Monday, July 2, 2012

New York City ...on a Harley! {{Part One}}

I am a Daddy's girl. Always have been, always will be. When something goes wrong in my day, one of my first thoughts is often "Keep calm, and call Dad." 
When the idea of a possible trip to New York City with my Dad and some of his friends on their Harley motorcycles was first mentioned, I didn't think too seriously about going. New York City can be a very busy place with traffic galore, and I couldn't fathom the idea of battling NYC traffic on a Harley. ...However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized the trip could be successful, given the time of day the bikers were planning to go into the city (early on a Sunday morning). Yes, NYC is known as the "city that never sleeps"... but when most of the city goes out on Saturday nights and parties till the wee hours of Sunday mornings, you're guaranteed a few semi-quiet hours in the morning as the city sleeps off their  late nights and hangovers. So I called my Dad the week before the trip and said, "I'm game if you're game!"

We met the group of bikers at my Dad's work on Saturday at noon. My grandparents came to see us off. I was a little nervous at first because I haven't ridden on the back of a motorcycle for a long trip before. But my nerves quickly calmed and I was able to enjoy the gorgeous views to the tune of Dad's rumbling Harley.

 We hit the road, planning a stop at a Harley shop in New Jersey. We stayed in New Jersey Saturday night, and then early on Sunday morning we drove into New York City. Our mission: Visit the World Trade Center Memorial.

We left the hotel early Sunday morning to fuel up the motorcycles, or "splash the tanks" as I learned that bikers say. Before long, we were on our way to NYC.
I got sooo excited when I saw the skyscrapers begin to peek across the horizon. I felt like a little kid at Christmas as we got closer and closer to the city. I was also really excited to travel through the Holland Tunnel in a pack of seven motorcycles... you can just IMAGINE the rumble in that tunnel as the bikers revved their engines as we made our entrance to NYC!

...More about our trip in the next post as we arrive in NYC
and tour the World Trade Center Memorial.
Stay tuned!



  1. That is too cool! Riding a motorcycle is def. on my bucket list! I think my boyfriend would have a conniption if I ever did... LOL. Happy to be following along with you now!! :) I love your design. xoxo

  2. Thanks, Kristen :) I couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend time with my dad and get some amazing pics of the city. It was an awesome time!

  3. A Harley is the best ride to go with New York City’s overpowering energy! But what’s cooler is that you’re riding it with your dad. :) I’m sure your pack got a lot of admiring and envious onlookers the whole tour. Ha-ha!

    Max Piedra

  4. That was very thoughtful of you, Kristen. I’m sure your dad is very happy that you could join him in this trip and share his passion for road trips and bikes. Well, riding a bike on a long trip can be an eye-opening experience, especially for first timers. But when you are on the road, feeling the wind on your face, you will definitely feel the rush! It seems like you had a wonderful time! Keep us posted on your next trip!

  5. That must be an experience for you! I’m sure your dad was happy that you went on a trip. Your post calls back to mind my motorcycle trip with my dad. It was summer, and we rode his bike going to the camp. It was fun being on the road and riding a motorcycle. And to see some breathtaking views while on the road is unforgettable for me.