Moto-blogger Meet-up

We interrupt the long silence in reporting our Southwest trip to report a really fun meeting with another Moto Blogger that happened after only a week’s notice!

Let me back up. I’ve been blogging for nearly four years (really?) and have virtually met so many lovely people, both Moto bloggers, and regular people 😊, but have only met two of them IRL (In Real Life).  I was fortunate to meet NancyTex who blogs at My Year of Sweat a few years ago when she took a job with a company with HQ in Atlanta. Then in 2015 at a BMW Motorcycle rally, I was pleased to meet Kelly, a fellow moto-blogger at Mindful Wandering, and bonus, she and here hub are also motorcycling RVers, a club we had just joined as well! Both relationships expanded to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but still virtual due to large geographic differences.

And then there are the times we’ve intended to meet, but it didn’t work out, like with Kathy at Toadmama. Despite having very similar likes, riding styles, and love of travel, we have just not yet been able to sync schedules to meet and ride together…YET!

Anyway, when we were planning this SW trip back in February, Toadmama hosted a month long blog challenge, and in the comments on various posts, several moto-bloggers discussed meeting at the BMW National Motorcycle rally in Salt Lake City in July, including Richard from Richard’s PageRy at Two Wheels to There, and others. However, in researching SLC in July we discovered it would be really HOT 😈 and since we wanted to visit many National Parks and monuments, and hike, we decided to do our SW trip earlier, so that nixed the BMW rally idea. Hmmm.

Fast forward to about a week ago. We were in Torrey, visiting Capitol Reef NP and riding fabulous UT Hwy 12. Our Utah travels were only going to take us as far north as Moab, but I thought “what the heck”, I will reach out to Ry who lives in Salt Lake City, and see if a meeting would be feasible. And lo and behold, he planned a long weekend motorcycle trip including a lunch visit with us in Moab!!! 😎 Yay!

At the appointed day and time, the hubs and I pulled up to the Moab Brewery to find Ry waiting, and with a parking spot large enough for three bikes!

Once seated, the conversation flowed as smoothly as the fine Utah brews. Oh, for safety’s sake, we only had one…each, lol, we were riding, after all. We discussed bikes, of course, trips, Utah history, backgrounds, and a bit of philosophy!

It was truly a pleasure, and a nicer guy you will not meet! So thoughtful, Ry left us with a care package of Utah treats including a bottle of Utah brew, a pack of great Historic SLC postcards, Saltwater Taffy, a handwritten card welcoming us to his home state, and the piece de resistance, these hilarious additions to our sticker collection! Left center in the photo below, making us honorary visitors to his fine city! 🤣

You can tell we enjoy our stickers. 😊

I keep saying that the people we meet are the cherry on the top of the joy of travel, and meeting Ry confirmed that! We know we will meet again, so it was “so long for now” as we went off on our next adventures. Safe travels, my friend!


Bandelier National Monument

Whew, this past week has been a reminder of a few realities of our brand of RV/motorcycle travel: there is never enough time to see everything, do everything, share the things that you have seen and done, or adequate internet access. 🙂

One week ago, we were in lovely Santa Fe, at an even more lovely RV park, Santa Fe Skies, that I wrote about here. My last post covered a wonderful Day in Taos, and next on our list was a monument that we missed the last trip to the area, Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier is about an hours drive from Santa Fe, in White Rock near Los Alamos National Laboratory, and it is a remarkably well-preserved example of an Ancestral Puebloan community thought to have been occupied from the mid-1200s to mid-1500s.

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