The rumors of my demise…

It’s been a long time since I’ve contributed any material to this blog of mine. This self imposed silence can be attributed to several things, but simply put, it’s been a tough year, and there hasn’t been much time, and even less motivation.

It’s the end of July in 2014, and here in New England that means we have a mere 3 months left before the cold returns in earnest. While there are few things I enjoy more than Autumn in New Hampshire, it comes with realization that Autumns petulant cousin winter will be hot on her heels. This is a thing I am not ready for. This means that like every year, the last few useable months of the year are something of a mad dash of outdoor activity, so when we finally close the windows for 5 months, we can look back fondly on our adventures and, in my case, count the seconds until the spring thaw.

Don’t get me wrong, this year hasn’t been a total loss. 2014 brought with it two new kayaks for my wife and I – something we’ve been wanting to do for a while – a little car camping, and bidding farewell to my well loved Kawasaki Ninja 300. Like most things moto related I blame Johnny for planting the seed in my head that I was ready for a bike with a bigger engine. On a whim I snapped a few pictures and posted my Ninja on Craigslist. A day later I had a buyer who was willing to pay what I was asking. Holy crap. I sold it the same day and proceeded to do one of the things I love most in the retail world, I went motorcycle shopping. After some hunting and a little test riding I settled on a 2014 Triumph Bonneville. Having now logged a little over a thousand miles in about a month and a half, I can say that Johnny was right. The Bonne does every thing my Ninja did, only better. I loved my ninja, but I’m glad I traded up.

So, there it is. Three-ish months to go, and there’s little time to waste. Unfortunately I don’t have much in the way of time off, but I’ll figure something out. I’ve got four days at the end of the month earmarked (I hate that word) for an adventure. I’m not sure what it’s going to be yet, but I do know that I’m not going to waste four good days off sitting around the house…

Well, weather permitting. This is New England after all.

Standby for further.

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