Monthly Archives: June 2013

Indian Motorcycles Remembered

Springfield, MA (April 2013)  – Indian Motorcycles…….  when I (Jim) visualize this ride, I think of the early classic types from the 30’s and 40’s with big “teardrop” fenders and single leather saddle seats.  The birthplace brick factory on Hendee Street that produced 10’s of thousands of bikes is long gone and was torn down in 2009.  Here’s a video of what it looked like (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkadGL9yhf8)

Photo Apr 11, 2 02 13 PM  Photo Apr 11, 2 05 38 PM  Photo Apr 11, 1 40 14 PM  Photo Apr 11, 1 41 12 PM

On Edwards Street in downtown Springfield you’ll find over 35+ bikes donated at the Museum of Springfield History ( www.springfieldmuseums.org ) .  For a small fee, I recommend you take the time to learn about the successes and the failures of the company.   Learn about the Harley/ Indian War.  Read about the riders that race these two-wheel crazy rockets, bike farmers bought, or soldiers rode.  Yes, the military was a large consumer of these rubber metal shakers.  Enlisted military men loved to ride these cost effect rides and when they got out.

I learned that Indian made more than just bikes.  They made a 4-wheel Roadster car for 4 to 5 years in the 20’s with a modified motorcycle engine.  I also learned that they made marine engines for a bit too.  It was cool to see how creative they got to sell the bike, like adding snow skies or making a toboggan.

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90th Annual Laconia Bike Rally

971738_10152854823460526_388156387_n Laconia, NH (June 8th – 16th, 2013)  Named “America’s Original Riding Rally within the United States and a major biking event within the Northeast,  it caters to all brands of motorcycles throughout world.  Laconia is a great place and one that’s considered, by many,  in our backyard.  Okay, most of you know that we live in NH, so saying so, is for the visitor of this post.

Tami and I rode up on Sunday (6/9) for a few hours to check out this years events and crowds.  The weather was perfect for riding wing together.  Temps in the low 80’s with a slight breeze.  The crowd swelled as the mercury kept inching up during the day.   We cut out early afternoon to make it home for other commitments we had.  We got stuck in a bunch of stop-n-go traffic.  Good thing Tami knows the backroads….  it saved us a ton of time and a cramped left clutch-hand.  We plan on heading back up on Sat, so we can spend the afternoon and evening there, to see the bands and what else bike week has to offer.  Keep you posted! 😀

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Weekend of Water Wackiness

Ashland, NH (May 31- June 2) – We spent the weekend in the NH White Mountains at a campsite called Jellystone Park Camp – Resort (http://abcamping.com/jellystonenh/) located in Ashland. The home of Yogi and Boo Boo. This park is known for the family fun atmosphere and the home of Adventure Zone. AZ is an inflatable paradise for kids and adults of all sizes. The largest of the bunch is Blue Crush which soars over 36 feet in height and has a slim waiting pool at the bottom the size of a small ship. Also, there’s two other slides call Hurricane and Obstacle, a course with a slide at the top.

Slide in Adventure Zone

Slide in Adventure Zone

This past weekend was a “scorcha” of hot weather. High in the 80`’s to low 90’s plus no site of a rain cloud in the sky anywhere. Also, its Jellystone’s theme “Wet ‘N Wild Weekend!” WATER EVERYWHERE! Get set to get wet everywhere you go!! Slip ‘n Slide, Water Gun Heyrides, Water Games. You couldn’t have picked better weather. Truely, it’s the first real warm spell in NH since last fall (ouch).

Our fun started Friday evening using the pool that was cold, but was refreshing with the hot and humid temperatures. It was convenient, our motorhome site was right across from the pool and snake bar.

Sat morning we started with a 2-hour kayak cruse up the Pemi River. Tami, Marcus and Jim rented our own kayaks and we paddled up the river and tipped over to stay cool in the crystal clear river. It was the first time for Tami and Marcus to be in a kayak. The river was so clear you could see the sandy bottom at all times. It was quiet and peaceful for most of the journey. I looked for frog, turtles, or any other wild life next to the shore on rock or trees that had fallen into the water. Besides a bird or Canadian goose fly over, I didn’t get to catch any animals sunbathing.. haha.

In the afternoon, we blew up our tubes and headed back down to the river. So we all stay together we tied them together to just float and drift with the lite current.

Come dinner time, we started a camp fire and cooked chicken, hamburgers, and veggies that can’t be beat for taste. That evening, we joined the rest of the campground for Candy Bingo. It was our first game when I hear Marcus scream out “BINGO”. The MC asked for him to come up to verify his card. He did and was asked to sit back down, as he did have a single straight line across correct, BUT he needed 2 other rows of numbers to be filled as well… To go without saying, he was a bit embarrassed! After bingo, we built a fire till about 10:30pm when we turned off the music and headed for the pillow.

We had a fun weekend together from doing pool activities to just hanging around the fire.

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