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Babes Ride Out East Coast Trip Recap: Days 1 & 2

There's nothing like the anticipation leading up to a big trip, especially one with two of your best friends. Our destination: Narrowsburg, New York and the Catskill Mountains for our third consecutive Babes Ride Out East Coast event. (If you're not familiar with the event catch up here)

Door-to-door distance one way is around 630 miles, not including reroutes to "the squiggly stuff." Doable in a day, if you're motivated, but we split the ride over two days to allow for maximum goofing off. (It's really what we do best.)

The most make-or-break part of these trips is your attitude. How you choose to react to things will really determine how much you enjoy yourself. For me personally, I'll jump ahead spoiler-alert-style and say that this has been my favorite of our trips OF. ALL. TIME. Everything felt easy and—magic—it was easy.

[So a quick story the other ladies don't even know about (until now), last year on our second day of this exact same trip, I …

Video: Flushin' dem brakes

2 days until we leave for Babes Ride Out East Coast = time for fresh fluids and a fastener check on the Hornet. Now with even more wholesome bonus content during small person brake education. Catskill mountains here we come!

(We won't mention last years' shift assembly debacle.)
(...Yes we will.)
(It fell off.)
(Check your fasteners, people.)

Roundtable: Why bond with other female riders?

Later this week the three-woman team is hitting the road for our first big trip of the season. We're headed to Babes Ride Out East Coast, an all-women camping rally in New York's Catskill mountains. It's about 1,400 miles round trip and we're in full-blown planning/packing mode!

Babes is a unique organization that puts on all-women-rider events nationwide, and as female ridership has grown, so has popularity of events like these. This will be Shannon's second and Mel and Jamie's third time attending BRO East.

For this week's roudtable, we ask: Why is it important to bond with other female riders?
When I started riding there were not nearly the amount of female riders there are today. It’s really awesome to see the amount of Instagram and Facebook accounts dedicated to women riding motorcycles.

A few years ago, I had my first opportunity to attend an all women’s motorcycle gathering (Babes in Motoland), I didn’t know what to expect but it was purely …

The great, enormous, terrifyingly complex radiator catastrophe of 2019

Last week I rode home from work on a slightly-above-average temperature day and thought to myself, "Boy, my engine feels a bit warm around the legs. I'm sure it's all in my head though." It's a thought I've had a few times in the last month, as the heat from the engine somehow seems more... radiant? Stronger? Burning with the power of a thousand tiny, beautiful explosions?

But on the flip side, actual engine temps had been well within range. Maybe a few degrees higher than average but certainly not dangerously so. (I have a digital temp gauge. Have I mentioned recently that modern bikes with actual functional gauges on them are THE TITS? Thank you #TeamHonda 🙌)

And so I rode on. I got stopped at a major intersection near my house and had to sit through the cycle three times before I could get to the other side, with only a few blocks between us and the garage.

As I pulled up the driveway and killed the engine I could hear something—A SOUND. A low, grumbly s…

Rallies: That Scooter Thing Season Opener

A few weeks ago, Jude (our son aged 9.5) and I joined our friends at That Scooter Thing for their start of the season gathering. It's been a tradition in their family to invite friends and family over to the garage to celebrate the unofficial beginning of the riding year.

This time they upgraded operations and made it a mini rally, complete with multiple locations, a ride, and awards. It's really targeted more towards scooterists, but all were welcome and here come the cc-advantaged to crash the damn thing anyway. (It's what we do.)

The That Scooter Thing crew, ie Lee and his wife Carrot, are great friends of ours who do absolutely silly things with scooters on their YouTube channel, mainly using their custom engine-building skills to turn Vespas into deathtrap wheelie machines that none but the bravest of women and men will actually ride.

They also tune regular scoots that run rul good and show off some great technical skills, I SUPPOSE, but we're skipping straight t…