Tuesday, May 20, 2014

(Another) Weekend In Cleveland

This one was the Grand Finale.....at least for our daughter's Bachelor's Degree.  She graduated this past weekend and we were there.  It was a whirlwind of activity, plans previously made needed to be adjusted and 'adapted to conditions as required' but we got through it.  Her old dad managed to keep up with the changes but just barely; mom appears to take these minor adjustments more casually.

Her ceremonies introduced us to her many, very talented and gifted friends, their parents and other family members, making Friday and Saturday simply wonderful times.  Students from all over the place, parents literally from other continents and hemispheres.  I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.  Speaking of heartbeats, I'll take a pass on moving an apartment's worth of student collected treasures and household goods again though.  I may be getting just a bit too.......

Early for the Convocation Ceremony on Friday.....

....and after it was over.

Graduation on Saturday......

After the reception, I left and headed out to make last minute arrangements for the storage area and van rental for the Big Move.  It just so happened that a couple of other stops (Waypoints for those that don't know) were already loaded in the GPS.

Cleveland Cyclewerks........I stopped but Saturday afternoons are apparently not on their schedule.  There's a young man back at home in Red Wing that owns one of these and it really caught my eye one day while driving past.  I turned around and went back to learn more from him and did.  Unfortunately I didn't learn anything new over this past weekend.

Not all that far away (on Detroit Avenue) I managed to find a shop that WAS open.  Cleveland Moto.  They were easy to find and there was treasure aplenty inside.

 I think I know how Audrey feels........

Scooters from a few countries.......


Some older than others, lots of new ones too.

Royal Enfields.......

Italian scooters AND motorcycles........

A couple of the machines really caught my eye but Cleveland is too far away for service.

So I came home without any new motorcycles, though I did pick up a couple of pretty cool T-Shirts.  Some day soon I may just model them for my closest friends.

Since it wasn't a weekend for riding, my visit to their very fine and welcoming shop was a pretty good substitute.


  1. Coop

    I can't wait until you model those T-shirts for us. don't keep us in suspense . . . Congrats for your Daughter and her degree. I'm not envying you having to move all of her possessions home

    That is a great scooter shop, lots of vintage parts. I suppose the prices for those used bikes aren't that bad either, are they restored or do they have a warranty ? I'm having a hard time deciding which one I would like, perhaps one of the Hondas

    A weekend photographer or Riding the Wet Coast

    1. Bob, your excitement may be premature about my modeling. Thanks for Hanna's congratulations. At this point, we only moved her goods to a Cleveland storage space. If all goes as planned, she'll have a furnished place next year when she returns to CIM. Just in case that doesn't happen, we left her items there. Once we know, I'll be able to go back after them.

      The bikes listed on that board are in pretty good shape though I doubt there's a warranty offered. These older bikes at those prices are for riders willing to make 'adjustments'.

  2. Congrats to your daughter on her graduation. The Bachelor's Degree will serve her well.

    And you managed to sneak in peeking at a motorcycle shop. That is always fun and helps make up for the moving part.

    1. Thanks Brandy, she'll be back in Cleveland next August for her Performance Certificate, a sort of Masters for those not heading to academia but rather to orchestra positions.

      Hopefully some hit and miss rides this Memorial weekend, the rallying starts the following week. Boy Howdy!!

  3. I'd like to add my congratulations to the list and I'm amazed how those gps things magically put in their own waypoints for your.

    That did look like a pretty nice shop but it took me a while to figure out who "Audrey" was. (I don't watch very many movies)

    1. Thank you Richard, appreciate that.

      I like to leave a question or two unanswered in my posts. :)

  4. I am always in awe of those with musical talent ... add to the list my congrats and best wishes for your daughter. Good luck with the moving and when it's done enjoy the ride -you have earned it Dad!

  5. Thank you VSL; these milestones are coming and zooming past faster and faster.

    Sounds like we've got ride plans simmering for Saturday .......:)