For the last month or so I have been keeping myself busy planning a little trip. No thinking about dating, no extracurricular reading, no purchases unless I need it for the ride. And now... the planning is done.
It's not a small ride. It is... an adventure... for a cause.
Some call me crazy. Some just give me a sideways glance. Some shake my hand. Some give hugs. Some give things without being asked, like bike gear. I am humbled already.
Since I can't post web addys here, use your favorite search and look up "Ride for NCADV".
Stay safe, all!
"No one should ride through life in fear."
Well, I am now committed to doing this long solo charity ride in October. It's a biggie & I am really looking forward to it. Has anyone here done anything like this? Helpful hints would be appreciated.
Well, I rode my little Honda Rebel the 90 some miles down to Laughlin Nevada for the 2008 Laughlin River Run and Rally. To be honest, I felt quite out of place. More than 50,000 Harleys and me on my little Rebel? That was something else. Plus, I rode down there with my new mesh jacket. My leather would have been too hot and I like my skin too much to NOT wear some protective gear.
Almost everyone there was wearing leather vests or no protection at all. I had no saddle bag, so I wore or carried my mesh around the show. I really seemed to stick out. All these big leather clad people riding giant Harleys and me, with my red & black mesh, riding my tiny bike.
It made me think about what I like about riding. I like the solitary nature. I like the little waves between bikers on the road. I don't care much for the big rides or rallies or get togethers.
Give me a quiet road and fair weather. I like the 'quiet ride.'
I suppose it was time. I haven't been sick in more than a year and with my daughter and co-workers sick, my body just couldn't resist.
The fever, the aches, the sore throat, the headache. Even a rare sick-day from work. I am not sure what is worse; all of this or a day of not riding. The warm desert air and fair skies beckon and taunt.
There will be other days to ride, not not another today to ride.
Well... Vegas has a great number of riding days, but I have been taking it easy for the past 2 weeks or so, healing up from a little low-side. So while I gave my ribs a rest and waited for bike parts, I picked up an interesting read; "Lois on the Loose." It is a real tale of an English woman who rode a little Yamaha from Alaska to the farthest point south in South America.
I am only about a third of the way through it, and so far it is pretty good. Anyone here read it? What do you think?
Also... DANG!!! How long are these ribs going to hurt??? Outch!
Well? Have you ever done something completely crazy? I don't mean crazy stupid or crazy insane or crazy dangerous. I mean like crazy cool.
Something like packing a bag, strapping it on your bike and five days later find yourself on the opposite side of the continent.
Anyone? Quote from one of my favorite movies... "Wanna take a ride?"
Ahhh The "Frosty Balls" Las Vegas Poker run. Quite aptly named, if I do say so myself.
Registered with only minutes to spare. LOVED seeing all the bikes and leather. You see, I am a biking noob for the most part. Rode while in high school back in the 80's, but went through a LONG dry spell. Picked up a little bike last October and started getting back into it. LOVE it!
Anyway, went for a little ride out around Red Rock Canyon and pretty much froze my butt off. Had a lot of fun, even though my poker hand was a pair of 2's, 3's, queen high.
But, I'm hooked. There's another run in March and the Laughlin River run.
Anyone else here do poker or dice runs?
Your bike will go exactly where you are looking.
Look down and that is where you will end up. When changing directions, look at your destination and keep your eyes open and head up.
The road is designed to make you crash.
Life is life. It wasn't constructed to be easy, but hard. Life WILL trip you, make you fall.
What you see on the road is like an arctic iceberg; only 33% is visible.
Much of life is hidden. Know it. Expect it. Embrace it.
Proper care of your bike will help keep you safe and riding longer.
Care for YOU first. All other empathy, care and concern will blossom from that.
Be sure to check your "6" now and then.
Periodically look behind you. Most hazards are ahead, but some can sneak up on you.
Fighting the wind will just tick you off and make you tired. Focus on keeping your bike in your lane.
Let the little things go & stay on track. Fighting each and every little thing will simply tire you.
>>>>>>> All for now <<<<<<<