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#61 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:49 pm

I have a picture of you shortly after you started riding, you're standing by your bike in Deep Cove.
The smile on your face is contagious, you can tell that you are doing something that gives you
incredible pleasure. That smile is no different than the one you've just recently posted of you by
the entrance to Manning Park.

Since I've met you, that smile was the biggest change in your "Visible" emotions, and it has been
great to be there watching that change come over you. In my opinion, to sell the bike would be a
great misadventure, but, that is my opinion. I have been your main riding partner for this
last year, and I would hate to think that something I've said or done has contributed to this
crossroads in your life.

Just a few points to consider...
  1. Your skill on the bike has done nothing but improve everytime you've taken it out of your garage.
  2. The way you currently ride, shows that you are now having more fun on the bike rather than
    using each ride just as a learning experience.
  3. Our recent trip to keremeos showed that you were, and are, up the challenges of distance riding,
    (450 miles for your first long ride was was more than some riders will ever do in a day.)
  4. Helmet head, hiking hair, and for that matter bed head... none of those matter, what matters, is
    the smile. If the smile is gone, then so is your joy. IMHO






There is no criticism intended here, only a point of view and a reminder of the joy...


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#62 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:26 pm

cb360 wrote:Hey - are you sure letting the insurance lapse is a good idea financially orks differently in Canada, but here in the US it can actually cost MORE when you renew if you've let it lapse and try to re-up in the riding season.

Of course the fact that you can get car insurance for 3 days is a completely foreign idea to me. I've had car insurance continually for the last 23 years and if I ever didn't have it for a period I'd get a huge upcharge for 'no prior insurance'. They even got me for being in the Peace Corps for two years - I told them. "There wasn't a car in the entire village!" - didn't matter, I had to pay waht is essentially a penAlty for no prior insu5rance until I'd been insured for a year. What a racket.
There is no problem to put storage insurance on the bike and then insure it in the Spring. I will get the same price regardless. At one point I had no vehicle for a few years and when I got one I still had my good rate of insurance. They look at your driver's license number to see your record. If you have a clean driving record you get the best rates.

When my car insurance expired on March29, I parked the car and just put storage insurance on it. You can do the same with a bike. If there is a really nice day in December for example, I could go get a day permit or a weekend permit and use the bike.

For this weekend the 3 days of insurance is costing me $76.00 and that is with all the liability and collision. The gas may end up costing more than the insurance with the way gas prices are these days.
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#63 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:31 pm

cb360 wrote:I don't get a tenth of the comments you seem to endure. If I got that much unsolicited advice I think I'd start cutting them off mid-sentence... 'I'm not looking for any advice - thank you though!"
Thank you for the suggestion. I think I will start using that.



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#64 Unread post by cb360 » Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:07 pm

I hope you hang in there too. My wife just started riding right around the same time you did. She rides a Rebel250 - she's probably only put 1500 miles on the bike all summer. She rides fairly frequently but they are all short rides. She's having a great time and she loves it, but she's taking it slow. You are light years ahead of her already in terms of mileage and experience. She's still skittish and hasn't been above 55 and she hasn't rode 100 miles in a day yet. Unless the finances are just not workable you should definitely hang in there. Even if you've bitten off more than you could chew moneywise you could always sell the bike and get a used one until you get the money stuff in order. Either way, I love the blog and would like to see it continue.

Crazy insurance rules up there in Canada... they seem so... reasonable. Down here the driving record cert5ainly matters as well, but you'll get a penalty even if you have a clean record if you've dared to not give the ins. companies any money for a few years.
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#65 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:46 pm

cb360, my bike is paid for. I had been saving a $100. a month for eons towards my retirement. I cashed in one of my plans to pay for the bike. I had decided I would rather have the satisfaction of motorcycling now than regretting later that I never did it.

