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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

One day it could be 60 degrees, then the next day, 25. We could have snow overnight,that would melt away to a fifty degree day by afternoon. 

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: The Last Ride

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I recently posed the question on my social media that if you knew it would be your last ride, where would you go?  The answers were varied and covered a lot of territory, but the common theme of all the responses I got was, “happy.”

I’ve shared with you before, that the time I spend on my motorcycle, is the closest I come to being truly in touch with my life.  I have so much time to think of what was, and what will be. 

Things I’ve done, both good and bad, places I’ve been, people I’ve met.  What kind of man have I been.  What kind of father, husband, friend. You have a lot of time to think, especially if you’re cutting across Kansas.  LOL! 

Last Ride

Last Ride

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Dodging the Roadkill: Don’t Be A Fool To Be Cool

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – In just the short time I’ve been riding, I’ve done some pretty stupid things.  Things I’ve thought about when I got home.  I didn’t do them on purpose, it was the nature of the beast as a rookie rider. 

I remember the time I was feeling pretty cocky while traveling through Texas.  Speed limit is 75 and some good old boys in a pick up were acting like, well, two good old boys in a pick up.

I took off around them in the right lane.  As I was giving them the all too famous “look” I quickly realized that I was drifting onto the shoulder of the road.  GRAVEL AND ALL!

Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

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Dodging the Roadkill: Chronic Pain and Riding Motorcycles

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Chronic pain affects millions of people.  Normal everyday people.  By no fault of our own, and the older we get, stuff just breaks down, or wears out. 

I’ve had two hip replacements, two wrist surgeries, and I deal with rheumatoid arthritis.  I didn’t ask for it, but that’s where I am in my ripe old age.  With titanium in my hips and my joints affected by the arthritis, it can get uncomfortable.

I don’t complain about it because there are MANY people who struggle with more serious issues, even life threatening illnesses and I’m blessed to be relatively healthy at this stage of my life.

But chronic pain is just that.  It’s a PAIN.  

Chronic Pain.

Chronic Pain.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Why Bikers Mean So Much To Each Other

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I decided to buy a motorcycle, I was just as interested in the “community” as I was the machine.  I had always heard what a tight knit brotherhood there was, but I had no idea it was this special. 

The people I’ve met and the places I’ve seen has been incredible.  Makes me sad that I took so long to discover it, but there’s no point in looking back, I’m not headed in that direction. 

Along the way, my motorcycle has provided me with opportunities to travel.  To see the world from a different perspective.  To actually ENJOY the open road and the experience it provides.   

Motorcycles

Motorcycles

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Dodging the Roadkill: A Letter From My Motorcycle

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Just flipping through the mail the other day, and lo and behold, a letter from “Black Beauty.”  Hmmmm, let’s see what’s on her mind. 

“Hey there!  Black Beauty here! 

Thought I would drop you a line and discuss 2019 (from where I see it of course).  I would have sent you an email, but I don’t have a computer.

I know you’re excited about the upcoming travel season so I thought I would share some observations with you since we’ll be spending a lot of time together (as always). 

Hank's Motorcycle

Hank’s Motorcycle

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Dodging the Roadkill: Roadkill Nation

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I started this blog, it was for personal reasons.  I had just discovered this lifestyle and I was enthralled with it. 

I was meeting a lot of amazing new friends, traveling thousands of miles, and just setting my life free from all the stress and anxiety of running a business for the last 20 years.

I wanted to keep a journal of this experience, because not only was riding great therapy, but writing about it allowed me to bring it to life. 

It’s not that I was looking for attention or trying to be an internet star, I was just hoping to connect with other bikers and soak up their experience as well as mine and that’s exactly what’s been happening here.

Hank Bonecutter out on the road.

Hank Bonecutter out on the road.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Happy New Year

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Here we are at the end of another year.  We will be flooded with New Year’s resolutions, and we might even make some ourselves. 

The gyms will be packed.  The latest diet fads will be started and new relationships will begin.  Some relationships will end and a “fresh start” will be the order of the day. 

I’ve been down that road so many times that I can’t even count. 

I’ve reached the point in my life, that making change can occur at any moment.  I don’t need to wait on the calendar to decide if I need to shift gears in my life.  If I need to do it, I just do it, or at least TRY to.  It’s not always easy to make necessary changes.

Hank with his Motorcycle in the Mountains

Hank with his Motorcycle in the Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Merry Christmas

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Well, we’ve reached another Christmas holiday together and I just wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It seems like only yesterday when we were all staring at the Christmas tree and counting our blessings last year, but how quickly time flies, and once again we’re grateful to be here, and thankful for family and friends.

I never expected to make so many new friends through this blog and all while traveling on the back of a motorcycle.  I’ve heard some incredible stories, and learned some valuable lessons from all of you and I thank you!

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