Plan A Is Only A Small Part Of The Story

When I was writing the post about using Mid-Atlantic lighthouses as a ride destination, I kept thinking about what really happens when you plan to go and see a “thing.” When the ride is done and dusted, that thing you set off to see is only part of the story.

One of the best parts of a ride is all of the unexpected sights along the way – the things that were unknown to you when you said to yourself, hey, I think i’ll go check out x,y,z. Maybe it’s a coffee shop, a giant fiberglass chicken, a pinball arcade, or a gorgeous valley spilling out below. Who knows? Even when you tread a familiar path, each day you do it, you do it with new experiences and new ideas in your mental bank that open your eyes to things you’ve never noticed before.

Have you discovered anything new on the way somewhere else lately?



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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5 Responses

  1. RichardM says:

    Last summer, I “discovered” that all of the fresh water ferries in B.C. were free. After that, I started looking for more ferries.

  2. Shybiker says:

    So true — and a real motivation to get out in the world. You don’t know what awaits you. I’m often surprised at natural beauty. For example, up in the mountains, in the morning there’s sometimes mist slowly rising off the trees. It looks heavenly. Hard to believe it’s real. I saw it yesterday and was stunned.

  3. Curvyroads says:

    That happens to some extent on most of our trips, but I credit that to a need to always see “what’s down that road”!

    Lately, we have found unexpected surprises on kayaking trips too, like a long-abandoned stone chimney, or a great view of a lighthouse.

    Keep finding those bonus surprises! They are so fun…

  4. Chris says:

    Discovered the Studebaker Museum in South Bend IN. Cool place and they had postcards 🙂

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