Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring is Here!

We've been working behind the scenes. Last year we sold our tent trailer before coming up here. We put that money in the pot. You can decide whether or not it was spent on house/bills or still in the pot .

Last week, we finally sold our private campground membership that we used with the trailer. I had a hard time using that money to pay bills, again. So, we decided to join the neighbors with a sport Dave and I have long wanted to do, but couldn't when in CA.

This is the purchase at the beginning of the week. This is Zach's bike, a Honda CRF 80. This was a steal of a deal from a guy that bought this for his daughter, but she didn't like to kick start, so he bought her a new bike with an electric start. It had hardly been used. The guy had a ton of calls because of his offer, and we got there first since we happened to be just down the street.

I've been searching Craigslist all week for more deals. Finally found on Wednesday another deal. A good bike for Josh. A Suzuki DR-Z125. It is older but again, not used very much and just the right size for him.

Friday we got the best deal. I saw an ad that had what looked like a great deal on a trailer to haul 4 bikes, and a smaller bike that we could get by with because of the price. So, we went and took a look, and got to talking. Turned out he had numerous bikes to choose from because he was selling all 4, AND he had a home addition project he was working on and was willing to trade work for the bikes! He has enough work for Dave to trade for the big Kawasaki 300! Dave is in heaven. I got his wife's bike the Yamaha TTR 125 and we got the trailer to haul 4 bikes. Since Dave wasnt working, he took the job and is working there now and they let us take the bikes home! Here they are all in a row in the garage.Zach's is red, then Dawn's is Blue, Josh is the yellow and Dave has the big green machine.

We found all the gear on Craigslist too, except for a helmet and boots for Josh. He needed a size I just couldn't find, so we had to head to the store. We were happy to see some gear on sale so we did ok. So, we're all geared up and ready to learn! It is just perfect that they are starting a new phase for our development. The dirt has been all leveled off and there is big open space just down the street. We got the boys to learn the motorcycle and anatomy in the garage. Then, we took them down to the dirt and turned them loose on learning the clutch and first gear. They both picked it up really fast. By the time they were ready to go home, they were both able to start, stop, find first and second gear and neutral. We're working on technique and control and so far is much fun. They are all smiles.

Sunday we're heading to the trails with the neighbors. I think we'll be ready to get the boys out on trails and they can learn to handle some terrain. There are so many neat places around here to bike we're looking forward to some weekend fun now that the snow is melted. Hurray for Spring! We'll take a pic tomorrow with everyone geared up with their bikes and upload the full pictures then.

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