Dual-Purposed Ride

Some of my regular readers have commented or emailed me to ask why it seems as if I have not been riding my Harley very much. Well… good questions and I appreciate the concern. It is true that my Harley’s saddle has had my butt absent for most of this riding season.

However, once again the weather was promisingly delightful on Saturday with low humidity, lower-than-average temperatures, and a Spouse who knows how I feel, so….

…on Thursday, I began to try to find a ride to join, or friends to join me.

There was an organized ride scheduled for Saturday by my former riding club, but it was to yet another boring old poker run. Nahhhh… I don’t ride those things.

My cop friends were busy with training for next week’s police motorcycle riding competition, so they weren’t riding anywhere just for fun. They like to train by themselves, so I didn’t invite myself to join.

My cousin who I used to ride with a lot had twin sons (well, actually his wife delivered the children…). Anyway, Biker Cuz doesn’t have time to breathe much less than ride. I sure miss him.

Buddies from the fire department who ride were all busy busy busy… so “no go” with them.

I even posted a “anyone want to ride?” message on social media. No response. Most of my local riding buddies either were busy also, or don’t like to ride with slow-poke and rusty-skilled old me, so I wasn’t surprised by the non-response.

Come Saturday morning, however, Spouse kept urging me to get out on my Harley. So I figured out my own plan to do two things on a ride that I wanted to do “when I had time.” Now was the time.

Last winter, I had heard a credible (but turned out to be unfounded) rumor that Chippewa was going to discontinue its Firefighter boots. These are my absolute favorite boots for motorcycle riding. Sturdy, well-built, solid, and great lug soles for traction. I bought a “back-up” pair of these boots and laced the zipper into them.

However, what a lot of guys don’t like is lacing in that darn zipper. It IS a pain-in-the-ass to do correctly, and one has to struggle to get the spacing “just right” between the double-laced boot eyelets and the zipper eyelets. Really, the only way to get that spacing right is to lace them up, put them on, zip them up (if you can, and if not, relace them until you can) and WEAR, WALK, and RIDE while wearing these boots to have the laces “self-space” themselves as you naturally move your feet and ankles.

So “To Do On A Bike Thing 1” — break in these new Chippewa Firefighters was in the works.

The next thing to do was on request of an old friend.

My friend’s 98 year-old neighbor grew up in a small rural town about 40 miles north of where I live now. My friend asked me, “when you have time…” to take some pictures of a church this neighbor used to attend, the house she grew up in nearby, and her former school. I thought, “sure, if I am going to ride somewhere today, why not there?”

I plotted out the location on a map. My GPS is broken, so I used a good old printed map to find it. It worked!

One image from the results of “To Do On A Bike Thing 2” is below. I sent my friend the photos that I took and got back a reply,

I was able to show her the pics which she viewed with a magnifying lense ….she was beside herself. Her face lit up like I have never seen before. We had a long conversation about her younger years. You contributed to her happiness.

That reply warmed my heart. It made the ride worthwhile.BTW, my new boots are much more comfortable now that the lacing has settled in and self-spaced itself.Only 120 miles on this ride in about four hours, but I truly enjoyed myself!

Life is short: ride with purpose, even if you ride by yourself!