Motorcycle Mojo?

This last Sunday I met with Karla, Christine and a group of their friends for an afternoon of riding. The forecast for that day was to be cloudy and in the lower 60’s, although I don’t think it actually made it into the 60’s… it felt more like low 50’s, good thing I was layered for any change in weather.

As we were waiting for Karla and Christine to arrive I was hit in the parking lot of the gas station! Christine mentioned that I have some kind of motorcycle mojo! As I was pulling around to meet with the other riders a police officer was backing out of a space and didn’t see me… Yup, it was a Colorado Springs Police Officer that ran into me! Thank goodness the other riders were yelling at him to stop because I was too busy trying to roll my bike backwards to avoid what could have been damage to my bike, I'm sure my little legs were moving like Fred Flintstone's legs. Once he stopped, he looked in his rearview mirror and realized that I was right behind him. After making sure that me and bike were okay (no damage at all) the police officer stayed chatting with us for about 20 minutes. Before leaving he gave me his contact card just in case I discover any problems with my front tire. I told him I was going to blog about the incident and he smiled and said “let me suck in my gut before you take the picture”… LOL

Once Karla and Christine arrived we were on our way up 105 for a lunch stop in Sedalia (CO). The parking lot of Sedalia Grill was filled with bikes and more were coming as we were leaving… I just love the sound of all those pipes rumbling. We then headed into Castle Rock to meet up with another couple that joined us as we made our way to Elbert. As we turned off of 86 onto 217 (N. Elbert Rd) one of our riders took a spill going around the corner, which had a lot of gravel… having no tread on his tires didn’t help the situation. He was okay and once his bike was standing it had minimal damage, his ego was more hurt than anything. We made one last stop in Elbert at the South Forty Saloon and then we made our way back. In total we rode about 110 miles and enjoyed the day.

After seeing our fellow rider take that corner I had new tires put on my bike today (Santa brought me tires for Christmas… LOL), even though my tires had more tread than his I wanted to get them put on asap. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Karla and Christine missed all the parking lot excitement, they finally arrive!

Sedalia Grill, Sedalia CO

South Forty Saloon, Elbert CO


Riley and Austin have been patiently waiting all season to go snowboarding and Saturday was the perfect day to get them out on the slopes. The weather was ideal for spending the day in the mountains, it was unbelievably warm and sunny the entire time we spent at Monarch and the snow was just as great… not hard and icy, but nice and soft.

While at Monarch, Riley and Austin took private snowboard lessons, they worked on stopping and turning. I think next time we go I’ll take snowboard lessons. I don’t do so well with ski’s… I don’t know how to stop and once I get going too fast I throw myself to the ground, it’s pretty comical. Bryan is the skier in this family… maybe he’ll take up snowboarding as well.

Here are a few pictures from Saturday. We all had a great time and Riley even found time to do some texting on the mountain! On the way home from Monarch we saw pronghorn sheep along the side of US 50. Once the weather warms up Bryan and I will be riding this route on our motorcycles. Last time when we rode US 50 on our bikes it was for our 20th Anniversary Ride… in a down pour, with snow and fog on top of Monarch Pass.

I promise to update soon about my piano lessons. I’ve been very busy this week practicing “She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain”… lol… hopefully one day I’ll move onto other exciting songs!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

First Ride of 2009

Today wasn’t one of the warmest days of 2009… we had quite of few of those in January and I didn’t take advantage of any of them. Of course Bryan has been riding every chance he gets and he always invites me to come along, at least when he isn’t riding to work! Today after meeting Bryan for lunch I noticed quite a few bikers out and on the way home I kept sticking my hand out the sunroof to feel the temperature. Once I made it home, I quickly geared up and took off for my first ride of 2009, it was a bright sunny day and a warm 55 degrees when I left.

I drove around Colorado Springs… north of town, Old Colorado City, downtown, south and of course a stop at Garden of the Gods for a photo. I was out for about two hours, just enough time to blow off the January dust that settled on my bike while parked in the garage (note to self: cover bike after washing). On the way home I noticed that when I was clutching my hand was getting a little ache-y... hmm I wonder if I could have lost strength in my hand?!? I guess that just means I have to ride more to work those hand muscles (wink)!

Last year (from Jan 2008 – Dec 2008) I rode 6,336 miles. My goal this year is to go over 7,000 miles… I better start planning some road trips!

Starting mileage: 6,448
Ending mileage: 12,784

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi