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Wolfie's getting his bike back on the road for the summer. (I don't have a picture of it, but it's similar to this one, except the tank is dark red. Fun bike.) Family policy is, long-sleeved shirts, jeans, gloves, and boots on the bike, no matter the weather. If it's hot, we'll layer a long-sleeved shirt over a tee so that when we get where we're going, we can be more comfy. I can carry stuff in my backpack, too, if need be.

I think I just found my long-sleeved layer for this summer: Born To Knit

I'm thinking about knitting a cotton sweater to wear, too, just a simple zip-front raglan cardie, but I don't want to spend $90 on yarn for a sweater that's going to get road grunge all over it. Even Cotton-Ease would run me $50 for enough yarn, but that's not so bad. But road grunge... Maybe I should bend my neck and just buy a cotton sweater to wear to ride, if I want one.

This could be the year I get my license -- of course, I need to go back and get my permit. My last one expired unused, because the job I'd hoped would pay for my rider's course evaporated. Maybe this year... Of course, then I'll be fighting with Wolfie over who gets to take the bike on nice days -- until I get one of my own, of course.

Oh, this is just unfair. The motorcycle rider's course offered by the state of NH, for NH residents only, is only $85! Massachusetts (naturally) subcontracts their classes, and the one run by the Central Massachusetts Safety Council is $239! It's $325 from Motorcycle Riding School in Beverly, and I can't get the Ironstone Ventures (Haverhill) page to open up. Gah. I didn't spend that much for Driver's Ed! (But Tasha, you took Driver's Ed 20 years ago... Shut up, little voice in my head. Go make me a sandwich.)

Ooh, now this is tasty. (I opened up the Google-cached version of the Ironstone Ventures page.) They lead motorcycle tours overseas -- Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand. Europe or NZ would be cool; I'm not so nutty about South Africa. Too dusty. Oh, and the Beginner Rider's course they offer is $275. Central Mass Safety in West Boylston is slightly cheaper, but it'd be an hour's drive to get there. I was thinking about going there, but my time is worth more than a $36 cash savings.

Eh. All this is contingent upon me getting a job that'll let me pay for the course. But at least I have almost all the gear they require riders to have -- all I need are full-fingered leather gloves. Wolfie and I ride with fingerless gloves. Oh, and rain gear -- I could get my buddy to get me some Army gear, maybe, or pick up a rain suit. No worries. I'll cross that bridge when I get there. At least I don't have to wear a stinky loaner helmet. I can wear my own nifty helmet, and I'm the only one who's ever sweated in it.

i feel: amused amused

1 trip or shoot the rapids
feroluce From: feroluce Date: April 24th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC) (base camp)
my favorite way to get cheap yarn is thrift stores... you know that tricK? buy a full-fashioned sweater, then FROGGGGGG. heh. i got enough yarn to make two loosely-knit summer cotton sweaters from one shoulder-padded sequined monstrosity.
1 trip or shoot the rapids