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Posted 5th June 2010 at 23:55 by chardhin

Handlebars and lots of road. I am getting to the point of no return on this harley thing. It is amazing how much of a difference being on motorcycle is from driving a car. I always heard people whom were bikers , talk how they felt free when they are alone on an open road with the wind in their faces. Didnt realy understand why/how this was so. but last friday I was driving north on peoria, i had never been farther than pine on peoria so i decided to see were it goes. the thought of iminent danger from being on far north side tulsa and on an unknow road, released this sense of awakeness that I never felt befor. I went through so many emotions on that ride. the urge to ride away and never look back was overwelming. I wanted to ride that road till the end of the line. I wish everyone could feel that. next I will go on a road I have no idea were it leads and hope to get lost. I think I will leave my cell at home that day. I want to be free from exact direction and I believe the iphone is a crutch that way.
I will ride out to prague and see grandma and grandpa's graves. I miss them, so much. I wanna see their old house and the parks we used to play. I cant even think of those times with out a sence of something lost to never be had again. .
I also want to ride to roman nose state park, turner falls, lake dirtybird, and the kiamichi mountains.
I will do a ride to colorado eventualy, but I want to ride to cinnci first.
Well I dont know were the road will lead me but I am glad I am on it and even more proud to be in this country free enough to feel alive and a polyglot whom speeks the language of the open road.
Long days and pleasent nites-
Joseph
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  1. Old Comment
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    I wrote that a while back, just posted it.
    Posted 5th June 2010 at 23:56 by chardhin chardhin is offline
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    I feel the same. I notice that people have vastly different opinions on what is comfortable and what is not, or what looks good and what does not. There are even different opinions on how much power a bike should have or the amount of safety gear a person should wear. If you strip away all those differences and reduce it to a common denominator a passion for THE RIDE is the one thing we all share.

    I thought about this on a recent ride to Cuero Texas down a state highway. I, personally, like to ride with no windshield and only a half helmet and goggles between me and my environment. I was being smacked in the face pretty regularly with bugs and crap from the road and I asked myself, "self, why do you do this when you could easily do the same thing from the comfort of your car?" Then I cracked the throttle around the next curve and smelled sweet honeysuckle surrounding me and came up out of the curve with an overwhelming sense of well being. My self answered, "what? did you say something?"
    Posted 6th June 2010 at 14:39 by Baphomet Baphomet is offline
    Updated 6th June 2010 at 14:45 by Baphomet
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    I dont usually like cliches or bumper sticker phrases but in this case, one of them is perfect: "If I have to explain it, you wouldnt get it".

    Both my wife and I did the safety course and got our bike license together. I "got" it, she didnt.
    Posted 6th June 2010 at 15:12 by Quebeker Quebeker is offline
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    I would add that in my case, it's more about the journey than the destination and even the means of transportation.

    I dont care how I get there, as long as I get there and then go somewhere else. Thats why I drive a truck long haul and not just local. Thats why when I was a teenager, I got in my car and crossed the country just for the hell of it. Thats why when Im home I wanna go and when Im in Alabama I wanna go home. Thats why when I drive my pick-up, my International or when I rode my 883, it always feel natural, like thats what Im supposed to do.
    Posted 6th June 2010 at 15:54 by Quebeker Quebeker is offline
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    Sometimes I just wanna put the hammer down on the super-slab so I head for Montana where the speed limits are higher. I love going through those sweeping wide turns on I-90 at 70-80MPH heading up Look-Out Pass or Fourth Of July Pass with my feet on the highway bar....somehow it feels so graceful. Other times I'm in the mood for a slower country road ride where the scenery and smells send me off on day dreams and memories from the past. One thing I really like about riding is that it is sort of like multi tasking without even thinking about it ( most of the time )....everything just seems to know what to do.....to keep the rubber side down ( well except for that one time ). Sometimes I like a different challenge. This past weekend I took a pretty steep dirt road with rocks, gravel, pine trees, and bumps.....I love my sporty and have complete confidence in him ( my bikes are male ). I love the sound when we're climbing the mountain and the rpm's are up....it's a thrill.
    Posted 11th June 2010 at 07:30 by sportyblue sportyblue is offline
    Updated 11th June 2010 at 07:51 by sportyblue
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    You inspired me... I'm going for a ride right now! Gonna head up North on Hwy. 169 and then take a right to go over Winganon Bridge ( its just a few miles N of Talala). I'll go 3 more miles after I go through Winganon till I see the Blue sign that ponts me toward Spencer Creek. I'll wind my down that road till I come to the crossroad and then turn right. When I get to Spencer Creek I'll turn left and take that road all the way to Hwy. 66 and end up about 7 miles N. of Claremore.... Hell yeah! I'll only be gone an hour and be home before the bugs come out!
    Posted 13th June 2010 at 18:54 by ~Grind~ ~Grind~ is offline
 


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