The Great Motorcycle Vacation of 2009


I’m back from vacation finally. Back in January, when my wife locked in her vacation schedule for the year, we’d planned the great American motorcycle vacation. We took two weeks in a row and planned a long ride to the West Coast, or East. Maybe we’d just head south, or north. We were less concerned about where we were going than about the idea of getting there on the bike.
As the months rolled by, it became apparent that we weren’t going to be able to take a long trip. We came up with a Plan B. We’d stay based at our house for the first week and take some of the 400- to 600-mile runs we’d been wanting to make that are so hard over just a weekend. We could spend a night on the road for the longer rides. Week 2 would see us spoiling the grandkids, but we’d also load Maggie up in the truck and hit some of the Hill County rides, west of Fort Worth.
It rained all but one day the entire two weeks we were off.
So the “Great Motorcycle” vacation of 2009 turned into the “Great Work on the House” vacation. I keep telling myself that in a few years, walking on the new kitchen floor will be more pleasant than fond memories of a great ride.
I almost believe it.
Guy Wheatley
Ripping up the kitchen floor was a good outlet for the frustration of not being able to ride. I had to tear it out down to the joists. Those are 4 x 8 cedar timbers. I think the guy who put the last floor in got paid by the nail. I had the chance to work out a LOT of frustration about riding. Of course I just replaced it with frustration about the floor!


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— Guy Wheatley

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