New Years Eve ~ GypsyBikerChick all dolled up ~ FUN!
New Years Eve - every year I hype myself up for THE BEST NIGHT EVER and almost every year, I am moderately incorrect. Not to say I haven't had some fun new years eves' over the years, but there's usually something that goes terribly poor (date fell asleep puking at a table while the band played on kind of thing). So this year I was asked to join a guy I haven't known long to Above and Beyond at the Armory... I had no idea who that was or what to expect. Turns out, the Armory is THE place to be for music during the super bowl in a month. It has been totally gutted and revamped from the parking garage that it was prior, to an amazing venue with crazy space, lights, huge stage, bars along side the main floor and suites upstairs.
So, when he asked me if I wanted to go to the Armory with him I said yes- he's a super fun and energetic guy and between that and the experience -it sounded amazing. Not to mention he and his friends had a Suite with bottle service. Of course, NYE date sets in the panic of "WTW" - what to wear. I hate shopping.. so off to Amazon I went, in search of the perfect dress. And shoes.. and jewelry. After trying a million things on, going to a few stores, getting my Amazon goods, and a little input from the girls, I found THE outfit - shoes, jewelry and all. And I have crazy fine hair that takes a gallon of Aqua Net to keep curls in... to I got that too. And it all turned out (if I say so myself), pretty darn awesome! I don't get dolled up often, but this is proof that a biker chick isn't ALWAYS a biker chick on the outside!
We stayed at his friends condo in DT Minneapolis - very short Uber ride, thankfully...because the temps were some of the coldest of the season so far and THIS girl had a short dress on. The guy was a peach and thought of this ahead of time and brought me a long trench to wear so my legs wouldn't freeze off before we got there. Luckily Uber was able to drop us off right at the door, so a quick high heel sprint and we were in the VIP line for the Suites, indoors... warmish. We made our way through security and up to the suite where I then met several of his friends. They were all pretty welcoming - though I was a bit overwhelmed with meeting everyone, etc. I quickly drank my slight anxiety away though and the night was a blast! We drank, we bs'd, we watched the show(s), we cheered each one on stage, light sabered with the EDM music, and rang in 2018 in hella high styled fun!
View from the Suite
Look at all of those people!!!!!! Crazy!!!!
Light Sabers came out and the party amped up 100 degrees - pure fun!
The light shows that came with each act were incredible
At the end of the night, the suite next to us left and left behind a bottle of grey goose 3/4 full.. WHAT?? Don't worry, I swooped in with my borrowed trench and saved that bottle from destruction... Yes, I (in my dress, heels, and fancy hair) was a classy lady and took the bottle home.... ;)
LIGHT Saber Fun - don't worry I don't think I hit him in the face too hard ;) He still has teeth!
The night seemed to go by so quickly, yet the music bumped until after 2am. We then made it back to the condo, had some celebratory champagne, made pizza rolls, and as morning was near, we rolled into bed.
And when I woke up hours later, my hair was still super curly and cute... thanks to AquaNet!!!!
Part One: How to pack a lot of gear on a motorcycle... and keep it there for the duration of the trip!! How the heck do I get ALL the gear I need on the bike to ride long distance and/or camp?? Where there is a will, there is a way! I started riding and camping with my Suzuki Boulevard M50 - Love that bike, still own it. I had two gallon size saddlebags on her and the rest was pure strategy. I bought a Saddleman luggage pack and a bunch of bungees - which quickly got traded in for LOTS of straps and then a net on top. I first went long distance riding and motorcycle camping with a good friend, nickname HD, years ago. Let me tell you, she was a GREAT teacher in the art of packing a motorcycle. I would make the effort, get to the meeting point, have to retighten every since strap, ride, and repeat. She probably felt both sorry for me and annoyed by me for the extra time I took at stops to make sure my gear wasn't going to wind up on someone's windshield. So between her expertise…
Remember when you first started learning how to ride a
bike? It’s a struggle to keep your balance and if you start to tip over your
first instinct is to jump off the bike, hands first, planting your wrists
against the ground with force, while your skin is soaking up the gravel, one
tiny pebble at a time... and then you run crying the whole way home? Well, when
you’re on a motorcycle do NOT do that. Nothing will go well if you try to jump
off a 700-pound metal beast with flammable liquids between your legs and think
that you’re going to be able superman your body farther than your bike will
land. You can’t fly. Your bike can. You won’t win. The best thing to do is
opposite of what your instinct might be – when you start to tip over, think of
the bus lady yelling the rules at you on the first day of school. “Keep your
hands and legs IN the bus (aka on the handlebars and foot pegs) while in motion”.
And motion includes that of tipping over. At least on my Suzuki and my Victory,
the bike …
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!! 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. It warmed up to 24 degrees!!! There is no solution for frozen eyeballs.
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Ah, the annual fall trek to the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Rally - in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is my ALL time favorite place to ride in the USA. Four of us girls took off after work to get a head start on the (easy) 11 hour ride. The more daylight we could arrive in, the better, since 3 of us were going to need to set up camp when we arrived to Arkansas.
Sporting my Nomadic Gear thanks to @NomadicMichigan
We all look so bad-ass in our leathers!!!
We stopped for the night just outside of Des Moines - get a few hours of sleep, and back on the road in the morning!
After an easy 7 hour ride to Eureka Springs, we debated between heading straight to camp to set up, or heading straight to the Cat House bar to park and walk over to Aquarius for THE BEST TACOS in the entire region. In the end, Tacos clearly won! Aquarius is a cute little place on Main Street in Eureka Springs, AR. I don't even think the name of the place is on the outside - they get straight to the point …