And similarly to the Macro society we inhabit it encapsulates individuals with different approaches to the sport. Some choose to be commuters, long distance tourers, weekend warriors, dedicated motorheads year-round riders or a combination of the aforementioned. I fall somewhere along weekend warrior and long distance tourer, at least for now, in an ideal world I would be a year-round rider, that is the goal.
This past month marked the completion of yet another yearly cycle of my existence on this blue planet. After a few decades of roaming around this place, yearly cycles become less of a party occasion and more of an assessment event, just like a rest stop when one tours. And the following questions may surface: Is this the intended path? How far is it from point A to point B? Am I on track? All these questions may only cause a bit of anxiety, and so at times it’s best to just roll along…. eliminate self-consciousness and simply ride.
When I first returned to the sport after nearly a ten-year absence, I felt I had to go out and make up for all those years and ride. I soon realized I should slow down literally and figuratively, and simply enjoy. I have now found a nice rhythm and a style that suits my state of mind. If I must identify myself I suppose I’d consider myself a tourer, but fundamentally simply a motorcyclist. My goals and moto-aspirations these days are simple: ride and record the adventures.
This is one of the reasons why I started this blog. The other day I came up with the idea that I should record and display the places I’ve traveled to on my bike, but how? The answer came in the form of stickers, State flag stickers that is. I’m also a Military history fan, and decided to borrow an idea from past military aviators and display the flags on a panel on my 250R, just like they would have displayed number of kills in dogfights. Only time will determine how many stickers I will be able to add to my panel, but that is less relevant than the adventure.
Ultimately, I do agree with Confucius, in that epic journeys begin with a single movement, my journey so far has taken me 3400 miles/ 5440 km, 8 States, and it has been awesome!
Some may think that motorcycling is a dangerous sport, and I agree, but I also ask the following: what isn’t dangerous? Would you rather sit in the safety of your home and wake up tomorrow and wish you had...[fill in the blank]. I won’t have that problem, motorcycling is my life’s passion! What is yours?. Enjoy the Ride!