So what do we do on our first day off since October? We ride, of course! But start the day with a beautiful church service at North Shore Christian Church.
After a healthy dose of spirituality, we got on our bikes and hit some trails (in an undisclosed location for legal reasons). We packed accordingly, and were able to do a quick photoshoot for our newest candle - OFF ROAD - a fragrance blend of pine, laurel, amber, and tree sap with a pop of tonic that's absolutely spring-in-a-candle and happened to be our best-seller this past weekend at our moto boutique.
Then we took the "twistiest" route to the South Shore Dive in Sayville. Although we know it rocks for Tuesday night trivia, we couldn't wait to try their brunch and it did NOT disappoint. We were greeted by one of our favorite bartenders, Peter, then enjoyed some mimosas. But the highlight was truly their delicious and diverse menu. The selection was creative and unique without being over-the-top. Think: a fresh combination of comfort foods.
Does MABDR stand for Mid-Atlantic Backroad Discovery Route or MAGICAL ADVENTURE Backroad Discovery Route? For us, it now means the later.
Yes, I do. Yes, we do.
And just like that, we wrote our own fairytale. At a scenic overlook on section 7 of the Mid-Atlantic BDR, Clay asked me to be his wife. Unfortunately, it was the ONE overlook I did NOT have the 360-camera rolling, the one scenic stop he didn’t turn on his helmet camera, and the one stop that was in the sweltering 90-degree sun. But in full ADV gear, helmet and all, Clay reached into his pocket, pulled out the most adorable wooden box, and got down on his knee and through our Cardos, asked me to marry him. I shook my head yes (because I was speechless), we took off our helmets, and I said “of course” from a tear-filled face. Or perhaps it was sweat? Either way, it was the most amazing moment of my life. We subsequently turned on the cameras, propped up the iPhone and attempted to capture some footage from the perfect “us” moment. I couldn’t have imagined a more suitable engagement – Clay and I doing what we love, in a place that felt like we were the only people in the world. And in the warmest sunshine, which I love!
So, our first moto-camping trip of the season was a huge success! We took a quick trip across the Long Island Sound for the 4th of July weekend to escape the Hamptons tourists here on the East End. We rode a few of the gorgeous roads we discovered last year, as well as some new gems. All were so beautiful; it was almost impossible to trim our video montage any shorter.
What an incredible trip we had to Salem this past weekend – perfect riding weather, scenic roads, and such an historical, and spooky town! Such a great way to kick-off our favorite season!
The only unfortunate part – we only had two days and 400+ miles ahead of us.