Mrs RC – 2011 in the rearview mirror

As with most years, 2011 was filled with some joys & celebrations and some disappointments. My plan to ride, ride, and ride some more fell way short of fruition.  I started the year by outfitting my bike for travel by mounting a set of saddlebags and getting some additional tailbag luggage.  This tripled my storage space, and made it really convenient when I did have the opportunity to travel. 

New Saddlebags

I rode to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD, and I led small groups from First State HOG Chapter on overnighters to Virginia Beach for the Bridge-Tunnel Ride, Williamsport MD, Gettysburg Bike Week, and Tilghman Island.  But my plans to visit Maggie Valley and Pigeon Forge and to ride Skyline Drive did not pan out.  I hope my luggage set-up gets used way more in 2012! Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Williamsport Trip

Jay and I took a vacation to Jamaica over Spring Break, so that ate up what would have been a good week of riding as well as a huge chunk of our travel budget!  I’m not complaining…relaxing by the pool, sailing the ocean, and climbing Dunn’s River Falls were well worth it!

Poolside Jamaica

Jay and Di in Jamaica

Jamaica Resort View

Dunns River Falls

There were many other factors that contributed to my abbreviated riding activity – work, family obligations, work, weather, chapter obligations, work, and catching up on sleep to name a few…  I had planned to increase my typical riding by 50% this past year, but in actuality it decreased by about that amount.  Sad (and embarrassing) as it is to say, I only put 5K miles on my Harley in 2011.

Don’t get me wrong, the year was not a total loss.  I had the opportunity to visit Barber’s Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama – an amazing sight that every motorcyclist should see at some point! 

 Barber Vintage Motor Sports Museum 1

Barber Vintage Motor Sports Museum 2

I traveled to Canton, Ohio, for my regional HOG rally committee training, and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame while I was there! 

 NFL Hall of Fame_Baltimore Colts Band

NFL Hall of Fame_Lombardi Trophy

I finally got to visit Fallingwater – the Frank Lloyd Wright house built overhanging a waterfall in southwestern PA!  (I’ve wanted to see it for like 30 years!)

Fallingwater_Frank Lloyd Wright design

The best part of 2011 has to be the recognition by my fellow chapter members for all of the hard work and efforts I put in to helping make First State HOG a successful enterprise.  As the photographer, newsletter editor, merchandise officer, volunteer coordinator, and a road captain (and those are just my official titles), I spend a lot of time and effort working for the good of the chapter.  I was recognized for these efforts by being voted by the membership as HOG of the Year!  I am truly honored.

HOG of the Year

Looking forward to 2012 – I am on a mission to make up for lost time last year.  I am a member of the Maryland/Delaware state HOG Rally committee for this year’s rally which is to be held in Deep Creek Lake in June.  I’ll be taking as many trips back & forth to that destination as possible as we explore roads and businesses in the area to set up a hugely successful rally for you to enjoy. 

Savage River Rd_Deep Creek MD

Muddy Creek Falls_Deep Creek MD

Jay and I have plans to attend two other state HOG rallies as well – the Pennsylvania Rally in State College, and the New Hampshire/Vermont Rally on the Kancamangus Highway.  Each of these trips will be at least 3-4 full days of riding – woo hoo!  Spring Break week is wide open for motoring here, there, and anywhere.  Who knows, maybe I will even get to Skyline Drive & Maggie Valley!

I am looking forward to my 5th wedding anniversary and a year with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair! Whatever happened (or didn’t happen) last year is now in the rear view mirror and my sights are set on riding more in 2012!