Posted by: bluerose113 | September 3, 2016

9/2/16 – Killing Time at the Mall

We slept in today and headed for breakfast at 9:00 am. The plan for today is to find a mall to pick up a few forgotten or lost items. Paul is very good at looking up stuff on his iPhone and getting the locations etc. The Restaurant/Bar Supervisor, René Gionet is very nice and has been chatting with us about our plans. He wants to fit in our travel bags and go with us.(LOL) When we asked about cabs for the mall trip he offered to drive us if we could wait till he was off at 11:00 AM. We all thought, “What a nice guy and he likes us”.

The mall trip was a success for the most part – Bob s pissed that his phone isn’t working the way he thinks it should so he is being moody. It’s time to find some food and there is only a food court and one real eat-in restaurant/pub in the mall and it doesn’t open until 3PM. Paul finds McKibbon’s Irish Pub in the area and calls a cab to get us there. It turns out it’s across the street at another smaller mall, but the street is a kind of major highway and we weren’t interested in walking there anyway.

This pub was great! Super food and service. We are now just killing time – it’s 3:30 and we’ll just be going back to the hotel when we’re ready. Paul found out it would be a $40 cab ride to get to the nearest Harley dealership to buy a t-shirt so that’s not happening. He called a cab around 4:30pm. This guy took a different highway back and avoided all the traffic of rush hour, we were back in 20 minutes.

Bob went to bed. All the walking of the past two days was killing him. He has a bad ankle and back issues that bother him a lot. Paul limps his way around and takes lots of ibuprofen, Barbara is running a marathon and is the winning horse way out in front of the rest of us. I have feet, knee and hip issues so I just move slower that I used to in general.

Paul went up to pack while Barb and I did laundry so we have everything clean to start in Paris. We hung out in the lounge while the laundry was getting done.

At 8:00 pm I had an appointment for a mani/pedi. The young woman was from Bejiing, China and moved to Canada 12 years ago with her girlfriend from université. She set up her own business and offers manicure, pedicure, facial and massage by appointment at the hotel. We chatted about leaving family back in China and learning the languages here. She said it was hard for her to learn French but she was taught English as a child in China. She was very nice and did a great job.

By 10:30 I was done and off to bed.

Posted by: bluerose113 | September 3, 2016

9/1/16 Every Day is an Adventure

Today the plan is to go to “Old Montreal“. We met for breakfast at 7:00 am in hotel cafe. We took the free shuttle to the airport and bought a three day bus pass for $18 ea. The bus into Old Montreal reminds Bob of the train ride into Boston, traffic, run down warehouses, and three-decker houses. The ride takes about an hour and we arrive at 11:30. First stop is a cafe for the usual, 2 small blacks, 1 ice tea, and 1 french vanilla latte.

We started roaming around the streets and headed for the port. There wasn’t too much there unless you wanted to take a boat ride. We went back to the main drag where there were lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and other tourist stuff. It reminded us of Faneuil Hall in Boston.

Then we went to the Notre Dame Cathedral of Montreal. We were told it is modeled after the one in Europe. Bob and Paul opted to wait outside. Barb & I went inside. We thought is was magnificent!! There were many people inside sitting in the pews, listening to the organ music (which was so loud at some points it made me jump), praying, lighting offering candles and taking pictures. We took lots of pictures. Before leaving I said a quick prayer for a safe trip and a prayer of thanks for being able to see this beautiful church. I prefer old churches to the modern ones.

When we came out we found the guys unwilling to move along because they had promised some college girls to mind their bikes while they went somewhere. So we all waited till they returned before we moved along. We continued around checking out the statues, fountains, and the people. By four o’clock we were looking for a cold drink so we sat for dinner in one of the outdoor cafe’s. Salads and Sangria and Pork dinner and everyone was happy.

We started back to the bus stop and arrived at 7:00 pm. The buses are supposed to run on the sixes every twenty minutes (7:06, 7:26, 7:46…) We didn’t see a bus until 8:00 pm and it was crowded! It took 1 hour to get back to the airport. Barb & Paul were chatting with a woman who was from Montreal but moved to Switzerland 12 years ago. She was back visiting family and offered some great tips for our trip. We were exhausted after all the walking, waiting and bus riding.

