Sunday, October 30, 2011

Big Bike

On the way to Moss Landing, CA there is a little shop on the side of the road where I always see bikers stop. They sell motorcycle gear, leathers, etc. Out front there are now three huge sculptures of motorcycles made of scrap metal and other creative junk. I like this one the best.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Blog Post--At Last

For all of you who have wondered what happened to me since my last blog post, I thought I would give you a personal update. I have been unemployed for 2 1/2 years and during that time decided to go back to school to train for a new career. I have just completed my education and recieved an Associate's degree, finishing with a 4.0 GPA. (Even bikers can be intelligent!) While in school I had no free time, even for riding. Currently I am spending several hours a day actively looking for employment. The weather here in Santa Cruz has been perfect for riding, so until I am working I plan to spend alot of time on the road, going to the beach, and just enjoying all this area has to offer. Back in the saddle again...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Parking Phobia

Last Sunday was the 4th Annual Bikes on the Bay in Capitola. It was a small but awesome vintage motorcycle show in the parking lot of the Capitola Mall. I met Willy D, Carol, B.B. and Dave there and we had a great time hanging out for a little while.

As I prepared to ride to the Mall to meet them, I realized I had a huge problem. It's been creeping up on me for some time, but I had no idea it was this bad. I have developed a parking phobia. This also crosses over to my car, but I won't cover that here.

Almost every time I ride or even think of riding somewhere, the thought starts haunting me. What is the parking situation? Is it on a slope? Will the street be so narrow that I can't turn around? Will I be able to get out of the parking spot?

I know that I can back into any space, but sometimes even that is a little difficult. This problem is keeping me from venturing out to places unknown when I am by myself. As I prepared to ride to the Mall, the panic and dread hit me. Of course, once I got there I found a nice spot in the parking lot, which is partially sloped in most directions. I was a little nervous I wouldn't be able to get out of the spot, since I had gone into it forward.

I had absolutely no trouble and rolled right out of the spot. What was I afraid of? That is usually the case so I don't know where this is coming from; although I have had trouble once or twice rolling my heavy bike backwards out of a sloped spot. I am not that tall so it is always a challenge, even though my bike is pretty low. It is just getting leverage that gives me a problem. I really want to overcome this, so I will be working on it by going lots of places that I am unfamiliar with.

Is this just a 'girl' problem or does anyone else experience this?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

4th Annual Bikes on the Bay

Sunday, June 28 is the upcoming 4th Annual Bikes on the Bay vintage motorcycle show at the Capitola Mall near Santa Cruz, CA.

The 4th Annual Capitola/Soquel Vintage Motorcycle Show is held in the parking lot of the Mall located on 41st Ave, Capitola. Aside from the vintage cycles there is entertainment, food, swap meet, vendors, etc. The show draws local families as well as lots of bikers who appreciate the oldies.

The show runs from 9am to 4pm on Sunday, June 28th so if you're in the Monterey Bay area that day ride on over to beautiful Capitola and have some fun.