Fiona

State Parks are in a nationwide arms race to attract the RV crowd. Because of this, they almost all have wifi. If you plan on camping and working from your campsite, that's the way to go.

Do all your scheduled maintenance before you leave. In addition to the shop manual for your bike I'd probably invest in some sort of roadside assistance just in case you run into something you can't fix yourself.

I don't mind working on my own stuff but there have been a few occasions that AAA has saved me a major hassle/cost.

AMA has roadside assistance, too. HD has their own If you're a genuine motor company guy.

Will so much time, I think a list of dealers, a roadside assistance plan, a cellphone, a credit card (and the will to use it), and your camping gear should be all you need if you have experience with these sort of trips.

Fiona

I didn't think that I would ever be saying this, but it looks like I am getting hitched.

It isn't like I didn't have a man in my life, I've actually had a couple. But not one of them could keep up with me. Not on a bike, and not in life. I was a little bit of a quandary to them. I am a professional independent woman who is also strong. And that is a mix that will keep you single for a long time. At least in my case.

My ideal weekend has either consisted of taking the bikes out, or taking them apart.

For my profession, a lot of the guys that "ride" are the type that like to consider themselves experts. Then you start talking about how you just pulled the cylinder on your hobby bike (the one that you bought just to take apart, clean and put back together before you sell it) and their eyes glaze over. They are in over their head and the fact that you are a woman makes it worse. They realize how small their dicks are and you are a whole notch bigger than they are so it is time to hit the road. Figuratively, of course.

I think that I could have gone the rest of my life without getting married. After I hit forty and still didn't have a ring on my finger - at least not a wedding ring - I felt like a) it was too late b) it didn't matter.

And I think that is why our marriage, our wedding, now is so much more realistic. We were both happily single when we were that age. And now that we are both retired and our days in the dating pool are over it just seems right. And I can, for one, say that I am glad that it worked out like this.

Forty years ago when all of my friends were saying their vows I was getting crazy on the dance floor with the hot single guys that showed up to the wedding receptions.

If they were lucky I would take them for a ride and show them what real power between their legs felt like.

My soon to be husband understands that power and I think it turns him on as much as it does me. And that we can understand one another is an even bigger boon. He is retired, and I am going to finish out this year before I join the ranks of retirees here in Florida. But when that day comes we're planning on having a fitting wedding. We're going to do it small, among friends. Something that I watched some many of my long gone friends not do. They chose to have the huge wedding. One that was the size of a small African village or something. One that didn't really focus on the important aspects of a wedding.

I'll be honest with you, the important aspects are just now coming to me. I had known them all along, and I think that is another reason why I have spent the majority of my life single. Not alone, but single.

Me and my guy have talked about it over the course of our long courtship and we agreed on me proposing when the time was right with a simple gold band. Well, when it felt right I popped the question, it was a couple of weeks after he retired he said yes. I sort of expected that part though.

Then we got started.

When we started to look, yes we do it together, I was surprised at how expensive things can be just because they are supposedly for a wedding. So what if the glass also works at the wedding, I am not paying 300% for it just because you printed another word on the box. Sorry, I would rather shell out the money for having Ducati valve adjustments done. Both are money sunk in the sand, but at least the Ducati is a hell of a lot more fun.

I see these girls today, some of them are the daughters of my friends, and they pay a whole hell of a lot for the biggest day in their lives. Then they complain that this isn't right, or they wanted something else, and couldn't get it. Grow up. It is about making the bond for life, not on importing flowers from Hawaii.

For example we realized that even the things that go along with a wedding, bridal showers, receptions, what have you, they are so much more affordable. So we are going to having invitations intended for a wedding shower instead of actual wedding invitations. This should save us a dollar or more per invitation and they look the same, with the same quality. If it saves some for my first love; alright, my second, then we are all for it.

Getting married is a big commitment when you're young. I think the main reason is because you aren't sure what you are doing. And if it really is for you. Once you have a lifetime of commitments behind you the idea of staying committed to a single person is put into a lot more perspective.

And you realize that you don't need $500 bouquets for the bridesmaids (not having any anyways) and you can get married as you come. No need for an expensive designer dress, though I could totally rock one since riding a motorcycle keeps you fit.

For the wedding we're thinking that the ceremony can make the obvious references to the highway and the road of life.

Fiona

I've done a couple of long trips, and always wished I brought less shit. There's never been a side road that I've regretted taking, and stopping for any reason is always a good idea.

There is no secret to it, its just riding. Pack as little as you can, and then repack with about half that, and maybe even do it again.

No, you don't need 5 sources of fire starting and 3 stoves for cooking food no matter what the girlscout in you says, its North America every gas station has lighters.

  • Let the bike carry all the gear, with a backpack for small items etc
  • Stay hydrated, recommend a camelbak or similar
  • Take breaks, I usually did a break every 4-5 hours. Usually when I needed gas
  • Frog-togs are fucking awesome
  • Care a tire plug or patch kit, zip ties, basic tools

Don't overthink it. Throw on some fresh tires, change your oil, pack the minimum amount of stuff, take your time! If your going to be camping, ignore that motorcycle specific camping gear.

Check out lightweight backbacking gear.

Twice the quality, half the weight.

For anyone who's made long trips before(my longest is 6hrs), I'd love to hear any tips on packing, making the trip, or must-see spots.

Fiona

I've seen a few pretty good documentaries about going cross country but I feel like there are more out there that I haven't seen.

Every motorcyclist should watch these, even if you don't plan a long ride. You will want to after you see this.

  1. Doin' it Baja
  2. Long Live the Kings
  3. The Prohibition Tour
  4. It's Better in the Wind
  5. Revenge Run

The Adventure Prone is a great YouTube Series. I watch Adventure Prone every few months. It is mostly just two dudes carrying their own gear and cameras with not much of a time schedule. They ride all over with no money.

Moto Enduro is the first and foremost.

Production value is low and the movie is very old now, but it has the longest and most dangerous trip, and was the most realistic.

Fiona

I've been listening to Bruce my entire life and I'm very excited that he's finally writing a book that is going to give some insight into his song writing and his personal life, which he has kept hidden from the media.

My personal favorite song from Bruce is Jungleland, which is the longest song from Born to Run. I say that it's one of the best story song ever written, mainly because of the fact that there's so much depth to the characters and you actually find out what happens to them by the end of the song.

It's not my favorite song of his (still near the top, though), but this version he performed of "Thunder Road" will always be my favorite of any of his live performances. Just pure raw emotion in his voice, and it's beautiful.

He married Julianne Phillips and it didn't turn out too great, but he got his best work out of it. A more subdued, and extremely heartfelt work.

The best part of the album is that he dedicated it to her, which showed that he still loved her even though the marriage was over.

He doesn't perform it live very often, but now and then he sings it with his wife.

So with that, what's your favorite song?