Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

Ill-timed Riding Weekend

My Aunt Bertha, age 69, achieved a milestone on Friday. She completed her longest solo road trip, about a 200-mile trek from her house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to our home in Virginia. She’s been wanting to do it for a while, but fate has conspired against her. So, even though the timing wasn’t perfect — this being Mother’s Day weekend here in the US — it was the only weekend we all had free for quite some time.

It did mean we couldn’t visit with Mike’s Mom on Mother’s Day, though.


Mom and Mike

We’re hoping she understands and knows how much we both love her. She’s always been a wonderful mother to both of us, and she’s the strongest woman I know.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

As for Aunt Bertha, she’s a Mom, too. But her son, Brian, lives far away in North Carolina. I’ll be seeing my son and his wife tomorrow, but my girls are both out West.


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Bertha and I with her 2014 Can Am Spyder

She’s only had her motorcycle license since 2008. How cool is it for a 62-year-old woman to get her motorcycle license? Very cool, if you ask me. She usually rides with my cousin and/or a group of friends on day treks around Pennsylvania. I’m proud of her for riding down here alone.

I think it’s safe to say she’s having a good time.

Bertha (we were at a red light)

Bertha (we were at a red light)

We are, too. We had a fabulous ride yesterday. Hubby made us a WONDERFUL dinner. And there’s more riding on the agenda today. Hubby says he’s got a surprise dinner for us, too.

More pics and details later. It should be another lovely day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms. Pet parents count, too!


  1. May 10, 2015    

    Awesome that she could ride down to visit and solo at that.

    Happy Mother Day to you ,and enjoy the ride.

    • May 10, 2015    

      Thanks, Brandy. I hope you had a good day.

  2. May 10, 2015    

    Happy Mother’s Day to you also … Aunt Bertha rides a sweet Spyder.

    • Kathy's Gravatar Kathy
      May 11, 2015    

      It is a sweet machine indeed.

  3. Dar's Gravatar Dar
    May 10, 2015    

    I think that is pretty cool indeed! I was assisting at an experienced riders course and there was an amazing 76 year old fellow who was riding a CBR 600 sport bike and was flying around the track. Wow!

    • shan's Gravatar shan
      May 11, 2015    

      That’s awesome, Dar! Thanks for the smile. 🙂

    • Kathy's Gravatar Kathy
      May 11, 2015    

      Dar, that’s amazing!

  4. May 11, 2015    

    Your aunt Bertha rocks! Before she knows it, she’ll be riding thousand mile weekend adventures.

    • Kathy's Gravatar Kathy
      May 11, 2015    

      Ry, I wish she were able to do that. She’d love it.

  5. May 17, 2015    

    That is fabulous, GO Bertha! I want to be just like her when I grow up.

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