Showing posts from 2022

Quirky Stop - The Hairy Mosquito (Milaca, MN)

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!

Image  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!

 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

"Let's ride to Mama Tried Milwaukee, in December!!!" Follow us for more adulting ideas!!!

Mama Tried Motorcycle show was postponed in 2020 due to CoVid so they held it in December 2021 instead. Stiffy and I were pumped because as the date got closer for our first Mama Tried show, Mother Nature in MN was being very gracious with its upper 40's forecast. Not wanting to be BORED and trapped in a vehicle, we decided we would ride from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, in December. Go ahead and shake your head ~ I get that alot!!!  Stiffy and I headed to Cycle Gear (the night before we were leaving)  to upgrade our heated gear in preparation of the ride from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, a little over 5 hours and then went and grabbed a beer to celebrate our great plan. Celebration quickly turned to pouting as soon as I woke up. Stiffy messaged, "I hate to be the voice of reason, but check out the forecast for Sunday."  Naturally, my response was a meme of someone with their fingers wedged deep into their eyes, wearing a blindfold, whistling.   But then, "adulting" a

Two Girls & Unplanned DIY Motorcycle Repair on the side of the road just off the Million Dollar Highway ~ 2021

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. It might be a crappy reason in that moment, but after time, I can almost always look back and be thankful for whatever happened, when it happened.  Stiffy, Tami, and I rode the Million Dollar Highway (CO 550) this summer, from south to north. Which, if you've never been, south to north is definitely the way to go as views get progressively more amazing with every turn. And there are a LOT of tight turns with steep drops offs and minimal space to pull over if something goes awry.  So, after riding the entire Million Dollar Highway, we stopped in Montrose CO to grab lunch and part ways with Tami, who had to return home a few days before we did. We left the parking lot of where we all had lunch, I was leading the crew to the turnoff point where Tami would go one way, and we would head the other. I looked back and noticed Stiffy's bike BILLOWING smoke. While trying to pay attention to the road ahead and I was also looking in my