Birthday Ride To Bear Mountain!

 

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Last Saturday, on a lovely cool morning, We gathered to celebrate Miss-Fire Amanda’s birthday, and what an amazing day it was. Happy Birthday darling from all of us!

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We met at Tar Pit Cafe (owned by Miss-Fire Kerry), for early morning coffee.

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It was pretty clear right off the bat that it was going to be a magical day…

10492132_10204212004037377_2749304013105666398_nThe Birthday girl presented with a custom made gift from Miss-Fire Rachel Quinn Jewelry!

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tough guys…

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The route…

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Group photo. Ready to ride!

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Scenic Overlook from the Palisades.

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View from the chase truck.

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We made it!

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birthday cake river surprise!

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Crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge to find some much needed food and beer after a long day…

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such fun.

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Perfect sunset skyline as we return happy and tired to the big city. a perfect day in every way.

 

Corinna Mantlo

1971 Yamaha At1 125, 1968 BSA Lightning 650, 1962 Ford Ranchero, 1971 BSA Victor 250 desert sled race bike.

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Strange Days 4

This past weekend a bunch of The Miss-Fires rallied with some of our favorite fellas to head out to Strange Days Motorcycle show/meet-up/camp-out/live music festival/swap meet in Vernon, NJ.  It was Brandon’s (Death or Victory) first ride since his unfortunate wreck 16 weeks ago to the day – a wreck that left him with a broken femur and a totaled bike.   We all met up at his garage and waited while he did some last minute adjustments to his “new” 1985 Harley FXR.

Brandon fixes up his new FXR

Photo by Rich Gone

Assortment of bikes

Photo by Rich Gone

Photo by Suzanne

The crew

Photo by Rich Gone

We hit the road and ran directly into some pretty rough Manhattan traffic.  We did our best to stick together and made it though the Holland Tunnel with everyone except for our girl Rachael and her friend (never got his name!)   It was a hot and humid ride so we took a quick break to gas up and hydrate before navigating some fun scenic back roads of New Jersey.

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It was a great ride until we turned a corner and basically ran directly into a scary situation.  We had found Rachael and her friend, but under the worst circumstances.  She had taken a turn a tad too wide and wound up in the woods off the side of the road.  Aside from being a bit shaken and muddy, she was FINE (huge miracle).  Her Sportster, on the other hand, was a bit dinged up.  She lost her plate and her clutch lever.  We all hung around while John, Scott, Brandon and some of the rest of the crew worked on rigging her lever well enough so that she could ride it to a nearby dealership to have it fixed.

Photo by Suzanne

Photo by Rich Gone

We hit the road and headed to our first destination, the Chatterbox Drive-In Diner.  We just happened to roll in during their weekly car show.  The “mayor” of the car show wasn’t too thrilled that our bikes were taking up their precious parking spaces, so we ate and drank our rootbeer floats as quickly as possible and got the hell out of there before we overstayed our welcome.

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At this point a few of us who needed to get back to the city (my dog has a small bladder) broke off and took the scenic route back – through Bear Mountain.

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The rest of the crew – I’d say at least 20 people – made it to Strange Days and partied into the night.

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Let’s do it again for the Gypsy Run!  Save the date, September 12-14…Be there!

Bear Mountain scoot


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This last Sunday, the weather was absolutely perfect. At Miss-Fire owned cafe Beaner Bar in Brooklyn, a motley crew of Miss-Fires and friends gathered to caffeinated before setting off for a last minute ride from to Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain.

It’s an easy 50+ mile ride over the George Washington Bridge, through NJ and back into NY up the Palisades, stop for breakfast, then through scenic Harriman State Park. Once you reach Bear Mountain, its a maze of twisties leading up to a breathtaking view. I can’t think of a better way to end a ride than sitting on top of a mountain with friends, tired and happy, gazing off into the still wintery landscape of upstate NY.

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Friend and talented photographer Geoff Barrenger joined the ride and it’s always a thrill to see the images he shoots while riding along side you down the freeway. Below are several images he captured of Miss-Fire members Valerie, Leslie and Myself. To see more of his work, check out Whiteline Motorcycle Photography and follow Whiteline on Instagram.

april27.leslie2.whitelinephotographyLeslie, 2013 Harley Sportster. DOOMED Darlings

Photo by Geoff Barrenger

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Photo by Geoff Barrenger

april27.corinna2.whitelinephotographyCorinna, 1968 BSA Lightning/Thunderbolt 650. Via Meccanica

Photo by Geoff Barrenger

april27.corinna.whitelinephotographyCorinna, 1968 BSA Lightning/Thunderbolt 650. Via Meccanica

Photo by Geoff Barrenger

april27.val.whitelinephotographyValerie, 2003 Honda Shadow Spirit VT750DC. MotorGrrl

Photo by Geoff Barrenger

april27.val1.whitelinephotographyValerie, 2003 Honda Shadow Spirit VT750DC. MotorGrrl.

Photo by Geoff Barrenger

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It was a great day riding with Miss-Fires and friends and can’t wait until next weekend!

Corinna Mantlo

1971 Yamaha At1 125, 1968 BSA Lightning 650, 1962 Ford Ranchero