I Have Tunes

I enjoy listening to my iPod while riding but it has always bothered me to ride with ear buds. I use Bose In-Ear Headphones and love them, the sound is outstanding. Unfortunately they don’t fit well under my full face helmet and when wearing a half I worry about losing the silicon tips (thank goodness for replacements).

That brings me to UNiQcycle Sounds. For the past few years UNiQcycle Sounds has generously donated a complete Classic Edition sound system to Mountain Shadow Riders for our Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Last year Carolee had the winning bid for the sound system, she installed it on her motorcycle, I liked the way it looked and sounded. So I purchased one for myself, the Low-Profile Edition. Love it!

The only thing I don’t like is the dial volume control that came with the system, its small which makes it difficult to use while wearing riding gloves and the clip is flimsy. To solve that problem I found this Navigate from Griffin, I mounted it onto my handlebar clamp using a Velcro strap, which makes it easily removable. While riding I store my iPod in my windshield bag (another new accessory) and just run the cords to the controller plug in. When I get tired of listening to music I just push a button and then enjoy the sound of my pipes!

Bryan and I just made it home from a 2000+ mile road trip, once I get my bike cleaned I’ll post pictures of my set up and hopefully I’ll have pictures to share of our trip.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera (Updated Edition) by Bryan Peterson
For serious amateur photographers who already shoot perfectly focused, accurately exposed images but want to be more creative with a camera, here's the book to consult. More than seventy techniques, both popular and less-familiar approaches, are covered in detail, including advanced exposure, bounced flash and candlelight, infrare, d, multiple images, soft-focus effects, unusual vantage points, zooming, and other carefully chosen ways to enhance photographs. The A-Z format make sit easy for readers to find a specific technique, and each one is explained in jargon-free language. Top Tips for each technique help readers achieve superb results, even on the first attempt.

I think this is a must have book for anyone interested in photography.  I can now understanding how sensor sensitivity (film speed), aperture, and shutter speed work together.  Peterson provides a lot of picture examples of the techniques and gives specific camera settings for each.  I will definitely read this once again… and practice some of the tips listed.

Full Moon Ride

Saturday, my sister, brother in law and I met up with a group of Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) for a full moon ride. I’ve been inviting my sister to come along on group rides so she can get more experience riding with a larger group. She does great in a group of three or four motorcycles, this group had about twelve riders. No such luck, once again she showed up riding on the back of her husband’s bike!

While our group gathered to discuss our route, ride positions and hand signals our lead Carolee, let me know that I would be riding next to her… I’m sure she didn’t want another “threading the needle" incident to happen on this ride. I was okay with riding second, I actually like that spot since I’m so use to riding next to Bryan.

As we were making our way to Monument for dinner our group was split due to traffic lights and mechanical issues (waving hi to Betty). Once we all arrived in Monument we met up at La Casa Fiesta… and it was yummy. As we were leaving the restaurant the sun finally began to set and we took I-25 back to Colorado Springs. Taking the Interstate home was a much safer route than the more scenic route we took to Monument (Hwy 83), we didn’t want any critters jumping out at us in the dark.

We didn’t get much of a full moon ride in, I actually didn’t see the moon until I was a few blocks from my house… but we still had a great ride. Until next time thanks for stopping by ~ Jovi

Sunday's Ride

Sunday was a wonderful day to ride with friends. Along with my sister and brother in law we met Karla, Christine, Sandy and Phil for a jaunt to Buena Vista, CO. Karla led the way and took us from Penrose (CO115) onto some back county road that led us into Canon City. I don’t think I would be able to find that route again. Once again it was exciting to ride US50 going west out of Canon City. US50 runs along side of the Arkansas River and you can usually see whitewater rafters taking a trip down river.

After stopping for lunch in Salida the owner of First Street CafĂ© (also a bike rider) gave us directions for a back way to get to Buena Vista, somewhere along the way we missed a turned and ended back up onto US 285… lol. Can’t give Karla a hard time since our directions went something like this… “When you see the old school house with a chain link fence turn left.” It took a while to actually find that old school house… oh well, maybe that would be a route for next time.

When leaving Buena Vista the skies looked pretty dark, rain showers were all around us and the temperature was getting cooler. Karla promised me she would pull over once we neared the rain so I could get raingear on (I didn’t want to be wet and cold)… Karla (the tough chick) would have just ridden through it! As we began to put on our rain gear it began to hail… ugh. All geared up we continued on our way along Hwy24 once we made it up the hill onto Wilkerson Pass (about an entire two miles) it stopped, no more rain. I thought for sure we would get drenched… we did have a huge dark cloud with lightening next to us the entire way to Woodland Park. Once we made it to Colorado Springs, we found the first exit and stripped out of our raingear… we had a good laugh about it.

In total we rode about 263 miles and I had a wonderful time. Sandy, who was riding on the back with Phil was kind of enough to take pictures of us along the way, here a some to share.

My sister and brother in law, Esther and Donald.


Me, Jovi

Our group, downtown Salida, CO


Sandy and Phil

The Illustrated Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Illustrated Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Dame Darcy (Illustrator)
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a richer life than that traditionally allowed women in Victorian society. Dame Darcy uses her lavishly detailed illustrations to bring the best-loved Victorian novel Jane Eyre back into the spotlight. Darkly elegant illustrations draw back the novel's curtain, revealing the depths of human depravity, despair, and ultimate redemption. Sure to impress traditional fans and newcomers alike.

Why did I wait so long to read Jane Eyre? It was amazing and has become one of my favorites!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi