I almost forgot that I had a blog. Seriously…my intentions were to make this blog almost like a daily journal. Its been a week since I posted anything and today my guilt finally got the better of me!
Its not like I have been sitting around eating bon-bons for the past week. I have been quite the busy bee!
Last Friday, my husband and I took off on a road trip to North Carolina to visit my daughter at summer camp near the Asheville area, and do a little motorcycle riding at Deals Gap in Robbinsville, North Carolina. This was the first time we’ve taken the GTO up there, and my husband was dying to take it on the Gap.
For those of you who live normal, non-motorcycle obsessed lives, I will fill you in on what Deal’s Gap is…its an incredibly twisty, turny road on the side of a mountain. Its in the Nantahala National Forest, which is part of the Smoky Mountains. Its phenomenal…something like 218 curves in 11 miles. I could get up and walk to my fridge, which is plastered with Deal’s Gap magnets – because they all say exactly how many curves…but I’m lazy.
Supposedly, there isn’t another road like it anywhere. People come from across the continent to ride this road…I met some Canadians there this past weekend, along with people from all over the United States. I can describe it as twisty and turny, but I’m not doing it justice. It’s fucking insane.
My husband, in his motorcycle lingo, describes some of the curves as increasing and decreasing radius. I call it the motion-sickness inducing highway to hell. We took the bike, a Honda CBR 1000, on the Gap on Saturday…it was a 3 hour trip to the Gap from where we were staying in Maggie Valley, and about 2 hours back. I got sick halfway through the Gap and practiced my fake-yoga style breathing in order to prevent myself from puking in my helmet. Deep breaths. Lots and lots of deep breaths.
Funny thing is, when we took the GTO on Monday, I was absolutely fine. I think the hubs took it easy on me. Plus, there were three Corvettes in front of us, so I think the excitement of being able to keep up with a Corvette distracted me from the way the car threw my body around like a rag doll.
While we were in Maggie Valley, we saw that The Wheels Thru Time museum was reopened. We have heard about this museum for a few years now, but it was closed down last year when we went through that part of town. Its basically an entire museum full of nostalgic motorcycle items. They also have a few cars, but the main focus is American motorcycles. They have everything from the first lawnmower to a current day Chopper style bike…its amazing. We spent about two hours there, and when we were leaving, one of the mangers sort of grabbed me and forced me to take a picture on a 1936 Indian motorcycle. Amazing! I don’t know what possessed him to take an interest in me, but I allowed it for the sake of sitting my ass on that seat!
Aside from being tortured and thrilled on the Gap, we spent an entire day with our daughter on Sunday, which was visiting day. After surprising her – talk about squeals of joy – we took her to an antique car show, a movie, lunch, back to our hotel to play
in the creek, then to dinner. She began the morning by talking about what a horrible time she was having, how she didn’t make friends the way she had the last year, how horrible the food was, etc. When we took her back, we were considering staying to watch the fire works with her at the camp – until she saw her friends and told us to leave. Ah, the fickle teenage years…
Aside from that trip, which wasn’t nearly as long as it should have been, I’ve been quite busy around the house the past week. I recently ordered an above ground pool (scheduled to be delivered between July 19 and the 29th, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that it miraculously arrives early) so I have been working on leveling out our backyard. I’ve also painted a few doors, re-caulked some baseboards, done some gardening, and ran about a million errands before and after the trip.
Aside from a break during our vacation because there wasn’t any equipment available at our motel, I have exercised like a demon each and every day. I may or may not have spent a good deal of time outside working on my tan…
My daughter will be coming home next Friday and I am incredibly excited to have her home. I only have her for about two weeks before she leaves to begin visiting her grandmother and aunt out of state. The only thing we have scheduled so far for when she is home is the Vans Warped Tour, which she doesn’t know about yet. I hope its a pleasant surprise. My husband and I are attempting to foster an appreciation for music at an early age. This will be her second concert this year, and seeing as how there’s a billion bands playing the Warped Tour, I hope she finds something she can get into and enjoy herself.
So that is what I have been up to. Hope you didn’t miss me too much!