You may wonder how I came to start a blog about motorcycling and I have to admit, it has been a twisty road. Good thing those are my favorite types, eh?
Seriously though, my dad started putting me on the back of his bike when I was a child and too young to be fearful. He taught me respect for the motorcycle, how to be a smart rider; to wear a helmet and protective gear, always. Be aware of how my movements as a passenger impact the driver and the motorcycle in general, important lessons that I’ve carried forward into adult life.
Sometime in my late teens my boyfriend put me on his dirt bike and taught me to ride on my own. That began a whole new chapter in life for me, but it wasn’t until many years later that I went after my own motorcycle license endorsement. He wasn’t the last boyfriend to take me riding and show me how much fun could be had on two wheels.
At one point I bought my own bike and as many riders know, the day will come that you are going to put it down. When that day came for me I flipped out, put the bike in the garage and sold it before ever riding again. Now I look back and kick myself for the loss of those 15 years of great riding and know I must tackle this fear once and for all.
Fast forward to early 2016 when I met a new friend who became my rally partner (to be called “RP” for short). He began telling me about something called ‘long distance endurance riding’ that he’s into. I thought hmm, what does that mean, a few hundred miles in a weekend? Oh, I had so much to learn!
As I heard about people doing 1,000 miles in 24 hours and even longer distances I thought this couldn’t be possible! RP was talking to me about an upcoming rally in August here in Colorado. We didn’t have details yet, but expected this rally would take us through at least a couple of western states during the 32-hour time limit. I seriously questioned 1) how I could even do that 2) my sanity at attempting it and 3) what happens if I freak out and can’t finish?
Well, more to come on this topic, I promise. But I did do it and it put me on a path that has already changed my life in myriad ways. Stay tuned for more . . .