Touring on a VStar 650 Custom: “I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?" (unknown)
Yes Emily, girls can ride motorcycles!
Friday, May 17, 2013
“A sure cure for what ails ya!”
The Stars pick up date has been delayed by miserable weather;
rain and hail, wind and cold, and I have been afflicted with a cold. It’s not
just an ordinary cold but a stop the world, I am incapacitated, my mother told
me to go to the doctor, of course I ignored her, there is no cure for the
common cold – cold!
Today I finally arrived at KTec to pick her up and no one
paid any attention to me as I stuffed the bags full of my work day paraphernalia.
I had already paid for the oil change on Monday when I stopped by to let them
know my death by cold was imminent and I didn’t want to leave an outstanding
debt (really I didn’t want to sneeze, cough, drip or drool in the new helmet.) So,
without fanfare I was ready to ride - sort of, after all it’s been 7 months.
So, after 7 months …“I forgot how much stuff I have to wear.
Really, I didn’t bring my socks, how could I forget my socks? Do I remember how
to ride this thing? I don’t think it
feels as heavy as it did last year. Freak, it’s not going to start – right, it’s
cold, it’s a Yamaha - where the heck did the choke go?” Chu, chu, chu, Bruum,
bruum! I eased out the clutch and
rolled, ever so gently, on the throttle … “Am I going to make it out of the parking
lot without dropping it? Crap, I should have picked a different day – what was
I thinking, Friday night on a long weekend? Am I in third gear or fourth. Man,
it’s been a long 7 months. Did I cancel the signal light, oh ya, I did – but I
think I’ll do it again just to be sure. If I cough in the new helmet will the
germs stay there all summer, hey my nose stopped running.Is the new helmet going to be too much of a
distraction for the first ride? Better take that throughway behind the shopping
centre to get a few curves in before I have a serious corner to take. Traffic –
what was I thinking! Oh yeah, I’m all alone inside my helmet again, I’ve got way
too much time to think. Hey, I like this new helmet, it isn’t distracting at
all (as a matter of fact it’s quieter and I’ve got better mobility, I’m going
to have to blog about that.) Yeah! I made it home!"
As I opened the door one last time tonight to look at her, I
swear I could almost smell the lilacs – almost. Maybe, just maybe, bringing a
motorcycle home can cure the common cold.
Take two wheels along with a healthy
dose of sunshine, double digit temperatures, add in a Friday night (on a long
weekend) and it’s sure to “cure what ails ya!”
I have visions of summer dancing in my head as I write this post, sitting shoeless, on the porch. I have no idea what the temperature is right now but I know that it is 9:30 and I'm comfortable sitting outside, listening to a symphony of frogs, raccoons and other nocturnal choristers.
No motorcycle ride today, it's booked for release next week, but I was glad I had the chance to walk by the water, not my lake, but the big water - Lake Ontario.
It's getting dark out here ... and it's a little bit spooky. Time to go inside. Hope your day was as glorious as mine.