Until I Return …

I had planned a clever post before I headed out the door for our 10-day, multi-state, 2,000 plus-mile motorcycle trip to New England, but that’s just not happening. Mr. GFE is due home in a half hour and we are supposed to leave within a half hour of his arrival—yeah, that’s not happening either. The downstairs computer is acting up and I don’t even have all the directions printed out yet. Did I mention that he’s the driver and I’m the navigator? I’m the one on the back of the bike with a plastic sleeve full of directions, maps, phone numbers, a bottle of water, and a camera. I’m really quite content back there though. (Our Ultimate Seat that I insisted on buying after our first 2,500-mile New England trip is wonderful!) Our departure should not be long after he arrives though, so I only have time for a very quick post (stop that clapping! LOL).

Seriously, I hope you won’t mind my sort of non-post since it’s my birthday today. Yes, I celebrate my birthday by doing adventurous things like these awesome motorcycle trips! I also believe in celebrating one’s birthday for at least a week, so the timing of this trip works out nicely. Gettysburg and Tannersville, PA; Warrensburg, NY; Ludlow, VT; Jackson, NH; Rangeley, Bar Harbor, and Lincolnville, ME; Barre, MA; and New Hope, PA;—here we come! Of course, I’ll share my gluten-free experiences when I return. I am particularly excited about the inn that offers not only gluten-free dinner and breakfast (with homemade gluten-free baked bread–yes, I do indulge in that now and then), but also a gluten-free tea! (I think Mr. GFE will nap through that.)

Hey, it’s raining right now (boo hiss!) … this too shall pass, though, and that gives me more time to get everything done. Uh, packing for example. How much can I squeeze into two saddle bags and a tail bag on our Honda Valkyrie? It’s always such a dilemma. One has to be prepared for all kinds of weather and dining out, but with very few outfits. The old “mix and match” and layering guidelines come into play. Food, you say? I don’t take any food with me at all. That is the beauty of eating gluten free naturally. I am not looking for gluten-free specialty foods along the way either; I just focus on foods that are gluten free to begin with … meat, seafood, fruit, veggies, and dairy (most). Even convenience stores usually carry a decent supply of bananas, apples, nuts, and such for the stops in between meals. But, I’ll share more on my travel methods when I return.

Please remember that Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! blog carnival entries are due on Tuesday, July 28. The theme is Make Me A Happy Camper. You can read more here, but “camping” for this blog carnival really means outdoor activities, so everyone should have a recipe that qualifies. :-) Please enter your recipe!

Finally, as my parting gift to you, I offer a few photos of recipes I will be sharing soon. Note that in addition to posting the Go Ahead Honey blog carnival at the end of the month, I will also be doing a post featuring one of the recipes below that offers a giveaway to gfe’s readers—my first!

Green Smoothies

Mahi with Pico de Gallo

Zesty Pork Chops

Crustless Coconut Pie

Not just gf, but gfe!

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32 Responses to “Until I Return …”

  1. Nance on July 17th, 2009 4:41 pm

    Oh, happy happy birthday, and have a lovely trip!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:15 pm

      Nance–Still playing catch up … thanks so much for the birthday and trip wishes—they worked!

  2. Gloriana on July 17th, 2009 6:47 pm

    Hi I live in New England and My brother live in Barre, MA, lovely little town. Have fun and be safe. I am always the navigator…what’s up with that….it’s cause where girls huh???? That’s it we read maps better…..they may have more muscle mass but we definitely have more brain mass and that is why we are the navigators.

    I posted a list of 60 foods today that you can buy in the regular supermarket who knows it may be helpful….of course there are items that I am sure you don’t eat because I know I don’t, they are not all that good for you.

    Happy b-day and have a blast…take lots of pictures.

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:18 pm

      Hi Gloriana–We really enjoyed New England and Barre was a lovely little town. We were glad we went through after the 4 inches of rain from the previous day though. The backcountry roads to our friend’s house were just a step above dirt and they had actually been flooded in many places the day before. I was a little weak on my navigational skills this time. Did not have enough resources in my little plastic sleeve after all. Mr. GFE actually plays navigator when I drive the car on trips to spots unknown, so we share. ;-)

      Thanks for the good wishes–they worked! BTW, I took an embarrassing number of photos …

  3. H.Peter on July 17th, 2009 6:52 pm

    RIDE SAFE!!!!!

    • chrissyp on July 18th, 2009 12:16 pm

      happy birthday! i grew up just outside of new hope, pa in doylestown, which is about 20 minutes away. if you get over there, check out jules pizza, where they make an amazing GF crust… http://www.julesthincrust.com
      happy travels!!!

      • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:30 pm

        Hi, Chrissy–Welcome to gfe! I actually got to check email for a few minutes before we got to New Hope and saw your comment. So I told Mr. GFE, when we get to New Hope, we’re going over to Doylestown to have gf pizza. But then we got to our B&B and found out about an incredible restaurant 1/2 mile away and off we went. And, that turned out to be the absolute best meal of our trip, so I’m glad I didn’t miss it. We stayed in Doylestown many years ago and I’d like to go back, so hopefully, one day I’ll get to Jules. Thanks so much for being so thoughtful and passing that info on. I’m sorry I couldn’t check it out this time.

        Thanks for the BD wishes, too! I still can’t believe I’m that new number … I’ll have to keep doing the math to remember how old I am! ;-)

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:19 pm

      H.Peter–Your safety sendoff worked! A few close calls, but we survived. ;-)


  4. Ali on July 18th, 2009 1:26 am

    Happy Birthday Shirley! Hope you two have a wonderful trip! -Ali :)

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:20 pm

      Ali–Hi! Still playing catch up … thanks so much for all the good wishes! Much appreciated!


