This past weekend was lovely. It was warm and sunny with a near zero chance of rain, the humidity; always a killer here in Florida, was manageable.
It's Monday morning as I write this. The day is going to be warm, a tad humid but again something manageable. There is a slight chance of rain (15%) around 2 PM but I'll be at work then. Nice and safe in my office and Kimmie will be tucked into her safe parking spot that is reserved for motorcycles only. Protected by an old oak tree with leaves as big as my open hand.
Sounds like a perfect day to ride in.
Only I don't want to.
In fact, I've toyed with the idea of selling her.
I started this blog way back on August 23rd, 2011. I'm come a long way in that five years. I've put on a lot of miles and have undergone two nasty accidents. I've almost been hit, I've almost gone down when a animal committed suicide under my tires. I've avoid a deer so close that I could have reached out and touched it.
I've also seen wonders. Gone down country roads with a song in my heart. I've watched sunsets and sun rises through my visor. I've stretched out my arms on my bike and went "WHOSH" like a little child. I've felt like a little child. I've made new friends via riding.
So why don't I want to ride?
As we near the end of 2015 I look back and think about all the time lost due to Sue's ongoing medical issues...she is the primary motivator in my life and frankly I'm not sure what I would do without her. She does and always will come first.
Thankfully things seem to be looking up on that front. Also for most of 2014 and 2015 I've been chasing mechanical issues as many long time readers know.
So many that I've played with the idea of getting a new bike. Still though....would I ride if I did? Besides, now is not the time for a new bike. Sue's health concerns come first. Plus, I've about 3 more years to go and I'll be in a much better spot financially (both cars will be paid off in full) and then I can play with the idea of taking on new debt.
In a few minutes I'll be going to work. I will be riding Kimmie. I know that the highway is out of the question today as there was a nasty accident that has traffic backed up for miles. I know that I have to leave a little earlier than usual. I know that I will crave my Duncan Donuts coffee. I think, feel, that if I'm going to recapture that magic that I once felt I need to get back on the bike.
I need to ride more again. I also know that I have a long ride planned for Saturday, so we will see how that goes.