My mother and grandmother stopped by yesterday afternoon. They brought me a t-shirt. My mother had seen it and thought it totally suited me. ( Harley colors aside, we all share the same humanity! ) You know how it is when you have a reputation for having a certain avocation for which you have great passion. Although riding is more than just a hobby for me, but you get the point.
I'm lucky to get to ride for work so life ain't all bad. Although there are times when I would like to get on the bike and just keep going. I would wander wherever I felt like it, soaking up each moment to the full. I'd take photos and write a journal. Maybe some day I could sell the stuff. Not to get rich, but to finance further time on the bike. I don't know, Conch, does that still qualify as freedom if I sell something to finance it?
The expressed sentiment is especially poignant to me this weekend. I was prepped to ride to Seattle and take in the bike show. More so, I wanted to meet Bobskoot. It would have been nice to meet some other folks, too, like those who belong to Pacific Northwest Riders. Alas, it is not to be.
A person who was to cover an assignment this weekend had a death in the family. The intent isn't to throw things out of perspective here. Losing your father is a bad thing. Much worse than having to miss a bike show because of having to cover for this person. Godspeed to the family. I am now covering the assignment today. Such is life.
On the plus side, I was spared the decision on whether to travel today. We have had freezing rain all up and down the Willamette Valley. As I write this the temperature is below freezing and the roads are a sheet of ice. The Oregon State Police reports accidents too numerous to individually recount. At 4:30 AM they were over 20 and counting. I'll ride in all kinds of adverse conditons but I try to not even drive in heavy freezing rain., let alone ride.
We should have a warming window later today which should allow for doing what we need to do today and get safely tucked back home before the next batch.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Miles and smiles,