I'm glad you enjoy the blog. I guess I better get out and ride somewhere so I will have something to write about.....unless you want to hear about my backpacking weekend. :wink:
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#66 Unread post by BuzZz » Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:55 pm

blues2cruise wrote: ....... I guess I better get out and ride somewhere so I will have something to write about.....unless you want to hear about my backpacking weekend. :wink:
Depends... did you get a knee down? :laughing:
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#67 Unread post by blair » Sat Sep 24, 2005 7:23 pm

I'd just like to take this opportunity to point out that blues' blog has more messages in it than mine.
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#68 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Sep 24, 2005 11:15 pm

blair wrote:I'd just like to take this opportunity to point out that blues' blog has more messages in it than mine.
Ok, I'll drop by and leave you one. :laughing:
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#69 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Sep 24, 2005 11:17 pm

BuzZz wrote:
blues2cruise wrote: ....... I guess I better get out and ride somewhere so I will have something to write about.....unless you want to hear about my backpacking weekend. :wink:
Depends... did you get a knee down? :laughing:
No, but I would have like to put my knee into my brother's brain. The title of the entry could be called "Mr. GQ goes hiking". :roll:
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My first group ride....with a local "chapter"

#70 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Sep 24, 2005 11:30 pm

Riding With the Big Boys

My last blog entry was quite bleak sounding. I believe this entry will be somewhat more uplifting. I visited my doctor regarding my mental health and have received a bit of help with it. One of the doctor’s recommendations was to get out and be with people….although I don’t think the doctor had meeting up with a local chapter of a motorcycle club in mind. The suggestion was for me to get out to gym where there would be exercise classes and music. I also took Dr. Gummiente’s advice to go for a ride. So I combined the two suggestions into one and went for a club ride today.
I haven't had time to go for ny solo rides except for a couple of commutes to and from work. My usual morning jaunt that I like so much (along Marine Drive) had failed to produce my usual smile. It's like I'm just going through the motions. So I went for a big ride with the big boys.

Although it makes me somewhat nervous to go meet new people, I also know I will never “expand” my horizons if I just stay home.
“How did I meet these people”, you ask. I was on a website for ISRA and saw a link for the Southern Cruisers chapter in Langley. I decided to have a look and there just happened to be a ride planned for today. They were meeting at Tim Horton’s in Langley. I made a post and asked if I found the Tim Horton’s could I join their ride to Harrison. Not only did they say I was welcome but they also sent me directions to get to the meeting place.
A little later I received an e-mail from the First Officer welcoming me and hoping I would join them on the ride.

So-o-o-o-o….at 7:30 this morning, I took my bike to the carwash area in my garage. I couldn’t go and meet a group of hardcore riders with a dirty bike, after all. :wink: I left home at 9:30 for my ride to Langley to meet up with these folks. I was the first to arrive and as there was no parking left at the front, I rode my bike to back lot, but still in view of the entrance. A few minutes later, the second officer arrived and put two and two together and rode over to me.
“Are you going to ride with us today?” he asked.
“I’m hoping too,” I replied.
“Great!” he said, with a big smile. “Glad to have you along!”
I felt a little better already. As we were standing chatting, the first officer rode in and joined us. He introduced himself as Vince. He was the one who had sent me the welcoming message the evening before. I thanked him for sending me that message. Getting the message had made it feel like a sincere welcome as opposed to just a post on a website. We left our bikes and went in to get coffee. How nice…..Gary bought my coffee and bagel….. :)
Back outside, I told him I had never been on a group ride and asked if there was any protocol I needed to know. He said he would be giving a “rundown” of the rules when everyone was there. While the three of us were chatting and drinking our coffee, four more riders arrived.
There was Brad, Leo, John, Ray, Vince, Gary and me. We all introduced ourselves and shook hands all around. Then Gary gave us the “rules” for a club group ride.
We would be riding staggered with a 2 second count from the rider directly in front of you and a 1 second count from the rider you were staggered beside. He explained how changing lanes and passing worked. Ray was to be our road captain and Gary was tail gunner. He said since I was a new rider I was to ride first behind Ray.
Mounted up and ready to go, we left the parking lot. We turned right onto the bypass and …… :shock: Yikes! :shock: ...Ray accelerated really fast so I had some catching up to do. No problem. I shifted and gave my bike some gas and shifted up again. I was up with Ray in no time. We came to a stop at the red light. Now that I am aware I will accelerate more briskly. When the light turned green, I was ready and this time I kept up with Ray. He has a 1700cc Road Star, so that would explain why he can accelerate so easily. We made our way to the Albion Ferry lineup. The wait was only about 10 minutes before we could board and be on our way. After disembarking we once again assembled in a group and rode to Mission where we were to meet up with one more rider. We pulled into the gas station and met up with Antonio. Now we were eight. The eight of us got back on the road for our ride to Harrison. I was having no problem keeping up because Ray was a good road captain. Well mostly a good road captain. There were a couple of occasions when he pulled out to pass and of course we all were to follow….I happened to look down at my speedo… :o 130kmh….Once back into our own lane though, the speed came back down to a more reasonable pace.
We were keeping a brisk pace and fast approaching the part of the ride that has all the twisties that go up the mountain and then abruptly down. I could keep up the speed easily enough for the first ¾ of this stretch but I was concerned about the last bit. I didn’t want to have to slow the group down too much…but wait….what did I see ahead? A tow truck going really slow. :mrgreen: I was actually glad to see a slow moving vehicle in front of Ray. It meant I could take this last bit slow and not feel like I was the one holding up the group.

