Photo: Riding Along Lac Du Mont Cenis

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Sometimes I go through periods of time where nothing seems to make any sense. I think I have mental problems. I can’t sit still, I can’t write, I can’t relax, I can’t be alone with my thoughts because I feel like I’m going to burst into a million pieces.

When these times come along, I do have the wherewithal to know I’m being a nut. And so I try to get my shit together, try to focus, try to work through whatever that underlying turbulence is.

Sometimes one of my go to things to get my head together is to write about my day. Even if it is just a sentence or two, I write down all sorts of things. (My drafts folder runneth over.) I never see these goofy tidbits as blog-worthy because they’re the peripheral pieces of my life that have nothing to do with motorcycles. And believe it or not, I do kinda-sorta try to keep things moto-related here. Even if it is something not really motorcycley but I just happened to think about while riding. When I deviate from that, I feel like I’m cheating on my own blog.

One method that helps me focus is to skim through my photos, pick one and write something that I remember about the time that it was taken.

This GoPro shot was taken along the Col du Mont Cenis. We were on our way to the town of Susa, Italy to meet our friend Pimmie. The blue of the water was surreal. Seeing something so magnificent makes you just want to cast off your suburban life and run away to stay in the mountains forever.

Do you know that feeling? The one where for a minute you contemplate what it would be to walk away from your current existence for a complete change. In that moment, you mean it with all your heart. Just ship me my kid and my dog and I’ll send you a postcard! Then logic and reason and those two fuckers guilt and responsibility come and rain on your parade. One day I want to be one of those people that tells those four jerks to go to hell.

fuzzygalore riding on col du mont cenis


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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4 Responses

  1. Riding, and blogging, have provided outlets to drain the chaotic energy and straighten my head. Like you, I don’t post a lot about the noise but the process does help.

    The picture of the road to Susa looks as if you’re headed to heaven. Thanks for sharing that and hope you don’t have to send any postcards.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  2. Rosie says:

    I like this post and pic a lot. Reading it made me feel like you crawled into my head and typed my thoughts. Nice to know I’m not alone 🙂
    But I feel like even if you did leave your suburban life and rode off into the mountains for a change, your mind comes along for the ride and sooner or later it’s gonna piss in your pamper again!
    This quote helps me along sometimes:
    “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
    -Wayne Dyer

  3. Raindog says:

    If it’s any reassurance, you are not the only one (ugh, that sounds so cliche). I am certain that there are more who can relate than there are those who’d look at you with that tilted-dog’s-head what-the-fuuuuu expression of confusion.

    I’d never wish it upon another: despair, a perception of pointlessness, fear of mental disintegration, mindquaking depression. Yet whenever such grips are upon me, it’s a relief to hear about or from others who’ve been there and made it through, especially when it had seemed that they really had their shit together.

    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
    ~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross

    I was raised religious, but it never took. Believe me, I’ve often wondered if I didn’t try hard enough or if I’m just not one of god’s “chosen” ones. I’m simply suspicious of prophets, skeptical that anyone skin and bones like me could tell me anything about god or purpose that god wouldn’t bother to tell me directly, for skin and bone humans can be corrupted, can have their own agendas (oh yeah, this is a can of worms). That said:

    “A shallow mind is a sin against God,” he said. “A man who does not struggle is a fool.”
    ~ spoken by Rav Tuvya Sharfman in In The Beginning by Chaim Potok

    I, too, regularly look through pics of my past adventures and think, “I want to be there. Right there. Right now.” Thank goodness for those adventures, and thank goodness for those photographs.

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