Let me introduce myself. My name is Carmel and this is the story of a gal (me) and her bike. Trails ridden, trips taken, trials – both won and lost, and tribulations with my newest motorcycle. It’s a 2002 Triumph Tiger 955i. As you can see, the bike is lime green so I’ve dubbed her ‘Margarita‘ and myself the Margarita Motoress.
Purchased in Shaftsbury, Vermont from the very nice former owner and picked up at his parents’ amazingly picturesque home/grounds/shop/barn/restoration bonanza on a gorgeous early September day in 2013.
None of this could have become a reality without the help and support of my amazing motorcycling friends.
Gregg B. – my close friend since high school band (1979) and the first person with whom I ever took a motorcycle ride. To this day one of my regrets is not accepting the invitation back in 1982 to ride with you from Maine to the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN. You are a true friend who wants nothing more than for me to be happy. And you are an extremely talented photographer. You have taken the nicest pictures of me and for me. You have helped me grow as a rider. You are always in my heart and in my head – even when you’re not in my ear in my helmet via a Scala comm unit. I am looking forward to logging more miles and adventures with you. We’ve ridden 25 states together. Let’s knock the rest off our list and have many more adventures. Let’s not forget to add both Canada and Mexico to our goals for 2014 rides together. So sorry you missed the Nova Scotia ride with Moo-Moo.
Bill H. – my personal wrench for all my combustible engine entities. You are not just a stellar mechanic, but also a stellar friend.
Rich B. – aka Moo-Moo. You know what for – for being my friend, riding with me, convincing me Fishtail was for me, for understanding what it’s like to live and ride with a bad back and MRI reports that makes the neurosurgeons cringe.
David J., Troy & Cindy P., Rick B., Mike D. and other members of the Tory Hill riding group.
Tara R. – co-worker and co-founder with me of the R&R Riders.
Thank you doesn’t come close to expressing my gratitude.