When a Ride Becomes Something Less

Jul 05, 2012 View Comments by

We have all had this happen to us; we plan out a tour ride with a few friends, study the maps for the most interesting curvy roads. Check out the local sights worth seeing, even read some reviews of the best watering holes. We check over our mounts, top off the oil and gas, even check our tire pressure, we have done our homework and everything is set to go for another great adventure!

Then, it starts to unravel, bit-by-bit; mile-by-mile it starts to go wrong. The “adventure” is becoming nothing more than a commute. All you’re doing is trying to get to your next stop as quickly as you can, you have a death grip on the bars, your jaw is set in pure determination, and all you want to do is get it over with! At this point the road could be perfection but it doesn’t matter, it’s just a way to a means. Wow, what went wrong?

Well, lots, and this is where this blog becomes “interactive,” I will start out the list, but expect you, the reader, to “fill-in-the-blanks,” we have all been there:

1) Wrong bike; too little, or too much for the trip, or the roads encountered. (Man do I have experience with this!)

2) Wrong, or missing equipment, i.e.; no windshield, rain suit, or gloves.


Ride on.

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About the author

A Wisconsin farm boy, I learned how to ride a cow, before a horse and way before a motorcycle. I first started riding on my 16th birthday and I took my first real ride at my party: I pulled a wheelie and dug a trench in the lawn, which sent the bike in one direction and me in another. I was irrevocably hooked!