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!

About last summer, Part 6-Glacier and Waterton National Parks

I must offer a big THANK YOU to the hearty folks who have followed along as I ever so slowly chronicled our first big RV adventure! If you are just joining us, and would like to go back to the beginning of this series, you can start here, and follow the links at the bottom of each post to read about the whole adventure. I have struggled with this series because there is so much more fun and adventure to share, but alas, I think I need to give the magnificent Glacier National Park  and its Canadian sister-park Waterton Lakes National Park their due coverage in this post, and then move on to more recent adventures. I hope you’ll understand.

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About last summer, Part 5-BMW MOA rally and Motorcycling RVers

Wow, it felt good to finally get a blog post done! I was hoping to capture the momentum, finish this series, and get on to some more recent adventures, but here we are two months later. Well you know, time flies when you’re having fun! 😉

If you are interested in going back to the beginning of this series, you can start here, with the post about RVing ‘firsts’ and follow the links at the bottom of each post to read about the whole adventure…at least so far!

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About last summer, Part 4-The Big Horns and Medicine Wheel

Oh. My. God. How is it possible that I last posted in February? All I can say in my defense is that retiring is the single best decision we have ever made and that we have been living the dream since March of 2015. Between RV trips, bike trips, and the occasional car trip, it doesn’t leave much time for documenting all the fun!

As a reminder, this bucket list adventure took place in the summer of 2015. I considered just letting this story end with part 3, but there is still so much more to share from this trip. So…if you haven’t followed from the beginning, or you are a normal human and can’t remember everything you read MONTHS ago, here is the link to go back to Part 1. Each post has a link at the bottom to the next installment. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I’ve already waited 5 months to continue this saga, after all. 😉

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About last summer, Part 1 – RVing ‘firsts’

So, after covering 5000 or so miles in the RV, and about as many on the bikes last year, I was noticeably absent from WordPress, emerging only to post on FaceBook some of the highlights of our trip. Ok, a LOT of the highlights, for those that follow. It made me realize that although I really enjoy sharing our adventures on the blog, it takes a lot of time and effort, and I made the choice to enjoy the moment and capture the memories on film for sharing and reminiscing later. Now it’s later. 🙂

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