We got to the airport and searched for the holiday Inn shuttle to get back to our hotel. It’s a good thing I took a business card from the desk at the hotel, I showed it to each driver to make sure they were going to OUR Holiday Inn (there were several of them in the area). We got back at 9:45pm and the guys wanted appetizers so we got a small cheese pizza in the cafe and some French macaroons to nibble on. We hung out until about 10:30 laughing about the day and then went to bed.

We decided we were not going to use the bus tickets again because it takes too long, and we didn’t want to go back into the old city again anyway.

Posted by: bluerose113 | September 3, 2016

8/31/16 Heading for the border

Bob was up at 3:00 AM (ugh)! It poured torrential rain last night and continues to downpour in spurts.Luckily Bob had pulled the bike in under the overhang in front of the room so we didn’t have to pack in the rain. We left at 6:00 am to downtown looking for coffee but nothing opens until 6:30 so rather than sit around we doubled back to the Dunkin Donuts near the highway. While we were inside it poured rain. We headed out after it passed and traveled Rte 7 through St. Albans and the rush hour traffic onto Rte 36N to Rousse Pt., NY. Just before the border crossing there is a nice place to eat, Best Friends Diner. We had a nice breakfast and chats with the waitresses and some of the patrons who were curious about our travels. We make friends wherever we go!

Bob was talking to an old-timer outside as we were leaving and told him he liked his shirt, “Old age comes at a most inconvenient time”. We all liked it. The two guys were from Canada and Vermont and told us about the people they know who ride motorcycles. Everyone knows someone.

We crossed the border without a hitch! YAY! We found our way to the Holiday Inn Montreal Airport and unloaded the bike. Barb and Lou checked in the gear up to the rooms and PAUL & BOB WENT ON AN ADVENTURE!

The assignment was to use up their gas and empty to less than one gallon. Then go to a car-wash and clean the bikes, then go to the shipping company at the airport to check the bike in for inspection and shipping to Paris.


They went to the shipping location first to make sure they knew how to get there before depleting the gas in the bikes. Then to the car-wash. On the way, Paul has his nose tot he GPS and Bob had his nose bent out of shape gawking at a girl in spike high heels and a mini skirt who was looking at him from across the street. He almost crashed into Paul who, in his own words, was oblivious and pissed he missed that sight!

Paul decided to skip the riding to burn off gas and found a gas station to borrow a hose and can to siphon out the gas. Al the guys at the station were helpful and interested in the trip.The first thing he did was get a full mouth of gas and choked and spit it out. He frantically told Bob to go buy a bottle of water somewhere for him. Bob went to a Little store and the girl behind the counter wouldn’t charge him for the water and kept smiling at him. When They were leaving the attendants last words to Bob were, “I hope he didn’t take too much gas out.”

They left and got stuck in terrible traffic, Paul missed their exit and they had to U-Turn to get back to where they needed to go, back into the traffic. They were less than a mile from the airport and Paul ran out of gas! A few sputters and it was over. Luckily it happened near a small engine repair shop. Paul asked for some gas and the guys were all very helpful and loved talking to Paul & Bob. Off they went to the air freight office. The guys here were also very nice. They all either rode M/C or knew someone who did. They were admiring the bikes and were happy to show Paul & Bob just how they would be strapping and securing the bikes for flight. They also shared what Bob & Paul to make sure to tell the shipping company what to do on the other end for the return flight to safely ship the bikes.

Four and a half hours later they were back to the hotel by way of a cab. They found Lou and Barb in the lobby dining area having soup and wondering where they were and what might have happened to them. They both came in laughing and couldn’t wait to tell us of the comedy of errors they experienced. In the end they both felt better knowing the bikes were in good hands.

Dinner started at 5:00 pm so we decided to eat early. Just when we were about to order the power went out. No lights, no wireless, no kitchen cooking, no A/C. A storm went through and knocked out everything. The bartender/waiter offered us the buffet as it had already been set up. The staff were running around lighting candles for the buffet and tables, we used our phone flashlights to see the buffet. It was all pretty funny and the staff were very accommodating. We just hung around in the restaurant after dinner. The power came back around 9:30pm.

Barbara is “nudgey”, Bob’s tired and “nudgey”, Paul is embarrassed, and I have writer’s cramp. It’s back to the room for TV time.

