Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love to drive and just see things. If you haven't followed much lately, you probably don't know I made a 38-day, 8,600 mile road trip over the summer to see the U.S. in all her glory and visit family. Now, I have a whole new way to see the world.
I've been wanting to learn to ride, the right way, and get my own bike for a very long time and I've finally done it. I'll be 42 years old soon and wanted to do something on my bucket list to help me get over the last few years of struggle and heartache and I think my new friend is going to help tremendously.
This past weekend I spent two wonderful days with Doug Cunningham and 5 other fantastic people learning how to ride a motorcycle. It was scary and wonderful all at the same time. My past experience as a rider wasn't one to write home about. I had scared myself half to death trying to learn to ride my brother's sport bike about 15 years ago and crashed into a pole, breaking my foot and spraining my ankle. So, to say my first solo experience was fun would not be accurate.
But today, I can feel confident about getting on my new Harley Davidson. Yesterday, I went out just to get a feel for what would fit and I found it right away. She's a beauty, fun and full of spunk so we're a perfect fit! One thing I hadn't expected was the warm, friendly welcome into the HD family! When I finished the paperwork, the guys, Bill & John, had me ring the bell and announced to the whole dealership that I was the newest member of the family. What a wonderful buying experience.
I decided to give up four wheels to enjoy the freedom of two wheels and the peace of just feeling the air in my face and seeing the sights from a whole new perspective. I spend a lot of time working in my studio teaching students and creating new things and this little infusion of energy is bound to get my inspirational juices flowing for new designs and practices. I know that riding will become part of my daily and weekly routine so on with the road!
I haven't been on the road solo yet, but I've been able to ride around in a school parking lot comfortably so far. Although, I did give myself a predicament right away. I went down a wrong "street" and ended up in an uphill, narrow area to perform a U-turn... Being the newbie I am, I chose to "walk" the bike through the U-turn and get back in the right direction. I know once I get myself comfortable on this new friend, we'll get along just great.
Now, the next thing is to give her a name... I've had some great suggestions so far and I'm gonna wait until I get a few more good miles on her before settling on a name. Until then, she's just "she" and when I find the right name, it will fit perfectly.
What do you think I should name her? I'd love to hear suggestions... So far I've heard Sunshine and Tiger Lilly. I like the idea of getting on her and saying, "Good morning Sunshine! Are you ready to roll?"