Night before last, I took Heidi's V Star down to another friends house... who lives "On the Pavement"... so she wouldn't have to fight the gravel road... on her first "On the road in traffic" ride.
'Till now... all her Motorcycle Ridin' has been in parking lots... Saturday night was her first out on a Ribbon of Highway! :o)
I've got no memory of my first "traffic ride"... it's been a lot of years... but Miss Heidi... was juuuuust a mite... uhhh... agitated!
She did fine... Covered 'bout 25 miles up the road to Wellington to fuel up... and back... I'm thinkin' it's gonna take her a few rides to settle into a bit of a comfort zone... though... She was shakin' like a 13 year old kid on her first trip to... second base! :o)
I've told her... I don't think it's real healthy... to get 'Too' comfortable in traffic... Maintaining a certain level of "discomfort" when it comes to riding in traffic... is a good thing.
People on four wheels just don't pay close enough attention for a Biker to go gettin' comfortable... If you keep your wits about you... and ride like you're Invisible... assuming them other folks don't... or won't see you... You'll keep the paint on your bike in a lot better condition!
She says her 'nervous' is a lot like what I told her 'bout obstacle courses in the Army... how my nether parts were blowin' kisses at the world... barely hangin', almost upside down, on a wobblin' cargo net... 50... 60 feet off the ground... or climbing the outside of a wobbly, shakin', three story, tower, with nuthin' twixt you and the ground but.. Air... "Yeah" she said... "Just like that!" :o)
So... just gonna take a bunch of miles for her to find out which way she wants to roll... does she wanna truly "Ride Her own"... or rather occupy the Thrown behind me... or maybe... split her time twixt the two...?
Time's coming closer... The wildflower celebration, down to Ouray... with a week of 'chillin' before hand... and followed by this Ol' Buster realizing... after so long... my long held dream... Riding that Ribbon of Highway... all the way up the ALCAN... to Homer on the Kenai! Hoo! Ya!
I feel kind of guilty... some folks close to me... are still taking awful hits, and it hurts me... while my personal world seems to be moving toward Shining Times...
It makes me feel guilty... and nervous!
I want their troubles to go away... I ache for it... If there was something I could do to wash their sorrows away, I would, and damn the cost... but I can't... and I can't wait on that... Not while I have the opportunity to find some things I've hunted for... for too damn long.
Makes a man truly appreciate the good things he has. The Music... the Motorcycles... The People around him... without which... the rest is worthless...
Take Good Care
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