Clarksville, TN – Since my accident last November, I’ve had the opportunity to hear from many of you about YOUR near death experiences on a motorcycle. Your stories have been extraordinary.
Many of you had far worse injuries than I did, and yet here you are, able to “tell the tale.” They’re memories you would just as soon forget, but hearing them gives me chills, and reminds me of “that” moment when I hit the deer.
I replay it over and over. I will NEVER forget the sound of my Harley striking that beast.
Clarksville, TN – These are crazy times we’re living in, to say the least. It’s an election year, there’s a deadly virus among us, and unrest in the streets.
The country is in a state of confusion and misinformation, yet still has the time to argue with every Tom, Dick and Harry on the planet. We’ve taken disagreement to another level.
One thing I think we can all agree on though is that Bikers understand diversity and embrace it with love and respect. You don’t have to explain to a biker what it means to respect one another. We come in all colors, sizes and lifestyles.
Clarksville, TN – On my recent trip to the Smoky Mountains, I was riding with a group of seven bikers. Most of our riding was together, and other than a quick trip to the grocery store, we were always together.
On this particular day, two of us were ready to beat the heat and head back to the hotel so he and I went one way and the group went another.
The trip back to the hotel dictated that we ride the Tail of the Dragon. Once we were at Deals Gap, we had two options to Robbinsville, NC.
Clarksville, TN – The winter months have always been my least favorite time of the year. Obviously when I was a kid, I loved the snow and all that came with it, but as an adult, a biker, and a man who has a few “achy” bones, winter is NOT fun for me.
One of the greatest things about this blog and all of you who follow, is that I get to learn so much about you and the part of the country that you live in. I’ve never been so blessed by anything in my life as I have with this motorcycle and the people and places it brings me.
Clarksville, TN – As we wait out the winter weather, and I continue to fully recover from the accident, I’ve been asked many times if I’ve been back to the scene of my accidents.
The first one wasn’t as bad as the deer strike in November, but either way, I haven’t been back to the scene of the crime.
The first accident, I missed a turn and slid into the bushes. Did about $1000 worth of damage to the bike. I suffered a cut on my leg that eventually needed surgery to clean out the infection. It took 6 weeks to fix me AND the bike.
Clarksville, TN – I had never heard of the term “Dark Side” as it relates to motorcycles until about a year ago. In my short time on a motorcycle, it never dawned on my that you could or WOULD ever put a car tire on a motorcycle.
Apparently you can and some people do.
Just like the debate over “lane splitting,” the practice of putting a car tire on a motorcycle is just as volatile and opinions are both mixed and passionate. I would never do it, but I know bikers who do, and it doesn’t seem to make any difference to them.
Clarksville, TN – One of the greatest rock-n-roll musicians in the history of music, died last Tuesday. The news was released this past Saturday. Neil Peart, lyricist and drummer for the band Rush, lost his battle with brain cancer.
Diagnosed in 2016, the intensely private musician kept his illness to his immediate family and friends. Until the news this past Saturday of his death, I had NO idea he was fighting this battle.
Neil Peart was also a biker.
If you’re a fan of Rush, then you probably know how much Peart loved his motorcycles, and loved the freedom and anonymity that they provide. It was out of tragedy that Peart turned to his bike and continued his passion for them until his death.
Clarksville, TN – So, here we are. new year, new decade, new beginnings. What’s next?
I think a lot of us ask that same question.
Resolutions? I don’t make them, because I can’t seem to keep them. I would guess you might be the same.
We all need to be better than we were yesterday, so moving forward, I just try to take it one day at a time. The older I get, the more I realize that if I just get the most out of each day, treating people better than before, pushing myself a little more, and motivating myself to step up my game, then it wears off on the ones I love and the people I meet.
Clarksville, TN – There’s a popular internet meme that says, “don’t look back, there’s nothing to see there.” My understanding is that it refers to your life BEFORE motorcycles, and while that’s true, I think it’s healthy to take stock in where you’ve come from and how you will move forward.
Self improvement is a never ending process. Learning from your mistakes is critical. To just simply ignore the things that happen in your life as coincidence is wrong. In my opinion, I believe that things happen for a reason, and I’ve got to recognize that.
I don’t want to be better than everybody else, I just want to be better than I was yesterday.
Clarksville, TN – It’s early in the morning as I sip fresh coffee and reflect on the past several weeks of my life. The pain and discomfort. The constant replay of my accident. The “what ifs” and “what could’ve, should’ve happened.”
That’s how the brain works. That’s just human nature. “Wow, I could have died, maybe I should quit riding, that was close!”
From the moment we were born, we’ve been told “NO” or “Don’t do that.” We’re taught that we can’t and not “yes you can.” I’m guessing the older we get the more we realize that life comes at you fast and you just have to take it as it comes and enjoy it to the fullest. If that means I’m a biker, understanding the risks and willing to conclude that this is how I might go out, then so be it.
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