Since I didn't put out
a newsletter last month (the first time since I took over as editor
of the newsletter in 2001), I have answers from members to two different
questions I had asked them.
For the First Question
I asked members what they were thankful for. Here are the answers
Linda Brown - "To
the Spokes-Women, M.C. and to Laura S, Barbara Z, Pita and Danny, thanks
for all your planning, leading, and encouragement for our trip to Sturgis.
And, to all the other gals who made this trek as well, especially Jan,
who 'saged' us every morning, it was a wonderful experience. And, to
God, who kept us safe the whole trip. A breathtaking, memory-filled
trip of a lifetime for me. Thank You."
Jan - "I am thankful
for this day and my life. I am thankful to my family and friends ..
and thankful that I have a great two bikes to ride."
Barbara Zimmerman - "I
am thankful for motorcycling! I found my passion - filled with wonderful
friends and acquaintances and miles of beautiful views."
Michele R -
" I'm thankful for a roof over my head and heat clanking
through the radiators when it snows.
I'm thankful for those I love who are still with me and those who loved
me and have passed on.
I'm thankful every day that all the parts are working. (mechanical and
My second question was
about winter riding. I asked why prople why they rode or didn't ride.
Two answers were long enough that I treated them as articles rather
answers. See Winter Riding
and Confession of
a First-time Polar Bear. Here are the other answers I received.
Linda Brown - "Well,
I'm one of those who doesn't ride during the winter. I guess I'm a warm
weather rider, although I did ride to the meeting last Sunday and enjoyed
it. First of all, I don't have all the 'electrics' needed to ride throughout
the winter. I'm told they are expensive and it will take me until April
to pay off my Sturgis trip, then I have to start saving for the trip
to Athens, GA, that kind of takes care of that! I found out during the
trip through Wyoming that I could, indeed, ride in 30degrees+ weather,
but, I feel much more comfortable riding when it is warmer. "
Barbara - "Because
otherwise I'd miss riding. I ride year-round. The best winter accessories
to buy are Gerbing's heated suit, gloves and socks. I started with heated
gloves and vest but on the really cold days they didn't cut it. And
they must be Gerbing's hated wear. I ride in cold weather because I
love doing the Polar Bear Grand Tour!! I wouldn't just ride in cold
weather for the fun (?) of it. LOL!! No - it's for the camaraderie of
the other Polar Bears and the challenge!"
She also suggested that electric grip heaters (home made)
and electric vest (home made) were essential for cold weather riding.
Carol - "I am planning
on doing some winter riding. I just purchased some heated clothing from
Gerbing. I'll let you know how is after I try it out."
Michele M. ( gentlemcrider)
- "I would love to ride all year long. But having to bundle
up for super cold winter days are not enjoyable, getting into the car
or onto the bike. We had a mild winter a few years ago and I did ride
all that year...Loved that. "
Some of our members made the polar bear website.