Several months back my husband began talking about purchasing a motorcycle. I was skeptical, but knew that it would be a fun past-time. Recently, he decided on a bike and brought it home a few days later. Oh boy, was he wobbly. He had not ridden for 20-something years. I trailed close behind him in my truck that evening.
On a whim I decided I wanted to learn how to ride. I surprised myself. I did not want to ride on the back of a bike. I wanted to learn to ride!
About as quickly as that thought entered my mind, the next thought pushed its way in. Not only did I not want to ride tandem, I wanted my own bike. 48 hours later I parked my own bike in the garage. And I am still laughing at that maneuver!
That same day I began studying the Ohio motorcycle manual. I studied it through the holiday weekend.
I also field practiced on the bike once during the weekend. I wanted to get a feel for the clutch, throttle, let off of the brakes (send power to the back wheel). It was too hot to practice long, especially in a helmet. I went for short jags, 20-100 feet. That was enough for day 1. I did better than I thought I would. I laid it down once in the grass. As soon as my husband pulled the bike off of me, I was giggling. Rolling in the grass giggling!
Yesterday, less than a week after I began making all of the moves to learn to ride, I passed the 40 question motorcycle exam. I missed 4 questions. It was stunning to me. I am grinning as I type this! I am having a time of my life with all of this.
Can you see me trolling along a country road with a baby goat, or 6 week old bottle fed kitten, sitting on the handlebars, or strapped to the back seat?
The Goat Lady has went wild.
Actually, slow cruising, back roads, enjoying life, with a new hobby, is all that I am looking for. But, it is new, and it is fun, and who would have thought?
I go for a 16 hour rider’s course in August. And, guess who said he wanted to go with me? I cannot ask for more, he is my best friend. Bless his heart!
Life is short, better enjoy it now!