It's Been A Long Time…


Marlene Smith

October, 2005


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It’s felt like it’s been ages since I’ve written an article for the President’s Corner. If you ask our Webmistress, Donna, I think she would wholeheartedly agree that it’s been TOO long. (Editor's Note: Amen, I say! )

I’ve missed everyone – and probably missed all of you more than most of you have missed me!

It’s been a great riding season and there have been so many miles on the road that we’ve all hardly had any time to write the articles that keep our newsletter alive, nevermind sharing all the stories, pictures, and events from the road. Of course, for those of us that ride during the Winter months, we’ll have plenty more road stories for all of you to hear, but this past summer has been a busy one, to say the least.

We’ve had some major club attendance at the AMA District II events this year, even taking the Most Represented Club trophy at the Dawn Patrol Picnic in September. The best we could do at the AMA District II Picnic (Corn Boil) was cook our little hearts out, but it was fun nonetheless. We had quite a turnout for the Belmar Seafood Festival (always a favorite) in June, and showed up en masse at the Scott House just last month.

I think one of our crowning moments for me this year was the Sturgis trip that many of us took. It seemed like such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that many of us will be talking about for years to come. Personally, as a rider, that trip was a real milestone event for me. I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but I was excited, nervous, thrilled, and scared – and that’s before we even started the trip. I wasn’t sure if I was up to the challenge, if I could do it, if I had the fortitude and the guts to get through it all. In the end, it was having that special group of people supporting, cajoling, pushing, prodding, and just plain being there, that made it all happen and made the experience one to treasure. The laughs, the tears, the fights, it was like being with family! It doesn’t get much better than that. During that trip I also made a promise to myself – that I would take at least two weeks every year and enjoy a motorcycle vacation.

Next year we have Athens, GA for the AMA Women in Motorcycling Conference, and wow, do we have a crew going! I am not sure who is staying home, but it won’t be many. I know there’s been some talk about Nova Scotia in 2007, and then maybe a coast-to-coast trip in 2008. We’ll have to figure something out for 2009 and maybe go back to Sturgis for the 70th anniversary in 2010. Of course, this is all a long way off, but if I know our group – we’ll have it all planned out and then some.

Our adventures together are really something to cherish, and these adventures are only that special because of the people we are blessed to share them with – it wouldn’t be the same without the people. You are all so very special to me and I am looking forward to sharing the road with you all for many more miles to come.

"I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate." Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)


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