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Old 01-16-2010, 02:07 PM   #31
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Thanks, Bruce. Yes, it was not only a great learning opportunity, but it also opened the flood gates. There are a lot of our country's back roads and trails that I want to explore. It'll take the rest of my life.

What will be fun will be me being an adventure riding grandma when my kids have kids. Does anyone out there know of any great and adventuresome people over 70 that still ride? I'd love to see photos.




Thanks for all your support guys,
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:06 PM   #32
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Great Family portrait there in the driveway...
Soon they will be right with you on their own bikes!
It will happen before you know it...
Be well... Ara & Spirit
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:26 PM   #33
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I give it about a year before we get to read nicomomma's "solo tour of Africa" thread


great RR nicole!
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:51 PM   #34
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Good stuff...

Nicole!
Between this and Death Valley you'll be ready to head to Mexico next year with us.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:05 PM   #35
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Nicomomma - nice ride report - and kudos on the design of your rack. Most racks have that fake, bolt-on look, but yours looks natural and organic. Almost like your rack's just part of the package.

And I like how it expands to accommodate need.

You asked about older individuals still riding - take a look at Wes Weber's thread about the original adventure riders.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:10 PM   #36
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How about Ardy Kellerman??? 79... closing in on one million miles!
Come to the BMW Nationals and you will meet her!
She is a real trooper and curses like a sailor...
Her Family made her buy a SPOT last year!!! They worry...

Ara & Spirit
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:46 AM   #37
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[QUOTE=nicomama]
What will be fun will be me being an adventure riding grandma when my kids have kids. Does anyone out there know of any great and adventuresome people over 70 that still ride? I'd love to see photos.

Nicole, Sorry no pictures but the first name that comes to mind is Ardys Kellerman, a wonderful amazing lady, a grandma over 70. She has not only competed in a number of Ironbutt Rallys, but has placed near the top. She also logs many, many miles on her motorcycle visiting family and places all over the country.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:01 AM   #38
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What will be fun will be me being an adventure riding grandma when my kids have kids. Does anyone out there know of any great and adventuresome people over 70 that still ride? I'd love to see photos.

Nicole, Sorry no pictures but the first name that comes to mind is Ardys Kellerman, a wonderful amazing lady, a grandma over 70. She has not only competed in a number of Ironbutt Rallys, but has placed near the top. She also logs many, many miles on her motorcycle visiting family and places all over the country.

This is my friend Peter, who's from Germany. He recently got the XR650 and tricked it out. We spend a fair amount of time on back roads/gravel roads. The ol' boy ain't slow. He's 72 and getting younger.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:22 AM   #39
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Such cute kids! And yet another fine RR, Nicole...
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:48 PM   #40
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Kids catchin' the dirt bug

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Great Family portrait there in the driveway...
Soon they will be right with you on their own bikes!
It will happen before you know it...
Be well... Ara & Spirit
Ara,

Thanks for the compliment on my kiddies. Yep, when i showed my 8 yr old daughter, Alana, the pictures of the 8 & 9 year old boys in the dirt class she said, "I want to do that." It's the first time that she's verbalized interest. Then she said, "I want to be like you, Mommy."

It's funny how sometimes we don't pick up on how our kids feel about us through unspoken words. I'm cherishing every moment.

By the way, Ara, my kids love to see pictures of Spirit, your riding buddy, and other amazing photos on your blog, The Oasis of my Soul...



Thanks for adding such color and depth to our industry.

You're the best,
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:06 PM   #41
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Original Adventure Riders

Thanks Ara, Gizmo and Nixels for filling us in on some of the most courageous original adventure riders. Riding well into their 70's gives everyone, not just riders, the inspiration to live life to its fullest. Come check out this first legend.

Ardys Kellerman is now 77 or 78, a great grandma of 5, and has stashed some BMW records of the most mileage logged in one year, 100,000, and that was when she was 75. She says she loves to ride solo, because, "I go faster that way." Known as "Queenie" in her local Texas riding club "the Gutter Gang", she was teased relentlessly by her BMW mechanics and buddies about the bird that got sucked into her motor. Must have been because she was "cookin'" down the interstate.

What she likes best about motorcycle riding, "This is one thing nice about being on a bike: You can get out and see things better," she said. "Except little birds."

See the whole article on Ardys Kellerman.




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Old 01-17-2010, 05:19 PM   #42
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Nixels,

Wow, thanks for introducing us to Wes Weber's tribute thread to his dad, Warren Weber. Might I add that he and his buddies were some big time studs, and that doesn't just mean for their day. They would blow away any adventure rider today.

Just look at the huevos these boys had on their Harley 74's in the '50's...



No type of terrain turned these boys around...





But, what impression I was left with the most after reading Wes' thread on his dad was the fact of sheer respect and deep love for his dad.

Nixels,

Thank you also for your compliment on my rack. I told my daughter all about Ardys when I was reading her article and Alana said, "Did she order your rack yet?" Outta the mouths of babes.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:24 PM   #43
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When I saw how much of your report was about the two youngsters, I thought: "There's a lady with some deep seated Grandparent genes."
And you're right, it will be fun being a Grandma and still riding. I took riding back up a long time after becoming a Grampa.

As for "Senior riders", I have a friend who is 84 and still rides his 1100 Goldwing with us.

Keep having fun Nicole, it makes for a great report.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:27 PM   #44
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Thank yous

Xymotic, thanks for your support and vision of my future. Yes, I have some big adventure riding plans. It's a blast to dream and scheme isn't it? Glad you like to do it, too.

Jay, you guys do Mexico every year? It'll be on my list soon Also, love your 70 something German buddy Peter. He looks great!

Mike, thanks for the compliment on the RR and the kiddies.

Off to go continue planning my quick Central Cal Coast ride for February



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Xymotic, thanks for your support and vision of my future. Yes, I have some big adventure riding plans. It's a blast to dream and scheme isn't it? Glad you like to do it, too.

Jay, you guys do Mexico every year? It'll be on my list soon Also, love your 70 something German buddy Peter. He looks great!

Mike, thanks for the compliment on the RR and the kiddies.

Off to go continue planning my quick Central Cal Coast ride for February



I haven't been into Mexico in several years. And the last time was to fly down to Cancun for a long weekend of aberrant behaviour.
There's also a ride planned to Alaska in the works.
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