Once back down on level ground our pace picked up and before long we were in Harrison. We stopped in at The Old Settler Inn. It’s easy to see it’s a biker friendly place because of the bikes already parked in the lot. It is also popular with tourists, too.
It was coffees and juices all around with our lunch. These guys were quite a responsible bunch and didn’t have any alcohol with their lunches.

It was during lunch that Gary mentioned the Antonio would like to lead us on a ride over some back roads through Chilliwack. Leo, John and Brad decided to leave us at that point because they had to get back early. So, after lunch, the remaining five of us carried on to Chilliwack. Holy cow! Antonio sure rides fast. Although I was keeping up and we were not unsafe, I was keeping my eyes open for police.
Aaaaacccckkkk…..What is that horrible smell? There was a honey wagon in action. For those that don’t know what a honey wagon is….it is a truck with a nozzle that spews fertilizer as it drives along in the fields.

To be continued……It was along day and I need to get to sleep. I will finish tomorrow.





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#71 Unread post by Wizzard » Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:59 pm

For what it's worth , here is my 2¢ . I think that if anyone deserves to keep riding it's you . After working as hard as you have to accomplish this goal it would really be a shame to give it all up now simply because of some egotistical , no cojones , group of males who are obviously insecure and whose opinions don't amount to a hill of beans anyway .
In the words of my favorite troubador ;
"Now for the best and later for the garbage ."
Life is far too short to try to live it by anyone else's standards my friend .

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#72 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:26 pm

Thank you Wizzard.
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#73 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:33 pm

Part 2 of Riding With the Big Boys.

After recovering from the retched smell of the honey wagon, I got a whiff of some new mown grass. Now that smelled very nice. It’s a regular cornucopia of fragrances out in the Fraser Valley. Following behind Antonio I had no idea where I was most of the time. Antonio sure knew the area well, though.
We went through downtown Chilliwack and just on the outskirts Antonio pulled into a Harley Davidson dealership.
“I didn’t know you guys were going to take me shopping!” I said.
That produced a laugh out them. I then tried to open the door of the shop and when it wouldn’t open I jokingly said “I have a Yamaha. They won’t let me in!”
The manager happened to be outside and laughed along with me and said that everyone was welcome.
Antonio needed a brace for the forks on his bike. Ray explained why. It had to do with the fact that Antonio’s bike doesn’t have triple tree.
After perusing the bikes and saddle bags that I will never be able to afford, it was time to mount up and head to our next refreshment stop. (As an aside…the silver V-Rod is stunning)
Back on the road and riding through the countryside, Antonio led us to Duke’s. It appears to be a popular biker bar judging by the huge lineup of bikes parked there. As we rode in, you could see and feel all the eyes checking out the newcomers. We parked away from the building and as we got off our bikes, I said "It takes way from your hardcore look having me along in my bright yellow".
They laughed and Ray said “Well, guys being guys we’re not that concerned about safety”.
Before we went inside Ray told me I rode very well. He said I was doing fine and was having no trouble keeping up. (If only he knew…I bet there’s no carbon buildup on my sparkplugs after today)
After a walk by of all the bikes outside…there must have been close to 20 Harley’s and 1 filthy dirty V-Star. Shame on him. It looked like that bike had not been washed since it was new. Couldn’t even see through the windshield.
We went inside for a drink. I had ginger ale, Vince drank iced tea and the other three had only one beer.
Vince was explaining how the Southern Cruisers came about and how they decided to start their own chapter in Langley. We talked about the lunch ride to Merritt next weekend. They asked if I was going to go. I said I would go, weather permitting. At this time of year, the Coquihalla can get snow, so I will go only if it’s clear skies. They also invited me to come along on the ride to Anacortes the next day, but I declined. They were going on the annual “Oyster Run” as it’s called. Over 5,000 bikers usually show up.

