  Jay took me to a tattoo parlor and I looked at flash art and talked to some artists.  The idea became real to me.

After months of debate I finally decided to go for it. I made some sketches and brought them into one of the best tattoo shops in the area; Wild Card Studios. The tattoo artist took my vision and made an awesome rendering of a ring of daisies around my ankle. Getting the tattoo on my boney ankle hurt like hell but I’m glad I did it.  Months later when I married Jay, having the tattoo on my ankle made me feel as though my dear departed mother was there with me for my wedding day…and that was worth more than words can ever describe.

Ankle Left

Ankle Right

That’s my ankle at our wedding

Lately I’ve been considering getting another tat.  I’ve come to peace with some new subject matter, and I am working on the design.  Time will tell how it pans out.

I heard somewhere that it was an unwritten rule that you never walked up to an old school biker and asked what his tats represented.  But in this day and age the definition of a “biker” has evolved in most circles to include all motorcycle enthusiasts, not just the 1%-ers.  So I am asking you….

  • What tattoos do you have? 
  • What do they represent?
  • What made you decide to get them?
  • Would you consider getting more?

Note: for another interesting story about a moto blogger and his tattoo click here.