Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I can't stop thinking about this past week.....
There was a girl, Lori (I don't know her last name), who was riding the Stampede Ride from Barstow, CA to Rockingham, NC. She was riding with her boyfriend of 13 years when a Semi-Truck & Trailer hit her from behind on the I-40. She didn't even know what happened. According to Brian (her boy friend) and other eye witnesses, it was all the trucker's fault! She and Brian were riding 400cc motorcycles like they have for the past 3 years on the stampede race. This happened at night and in Oklahoma.
My heart goes out to Brian and her family! I can't imagine having to go through something like that!
But I can't stop thinking about the "biker life." How its always on the edge fighting the "cagers" through every mile on the roads...... when we are not on the road, its the people in the stores, on the sidewalks, at the gas stations, at work, etc..... its the lowbrow looks we get.... its the comments that we receive along with the disbelief tone in their voices when they say "really?" when I tell them about the way it is when you are travelling on two wheels. Sleeping in the parks, on picnic tables, heating the cheeseburger up on the engine & Exhaust pipes..... "Why would you want to do that?
.... BECAUSE I'M FREE!!!!!
Its the saying "If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand!" But its so true!
In a sense I really admire people like Lori, Indian Larry, James Dean, Steve McQueen..... they "got it"..... the Living in the now, on the edge, being able to grab the world by the balls and to have the ability to love every single moment of it!..... Its kinda like the Spartan Warrior..... they lived to fight the battle and it was an honor to end the life in battle.....
I pray for Lori and all the others that have gone to ride the great highway in the sky! I hope your roads are smooth, you hit no bugs, and witness amazing views that we can't even begin to imagine!
I've only been on the road for a couple of days and the ride is going quite well, but its still missing something...... I don't know what...... Hell, I don't even know what I'm looking for...... but I hope it finds me...... I think I have to get the idea of my destination of hitting all 48 states outta my mind and just go for a ride.... but its hard having the thought in the back of my mind of knowing that I have to be home at a certain time.
The epiphany will come..... I just have to clear my mind!
~ BE FREE ~ RIDE FREE ~ THINK FREE ~