These are the many intricate and elaborate paths that we all have to take to;
- Go to work in the morning
- Go get some food
- Get the gas we need
- Go from point A to B
- Return home
For many these roads are influenced by our perceptions that we place on them due to the fact that we are commuting to work. Because we have to commute to a place of misery for some it is never acknowledged as a ride and be happy place. It is not the roads fault that some of us hate our jobs and we are searching for new employment, it is not the roads fault that there are to many cars and the commuting will take twice as long.
The road is the place that leads us to many more paths on life discoveries, it is our way of exploring the unknown and all the great places that exist along the way. Sure the daily commute is a painful process of daily driving that leads to the same place day in and day out. And of course the road gets wet and slippery and sometimes it can’t even be seen because of all the snow that’s fallen the night before. But it is the road that leads to many paths.
The Many Paths
I remember when I was a kid every summer my dad would plan the family summer vacation in our 1972 Chevy impala. This was a trip that entailed getting all four of us from New Jersey to Florida and back in the course of 2 weeks minimum, because sometimes it would last 3 weeks. I remember my father getting all the required maps, a cooler with all the refreshments and pillows and blankets.
This trip would take us on the I95 South highway straight through to Florida, but we would definitely stop in all the required stops on the family trip. We would stop at South of the Border and eat lunch and take pictures and drive on to Florida where we would stop at one of the Orange farms and buy a big bag of oranges. My father always said that Florida had the best oranges and he made it a point to stop and fill up on oranges. Afterwards we would reach our final destination, Miami Beach and check in to the hotel right on the beach for 2 weeks of beach and sun.
About the Journey
Ride and be happy!, sounds simple enough to ride and be happy and that’s the mindset we need to be in when we begin our rides to anywhere. Yes, sometimes you have a plan and need to go somewhere to pick something up and bring it back home but I am not talking about those times. What I am proposing is going through your bike checks and ensuring you have a full tank of gas and getting on your bike to ride and be happy.
To not have a plan in mind just a journey that will begin with starting up your bike and riding to the nearest path and ride. A simple yet effective form of therapy that will lead to many years of stress free living because it will be just you and the path you have chosen.
This journey will not consist of listening to the radio you have a cage for that, no, this ride will be all about exploration and discovery that you make on the road. It will be a magnificent journey that will surprise you on the many beautiful sights the highway has for you. But how do you know when you have arrived? You will know because you will pull over and say where am I and man is this all worth it. This journey of discovery will show you why you took up motorcycling in the first place and reaffirm your commitments in life. You will know why you ride and ride you must!
Ride the wind
Yes, you shall ride the winds of the earth on the man made paths everyone calls highways. It is sad to me to think that some people will never truly feel the excitement and heart beat of the earth underneath them while letting the motorcycle take you where their heart desires. Some people will just know what it’s like to commute or take a long journey from point A to point B never really appreciating all the other aspects of the road.
The exhilaration of riding the wind and feeling the ground below you while following a twisted highway or following a long road on the side of a mountain. These are experiences that can’t be explained to the average person that has not been riding a motorcycle. It is one of the many things that creates the bond of brotherhood we as bikers pass along to each other on the road in the form of a wave. It is something that brings us together at rallies and events and long rides.
Even though you might or might not be riding alone you know that you are a part of something special that you belong to the brotherhood and only they can truly understand what it is to be a biker. It really doesn’t matter what type of bike you ride it’s never been about the bike it’s about the experience that you will encounter on the road that makes it so special.
So Ride and Be Happy
Stop thinking about how much another bike would make you happy, stop buying into the idea that the bike you presently own is not enough. The bike you presently own is enough and with today s motorcycle motors it is more than enough to last a long time. Be happy and ride and thank God that you live in a country where you can purchase any type of bike your heart desires.
Be, thankful that you can go out and ride alone or with your friends without the hassles of the government impeding your ride. It amazes me that so many people are always looking to upgrade to something better or something faster. You see, this is what advertisers use into luring you into buying another bike but you really don’t need the monthly payments on a new bike.
The bike that you currently have should last you a long time and bring you many years of enjoyment and journeys. Don’t let the world dictate to you what is best for you only you can do that. I mean I presently own a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty, it has no anti-lock brakes, and it’s not a Scout but I love it.
It has taken me on some wonderful journeys here in North Dakota and I get praises on her color everywhere I go. It is reliable and she has a powerful engine. Will I someday get a newer bike? Perhaps, but right now in my life this is the perfect bike for me and I love it.
So think about what you really love about riding and start your journey on the many paths. Like life riding a motorcycle offers you many paths of self discovery so find many and go exploring to find the answers. Life is good, motorcycling just makes you feel it happening now.
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Take the long way home!