Scooter in the Sticks, who stole it from Princess Scooterpie. Basically, they wrote a piece about how riding changes you.
Lately I've been giving a lot of thought to changes in my personal life, but that is for another blog post at another time. My personal life of course, leaks into this blog. How can it not? Generally speaking however, when I write a blog post, I try to just concentrate on my riding, my hopefully improving skills as a rider and the adventures that I have.
I started riding for a variety of reasons and frankly none of it was to explore. Explore I have however as my bike has taken me to places that I would not have seen other wise; down roads that have surprised me with amazing beauty and odd little things that only exist if you go looking for them. I've always enjoyed exploring.
I don't have a lot of friends. Even fewer that ride. I've always been the loner type, I'm not a joiner. I've always felt a lot more comfortable in my head. Yet I've found myself going to the Bahama's with people I didn't know to ride, simply to state that I've rode in another country to be truthful. Or heading out to a restaurant to meet other scooterists. Or as part of a ad hoc group of riders going down the road. The three or four of us, each of us never speaking to each other, but forming a chain for mutual visibility and protection. An unspoken bond of the motorcyclist. The brotherhood of two wheels.
Its okay to stop however, to read that sign or admire the flowers that grow along the roadside. Or even to view the storm as it moves in across the bay. Not for to long, but just long enough to remember that nature is more powerful and beautiful than we mere mortals will ever comprehend. I've yet to find a writer that can describe that feeling of the sun shining down through the trees as we ride through the beams of light. Perhaps it's not meant to be described. I'm okay with that. Riding teaches you to be humble.
Not a bad lesson to learn.