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Clarksville, TN – When I started this journey three years ago, the first thing I noticed about being a biker was the people I would meet. As you know, the motorcycle is a magnet for attention. There’s something about it that draws the attention of everybody.
As I would stop for gas, or take a break for something to eat, everybody had a motorcycle story. It was and continues to be the best conversation starter on the planet.
I’m known for taking “selfies” with the people I meet on the road, and emphasizing how “I love the people I meet on this bike.” Coming out of a career in broadcasting where everybody was selfish and superficial, it’s been so refreshing to meet real down to earth “genuine” people.
The brothers I’ve met along the way and continue to ride with are some of the best people I’ve ever had around me.
Social media has been an amazing opportunity to meet new friends, and through this blog, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible bikers. I’ve been invited to New Mexico, California, Colorado and even closer to home down the road to Paris Tennessee.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
It’s my dream that I could take all of you up on your offer to come visit your neck of the woods, and I promise I’m working on doing just that.
Recently, on a weekend ride, I encountered two actual brothers who were traveling from Canada. I met them at a convenience store where we were getting gas. They were just starting their day, and had planned to ride the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Bill and Doug Wellman are from Peterborough Ontario Canada. Doug was riding the 1983 Honda Gold Wing, while Bill was riding his 2009 Kawasaki Voyager 1100, that was also pulling a trailer filled with 400 pounds of gear for the trip.
At first glance I could tell that not only did they have a couple of old bikes, but it looked like they had everything they needed for this trip. There plan for the day was to ride the Natchez Trace Parkway to Jackson Mississippi.
We spent a few minutes talking about my career and retirement, and they were planning the rest of the trip that included their return to Canada, Let me just share the email I received from them when they finally got home.
I really appreciated hearing from my new friends and hope we can see each other again someday. Typically, I get responses on Facebook, or someone will send an email to my website.
Even if it’s a brief five minute talk where someone will tell me about the “old days” when they used to ride, or the ones who still ride and we talk motorcycles and travel tips. It doesn’t really matter. I’m meeting some incredibly nice people who share the love of the open road, and the passion of being a biker and I couldn’t be more excited.
I especially appreciate those of you who want me to come visit your state. I can’t tell you how excited I get when I think of the prospects of taking a road trip to visit friends.
The motorcycle saved my life by pulling me out of depression and I have a message of encouragement for those of you who deal with this same issue. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel. I promise you. It’s not a pill, or a therapist exclusively, it’s a passion for something that you can’t get enough of and for me, it was my Harley.
My journey continues and I love having these memories, but what I’m most excited about is the memories I’ve yet to make.
Thanks to Bill and Doug for sharing their trip with me and now all of us. Ride safe my friends and thanks for following my journey.
If I could live forever, I would ride forever. God Bless!
Hank Bonecutter is a retired broadcaster and media consultant based in Clarksville, Tennessee.
His career includes stints at WKDA/WKDF and WKQB Rock 106FM, WLAC-AM in Nashville.
He concluded his career as owner/talk show host at WJZM-AM in Clarksville.
Currently the President of Bonehead Promotions, he’s an advertising consultant and media strategist.
Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesmotorcycle.com/
TopicsBuffalo, Canada, Fairview, Fort Wayne, Gold Wing, Honda, Honda Gold Wing, Indiana, Jackson MS, Mississippi, Motorcycle, Motorcycles, Natchez Trace Parkway, Ohio, Ontario, St. Louis, Tennessee
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