Probably one of the lowest mileage rides I have been on, but certainly one of the most fun ones!
Holliston MA throws a town fair each September to celebrate all that goes on and to honor the citizens of the year. The kickoff is a parade to the park where you will find booths with fun, information, and food. A good time is had by all.
This year I decided to put my business into the parade! So I brainstormed as to what could be done with my bike. I doubt you will find anyone that will argue that it ended up being a reflection of the hippie chick flower child that I am :)
Parade lineup was at the elementary school and kickstands up at 9am. I mean, start walking and driving at 9am. :) There were a couple of other bikes at the front, but I had many exclaim that a bike float was a first for them.
It was a pretty well loaded parade for a small town, you just have to love the fire engines, antique cars and farm equipment. We also had the National Lancers, a ceremonial cavalry unit as our Color Guard.
I had my support team with me to toss candy and hand out fliers to the crowds. None of us knew what to expect, so we were all excited! I was a little unsure about just how hot the bike would get at parade speeds, but it was fine.... it was a little less than a mile long, so my bike was hot but not too unhappy when I parked her at the end.
I decided to be really daring and ride without my jacket. Those that know me have teased me, because I think in my five years of riding, I have not ever gone without my riding jacket. I figured that 5mph was a safe enough speed to risk going without the protective gear. Today was all about fashion. :)
My husband was stationed on the parade route, instructed to grab a photo or two and he did a fine job :) I had a couple of requests for videos, but I didn't have enough time to locate a camera. There is always next year!
All in all, a really fun morning! I had great feedback from the event, lots of cheers from women who might have missed my message of shopping locally though, I got the distinct feeling they were cheering for the chick on the bike :)
Back at the shop, all the flowers took on their next job, to fill the flower box in the front of the store. I was off to my next destination for the weekend, a relaxing time by the ocean in Maine. I mistakenly had double booked myself for this day, my husband and I had this cottage on the calendar for a few months, and I had blindly been thinking that Celebrate Holliston was the following weekend. Where is cloning technology when you really need it? :)
So, I sent my husband to Maine to hang with our friends and I promised I would buzz up there as soon as I could. At about 3pm, I jumped on the bike for a quick 110 mile ride. At the fuel stop, I realized that I had not completely undecorated my bike...
Surprisingly, these little flowers stood the test of highway speeds for two hours! I arrived in Maine and took off my footwear... once again realizing that I am often not like everyone else. This vignette really cracked me up! I don't own footwear that even remotely resembles the other ones at the cottage this weekend. :)
I made it in time for cocktails on the porch overlooking a fantastic seascape. It took me about 30 seconds to get into relax mode.
This is the view off the porch, about 30 feet away... I was in heaven! The waves were gently rolling in, speaking in a calm voice as the water splashed on the rocks.
The weather overnight turned windy and cold..the next day dawned with waves that were breaking well up onto the rock wall. I grabbed a gorgeous handmade comforter (that I coveted very much), poured my coffee and went out into the cool morning air.
Later in the morning, we all went to Old Orchard Beach to walk around, it was pretty well closed up for the season. I did see one thing that I just had to try... no, not the Fried Twinkie. I tried one of those delicacies this summer. This time it had to be the Deep Fried Oreo.
If it had been more than a buck, I think I would have been disappointed. But all in all, not a bad little taste treat. Mine was underdone though, with uncooked batter.... another 30 seconds in the fryolator and I bet the Oreo creme middle would have gotten melty. :)
So, I have a deep fried Twinkie (back in July in WV) and an Oreo under my belt (literally). Can't promise that I will try things like fried pickles or other strange things I hear about though, but you never know. It might be my new calling to taste and review them. However, I might not have to have my arm twisted too hard to try a deep friend Milky Way bar. Not sure where I would have to ride to in order to locate one, I think maybe Texas...
We decided to call it a weekend when the weather continued to deteriorate, as we were not really prepared for the cold. My raingear was taken off the bike for the parade and the skies were looking very threatening, reinforced by the choppy waves now pounding on the retaining wall, it was a very different view from the day before. It was gorgeous, my kind of ocean!
So at about 2pm, I layered on all my clothing and headed homeward. The skies were drizzling on me pretty much the whole way, but I did not get wet wet. Toes were pretty chilled when I got home, it took a few hours to completely warm up.
All in all, a great weekend, full of new adventures, all within 100 miles of home. :)
Ride Safely everyone and thanks for checking in!