Welcome to Demeneshea’s Ride Like a Girl!

I began motorcycle riding in 2004, a time when many people found it an odd or adventurous challenge for a woman no longer a glowing youth. My glow may be a bit tarnished, but my patina flowed into my second or third childhood! I found myself searching everything I could find to read and re-read regarding motorcycling, touring, safety, machines, destinations, and anything somewhat motorcycle related. I read, rode, practiced and learned.

Now many thousand miles later, I enjoy finding others like myself, wanting to ride, looking for places to go and information to get there. Read More

Not a Motorcycle, but just as exciting, the Miata sees the SW…

It was a holiday of indifference. Not that I don’t enjoy the company of my two sons, but without the grandboys, Christmas just didn’t seem like Christmas. Gary, who decided to make it difficult for all other husbands, gifted a 2010 Miata to me for my being “a very good girl”. He had two mandatory weeks off from work so the combination of new vehicle and no real reason to stay home, got us out and about with mostly me at the wheel!

We celebrated the holiday with my sister who recently relocated to her boyfriend’s home on the CA coastline. The weather though a bit chilly was sunny and alluring. We had fun traversing the five villages around Pismo Beach, checking the Monarch migration, and eating and drinking to satiation and just plain hanging out. Time flew and we had plans to meet friends near Tucson at the Essence of Tranquility Hot Springs, so we high tailed it to the south the day after Christmas.

Winter in CA on Christmas day…

Anyone for a pint?

Watching some practice kite surfing.

Gary and Randy, two very handsome gents!

The CA Monarch Migration which is absolutely breathtaking!

Randy is a windsurfer and he took us to his favorite surfing spot, but sadly the water lever was extremely low. All the local windsurfers await the possibility of rainfall or any other course that would alter the dropping of Lake Lopez.

The Miata is a real trooper. It’s a blast to drive, comfortable and amazingly enough, easy to pack. Maybe my extensive motorcycle journeys had my focus on just how much one can pack in small spaces. It was somewhat like a puzzle, but we were able to get all our goodies and more into the Mighty Miata., my Black Beauty.

We left Sharon and Randy’s house fairly late so knew we probably would not get as far as we would have liked, and ended up in Indio, CA for the night in a very cute vintage motor lodge, the City Center Motel. The following clear cold morning we loaded up and headed for Safford, AZ, in the muted sun.

Our motel in Indio and it had all the three “c”s, cute, clean and cheap.

A motel version of the Sistine Chapel.

At dinner, I coerced Gary into a selfie at an awesome Mexican restaurant, the Pueblo Viejo Grill.

When we left Indio, the sun was shining, but the temperature was a whopping 36 degrees. It was the beginning of COLD morning temps and I knew just how good the hot springs were going to feel!

Ahhhhhhhh….

Essence of Tranquility is a funky place, but one that I adore. It’s probably not for everyone since there are no upscale amenities, but the water is hot, the surroundings beautiful and it is run by kind and caring people.

The casitas are clean, with shared bathrooms, a full communal kitchen and living room with cable tv and wifi. The price is inexpensive and includes as many soaks as one can enjoy! For what more could one ask?

Well…maybe no frost.

We spent two nights soaking and enjoying our friends company and parted ways at “The Thing” and infamous AZ roadside attraction.

Photo by Roxi of The Good Luck Duck.

A selfie with friends Mark and Deb as we parted company at “the Thing”.

I have been asked to describe “the Thing”, but really one needs to see it for themselves. ;)

There is the re-creation of a torture chamber with each character made from a piece of solid wood. Hmmmmm, why??

There are plenty of these branch characters…

And though it seems sacrilege to disclose the real thing(s), here they are in all their mummified glory.

My friend Roxi said it best, “Thing 1 and Thing 2, may they rest in peace.” She also added, “Sorry, but if I was gonna see this stuff, so were you”. The photo credit goes to her!

Well, after the chills and thrills of “The Thing” we knew we both needed a pint or a margarita so headed directly to Bisbee and our new favorite watering hole, St Elmos.

Photo credit: Nina Fussing 2013


I suppose this would easily be considered a dive bar, but for us it was a great place to meet the locals, have some stimulating conversations and decent booze.

We were booked into a very nice old hotel, The Letson Loft Hotel.

Google Image


Though the room was beautifully furnished and the bedding comfortable, the experience left us feeling a bit luke-warm. I believe if we had a room over the street, we would have enjoyed it more. As it was our room had a sun porch behind it, where the guests could have their provided morning breakfast and lively conversations. At 7 am, I could have done without them!