We left Duke’s (which appears to be in the middle of nowhere) and headed to Whatcom road to go over Sumas Mountain Road. Ray left us at this point to go home because he lived nearby. The 4 of us left were heading back to Mission to drop off Antonio and fuel up. We made what felt like a 240 degree uphill turn to get onto the Sumas Mountain Road and from there it was twist after twisty after twisty. Either my skills have improved dramatically or these twisties weren’t too difficult because I was managing these curves almost as well as the guys. If I could describe the feeling I would have to say it was like I was dancing. The movements were fluid. A little push on the handlebars and I was making the turns with ease. I was keeping up with no trouble. Alas, it was soon over and we were back to the highway. At the red light Gary rolled up beside me and asked how I liked that. For the first time in a while, I actually felt a smile. I told him it was great.
We headed into Mission and made our way back to the original gas station where we had picked up Antonio. After fuelling we pulled out of the way and parked. Gary told me I had ridden very well. He said since he was behind me he could observe. He was impressed with how well I had managed the mountain road. Then Vince said he had been keeping an eye on me in his mirrors. He too told me how well I had done. I thanked them both very much. (My bruised and battered ego sure did need a lift). I hadn’t told them anything of the trials and tribulations I have been having. The only thing they knew was that I had only been licensed since February and that I had never gone on a group ride. Vince did have to educate me about something Gary should have told us in the morning about group rides.
“You threw us off though when you kept stopping at the stop signs”.
I said, “I always stop at stop signs.”
Antonio then said, “Yes, I noticed your foot came down at every stop sign.”
I repeated, “When I see a stop sign I stop.”
So they explained how it works in a group situation. When the lead rider goes, we can all go as if we were one big car. They said that if we were a really big group, the tail gunner would ride up and block the road so that the whole group can get through and then he would fall in behind the group.
I apologized and said I hadn’t known and that I would know better next time. I started to make a motion like I was going to leave and Gary and Vince said they would ride back to the ferry with me. We would part ways there as they were heading to Langley and I would go through Maple Ridge and Coquitlam to make my way home.
At the turn off, we waved and beeped goodbye and I carried on to make my way home. By the time I was at the Pitt River Bridge, I could feel fatigue creeping in. I was sore in between my shoulder blades from the nervous start to my day and the long day of riding.
I made it home 9-1/2 hours and 270km after I left that morning. A cup of tea and a hot soak in the tub would soon be my reward for a good day of riding.

On Sunday there was an email message telling me a message had been left in the forums. So I clicked on the link to see. There were three separate messages about the ride on Saturday. They hoped I would come on another ride. Ray said he would ride with me anytime. He said it looked like I had riding “nailed”. I think I had tears in my eyes when I read what they wrote. After so much negative input from so many sources, these guys who were strangers to me, made me feel like a million bucks.
A big thanks to the Southern Cruisers for making me laugh and letting me ride my ride.
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#74 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:56 pm

Sunday, September 26, 2005. This morning I am tired. I'm glad I declined the ride to Anacortes. Instead I make some coffee and breakfast and putter in the garden for a bit. My friend in Port Coquitlam called and asked what I was up to. She asked if I would like to come by later so we could walk on the trail and then have some supper together.
In the meantime I walked to the local grocery store to stock up for the week and by the time I got back it was time to get ready to leave.

