Warning signs. Do you ride.....or pass?
The ride home last night was nasty. Wind and sideways rain. The good news was that most of it was from the South. I was riding North. Had a helping tail wind. Until I had to head West. A sadistic gust caught me just right. Pushed me dangerously close to a guardrail. One second I was in my lane. The next I was looking at gleaming steel. My right saddlebag looked worried. Just as suddenly the rail veered right. My exit had come up. The timing was perfect.
This morning it was dry. The problem was me. Or the bike. Or both. We are usually in harmony. Today my inputs were less smooth. The bike protested. She did not compensate. A couple of shifts did not connect. A front brake was a little abrupt. She got her licks in. The ST started to run rough. Starved for fuel. Or possibly for my usual sure touch. Perhaps she is normally skittish. Calmed by my confidence. Now she is not sure of things. She got worse. She stalled and died at a light. Down the freeway she stumbled at times. Her behaviour made me more tense. Which, in turn, amplified her worries. We got to work unscathed. Both of us the worse for wear.
Nothing specific started this. We just found ourselves at odds. We are usually like old lovers. She knows what I need. And I her. We fill each other's lackings. The two of us intertwine to make the whole. Now there is tension between us. We are out of synch. The ST is a willing partner. It seems she needs to be reassured. That whatever adventure I lead us to, I will keep us safe. Today she does not feel that trust. Her behaviour is a reminder of her need. She could be telling me other things, as well. I think she wants me to know that I am nothing without her.
The sun came out today for a while. We took lunch. No pressure. No itinerary. Just riding for fun. Wherever we fancied. I think we have made up. We are meshing again. Some would take this as a warning. We are out of synch. We should not ride. It is a sign that it is not meant to be today. I do not take heed. We ride and work it out. Some choose not to. There is no shame either way. What is your feeling? Do you heed the signs? Or do you ride?