This was our first time to Bisbee, AZ, which I had been hearing about for a number of years from both friends and my father, who raved about the town. It’s really quite adorable and very artsy but built on a steep mountain and some areas could only be reached by climbing the many long stairways. I must say it’s definitely exhilarating!

There is an abundance of charm.

and some definite questions…

Some questions were answered by the downtown street images and the awesome Bisbee Museum whose state of the art displays were created with the Smithsonian’s assistance.

Much of our time was spent wandering and eating. ;)

Dinner at the Cafe Roka was divine and though I don’t usually do food porn, I simply can’t help but show you these!

My Lobster, scallop and shrimp.

Gary’s Duck Breast

We look quite content.

After dinner we took a nice evening walk with the town still aglow from Christmas.

We left Bisbee on New Year’s Eve heading for Truth or Consequences, NM.

A last look at Bisbee, the vintage trailer motel, The Shady Dell.

The drive to TorC as it’s called by the locals was stunning. The sun was sharing some warmth but the wind began howling and by the time we reached Lordsburg, NM, it was showing its blowing desert power. Dust was billowing in the distance and though the Miata sits super low, I could still feel the strong arm of the wind.

We were staying with friends in TorC, but had booked New Year’s Eve at one of the town’s most posh hot springs, The Sierra Grande. Our friends were in Albuquerque that evening, so we were on our own!
It’s a lovely resort and they are charging for it.

The oversaturated photo provided by Google Images.

We had dinner at the Los Arcos, a local steak house that was amazingly crowded and served a good meal but with a serious over an hour wait! Gary was getting antsy, but I was just going with da flow.

It’s a tough call when Gary resorts to Sam Adams!

Post dinner soak selfie!

New Year’s Day with a light dusting of snow!

The outdoor soaking tub, where I spent a very relaxed morning!

Onward to our friend Annie and David’s home.

And the home of Merle, the best dog ever!

Gary gets a tamale session from master chef, David.

Merle oversees the effort.

While in TorC, we looked at a property for sale. We still haven’t heard the outcome of this place, but have fingers crossed to make it our own.

I can’t help but add a couple of past photos that show why I so love TorC.

We spent a few glorious days with Annie and David. Ate the best meals of the trip, played a silly quote game, and imbibed late into the evening. What a relaxing time, one we can’t thank Annie and David for enough!
While there we were treated to a glistening sight of new fallen snow.

We hated to leave, but knew it was inevitable. We headed home, knowing it would be a two day process. We did see some lovely country but as we listened to the book, The Bone Clocks, the miles flew by. Before we knew it, we were back in CA drinking in a gorgeous sunset.

I must have been a very good girl… ;)

I just received my Christmas present from the world’s most amazing husband. I should have guessed it, but enough time has passed since he inquired about my MX5 passion. Since I’m a motorcyclist first hand, my recently acquired passion for MX5 Miata came as a bit of a surprise to almost everyone. So rascal that he is, he found exactly what I wanted bought it for me, however the event was one of remembrance!

First he asked if I trusted him, then with no explanation we got into our Subaru and after many miles down I5 he blindfolded me. :eusa_naughty: Boy, my mind was really working double time after that! :icon10: Was this some weird adult game, was he leaving me somewhere with nothing but a blindfold, I mean obviously I define the word TRUST, now. Upon arrival, he helped me out of the car and removed the blindfold and this is what I saw.

I could not contain my surprise or excitement as he handed me the keys with a Merry Christmas. ;)

I am still stunned, but actually got out yesterday to pick up my wine club stash in the local foothills. Although it was raining the entire way, I was astounded how well this machine responds to the road and my touch. It’s fabulous!! I do believe my Hugo has some serious competition.

So now I can add a 2010 MX 5 to my toys, along with my Beemer. A girl can’t have enough toys. To go with it, he even got me purple license plate holders! I’m sooooo spoiled…oh my! He continues to amaze me every day! Let’s just say there is never a dull moment!

Tis the season!
Final vanity shot…until the next one! So, Happy Riding or Driving or whatever you do for joy, I do hope you all have an awesome holiday season!

BTW, we are heading to the SW for a couple of weeks. Guess what we’ll be taking. :hump: Good thing I do motorcycling and know how to travel “scaled down”. Not a lot of room in that trunk! hahahahaha

Wet WET Weather Alert!

