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TN Motorcycle & Music Revival 2022!

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 Tennessee Motorcycle Music Revival 2022  Stiffy and I met up after working a half day, to head south to Loretta Lynn's Ranch, in Hurricane Mills, TN for TMMR 2022. Our plan to get there was simple: Ride until we are too tired to keep going. We were in Clear Lake, IA when a couple of bikes came out of nowhere and were on our tail. They followed us off the next exit and that is when I caught a glimpse of a bedroll where a windshield usually is - the Boy and his cousin had caught up to us. As the sun started to set, the 4 of us rode for a few more hours before we split up. (Right after that, I hit 150,000 on my bike!!)  The boys stopped for the night (they had an extra 350 miles beyond where we come from) and we girls kept going. We made it just past St. Louis before deciding to stop and sleep a few (3) hours. Then, it was back on the road to the 3,500 acre Ranch, which would be our base camp for the weekend full of bike shows, races, motorcycle racing, big names in the motorcycle wo

1,650 miles, 4 States, in 56 hours…Must. Find. Sunshine!

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 I don't know about you, but here in MN…spring has been MIA. It has been colder than usual, dreary, and soggy for weeks. My soul was dying a little each day I woke up to yet more clouds. Knowing I would have my 40 hours in by early Friday morning, late Thursday night, while grabbing a beverage between periods at the Wild hockey game, I decided I would take off and ride. To Arkansas. It’s an easy ride there, forecasted sunshine and warm temps, and no thought involved since it’s my fave place to ride. Naturally, Stiffy was IN for the challenge. After watching the winning hockey game in the first row on home ice, and getting home way late Thursday night…I packed the bike and dozed off for a few hours. It’s weird how quickly I dart out of bed for work when I know I get to leave early and ride!!! I met Stiffy in the south metro and off we went. We managed to dodge all the rain, only after putting on rain gear of course. What a debacle that first time putting on rain gear is! Add in mult

Quirky Stop - The Hairy Mosquito (Milaca, MN)

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The Hairy Mosquito is a quirky stop along 169 just north of Milaca. I have ridden by the place for years, every time thinking that I should stop and check it out. But that is usually on my way to or from somewhere else and well, we all know how that works. On a bright, sunny, and warm day I took off with no destination and FINALLY checked it out. Talk about a place that has a little bit of everything! It is a trading company, an antique shop, a leather shop with SEVEN sewing machines dedicated just for leathers, an artist paradise, a silversmith shop, and an ice cream parlor - all in one! Not to mention the super cool pieces of art around the place, the nostalgic old school candy shop (rock suckers or wax bottle candy anyone?). From the highway, it looks like a collector shop, but I soon discovered that it was MUCH more than that. There is the main trading post building with some of the trades mentioned above in that building, but walk outside and there is art, antiques, and quirky thi

2 girls, 2 wheels & a Clutch cable roadside repair…done in minutes! A Victory/Indian must have!

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  https://savurride.com/  Mark this website in your favorites and you will thank yourself at a later date! It’s gonna happen…that moment when you are cruising at highway speeds, and you go to shift gears on your Victory motorcycle, but all you feel is zero resistance and the clutch lever just flops loosely as you desperately try to “get it to work”…all while also trying to figure out what’s happening, maintain an upright position, keep an eye on traffic around you, and then the terror strikes. You suddenly realize just how defenseless you are in that moment. And your next thought is realizing if you slow down to pull over, and you are in a higher gear, your bike will sputter and spit until it reaches an abrupt moment where it just can’t go on…and you will try your best to avoid tipping over as the engine dies in whatever gear it was last in. And then - literally whatever spot the engine stops, is precisely where you will be parked for the duration of the fix. That whole scenario takes

Cold weather riding gear & a couple of redneck hacks to stay warm this early spring!

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 A lot of people hang up their motorcycle keys once temps get into the 40's. Those people are kind of smart. I, however, choose to ride until Mother Nature makes it physically impassable to do so, aka snow falls and stays on the ground. In order to ride when its in the teens, 20's, 30's, or even 40's, there is some gear that is a necessity to try to keep remotely warm while riding. And thanks to this gear, I have only gotten frostbite once while riding motorcycle. And to be honest, I doubt ANY cold riding gear would have spared my fingers from riding 70mph in temps of NINE (9) degrees. Yeah, that was stupid. But I was on a mission..... I WAS going to ride to Daytona!! (NOT this year!!) And naturally, it had been in the 50's the week prior, aka when I decided I was going to ride there. Anyways - here is my GO TO cold riding gear!  <--- In Iowa, on way to Daytona years ago. It eventually hit 32 degrees (in NASHVILLE)!!! All the gear in the world, but there is no so