Sunday, August 21, 2011

Best of Both Worlds

There has been talk on the blogs lately of trying to combine hobbies. How do you find enough time to get some good riding in on your motorcycle, but still do other activities such as bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, or even gardening?

Well, I think we've discovered a way Bobskoot and Bluekat can combine their enthusiasm for motorcycling and bicycling.

While at a plant nursery in North Albany a while ago we noticed this motorcycle on the highway stopped at a traffic light and quickly grabbed the camera.

Wonder what it would do to the balance of the bike, if anything.

Years ago we saw a bicycle pulling a canoe on a little trailer. Always wondered if you could do that with a motorcycle but I'm thinking you might not want to, as your lines around a corner would really have to change. Maybe with a trike or Can Am Spyder it would be better.

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We rode to coffee yesterday morning and by the time Troubadour and I left around noon the sun was already heating things up to be our warmest day this summer. I was starving since my lemon poppyseed scone I'd eaten at 9 :00 was not keeping me full. It felt like my stomach was gnawing a hole in my backbone. Rather than ride for lunch somewhere we decided to come home. I find when I am hungry I get shaky and my riding abilities suffer. I don't find it safe to be riding like that so I thought the 3 mile ride home was the best option.

Of course when we got home and were comfortable with full bellies, it made it hard to go back out. Within a few hours it was 93˚F in the shade out back so we opted to stay inside and stay cool. Yes, that's right, we had a lazy day of doing nothing.

We had the ceiling fan on in the living room and even Basil decided being belly-up under it was the best place to be.

- Au Revoir

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." ~ Sam Keen.


  1. Same here, finally confronted with temperatures beyond 30C we were seeking the shades, walked in the forest and spend the day close to the water. Too hot for riding.

  2. Basil has a most adorable furrt tummy!


  3. Don't you just want to bury you face in cat tummies (at the risk of losing your face!)

  4. It is pretty cool that he is towing/lugging his bicycles. I would be a little concerned about how it affects the handling of the bike around corners and even scarier if you had an accident where will the bikes end up, hopefully not a part of your body. My hub says it is hard enough at times just dealing with passengers who don't have the lean thing or them sitting still. It would definitely be something to think about before modifying a bike to lug a bicycle. Another factor is how are car drivers going to react to it and is it even legal to do something like that? Hmmm.

    I like to seek shade on a hot summer day - although we haven't had many of those this summer. I think Squire Basil has the right idea, a nice snooze on a summer afternoon. BTW your Canon is taking great pictures.

  5. I feel a bit shaky when hungry to, and or dehydrated. Hauling a bicycle like that, I dont know about that one.

  6. Trobairitz:

    I am the same as you. When I get shakey, I have to eat something if I leave it too long I also get dizzy or light headed so I know I have to stop somewhere really, really fast. I am glad that I am not alone with these symptoms. I'm not sure I want to haul my bicycle around using the bike, too much riding gear to stash away and no where to put it.

    Saturday was the hotest day we have had this year, glad you managed to relax at home

    Riding the Wet Coast

  7. I've never tried hauling a bicycle but its been around for a while. 2x2 cycles is the one I've looked at in the past. The bicycles do hang out there but aren't that heavy especially when compared to a passenger.

    As far as the multiple hobbies, I'm still trying to figure out what my hobbies are...

    93°F eh!

  8. Ha ha - don't think I haven't considered a bike carrier. Seen a few set ups like that over on ADVrider. That and pulling kayaks. Finally came to the conclusion it really isn't worth it. :)

    Commuting helps me keep the riding bug in check. If I ride during the week, I'm okay to do other things on the weekend.

    Our Saturday was spent in a similar manner. We had a wedding to attend in early evening, so we spent the day napping and doing nothing. Not a bad way to spend the day at all!

  9. @Sonja - Good idea hanging out in the trees when it gets warm.

    @Nikos. We think so too.

    @Geoff - We do rub our faces on his tummy but only when he is really sleeping. Otherwise he might unleash the claws. Usually it is just a tummy rub.

    @Dar - I think it would be hard to maneuver the bike on bike contraption but people seem to do it. Thanks for the pic compliment, we are enjoying the Canon so far.

    @Wooley - No fun to feel shaky when riding. At least we know our limitations.

    @Bobskoot - I seem to need to eat more frequently with smaller meals as I get older. I am fine one minute and shaky the next. That is when I really suck at low speed maneuvers in town and that isn't good. We try to pack some snacks with us just in case.

    @Richard - I guess if the bicycle is light enough it might not be too bad. Just sticks out further than a trunk would. Should keep the tailgaters at bay. Maybe you have so many interests that you don't think of them as hobbies.

    @Bluekat - That is a good idea to commute during the week and play with the other hobbies during the weekend. With a 3 mile commute I don't think that would work for me. I have finally started to be able to nap. Never used to be able to but now I can see the merit.

  10. I've seen a motorbike/bicycle setup like that out here before, as well. I think some of those bicycles only weigh 20 lbs or less. Not much chance of it upsetting the apple cart, just be careful swinging your leg over. :)

    Have your heard of Renata Chlumska, who circumnavigated the USA by bicycle and kayak? Pulling her kayak with the bicycle at times? Very inspiring.