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Posted by: bluerose113 | September 2, 2016

8/30/16 Part Two

We left Honey Dew in Abington at 6:00 AM. The weather is comfortable in the 50-60 range right now, expected to be in 70’s today. Bob found his usual back roads around almost all of the traffic of the morning commute. We got to Cliff’s Cafe about 10:30. Perfect coffee stop. We continued on more great roads making excellent time to one of our favorite stops, Dot’s of Dover, VT. Pancakes, eggs, coffee, fun chats with the waitresses (especially Betsey Reagan, she remembers Barbara, Paul and Bob from many past visits), and some fun pics in the famous BIG chair.

Next stop 2:45PM, the Rochester Cafe in Rochester, VT for ice coffee, iced tea and hot black for the boys. The excellent weather continued all day and followed us to St. Albans where we arrived at about 6:30 PM. We got rooms at the Cadillac Motel (99.00) and went downtown for a bite to eat at the most popular place which was recommended to us, Twigg’s Pub. Burgers, beer and sex on the beach for Barbara!

All in all it was a great riding day except for Barbara losing the cables out of the outside pocket of her camera bag. Bob also discovered he forgot his cable to charge his phone ( he has the charger for the bike but not one for a wall outlet.


Posted by: bluerose113 | September 1, 2016

Trouble posting

For various reasons I am having trouble posting. I am keeping a log and will update when I can get this to work right. We are all fine and hanging around in Montreal.

Posted by: bluerose113 | August 30, 2016

We are off!

Up at 3:45am, on the bike at 4:45am and having coffee at Honey Dew in Abington, MA at 5:00am with Paul & Barbara Connolly. The girls opening the place up couldn’t believe we were going to Europe fir a month on the bikes. They asked where our luggage was (LOL). 

Posted by: bluerose113 | August 29, 2016

Aug 29, 2016 – Packing is Stressful

We are both working, but before Bob left today we “had words” about the weight of the bags being packed and something not quite right with the bike. He’s worried about the bike (as am I), and I have already whittled down what I would like to pack to what I think I need to pack (we are, after all, going for about a month). Now I am thinking I have to whittle some more. This is going to be tough transitioning back to twenty years ago when I rode on the back of Bob’s bike. We are both used to riding solo for so long and carrying our own “stuff”. 8-( 

Posted by: bluerose113 | August 13, 2015

Appreciating Lou

Lou – Some of you know I couldn’t join Bob on the trip this year due to necessary knee surgery, so I’m home recuperating and trying to keep up with the blog ( not doing so well with that this time). He is always very appreciative of the opportunity to do what he loves for several weeks at a time. His tattoo says it all “Live to Ride, Ride to Live”.

I received this beautiful arrangement a few days after he left. 8-).


Posted by: bluerose113 | August 1, 2015

Saturday August 1, 2015

I had a great barbeque last night. Three friends of Lizzard’s showed up from his old biker club. I didn’t get pics… you know me, forgot. But, I’ll probably see them again, maybe Sunday. Today I’ll go to see the Rio Grande River.

I think I’ll leave Monday AM to start homeward. Probably start with a visit to San Antonio to see Jim Hechtler. Gary’s been with relatives in Chattanooga. Monday he’ll start heading west towards Arkansas.

You know how much I like to munch ice after drinking something? Well, down here it’s soooo hot I haven’t had any ice ever left, it’s usually gone 1/4 way into the drink.

Dewey has been calling checking on me everyday since leaving his place.

(My text to Bob – He’s a good guy, he’s worried you’re not used to the heat every day. I think the kids are following through Facebook posts. Are you riding with LIzzard today, or does he have to work?)

Bob – He works form 4-8 AM getting the mail ready to go. He has no class today so he’ll be here about 9AM, then we’ll go out like I said to the Rio Grande for pics. Maybe we’ll see some border patrol gun ships or swimming Mexicans.

Posted by: bluerose113 | August 1, 2015

The solenoid problem

 “Brothers from anutha mutha” *-)



We went to the mechanics shop today. Victoria Harley Davidson missed putting the gasket on right. See where it broke… and the starter work they did wasn’t right either. Just an accident waiting to happen.

mechanic 2 mechanic 1

Now being fixed by “Dirty Dave” – awesome Harley mechanic. He was awesome. He found stuff to repair just from looking…. recommending Dirty Dave’s Harley Repair in Edinburg, Texas.

Lizzards mechanic

[Lou’s note -I asked Bob where are the group shots, selfies? His reply “Too hot to think”]

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