It is only natural to reflect on the last day of the year especially after my first sip of coffee this morning.
In 2012, I went to both Daytona Bike Weeks, Leesburg, Sturgis, Poker Run in Key West, Lobster Fest in Key West, and a few overnight rides including my first one on Christmas that wasn’t planned. However, this year I returned to Sturgis and rode every mile. I have tallied up the miles now for the first time from my Sturgis cross-country trip and it adds up to 6,212 miles over 18 states and 25 days of camping.
A few weeks ago I bought my first Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 2014 Street Glide, all black of course, and his name is Darth Vader. M.S.A.R. (Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Riders), the group I founded, continues to grow as well as its charitable contributions. This year, our Turkey Ride & Drive resulted in over 6,000 lbs donated and over 120 bikers rode with turkeys strapped to their bikes not to mention a caravan of cars and trucks.
This year M.S.A.R. for its annual party was a cruise to the Bahamas. For next year, I’m thinking an out of town ride throughout Florida is a good idea. Needless to say, we had a great time and the memories will last a lifetime.
The year wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but then again, it never is. One of the administrators for M.S.A.R. always says “if it wasn’t for these good times, then what would we have?” And you know what, he is right. At the end of the day, it is about creating memories and experiences. Sure, there will be some bad times, but, replace those bad memories with good ones because in the end, it is all we have.
I always look forward to the New Year because if it was a bad year, then I can’t wait to start fresh with a new one, but if it is a great year, then I can’t wait to continue to the streak. Always remain positive and when in doubt, just ride it out.
Many blessings to all of you for the upcoming year and may 2016 be your best year ever!