Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Feeling of Empowerment

Well, I finally did it.  I finally road out of my comfort zone of central Iowa.  My journey started on Sunday.  The roads were wet but I kept telling myself, as we motored down interstate 35, that this was a great learning experience.  Further down the way the road became dry.  It stayed dry until out of no where this crazy thick rainy fog began.  Spent about a hour at Boondocks and then ventured on down the road.  Where were we heading...Duluth, MN.  400 miles later, Sunday evening, I was pulling my bike into the parking lot of a Radisson hotel in downtown Duluth.  I felt accomplished and empowered.  I had finally done something that I dreamed of for many years.  I road tripped on my own motorcycle.  On Sunday's journey I motored through Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  I have to say I couldn't really tell that I left Iowa until I made it up to Duluth and saw the beautiful Lake Superior.  Corn, Corn, Corn...Corn....more Corn.  HA!

I've had a great time riding these past few days.  I only freaked myself out twice on the entire trip.  Once was on this wicked steep hill in Duluth.  I need to work on that skill!  I kinda broke the law and ran a red light to make the hill.  Oops!  The other was in this tiny town looking for a gas station.  I didn't dump my bike but there was a quick moment when I thought I was going to.  I'm sure the guys that were watching were like...Holy Hell...get that lady off that motorcycle.  Good learning experiences all the same.  Keep your head about ya!

Tonight I'm chilling at Boom's B & B before taking off tomorrow for home.  In all I'll have about 800 miles under my belt from this adventure.  I'm pretty damn proud of myself!

My words to anyone, especially any woman that is thinking about riding her own, do it and keep doing it until you accomplish your goal of getting on two wheels.  It is truly the best experience I've ever had.  It makes me feel strong.  It makes me feel free!  This trip has helped me clear that stress out of me that has been building for weeks.  Bottom line...I needed this trip to prove to myself that I CAN RIDE!!!  I needed to prove to myself that I am IHG!

BTW...this is my 500th Post!

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Look into the Life of IHG - One or Two Questions at a Time

Why Harley Davidson? 
Because they are sexy badass bikes.  I love the rumble they make when you crank the throttle.  Harley Davidson is as Amercian as baseball and apple pie.  It's just the motorcycle I always wanted to own one day and now I do!!

Is there someone in the motorcycle community that you would like to hang with for a day and have never had the opportunity to before and why?
I would love to hang with all the people that I've met through blogging that I haven't been able to meet yet.(Boston, Caveman, Viking Dave and BB, Willy D, Ms. M., Ronman, Mr. Motorcycle, Dan from Lowrider in the Wind and that one guy that fell off the face of the earth named Joker.  What ever happened to that guy?)  All the bikers I'm friends with on Facebook.  I would love to hang with Sara Liberte and Roadside Marty.  There are so many individuals in the motorcycle community that I would love to just sit and listen to their stories.  Bikers are freaking interesting people.  I really would love to meet Willie G and Gloria Struck.  And it would have been amazing to have known Samantha Morgan Storm! 

One of my favorite biker bands!