Tomorrow, it will be five years since I started this page.
Five years ago I put myself out into the blogging world and let the chips fall where they may. I've maintained other blogs, and have done some other writing before this blog of course...and I can honestly and truly say that I've been paid for my content as well (although I write strictly for fun now).
first piece and a few others of my early blog, I can't help but cringe. Although the enthusiasm was there, the knowledge was not. Over that time period I've grown in knowledge and experience at least.
I started riding a small Yamaha Zuma 125; which was wonderful for the city streets of Tampa, but not so good for the move to the rural country about a year before the blog started. I had no one to train me, no one to ride with and I put on a lot of miles just scooting around parking lots and fields before I took the bike out into the street. I remember often pulling over late at night to allow a car to pass me because I was paranoid about getting hit from behind.
Today I ride on highways and back roads equally with no fear, and although I still watch my mirrors, I've not as paranoid as I once was.
I have grown as a rider in many ways, but I'm still just a "scooter commuter" in that I've not ridden that far. I've not driven across the state, I've not ridden over two hundred odd miles in one day. In fact, I've only a couple 150 mile days under my belt. There always seems to be some excuse, some other demand on my time and life. Kimmie's got more than enough room for an overnight bag and that's something I want to work on during the next five years. Going further, riding out and staying the night, even camping.
I don't see myself giving up motorcycling anytime soon. Although when I feel I have nothing left to say, or the blog becomes more of a chore than fun, then this blog will simply disappear into the mists of internet lore. I certainly hope it helped another rider in some small way.
Frankly though, adding mileage to my bike has been one of my goals this year. I'm out on the bike more than I have been in some time. I'm not even watching the weather like a hawk that match anymore, since I feel that pretty confident that I can ride in almost anything.
Nor am I sure how long I'm going to have Kimmie. I told Susan yesterday that I plan on running her into the ground...and I probably will. She's a good bike and I've added a few farkles to her over time as well. She's a lot like me. Not that flashy, hard working and reliable but not to be underestimated. She's stronger than she looks but has been scratched and dented by life. Kymco is not a big name bike in America, but I would buy another in a heartbeat.
Here's to another five years. Here's to countless miles. Here's to fun, friendship and the wonder that only cresting a hill and seeing the world spread out before you can bring. Here's to riding.