A few weeks ago I was invited to speak to a riding group about safety tips and motorcycle riding. First and foremost, the group was mostly snowbirds. Of course, snowbirds by definition means you are retired and most likely older. But, that’s the thing; I found it interesting that their passion for motorcycle riding had not ceased with age and that they continue to look forward to leaving the brutal winters behind them to ride in sunny south Florida.
Because of this presentation on safety, I got to do something that I rarely do these days; and that is enjoy a quiet nighttime ride.
Now, we have all ridden at night and may do so regularly, but I’m talking about that nighttime ride where it is just you and the road, and the more isolated the better.
Anny came with me and we rarely ride alone these days. Because of our riding group, M.S.A.R. (Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Riders), if we aren’t scheduling our own rides with the group, we are riding with others. Thus, group rides have become the norm and alone rides are rare. However, that just means our alone rides are more appreciated.
It was many years ago that I would jump on my Honda Goldwing motorcycle after ten p.m. and ride a couple of hundred of miles to get away from all my problems. My motorcycle got me through those difficult times and I’m sure it has done the same for you. But riding again on a desolate road just me and Anny, surrounded by dark skies, yeah, I miss that.
Note to self- do it more often.
Ride safe my friends and let me know about your nighttime ride.