We have all seen the motorcycle patches or heard the phrase before: it is not about the destination, but about the journey. When it comes to safety, I agree, because you don’t want the destination to be the ER room.
Yesterday, I rode my Harley Street Glide to work. Normally, I don’t get to ride to the office because of how I need to dress for work, but I was being interviewed by a local television station to discuss the issues of motorcycles and safety. By the way, in case you didn’t know this, ride to work more and I promise your day will suck less.
Anyway, I was on the highway by 6:45 a.m., so traffic wasn’t issue. However, once I reached my exit, I was riding down Okeechobee Road which is a stretch of road where the city is quickly left behind with every mile you log.
In this area of the county, it is mostly farmland and businesses. The businesses are mostly companies in the transportation business so it is common to see more 18 wheelers in bumper-to-bumper traffic than passenger cars. Because of that, you need to know where you are.
Because I was surrounded by 18 wheel trucks, I was cautious of trucks carrying loads such as rocks, gravel, pebbles, etc. I made it a point to stay away from trucks as best as I could.
As I was about 2 miles from my destination, I saw a large cloud of dust to my left. I was two lanes over to the right. Cars were zooming through the cloud of dust and as I got closer, I saw that it was pebbles/sand/gravel/rocks blanketing the road. Pebbles ricocheted two lanes over and started hitting me!
As I passed all the rocks/gravel on the road, I realized that few bikers could have gone through that patch at 40 miles an hour and be able to control their motorcycle. That’s when I realized riding skills is one thing and paying attention to where you are is another.
It would have been just as dangerous if I were in the middle lane. Common sense dictates in areas similar to Okeechobee, road debris is common. Pay attention to where you are because your destination is just as important as your journey, if not more.