Fall is slowly easing its way into our lives. Well in Oklahoma anyway. Considering it is actually Fall and the highs were in the 90’s this week and a hit index of 111 one day, that pretty much explains our “Fall” at this point. It should be easing it’s way into Okie land this weekend though as the rains move in on Saturday and continue for a few days, while the temperatures slowly begin to fall. I was actually hoping the rains would hold off for a couple of days as we will be attending Blues, Bikes & BBQ in Fayetteville, AR. Although the rains are not predicted to hit there until Sunday, it means the Lion King will be riding the Harley back in the rain from the time we leave until we get back to Oklahoma. This I am not thrilled with. I myself will remain dry. Why is this you ask, or maybe you don’t, but I will tell you anyway. I will have my car. I know, the next question is, why would anyone take a car to a place where there are thousands upon thousands of motorcycles?
Well this is why. The first year we went together I realized, I have STUFF! A LOT OF STUFF! We normally leave on Thursday and come back home on Sunday. Therefore one must pack accordingly. Yes, even at the age of 57 I am going to be darn sure I look descent on the back of a bike. Plus in Oklahoma the weather can change in a snap. I have gone into a restaurant before in shorts because it was so hot, and by the time we left there was snow on the ground. Since we will not be so far from the border of Oklahoma, I stay prepared. Learned that in Girl Scouts and it stuck. Packing for a 3 night trip, one has to consider the fact we will be going from day time activities which the heat will be extreme, to the night time activities where there is usually a plunge in the temps. Therefore, boots, flip flops, tennis shoes, tank tops, tee shirts, sweaters, blue jeans ( I do stick to only blue jeans as we are on the bike). Now I might wear shorts to our destination and home, but during and on the bike, it’s always jeans. I always take a some form of jacket, then there is the head gear, bandanna’s and baseball hats. Luckily those fold easily, but I always make sure I buy a new bandanna while I am there. That is always my “MUST” buy when I am there. One also has to have minimal, but some type of bling. Earrings, small necklace and at least one bracelet. Now there is also the need for my makeup, hair care products, shampoo, soap and lotions. We stay at one of the better hotels but I don’t care how much class that hotel has, their body products just suck. I never feel clean, my hair stays greasy, and skin stays dry using their products. I am however learning to down size on those and using little bottles to put my own products in. Last thing on the list, make up, though it is minimal these days, I must have some type of make up, and never, ever go anywhere without my mascara. The Lion King, family and friends have been told many times, if I ever go into a coma, you make sure that mascara is on me, because if and when I wake up and I don’t have that on, there will be a price to pay. Mascara is my life line into the everyday world as coffee is for others.
Now the #2 reason I take my car is because if it rains, we have a back up vehicle. The normal routine is, he takes the bike, I take my car, we arrive, I park the car, and from that point it’s the bike the whole time unless weather conditions prevent us from doing that. So while there may be hundreds who are stuck in hotel rooms, cabins, tents, campers etc, we know we can get out and do what we want.
I have decided, no matter how old I am, where I am going, how long the stay, I will always NEED…MY…STUFF. Thank goodness the hotels have finally figured out to supply us with hair dryers! Such a necessity we at times forget trying to be sure we have everything else. Mine does not sit out so it’s easily forgotten.
We will be leaving at noon this year on Friday, instead of Thursday so that means one day less of clothes, this will lighten the load a good 2 lbs!
Can you believe this blog was going to lead into my thoughts on the paranormal? HA! So it looks like I will be doing that one at a later date. It will be interesting I promise. 😉
I hope to have some wonderful pics of ladies after fifty having a wonderful time at BBB that I will be sharing in the near future.
Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,