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Solving Problems

Country road with a curve on my motorcycle.
After-work ride in the Autumn sunset on country roads clears the mind.

“One of the reasons I have loved motorcycling is that it gives me time to think-time without the distractions of the telephone or other day-to-day interruptions. AMA Board Member Dal Smilie notes that when he rides he is able to think so clearly that he develops solutions for all the world’s major problems. Unfortunately, he notes, those solutions always vanish when he turns off the key and parks his bike.” – John Van Barriger

It’s Like Flying

Rural church near Newark, Ohio
Rural church on 668 near Newark, Ohio.

“Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning, and all the sprinklers have turned off, the scents that wash over me are just heavenly.” – Hugh Laurie

I agree with Mr. Laurie, it is heavenly and it’s like low level flying. You don’t need to be in Beverly Hills to experience the nature of it though. I supposed the money out there wouldn’t hurt the experience any though.

All 5 Senses

Sunday on a gravel road with a Honda NC700X
Sunday ride on a gravel road

An excellent match, freedom and power. Horses and horsepower. Riding a horse at full gallop is exhilarating, but a motorcycle lets you go where you want. You’re not closed in a box, everything around you is alive, the trees, the mountains, the sea. You’re in tune, you’re one with your surroundings and your machine, enjoying all 5 senses like you’re never experienced in your life. – Michael Fassbender

A Solitary, Yet Social Pursuit

Bill's Place on Apple Mountain
Bill’s Place at Apple Mountain In Maryland.

Riding a motorcycle is essentially a solitary pursuit….Yet motorcycle can also be a most sociable hobby. Wherever in the world there are bikes, there are riders who congregate to compare machines, modifications, and cornering lines; to swap information, spare parts, and tall stories. – Roland Brown

The Mighty Mac Adventure

Motorcycle Ride Across The Mighty Mac
Riding my motorcycle across the Mighty Mac bridge in upper Michigan

“One of the things that makes motorcycling so great is that it never fails to give you a feeling of freedom and adventure.” – Steve McQueen.

I took this picture from my 2006 Honda Shadow while crossing the Mackinac Bridge.  The trip was one of my more memorable solo trips. I felt the need to prove to others that I did it, so I pulled out my camera while battling the wind and snapped the shot.

I’ve been blessed to not have a fear of adventure or a need for over-planning. Yes, that’s bit me in the ass a few times, but it’s a small price to pay for the good times. Others, well, they take life a little more carefully.

A co-worker wanted to take this trip with me, but he wanted an in-depth travel itinerary. I remember telling him, “You get on 23 north and follow it to the damn bridge. I don’t need an itinerary.”. That upset him and and there was a chance of rain, so he pulled out of the trip at the last minute. I’d already signed for the vacation, so I went alone.

Even though I got a little soaked and nearly ran out of gas because I didn’t realize just how vast the Upper Michigan wilderness was, the trip was extraordinary. I learned that if you’re going to have adventures, weather forecasts and travel itineraries are unnecessary luxuries that can actually hinder your trip.

Mighty Mac bridge in Upper Michigan
“Mighty Mac” Bridge to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

There are just different types of people too. Some need that planning and safety to go anywhere, others don’t. Never let them weigh you down to a point that you don’t go just because they can’t.

This is someone else’s video of their ride across. It’s pretty much how I remember it. At about the 3:15 mark, they hit the metal grating. It’s quite an experience to hit that when you’re so high in the air as your bike wobbles around.

I’ve wanted to go back up for a long time, but there have been so many other adventures to try. Maybe soon.

A Much More Complete Experience

Motorcycle on the interstate passing a tractor trailer.
Motorcycle passing through the wind blast of a tractor trailer.

I think the motorcycle is best because it puts us so much in contact with everything. You experience much more closely the nature of the terrain. Almost taste the cultures that you are riding through. Because it exposes you to the climate and to wind and rain, it’s a much more complete experience. – Ted Simon

A Brighter World

Motorcycle passing an old church.
A motorcycle passes a rural church.

The key is turned; the red idiot lights glow. The starter button on the right handlebar, pressed, begins a whirling below. A simultaneous twist of the right grip pulls the throttle cables, and the engine gulps, then roars….The rider pulls in the left-hand lever, then presses down with the left toe. There’s a solid chunk as first gear engages. The bike moves forward, into a brighter world. – Melissa Holbrook Pierson