Frozen Quebec's thawing in Tampa
I've been in daylong marathon meetings yesterday and today and tomorrow down inside the XO Club at the St. Pete Times Forum where the Tampa Bay Lightning play and train. I popped outside today to take a breather and clear my thoughts and noticed a Triumph Trophy parked in the thru-way. Walking up and giving it a lookover showed 45000 miles on the odometer and a Quebec plate on the tail. Then I noticed, parked down just a bit a Valkyrie, also wearing Quebec plates.
Walked down to look at the Valkyrie and after a couple minutes two gentlemen appeared at the Triumph. I walked back toward them and they engaged me in conversation right away. Asking if I like the bike and wanted to buy it. I smiled and said no thanks. The Triumph owner smiled and cocked his head knowingly and asked "What do you ride?" I told them of the plans to outfit the KLRs for a western trip and hopefully Alaska in 2009, but I was more interested in their trip tale.
Turned out they'd trailored to South Carolina and rode to Key West before coming to Tampa. The Valkyrie was about to head back down south to Miami to pickup a ladyfriend, back to Key West, then back to Tampa and on back to the trailer while the Trophy stays in Tampa a few days exploring and taking in a hockey game.
The Valkyrie only had another week of vacation and the Trophy still had 3 more weeks to go, he was planning on heading north and west into Louisiana and Alabama before turning north and riding home to Quebec.
I'd guess they were in their early to mid 50's, both had accents, one was difficult to place and I'll just say was Quebecian, the other was German. Both were all smiles and having a great time. I pointed them toward Jackson's on Harbor Island for lunch, advising they sit outside and enjoy the water view and boat slips. They asked about the weather and of course they couldn't have chosen a finer time of year to be in Tampa. A little more chitchat and I asked if they were ok or needed anything for the bikes, they welcomed the offer but were doing just fine so we parted with a handshake and well wishes to all.
I returned to the dungeon of meetings covering operational, strategic and sales planning for 2008, they rode on living it up. Good luck guys, ride well.