At a covered bridge in Indiana, Aug. 2013.

Why We Ride

In August 2012, my husband, Wally, and I attended our first Grand Nationals event at the Peoria RiverFront. Although we were not members of the biking community, we were intrigued by the sense of fellowship everyone shared … and, he really wanted to get on a bike again (he hadn’t ridden in 20 years). After talking about it for a year — he talked, I listened — I finally agreed to buying a bike for his 50th birthday.

He searched high and low until he found just the right thing — a “starter bike” of sorts that was affordable and would be easy to sell if we (I) decided it wasn’t for us. It was a Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic, and it was perfect!

He loved it instantly, and by the third or fourth ride, I was hooked, too! We rode all over that first summer, and after a trip to Indianapolis, I agreed that we needed something a bit bigger for our touring riding style. So, the search was on again.

In a matter of days, he found an option that provided exactly what we wanted: a sunset red Victory Cross Country Tour. We love that bike; it’s comfortable, full of storage, brimming with amenities, and perfect for our two-up style of riding. And, it was the impetus for this blog, where I will share our riding adventures — routes, points of interest, dining spots (including food reviews), photos, videos, and whatever else comes to mind. If you have any feedback, thoughts, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

About Me

I have been a professional writer for more than a decade, with some time served as a college English instructor. The written word is how I best communicate with the world. While most people smoke, drink, or workout to reduce stress, I write … or at least try to.

In addition to working full-time at a local title company, I also serve as a contributor to TheBikerSpot Magazine, which is run by one of Wally’s good friends from high school. If you love to ride and haven’t checked them out, head on over. TheBikerSpot holds Sunday Fundays at destinations all around central Illinois nearly every week during the riding season — and occasionally in the winter — from 1 to 4 p.m.

I hope you enjoy reading about our rides and are inspired to try a couple of them yourself. We’ll see you out there.

— Clara

2 responses to “About

  • Greg

    Enjoy your articles in Biker Spot. Can I suggest a new restaurant? Crank’s in Minonk opened a couple months ago and we have been there a few times as it is local for us. Very creative menu included their original fried deviled eggs and Saturday night prime rib.

    • cmiles

      Greg, thank you for the feedback. I’m always looking for new places to try, so I’ll be sure to add Crank’s to the list. Be sure to say hi if you ever catch me out and about.

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