I rode out to Poco along a route I usually avoid for the simple reason that there is a playground zone. Everytime I go that way, someone speeds by me on my right. It sure is hard to be legal.
It was a nice ride to my friend's place. We had a good walk and talk and a delicious dinner at a local Italian restaurant.

I went home as soon as dinner was over because of the hour. I had to get up early for work and I still had a few things to do at home.
It was already dark outside and it had cooled off a lot. I had brought along a down jacket to wear under biking jacket. Wow! It was cozy inside.

I'm not crazy about riding at night, but I've ridden this route so many times now, I'm ok with it. Most of the way, has decent lighting and the streets are in good enough shape. Nevertheless, I put even more focus than usual on staying safe...because in the dark, it's harder for cagers to see. Although I do have my usual contingent of reflective gear and my bright yellow jacket, extra caution is needed to get home safe.

I arrived home and reflected on all the riding I did this weekend and other trips as well....and all the feedback and support from you folks here.

I won't give up on it just yet. :)
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#75 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:19 pm

From my recent backpacking trip and to show my appreciation for the support shown by the members of this website. http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005029.jpg

Do you think BuzZz will like the tree I picked to hug?
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Sorry about it being sideways.

From my recent ride with the Southern Cruisers.
Duke's Biker Bar...Do you think there are any 1%'ers in there?
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I must go write about the Toy Run today then I will post a few pics.
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Re: A few pics

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blues2cruise wrote:
Do you think BuzZz will like the tree I picked to hug?
http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005038.jpg
Sorry about it being sideways.
That's how people get embarassing slivers, ya know.... :wink:
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TOys and bikes and toys and bikers

#77 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:21 pm

BuzZz,you mean from being sideways? :wink:



The Vancouver Toy Run 2005

I found my smile again today. It has been a difficult several weeks due to various circumstances, including dealing with clinical depression. With the help of my doctor and some medication, I have begun the climb out of my black hole.
Although I had continued to ride, my smile was gone. I was going through the motions.

Then I met The Southern Cruisers. The first ride with them left me feeling a lot more positive because they were very respectful and treated me kindly. Although I still hadn’t found my smile, the second ride with them yesterday was also a positive experience.

Friday night after work, I went toy shopping. Since I bought my bike I have been waiting for this…..The Vancouver Toy Run. So, last night, I placed all the stuff I had bought into a large clear plastic garden bag because the forecast was for rain. I managed to get it balanced into my blue basket that I would cargo net to the bike. I placed everything by the door to be ready for morning. Good thing I did, because I set my alarm wrong and woke up 15 minutes before I was to leave.

I had a big red ribbon around the top of the bag, a red stocking on the basket, a blinking red light and Rudolph antlers on my helmet. These coordinated so well with my yellow raincoat….ha-ha
It was fun seeing the reactions of drivers on the road when they saw the Rudolph ears and blinking light on my helmet.
I met up with dr_bar at the local coffee shop so we could make our way together to Coquitlam Centre Mall. We arrived early but there were already a couple of hundred bikes in line. The red antlers on the helmet sure did make people smile.

At precisely 10am, there was the thundering sound of hundreds and hundreds of bikes as we all made our slow progress out of the parking lot. Once on the road, the speed picked and everyone basically got into staggered position. There were people lining the streets and waving at us. I noticed people pointing at me because of the red antlers. It made them smile. Little kids would point and laugh. People were snapping pics and shooting videos.
Suddenly I felt something I hadn’t felt for a while. My eyes started to tear up and I could feel the smile return to myself. I was part of something big here. It felt good to be here.
I was so glad I made the choice to still participate because people treated me like I belonged.
Many thanks need to go to the cities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Burnaby for closing off streets and allowing the Toy run to progress uninterrupted to Vancouver. Once we got to the PNE grounds, the ride circled the grounds to enter off Cassiar. We wove our way through the grounds to where we could get parked and bring in all the toys for collection. Everyone who donated got a commemorative pin. I bought a t-shirt, too. The underprivileged kids will once again be getting some toys under their Christmas trees, due to the generosity of motorcycle riders once again.
This ride helped me find my spirit again. :)

