step back for a while...
November 26, 2007
It seems that now may be the right
time to step back from riding a motorcycle. I'm unsure how this
decision will affect me though the reasoning to make it
There are a few
reasons to step back:
Reasons that may
make the decision difficult to accept:
- I've been in two collisions (2001 ankle 2007
knee), both single vehicle
(me only, both on left turns). It seems that it's not the motorcycle that's
at issue, but rather the operator.
- Perhaps my one personality trait to "push it" and
little more" causes me issue when
my other personality trait, the one that says "don't do that, you'll
hurt yourself", is A.W.O.L. When the first lines up and the second is
gone - I might get hurt. I'm not sure I can, or wish to, change the first
trait though some reliability from the second would be fantastic.
- I enjoy being able to move about on my own two legs -
and they've taken a beating.
- While straight bone breaks heal to 100%
functionality, breaks to moving joints often result in reduced
performance (man-fixed just isn't the same as God-made). I have a
reconstructed right ankle and right knee. My left
knee has broken ligaments that may some day cause problems.
My right shoulder, while a minor issue, reminds me things aren't right
whenever I throw a
ball as well as often when I sleep. Any further damage to my right knee
or specifically my right ankle could cause issues with walking.
- I value independence a bit more than the benefits of
what a motorcycle can give me
- I appreciate loving family stepping in when I need help
during the mending cycle. I'm thinking more of them, and not wanting to
ask for their help, though they would, should another accident happen.
- The free spirit feeling of experiencing our
environment while unencombered by the walls of an automobile
- The feeling of being a part of all that is
out there instead of being walled off from it.
- The smells - strong or faint - that are at the nose.
The aroma of pine trees while rolling through the forest. The
local smells passing by an active bakery or bon fire or freshly
cut grass or farm field that has just been turned. Alas there
are other smells as well - the hog farm with the breeze blowing your
hot brakes from a truck as it rolls down the hill,
the skunk that didn't make it to the other side.
- Sensing the temperature changes through the day -
cool morning air with a warmng sun and the refreshingly cool evening
air after hot day
- Feeling a blast of wind where it had been blocked by
a building or hill
- Shifting through the gears with each shift being
smoothly unnoticeable (rare for me)
- Passing through a corner while you control the bike
on the desired line - not too wide, nor too tight. Controlling
the lean at just the right time to just the right amount
- Having the ability to pass a slow moving vehicle so
that the eyes can look ahead and around instead of paying concentration
to a tailgate
- Finding a smooth road such that it seems you're
floating above the ground
- The ability to readily pull over to capture a photo
where there isn't enough space for an automobile to do so]
- The ease of turning around to go back for a
- Experiencing the cooler air when rolling down a dip
in the road and the warmer air coming out of the dip
- The social relationship with other riders. Either via
a congenial wave or chatting about the day when meeting at a rest stop.
[In a car] Do you
remember the last time you waved "Hi" to another car driver as you
drove down the road?
If you wish to offer some differing view that what I'm working with, write me
, I'd like to know of it.