I wish I hadn’t seen that and then again maybe it was good that I did. Leaving work the day before I plan to leave, traveling the frontage road of I-25 and there it was. Traffic backed up on the interstate for 2 miles both directions. I am kind of use to it and that is why I travel the frontage roads and the back roads, this stretch of interstate always has wrecks and backups especially around rush hour. I wasn’t ready for it this time though. As I got closer to the flashing lights of the ambulances, firetrucks and cop cars I saw it. Motorcycle upside down and in the ditch, two other motorcycles upright and parked on the side of the road. I couldn’t look and just drove on bye. Great, just what I needed the day before I leave, a bad omen. Wait; maybe it was wake up call, I know I have been riding stupid lately, way to fast, not paying attention, showing off way too much, taking chances!
I always valued myself as a safe rider, but lately I have gotten cocky, need to slap myself and review my own rules.
I have this simple outline in my riding diary and review it daily before each ride, it is just an outline but each note means a lot.
Time to leave, not ready, not packed, can’t seem to let the work go. Ride, work, which one is going to win?
I want the ride to win, but little signs keep telling me that work is going to follow me on this trip.
Have to cut this one short, need to finish packing, you know the little rolls of clothes wrapped tight in rubber bands, finish checking out the bike, finish some last minute work emails and get ready for my date.
Date? Oh yeah, I have a date with a nurse out west, for now we will just call the nurse “Red Fox”. West, over the mountains, I know Sturgis isn’t west from here but what a way to start this years trip and head into the Rockies!
“I rode up the hill so I could see. When I got there, I saw I could ride on and see more.”
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