|Photo: (edited) duischoolnv.com|
As the station faded, Russell turned up the radio, and, we both sang loudly to music from the classic rock station, Frank and alternative music from The Point. I can't help but wonder if people heard us driving by screaming to "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring....but, in the end, we have fun and laugh a lot while we sing. I should point out that we have ordered helmets that include communication devises, so if we continue on this path, we will end up hurting each other's ears.
One of the greatest advantages of traveling by motorbike is the fact that one can truly experience the rich content of your surroundings, that you don't necessarily take notice of, if you are in a car. Another advantage, is being able to hug your Sweetie, at will.
To me, the full season of spring doesn't actually occur until this time of year in central to northern Vermont. This is evident by the lilac and apple blossoms that are now in full bloom. It seemed as though every town had these fragrances held in great clouds of perfume that were released just for us.
The smell of pine and cedar are also prominent as we entered into heavier forested areas. I absolutely love these smells and tend to breath deeply passing through the wooded areas. A word of warning, if you are in these Heaven Scent areas, and decide to pull over by the side of the road, be warned of the Noseeum bugs that will quickly swarm you, in groves. And yes, you can see them, and yes, they do bite. I got bit on my temple yesterday, but was fortunate not to have a reaction.
|Old Rusty, biting into his burger at Anthony's Diner. Since it is Memorial Day weekend, it seemed only fitting that we ate All American.|
|The Rock - At Island Pond|
|Photo: Lake Willoughby: source unknown|
|Wind Power on Mountain top|
|Here I am, taking a short break, yesterday...Helmet head and all :)|
It is interesting to me that you can be riding along and in one moment, you will pass by a very stately, well maintained home. The lawn is immaculate and sometimes there are statues, or a gazebo, or perhaps an expensive landscaping theme. Some are Federal style, some are Chateaus, and some are just plain gorgeous.
The flip-side is that it's neighbor will have a collapsing [mobile] home whose yard contains rusted cars and car-parts, a bathtub or toilet, wood pallets and piles; and other metal and wood debris piled to the sky and surrounding the entire "lawn". Often this includes swing-sets commonly turned on their side and various other brightly colored plastic kids toys. Sometimes you will see old school buses or trucks, abandoned, rusted and dead in their tracks on the side of their property or in an adjoining field.
The kicker is... often, next to the disheveled, garbage filled home and lawn, is a new immaculate 2 story garage....Go figure...
And, I almost forgot! May 25th - Happy Birthday to me!
Here are some suggestions for your Day trip, somethings we learn the hard way!
Tool kit (we discovered our license plate was half off!)
Map or atlas - a physical one - don't rely on your GPS which will often try to take you on a dirt road that isn't part of the plan.
Spare reading or regular glasses (I wore contacts and my eyes were demon-colored by the time we arrived home)