So often I think… I write the story of my life from the seat of my motorcycle.
That isn’t to say that I do all of my “living” on the bike. Far from it. What I mean is something more along the lines of – because I am at my most open and seemingly real self, I tend to think more clearly about the goings-on of my days.
When I am riding my thinking is so lucid, so uncluttered. I seem to be able to channel my thoughts in a way that I don’t at any other time. And let me tell you, I’m pretty funny, too. At least that’s what the voices inside my helmet say. More often than what might be deemed “healthy”, I’ll be cruising along thinking about something ridiculous and find myself chuckling out loud. Thank goodness no one else can hear what’s going on.
During my rides, I fashion my inner fantasy life into something that resembles a quirky chick-lit book. In the story, I play the goofy yet endearing protagonist who clumsily trips her way through life. Along the way I get mixed up in hair-brained schemes, have unlikely serendipitous meetings, go on absurd adventures and mingle with a cast of weird but lovable supporting characters. Each chapter is served up with a heap of laughter and a hug or two thrown in for good measure.
What? Oh, right. That is my life.
It would be impossible for me to estimate just how many times I’ve thought to myself, “I need to write that down when I get home”. Countless times. But as soon as I turn the key off, with the dim of the lights so too goes my story.
I wish I could find a way to keep it with me all the time but it seems to only live there behind the handlebars. Trying to call it back is like trying to remember a dream …just one step out of reach.
During the winter, when I’m looking for “something to do” I sometimes stop in to one of the local gear head hangs on Sunday morning at Captree State Park.
The best thing about these types of loose gatherings is that you never know what is going to turn up. There is always plenty of eye candy on hand.
Today, amongst the rows of parked hotrods, vintage beauties, Ferraris and Lamborghinis was my favorite thing of the day… a sweet bobber.
Now, this may not be something anyone would immediately identify as my type of motorcycle for riding, and that may be true – but I think it drips coolness.
Admittedly I don’t know anything about the bike or the powerplant. Please school me if you know anything by looking at the pic.
Did any of you eagle-eyed readers happen to notice on the Rat Fink sticker on the right side? I am strangely infatuated with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth‘s work. Believe it or not, when the rider pulled in the first thing my eyes went to was Rat Fink.
I don’t know if I am just a creature of habit, a 1 trick pony or what? But, there are a few landmarks here on Long Island that I cannot ride by without stopping to take a photo.
While out for a ride to enjoy the unseasonably warm December weather, I stopped in some of my favorite spots on my way east. Again.
Exhibit A: The big black bull in Manorville.
I don’t mean to stop and peer over the fence to look at the giant metal bull, it just happens. There are usually a couple furry-legged horses there in the corral that look at me like I’m an idiot when I do.
“Oh, brother. There’s the lady again. I wonder if she knows that Angus isn’t real?”
Exhibit B: The Big Duck of Flanders
The duck has some kind of magnetic field that pulls me right in. It very well could be a tractor beam emitted from its red eyes.
It never changes. It’s the same duck it’s been since the first time I saw it and yet… can’t pass it by.
Happy New Year!
The break from work leading up to Christmas and through New Years was a much needed rest. Our family spent time doing the things we love and well,… doing a whole lot of nothing. That was a nice change of pace.
During our staycation, we visited with friends and family, went to the beach a lot, and of course, rode our motorcycles. The weather was unseasonably warm on several days, including New Years Day so we tried to take full advantage of it.
Now that holiday-mode is sadly over, I hope to get back to posting more regularly. Hope to see you ’round.
Thanks for reading.