Here in California we are finally getting some rain, and when I saw this cruisin’ the web this morning, it made me think how many of my riding buddies are feeling exactly like Kermit! ;)

2015 BIG MONEY RALLY!! A new reason to ride!!


It’s been a relatively quiet year for me this year. Not particularly for any reason or maybe for a thousand reasons, but my bike has seen more garage time this year than ever before and it breaks my heart. I am such an enthusiast, a traveler, an explorer, a visitor and not least of all, a RIDER. Time to rekindle the flame and find my way back onto the roads of our lovely country and our neighboring foreign lands. Time to let loose the those garaged horses and ride off gathering bonus points for my Big Money Rally winter/spring ride which begins January 1 and ends May 23. 2015!

I have never been a rally person. For that matter, I have never been a club person or even much of a group rider, but this rally is quite different from others I have heard about. It’s mostly tongue in cheek riding fun where instead of winning a large purse at the end, you will gather respect of your fellow riders and even a really nice rally shirt! You can simply finish the rally and feel complete, however for those with higher motives, you can finish this rally in Bronze, Silver, and Gold, all of which come with kudos and pats on the back as well as a great feeling of being a rider! To ride this rally is simple, it’s all about the ride, the beauty of the land and those crazy bonus points.

If you are a rider and love just getting on your machine in the dead of winter to discover what Fonzi thinks is cool or where they filmed The Shining, then sign up HERE! I guarantee you will have some fun, get in some riding during the time of year many people find their bikes put away, and see some stuff you have definitely NEVER before seen.

The press release for this rally sez: “The concept of the rally is simplicity itself. Entrants will be sent a list of thousands of possible bonus locations spread throughout the continental U.S. in early December. Starting January 1 riders can then visit as many of these locations during the five month course of the rally as possible, documenting each bonus by uploading a digital photo from their cell phone to the Big Money Rally website (www.bigmoneyrally.com).

Probably one of the more important aspects for gaining points and respect is by filling the frame of your shot with the bonus capturing part of your bike and placard. I learned this lesson frequently last year as I fell short of my requirements losing valuable points, but this year, I will be doing my best to follow the criteria and post the BEST EVER photos of my bonus locations!

Here is an example of falling short of the goal.

Believe it or not, the bonus was the Library sign, not the trash can, not the “I ride for Pie” sticker, not even that huge format placard! So to improve this I could have put my bike in the driveway, gotten close to the sign, filled my frame with the sign, placed some of my bike at the bottom of the frame and my placard number. It could have been MUCH better.

Here is an example of a better try.

The goal was Brunos. I tucked the bike right in front and got my placard close to the camera trying to keep everything somewhat focused. “It’s ain’t right, but it’s alright”. ;)

It’s really about the ride, the fun and the points are just a bonus to finishing or placing in the rally. Last year I placed in Silver and was really proud to have finished, period. This year, I’ll hope to actually connect with some of the other riders, including some of them on my team, which is a new aspect of the rally. I can’t wait until January 1!

Just to give you an idea of where this rally can take you, below are some of my favorite photos from last year’s BMR. I rode in CA, NV, AZ, NM, CO, UT, OR, and WA and it was a chill year for riding. If you are a IBA rider, this rally is a piece of cake and lots of fun, but regardless or your dedication to the ride, all will have some fun riding the BMR. Please join us in the fun using the links above! Remember this rally takes place over the entire US!

BMR 2014–my scenic shots without placard, but remember these didn’t count toward a bonus!! ;)

CA

NM

NV

AZ

UT

JOIN THE FUN…and ride safely! ;)

Memorial for Bruce Laidlaw–Brickus Turkus


I know that many of you live in the SoCal area, so I wanted to let you know that there is a memorial for Bruce being held. Details follow.

Bruce’s memorial service will be held on Saturday October 11th, 2pm at St. Martin-in-the-fields church, 7136 Winnetka avenue, Winnetka, Ca. 91306. RSVP to BruceLaidlawMemorial@gmail.com. Please include the number of people in your party who will be attending.

You can also send your favorite story, memory, or thoughts about Bruce to that email address. If you cannot attend and want your thoughts read at the service, please mention that in your email.

The Google maps link to the church is

https://www.google.com/maps/place/7136+Winnetka+Ave,+Winnetka,+CA+91306/@34.1997531,-118.5704736,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c29bfa8619a923:0x190faa7f502c6c93

I hope many can attend and celebrate the life of this wonderful man. For those that can’t, give him a thought or two that day. May he be free from trouble and forever riding that endless road. ;)