Kimberly-Vincent Luxury Real Estate - September 2019




With kids back in school and parents busy with all those demands, September is our slowest month of the year at Kimberly-Vincent. Some realtors might complain about the annual downswing, but I actually look forward to it — for me, the arrival of September means it’s time for my next epic vacation on two wheels. I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was a kid, and, in my decades behind the handlebars, I have ridden all over the U.S., carving a path through almost every state. When I was younger, my brother Roger and I used to go on long adventures together, taking 10-, 12-, or even 15-day rides. Roger has passed now, so these days I ride solo. Last summer, I left Naples and rode all the way to Colorado, passing through Arizona on the way. It was a 5,000-mile trip through beautiful mountains and deserts, and, because photography is a hobby of mine, I made plenty of stops to get great shots. This year, I’m doing a hybrid trip that will start in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Instead of riding there, I’m taking a plane and having my bike shipped over, so it’s ready and waiting. I’ll spend a couple of days in Jackson reminiscing about when my wife Caren and I got married there, right in front of the Grand Tetons, then ride out through Grand Teton National Park, through Yellowstone (where I’m Where the Rubber Meets the Road MY EPIC SEPTEMBER BIKE TRIP

hoping to get some close-up photos of bison), and into Glacier National Park, which starts in Montana and stretches all the way to Canada. I’m planning to take the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier, which is one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the country. It goes through tunnels, past waterfalls, and between towering mountain peaks. The whole journey is breathtaking. When I come out on the other side, I’ll spend a few days in Waterton, Canada, before heading back the way I came. I’ve planned for a two-week trip, and I’ll be putting in a “I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was a kid, and, in my decades behind the handlebars, I have ridden all over the U.S., carving a path through almost every state.” lot of miles each day. Beyond that, the rest of the ride will be a spontaneous adventure. I never have a plan for these trips; I stay wherever I find room, and, if I don’t find a spot to hunker down for the night, I keep going until I do. I love my September rides even though I sometimes have to trek through snow. With most kids back in school, there isn’t much traffic on the roads and even fewer vacationers. Hotel fees drop by as much as 50%, and the weather is cool and crisp. On a sunny day, it’s perfection. Every year, I make it a point to take an epic ride. I’m getting older, and I know it’s not something I’ll be able to

do forever, so I want to enjoy it while I can. When September rolls around and it’s time to embark on another one, I’m always reminded of how lucky I am to have Kimberly as a partner, so I can leave town stress-free. Without her running the business, I wouldn’t be able to be away from our listings and clients for so long. But, because I don’t have to worry, I always come home full of energy and ready to tackle October, the kickoff to our busy season. When October and its snowbirds arrive, Naples’ population triples in size. That means more buyers are in town, so Kimberly and I work hard to handle that new business along with our current clients. We organize more showings in the fall and winter than at any other time of year. From October through June, we work seven days a week, putting in 12- to 14-hour days to find our clients their dream homes. While I’d hate to give up my September motorcycle rides, I also wouldn’t trade my job for the world. Every year, coming back home is just as sweet as going away.

– Vincent Napoleon

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