Today I am leading a motorcycle ride for my club. It should be great weather for the last ride of the summer.
Yesterday, I actually rode the route in advance. Why?
I have three reasons for doing what’s called a “pre-ride”:
1. I can make sure I know the route and can lead it without having to refer to a map, a printed ride route, or running afoul by trying to use a GPS (whose intentions, I am certain, are to send me to another state!)
2. I can see first-hand what the conditions of the roads are, and any tight turns or blind intersections. That way I can instruct my fellow riders what to expect.
3. I can make sure the destination can accommodate a group, and find out if they require a call ahead to set up tables. In this case, I found out that my intended destination — a diner — only accepts cash. I was able to get the word out among my fellow riders in advance to plan for bringing cash and not be dependent on plastic.
I had a fourth reason, but really inconsequential. I just like to ride. However, riding alone is not any fun. I sure miss my spouse riding as my passenger. I miss him every single time I ride, though he has not been physically able to ride with me for ten years.
Should be a great day for riding today. Pictures may follow later this week.
Life is short: lead rides responsibly!