Laurie, sorry it's taken me this long to get back. Very busy at work and at the firehouse.
Sturgis is one of those places that while I would like to get out to that area of the country, Iam more interested in riding the roads out there for the experience and the sights of the area. Yeah I would go into Sturgis during the day, but I think the places I would hit would be the museum and a few of the other local historical places. My grandfather went out there during the 40's as a bike mechanic for the hill climbs, but I think the atomosphere of the event has changed a bit since then...;0) ....I would think it might be better to go out either the week before and hit the first few days or hit the last few days and the following week. Don't get me wrong, I love people and socializing, but riding with people who may have had a few beers is not my ideea of "safe" riding and kind of steals the joy when you really need to be watching for people doing crazy things.
Keep in touch, Sturgis is on my short list and doing a Route 66 ride is the other rdie I've been thinking about. Tail of the dragon in Tennesee might be fun also. I think we have all of about two weeks of decent riding left before it gets cold and the bike goes in the Utility shed for the winter. Recover well over the winter and maybe see you out on the road next year on the way to Sturgis...;0)
It's good to hear from you. I have grown up in Plotterkill, my grandfather, father and uncle were/are members there. I joined Pattersonville 2 years ago and am EMS Captain there now. I enjoy it. I work at Rotterdam EMS as an EMT and am a supervisor there now also. I work at Mohawk Ambulance one night a week. I am no longer in the vet business either. Loved working with the animals but the people!!!! Do you still do the track over the summer? we should get together sometime. Where are you living now?
Laurie, I fractured two ribs myself last Labor Day, and it was fairly painful.
It doesn't matter what you ride, just so long as you ride and enjoy the people, the scenery, and the people you meet along the way.
I'm thinking a ride out to the National Parks in South Dakota and Wyoming might be a nice way to see some of this country that many of us only see in pictures.
It would be cool if that could be coupled with a working ride where you extoll the virtues of fire safety at work or at home in firehouses across America. That way it's not just a ride, there are destinations along the way.
Remember it's OK to push yourself in rehab, just not too far or too hard to quickly. Healing is the most important thing to remember. The older we get the slower we heal, and if you don't heal correctly, it will provide some aches and pains down the road. Of course being in this line of work we find aches and pains in muscles we've never used in specific ways before this job. Remember this there are two kinds of riders, those who have been down and those who lie....;0)
Oh by the way, you can slide just as well on sand and asphalt as you can on water and asphalt. I can attest to that one.. it leaves a nice road rash....ouch ;0(
Laurie, Welcome to the FF Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.