General update-y type things

Yikes, I haven’t updated since the dawn of time. My bad. Work was apparently not kidding when they said that my promotion in October would bring with it more work/responsibility, which has left my updating time during the week at nil.

So what’s been going on?

I donated my car to charity a couple of months ago after its transmission and cooling system went to shit; it would have cost more to repair than the car was worth. Not owning a car has been surprisingly easy. I use the Beemer to commute every day and to go anywhere else not-work when I’m alone. Peter still has the pickup truck, so lugging hockey gear around isn’t an issue (he’s our team’s coach so I wouldn’t be going to my games without him). My coworkers are convinced that I freeze to death — and, I’ll be honest, it is pretty chilly in the mornings — but Gerbing is a wonderful invention.

I fell on my head and, in a moment of temporary insanity, agreed to co-direct the Wind Dancers again next year. Diana and Karen will be co-directors and all I have to do is show up for our monthly ride….not a problem.

In probably the BESTEST news of all, my boss has verbally agreed to my 2008 vacation — a 6 week trip around the USA. Obviously many more details to follow, but the gist is:

* Leg 1: California to Key West, FL
* Leg 2: Peter meets me in Key West; we celebrate our wedding anniversary and then ride to Minocqua, WI
* Leg 3: Peter flies home; I ride from Minocqua back to California

WOOHOO!!

Here’s my rough route. This trip is going to primarily be about visiting people and spending time really seeing friends and the country. I’ll do a future blog entry on my philosophy for this trip and what I hope to get out of it.

Route2008_2

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9 Responses to General update-y type things

  1. Bill says:

    Wow, I am very jealous of your trip. That sounds awesome! Have you considered video blogging during your trip? I found the experience to be pretty rewarding after I got back and was able to watch over all the amazing roads I was on. Looking forward to hearing more.

  2. Steve Miller says:

    If you don’t mind kids, you guys are welcome to stay at our place in Western NC… unless it overlaps with our moto-tour of Southern France.

  3. Ken Haylock says:

    Coo! Six weeks? That’s enough time to fly your bike to Europe, tour the continent and fly it back again!
    Cool!

  4. claveles says:

    I’ll be in Minneapolis for most of the summer. I know it’s not on current route, but you are welcome to stay here.

  5. Mike says:

    That looks like quite an enviable vacation plan! Your boss must be quite the understanding person…
    If you guys need anything coming up through SC and into NC just say the word, I’m down near Charlotte, NC.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Is Peter shipping his bike to meet you?
    I am so jealous. I would love to do the eastern states again without having to crossing 105 through 115W longitude. Spend loads of time in KY and TN for me on those cute, little sun-dappled roads.

  7. Dave says:

    When you and Peter are riding through Michigan give me a shout and we’ll meet up and I’ll buy you lunch/dinner. I’m in Alma, 1 hour north of Lansing

  8. patrickn says:

    If Helena, Montana is on the route, write and we’ll assist as needed. There are some avid riders here who would enjoy helping.

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