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Get to know Natalie, Dianne and Darnell as they blog about their riding experiences, travels and daily lives as Harley-Davidson riders!

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Grandpa Bill
By Natalie
July 31, 2009

Earlier this summer, Darnell wrote in her blog how riding must be in our blood. I agree with that statement. There is an inner desire to ride your own bike. Sometimes your friends fuel this desire and other times it's in your nature. This summer my husband Terry and I rode our bikes to a couple family gatherings. Once you ride up the stories begin! I heard stories from may relatives about the bikes they rode and wished they still owned. I heard how my cousin Shelley would only go to sleep as a little girl after riding with her dad on his bike, her head resting on the gas tank. I found out how many of my cousins have bikes or wish they did.

I was also given this photo of my Grandpa Bill. One of my aunts wrote on the back of this picture the quote "Bill Kubista and one of his loves". I've done many cross-country rides and I can't imagine riding the bike he had for many miles! I'm not sure how much he rode or how far he took this bike, this will be a topic of discussion. And, I'm sure this picture is a sign that riding must be in my blood.

Raspberry Jam
By Natalie
July 29, 2009

It's prime raspberry season in Minnesota and I'm sitting here trying to find a way to connect raspberry jam with riding motorcycles. Hmm, let's see – you eat jam so you have enough energy to ride your motorcycle? Well, that's kind of a stretch, but it's close!

Last summer I made a wonderful batch of raspberry jam, which we've since eaten up. Considering how much we love raspberry jam, I wanted to make more this summer. But, of course I was faced with another dilemma – ride motorcycle or pick raspberries. Well, I was able to do both (kind of). We paid our friends kids to pick the raspberries for us so we could go out riding last Sunday. We were out on our bikes all afternoon riding around the Minnesota countryside, putting on about 160 miles. The sun was out and the temperature was perfect! Once we were back in town, we headed over to our friends to collect our raspberries.

One evening this week I made 12 half-pints of luscious raspberry jam. We will be eating this all year long and hopefully enjoying it on toast before we head out on a ride. 

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Comments on "Hit the Road with Harley-Davidson"

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You write very well!

Marlene August 22, 2009 | 2:29 PM

Hi, I hope you are planning a stop at the Coates residence on your trip to Vancouver!! We'd love to see you.

Paulette August 21, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Natalie, I don't know how you do all you do. I'm so glad you are a friend of mine. Tell Connie hi and congrats on the Ride! Love you!

Kim August 18, 2009 | 4:31 PM

I can't believe Stratton is awake in that picture. I pick him up, and he just nods off! Such a little angel : )

Deana B August 11, 2009 | 9:54 AM

I'm totally inspired. Very cool!!

Ella July 19, 2009 | 2:37 PM

Those Segways look so cool, Natalie!

harlowB410 July 07, 2009 | 2:49 PM

A new SheKnows baby! Congrats, Dianne!

Ariel July 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Congratulations, Dianne! So exciting to have a new baby in the family... and boy does he have a full set of hair, or what?!?

Mary June 19, 2009 | 7:06 AM

You're my hero, Natalie. Living life to the fullest - although it looked freezing on the last bike ride. Hope to see Darnel when she's in town. Let me know.

Kim June 15, 2009 | 6:53 AM

Di, I am soooo proud of you and glad you decided to do this project! I LOVE the blogs and can't wait to read more. I miss you (and the heat, and Johnny T., and Chloe, and the back yard). xo Love, Ms. Kim

Barb June 04, 2009 | 9:11 AM

count me in! love to see and hear about our adventures;

auntie gogo June 03, 2009 | 8:47 PM

Hi Darnell, Julie forwarded her e mail to me. Have you forgotten your cousin Sharyn" she has been riding for 21 years. A Harley for 19 years. and she also did a commercial for Cycle craft also years ago. I recently made 2 framed copies of Grandpa's picture. one each for Jimmy and robyn. Do you have the original.? I am surpised you did not acknowledge Sha. Say hello to Diane, liked her so much. Sha still has the turqoise Sporter. Love , auntie gogos I will try to follow your blog.

Julie June 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Way to go Darnell. Love the picture of Pa on that old bike. Next time you come home... get my mom back on a bike. Enjoy! We are all waiting for the next blog.... keep riding! Love the picture.

Sandy May 29, 2009 | 8:03 AM

I LOVE IT!!!!! Now I can track you down and your bosses (not necessarily the work kind) can find out where you've been and where you're going!! Keep us posted! Great Photo Darnell. Hope to see you all over the summer.

Sue Sirois May 29, 2009 | 5:22 AM

Awesome! You both rock! Natalie, hope you come to MB next year! We missed you!

Marlo May 28, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Same here! This is really inspirational - what a cool idea!! Keep it coming, ladies! We're enjoying this :)

Nanci May 28, 2009 | 10:14 AM

This is a VERY cool site and very well written. It shows there's much more to women riders than meets the eye! I also cannot wait to continue to visit and read more.

Ella May 26, 2009 | 12:17 PM

This looks like it's gonna be cool! These women sound really interesting and I can't wait to read the next posts.

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