Please...Take This Little Piece of Advice....
I will be riding the final 400 miles of my journey tomorrow. By the time I put my Valk in the garage I will have ridden about 4500 miles in nine-and-a-half-days.
I just got back from the hustle & bustle of downtown Cripple Creek and I am sitting in my hotel room feeling quite sorry that the journey ends tomorrow. While I'm feeling this way I would like to pass on my feelings. Please read this and THINK about it. Those of you who have done anything like this will most likely agree.
First, let me recap my, trip:
Day 1) Departed Albuquerque, NM on Thurs after work. Rode to Amarillo Texas.
Day 2) Amarillo TX-Clarksville Ark.
Day 3) Clarksville Ark-Knoxville TN.
Day 4) Knoxville TN-New Bern NC
Day 5) New Bern NC-Virginia Beach VA.
Day 6) Virginia Beach VA-Ashland KY
Day 7) Ashland KY-St. Louis MO.
Day 8 ) St. Louis MO-Hays KS
Day 9) Hays KS-Cripple Creek CO
Day 10) Cripple Creek CO-Albuquerque NM
You probably already have a great bike for a trip like this..I did it on my Standard...an Interstate would probably be better for a haul like this...heck, I even caught myself thinking about the new Goldwings, but any Valk will do.
My advice?? When you have vacation time enough to do it..get on your bike and ride, I mean ride far away. Ride about 400-500 miles a day for a few days. Ride all these miles in the same general direction...get FAR away from home..and then map out a DIFFERENT return trip.
The point is..get out and SEE this GREAT country that we live in. It's BEAUTIFUL!! The people in this country are sooo different, yet similar in sooo many ways. Take your ride. Ride the back roads when you can. Stop at the little gas station and talk to the girl who's working there until she has the opportunity to escape (they always seem to be girls). Ask them how they like living in __________ ____________. They'll ask you "where are you from". When you tell them about your ride they'll wish that they could go with you. Talk to the college student who's waiting the tables at the local eatery. They'll want to sit down and talk with you...alot of times they do!! Count the times you come out of the gas station and see the locals checking out your Valk. I was told in 2 different states "I've seen it on the television but never in person". Count the times that you're passed by some "poor ol' dad" driving a mini van with a load of kids...read his lips and he mouths out "you lucky bastard". Laugh when you see him at the next gas station and he offers you his van AND it's contents in trade for your bike.
Discover the respect that you both give AND receive from other bikers
you meet under a bridge waiting for the raincloud to pass. They see you
riding in the same elements that they are riding in. You ain't trailering
(no offense, I know there are many reasons to trailer..that's another
issue), you are RIDING that bike in the sun and rain.
Make plans to attend the Ride In at Zanesville next year. I didn't go
this year and believe me, I wasn't because of the distance. Don't worry if
you think that it's too far...the farther...the better. Do NOT think about
how far away it is. The BEST part of GOING to Zanesville will be in
GETTING to Zanesville. That's why I feel sorry for the people who live
close to Zanesville (IF it stays as the only location year after year, but
I digress...that too is another issue).
What I'm saying is...enjoy motorcycling. The short little jaunts around your home are fine but when you REALLY want to live it up....ride away, ride FAR away....Hopefully, I'll meet you on the road.
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