Saturday, April 21, 2012

Motorcycle Riding

Normally I view motorcycle riding is a dangerous and unnecessary risk to life and limb.  The issue for me is not about the rider's ability to ride safely, but the problem of other drivers not paying close attention and seeing cyclists on the road.  It is all too easy to escape the notice of drivers when you are a small presence on the road and at intersections.  It becomes the duty of the rider to "steer clear" of possible intimate meetings with vehicles.

I got a taste of the exhilaration of the ride while in Thailand this winter.  It felt so liberating to lean into mountain banked turns and experience the hills and valleys without the confines of an automobile frame.  Sights, sounds and even smells become intensified in the open air.

Besides the recent re-discovery of this new-found freedom (I had a small Honda in my teens) I have to admit the enjoyment of retaining (or regaining) independence of growing older.  Before hip surgery 6 months ago I wouldn't have been able to throw my leg over the seat of a motorcycle.  We're living longer and retaining a quality of life never before possible and with this realization 60's can feel more like the 30's.  Note to self:  Just don't get too sure of yourself and don't get the idea you can climb trees and repair the roof.

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