I’ve been riding a few years now. I’ve fallen into a sort of rhythm with the seasons. The spring – full of hope and dreams do what rides for the season. The summer – meeting with old friends, gaining new ones and all the adventures along the way. The fall – crisp morning with hot afternoons, kaleidoscope colours and the bittersweet realization that riding days are numbered. The winter – the time of PMS ( parked motorcycle syndrome ).
I’ve ridden in groups for many years. Formal groups that had set rules and expectations of what position I will be in and how I should ride. And in informal groups where I’ve walked away shaking my head and muttering “What a cluster@$#&!”
Along the way I’ve gained some pretty good friends and lost others. I’ve survived all the hype of the “Wild hogs” fad where riders were labelled real bikers or posers based on the personal beliefs of those doing the labelling. And, at the time, certain beliefs of the role of women in the motorcycle community.
All in all I find it amazing as to how few of those people I started riding with, still ride. Those riders who I wanted to impress and those I could walk away from without a second thought.
These days I find myself more of a solo or a smaller, choice group of 3-4 that I enjoy and trust.
I can never picture myself not riding. Or at least not until I’m in my 80s or 90s.
All in all, the road has been kind. It’s helped me distress, been my therapist, weeded out those who really weren’t friends and taught me a whole series of lessons on life.
Here’s looking forward to another year of roads, smiles, lessons and meeting up with new friends and those from riding seasons past.
See you on the road!
Travel safe ~ ride well
But on a motorcycle….. I thought that was obvious. Lol
It’s the time of the year where a person looks back and takes stock. 2022 was an interesting time.
This is the end of the year. And it’s been an interesting one. I’ve gained friends and lost them. I’ve checked off items in my bucket list and added some more.
Mentally it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. Unfortunately it’s been more valleys than highs when it comes to my career. But on the other side it’s been more highs in my personal life. I know it’s supposed to balance itself out but when I spend more time at work than off – things get to be a tad off balance.
All in all it’s been a good year -> better than the previous ones. Covid played havoc on quite a few things.
Now we are rounding the bases to start 2023. And I’ve started another list for this year.
Hopefully I’ll see you in the future- until then have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.
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