Aire Serv of the Mid-Hudson Valley - February 2019

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COMFORT CONNECTIONS

Last February, I told the story of how my wife, Andrea, and I first met. If it hadn’t been for a random hike organized by the Sierra Club — where we both discovered how little we knew about hiking — we may have never met. Thankfully, we both took a chance that day, and it has led to a wonderful marriage. Nearly two decades later, Andrea and I enjoy a more exhilarating way to experience the great outdoors: motorcycling. Winter may be beautiful here in New York, but our favorite time of year is when the temperature begins to rise and the snow fades away. When spring approaches, we know we can hop on the bike soon and head to Lake George or the Adirondacks. We try to get out as soon as we safely can, and those brisk, early-season rides are full of anticipation of the upcoming trips we’ll take that year. We started this hobby together before we were married, and it’s been fun sharing a common pastime with my wife. When I was in my teenage years, a friend of mine first introduced me to the thrill and freedom of riding a motorcycle, and I have been hooked ever since. But after college, when I first began life in the “real world” and was working a 9-to-5 job, I sold my motorcycle. I always regretted that decision. Then 15 years ago, Andrea and I decided to try the hobby together. Since she was a newbie to the activity, I was excited to show her all the action you can experience on a bike. I purchased a Suzuki motorcycle, and the rest is history. It sounds cliche, but there’s nothing quite like the freedom of riding a motorcycle down the highway. From a car, you only ever see the world behind glass. On a motorcycle, you’re immersed in it. We also recognize that this hobby comes with its risks, and we’ve certainly had some close calls. Once while we were riding, a deer ran into us! Thankfully, I wasn’t going too fast, and we weren’t thrown from the bike. We OUR FAVORITE SEASON Motorcycling Across the East Coast With My Wife

"It sounds cliche, but there’s nothing quite like the freedom of riding a motorcycle down the highway."

actually didn’t even get knocked off it! The motorcycle didn’t sustain any damage either, and we watched the deer prance away. It was an ideal ending to a strange occurrence. As for the future of this hobby together, like most motorcyclists, we have a dream to someday ride across the country on the bike. To feel the wind on our faces as we cross through the mountains, swamps, and deserts that make up this great nation would be an unprecedented exhilaration you can only get from motorcycling. While we wait for the snow to melt away and the temperatures to rise above freezing, it’s hard not to dream of days spent on the motorcycle. After a long winter, Andrea and I are looking forward to our first ride of 2019, the year’s many trips, and the various rides we plan to take in the future.

Stay safe this motorcycling season!

–Jim Serra

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