  5. Kim on July 18th, 2009 11:27 am

    Have a safe trip!! That pie looks amazing!!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:22 pm

      Hey there, Kim–You’re another person that helped keep us safe—thank you!

      Oh, yeah, that pie is definitely amazing—a pleaser for sure. :-) Coming soon to a blog near you … ;-) Oh, BTW, welcome to gfe!!


  6. Mari on July 18th, 2009 12:42 pm

    Happy birthday! My husband and daughter just celebrated their birthdays, within three days of each other. The artist Rembrandt celebrated his birthday on July 15th, so you are all in good company. My husband talked so much about Rembrandt’s birthday being the day before his, that it has messed everyone up. Whenever we are asked what Bob’s birth date is, we all develop a blank look and start muttering! That aside, hope you have a lovely day, and that no one mentions the name of Rembrandt!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:36 pm

      Hi Mari–Thanks for the BD wishes! It’s funny you mention your husband and daughter’s close July BDs. My sister’s BD is two days after mine, and her daughter’s BD is two days after hers. There are other family members and friends who have BDs on the same days or in the same week. That’s so funny about forgetting due to Rembrandt’s BD though. No, it didn’t come up on our trip and if I knew that day, I dind’t remember it, but I will now. BTW, my late FIL (a very wonderful, Renaissance man himself), shared my BD, but yet every year he’d seemed surprised to realize that again. LOL


  7. Jennifer R. on July 18th, 2009 2:42 pm

    Happy Birthday Shirley!! And have a super wonderful trip… we’ll see you on the 28th :) I’m looking forward to our next meeting!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:38 pm

      Hi there, Jennifer!–Thanks so much! All good wishes did a great job for us. :-)

      Now our meeting has come and gone … what a great one it was! Thanks for all your and Tyler’s help in the kitchen beforehand—much appreciated!


  8. Alisa - Frugal Foodie on July 18th, 2009 8:27 pm

    Happy birthday! Have a great trip!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:39 pm

      Alisa–Thank you, Alisa! It felt so good to have this chorus of good wishes to keep in mind while on our trip. :-)


  9. noble pig on July 19th, 2009 3:45 pm

    Have a wonderful trip and Happy Birthday!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:41 pm

      Hi, Cathy–Looks like you guys were very busy while we were gone. I enjoyed reading the newspaper articles on your winery enterprise. So exciting to see those Pinot Noir grapes (hope I remembered correctly) on the hillsides nearby you. Yours will be in the ground soon!

      Thanks for all the wishes … very nice!

  10. Emilia on July 20th, 2009 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great time on your trip :)

  11. Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free on July 20th, 2009 4:05 pm

    Happy birthday & have a wonderful time. I am looking forward to your recipes when you get home & Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free. I’m working on my recipe as we speak…the 3rd version. You know how that goes…

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:44 pm

      Hi Amy–Thanks so much for your warm wishes! The GAHIGF roundup is up (after some glitches … text doesn’t wrap photos like I’d like, but I knew you guys wanted the wrap-up this month, not next year)! Your third version did the trick apparently. I know that fresh apple cake will have folks drooling. I can just imagine the smells coming out of your kitchen during that time. :-)


  12. Melanie on July 20th, 2009 6:17 pm

    Happy Birthday, Shirley! And I’m in Amherst, MA which isn’t too far from Barre. I’d be happy to supply a gluten free meal if you’re passing by! :) Have a great trip!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:47 pm

      Hi Melanie–Thank you for the BD and trip wishes! And, what a kind, kind offer on the gluten-free meal! If we had been staying in your area at a B&B and the weather had been cooperative, I would have definitely taken you up on it. However, we were supposed to stay with a friend in Barre and then when the rain set us back a day, we could only stop by for an hour to say hi to her and her family. If you’re ever in our area, please know that the same invitation is open. :-)


  13. Anali on July 21st, 2009 3:59 pm

    Belated Happy Birthday! Have a great trip up here! Too bad you’re not stopping by the Boston area. Maybe next time. ; )

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:48 pm

      Anali–You’re so sweet—thanks! We generally avoid the Boston area … there was that one time we ended up stuck in the traffic during construction of the Big Dig … ;-)


  14. Diane-thewholegang on July 21st, 2009 9:53 pm

    I love Bar Harbor. It took me a few years living in Boston to figure out that what they were saying was the same place I loved. Hope you get to the top of Cadillac Mountain before the sunrise. You’ll be the first person on the east coast to see the sunrise. Safe travels. Can’t wait to hear the stories.

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:50 pm

      Hey Diane–Most of the folks actually pronounced Bar Harbor much like we do, but my husband is always imitating the well-known pronunciation. We were on the top of Cadillac Mountain at sunset the last time we were there. I’m not much on sunrises … if they could just schedule them later in the day, then maybe. ;-)


  15. Kay on July 23rd, 2009 10:46 pm

    Bon voyage and happy birthday, Shirley. I’ve never been to ANY of the hotspots you’ll be visiting. Jealous! Have a great time!

    • Shirley on August 1st, 2009 4:55 pm

      Hey Kay–Thanks for those excellent wishes! All the spots were great … some made us wish we could stay an extra day or so. Maybe on a return car trip …. one can cover so much more ground in a car, but it is different exerience completely, of course. From a car, I don’t think I would have seen that adorable spotted fawn in the ditch beside the highway or smelled the woodsmoke from the homes in northwest Maine that had fires in their woodstoves going. Advantages and disadvantages of each.


  16. GF Everyday/CinnamonQuill on July 30th, 2009 10:46 am

    Eager to know what is in that last pic!

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