People ask me all the time, “You rode there by yourself?”
My answer to them is “I like to ride by myself.”
I find solitude in bike riding. I find a peace that is hard for me to explain. I enjoy the actual ride better when I am not worried about whether someone else needs to stop for a bathroom break, a rest break, gas, or food.
Mind you, I do not dislike riding with other people, I just find that when I am by myself, I ride at my pace. I stop for gas when I need to, I eat when I want to, I stop for a bathroom break when I feel like it, and I rest when I am tired.
I have always said that to me riding is the fun part about going somewhere. I am not a tourist. I don’t want to spend a day visiting an old battlefield, a museum, or other tourist attraction. I want to ride.
Recently I have started taking three day trips. I will leave on Thursday, and return on Saturday. It is imperative to get where I want to go in a hurry so I have a little time to explore the area before heading home. Thank God for the Interstate Highway System.
I love the interstates. I love bringing my Goldwing up to speed, setting the cruise control, turning on my MP3 player, and eating up many a mile. I have always liked the interstates. All the way back in the 1960’s when they first came into being till now, they have always been a favorite way of travel for me. I use the interstates to get where I am going in a hurry. If I want to go to West Virginia, I take the super slab to get there in a hurry.
Once I have arrived at my destined area, I choose the smallest back roads I can find on the map. This way as I ride around an area, I have the chance to see the beautiful countryside, and how the people of the area really live. I see all of the things you don’t see on the interstates. When I am ready to go home, I get back on the super slab, and cruise back home.
I am not lonesome when I ride, I am happy. I enjoy my being by myself. I guess I am satisfied with me. Besides, I can share the trip with hundreds of people on my website.
If you see a blue Goldwing motoring down the highway, be sure to wave, cause I will be waving at you. It matters not to me what you ride, as long as you enjoy the ride.