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Toy Run 2005

#78 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:45 pm

Some pics.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus greet the riders.http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005023.jpg

Bikes collectinghttp://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005028.jpg

More bikes getting readyhttp://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005037.jpg

Riding coming in to get a space in line.http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005042.jpg

I snapped a pic ahead of me while I was in motionhttp://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005043.jpg

And a lucky shot behind me. http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005044.jpg

Me with antlers. I sure do look bundled up. Call it insurance. It didn't rain until the toy run was over.
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Bikes at our destination.http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005048.jpg

Inside at the t-shirt table http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005049.jpg The red tops are worn by the folks who are working there. It was mostly a sea of black. I was easy to find today because of my bright yellow. Some acquaintances were able to find me because of it.

A last look at the bikes as we head out to go home.http://photobucket.com/albums/b334/blue ... 005050.jpg

You name it, it was there. From the Honda Rune, to a 1948 Indian. Victory Hammers, Triumphs, BMW, Valkeyrie, V-Max, Vulcans, V-Stoms, and on and on and on....there was even a contingent of scooter enthusiasts today.
Trikes and trailers and custom bikes to stock Harley's. It was a very impressive sight to behold.
I think there may have even been a few 1%'ers. Just goes to show even they care about the kids.
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Re: TOys and bikes and toys and bikers

#79 Unread post by BuzZz » Mon Oct 03, 2005 1:57 am

blues2cruise wrote:BuzZz,you mean from being sideways? :wink:
Whoa... hey now..... what you do in the privacy of the woods is your own business.... :wink:

.... remember, that's where bears do thier business too..... :laughing:

Glad your feeling better. :mrgreen:
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#80 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:05 am

October 9, 2005

After my bit of a breakdown I started making attempts to find the enjoyment in my riding again. Going on a couple of rides with the SCRC was a good first step. Taking part in the Toy Run helped immensely. I found my first smile in a long time while on the toy run on October 2.
Last week I decided to ride to work a couple of times. I had been avoiding some of the folks at work because they have been a large part of my mental deterioration. I figured that now that my mind was somewhat calmer I could ride instead of taking the bus.

On Wednesday morning, October 5, I rode even though it was raining. As I was heading west along Kent, I noticed that the high rises in the distance were glowing golden. It seemed out of place on a grey rainy morning. I looked in my rear view mirror and I could see that the eastern sky had cleared up to reveal a brilliant orange sunrise. That explained the golden reflections ahead of me.
My eyes were then drawn upward to the sky where I saw a big, beautiful full colour rainbow. My spirits were lifted instantly. I smiled again for the second time in a week. I would have missed seeing the rainbow if I had been on the bus.
I pulled in to the lot at work and parked my bike without any interference from the guys at work. I think they have figured out I need them to leave me alone.
What a relief.
When the pipes had cooled a bit, I put a plastic tablecloth over my bike to protect it from rain and debris. I really must go buy a proper cover. The plastic tablecloth may look peculiar attached by elastic bands, but it does the job. I now realize that the black goop that smelled and was smoking came from some crud the trucks working next door must have dropped.

Thursday was too risky to ride. It was raining far too hard to be safe so I left the bike at home and took the bus. Friday was a different matter though. Although cloudy, it was dry and light. I had to go to Brentwood after the “Friday” after work “meeting”, so I rode. I am glad I did. After a quick bite to eat, I headed down to Brentwood. Rush hour was winding down and the ride was quite enjoyable. After arranging for my new glasses I headed home in the dark. Unlike when I was first licensed where I was very uncomfortable night riding, I am getting to be ok with it. I have learned which routes are suitable and I find that by using these that riding at night can be quite pleasant.

I parked my bike and took a serious look at how dirty it was. When my enthusiasm had waned, I let slide my care for it. It was filthy from riding in the rain. I resolved to clean and polish it first thing in the morning. I couldn’t ride to the bike shop with a dirty bike, after all. :wink:



By the way, thanks, BuzZz.
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