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There’s nothing quite like being on a bike. Without a giant metal shell surrounding you, there’s nothing but the wind sweeping past as you cruise down the road. Usually, my wife joins me on the backseat. It’s always a good time to take in the scenery together and explore some of the beautiful roads around the area. A few times, we’ve gone up to Lake George for the big Americade bike rally. It was always a blast to watch the thousands of bikes on the main drag and spend some time just relaxing and riding around. Once, we took a seven-hour trip to visit some relatives out in Pennsylvania, which was quite an experience. It was the perfect trip, winding through the Pocono Mountains, checking out the huge vistas with trees as far as you could see, and of course, stopping often to take breaks. “THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE BEING ON A BIKE. WITHOUT A GIANT METAL SHELL SURROUNDING YOU, THERE’S NOTHING BUT THE WIND SWEEPING PAST AS YOU CRUISE DOWN THE ROAD.” LOVE OF MOTORCYCLES How I Rediscovered My
About 20 years ago, when I was buying my first
house, I had to scrounge up every cent I could to cover the closing
costs. As I scrambled to come up with the cash, I cleaned out all kinds of stuff around the house, whether I still used it or not,
I needed the money. I begrudgingly sold my old motorcycle. I didn’t ride it all that often back
then, so it seemed like the logical thing to do.
I regretted my decision almost immediately. Of
course, it probably was the right decision at the time, but I found it difficult to get the bike
out of my head. For the next 10 years, anytime I’d see a biker speed past us on the highway, I’d pine for days gone by when I could join them on the open road. One day, my friends were talking about the journeys they’d taken recently on their bikes, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I began to shop around for a new bike, until I finally landed on a reasonably priced Suzuki. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was clear that it would get the job done. I bought it, and I’ve been riding on and off ever since.
Unfortunately, these days, I don’t get out on my bike much, mostly because of how busy I am running the business. Still, as it starts to get warmer, I’m already itching to dust it off and take it for a spin. I’m hoping I’ll get the chance (and the motivation) to finally bring it out of storage and take a few long trips around the countryside with my wife. I can’t imagine any better way to celebrate the start of spring.
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