It doesnít matter the length
of the trip. It can be a day trip or your long awaited
vacation. You have a plan, the route is all worked out,
everything is in place and youíre good to go.
This is going to be an
outstanding ride! Youíve been looking forward to it and
everything is perfect. So with the chill of morning air and
the sky so blue it hurts your eyes, you throw a leg over, fire
the ole girl up, drop it into gear and off you go. All of the
pieces are in place, nothing will stop you now.
Youíre totally relaxed and
settled in. Moving down the road, your enjoyment factor is a
10 and thatís when "IT" happens. "IT" can be anything, a flat
tire or mechanical problems, maybe itís not even bike related.
Maybe itís a scheduling conflict. Really doesnít matter what
"IT" is. "IT" can be something so simple you donít realize it
yet but your plans for this ride are now toast.
No matter how hard we try or
how much we plan, as they say ďEvents OccurĒ and recently I
realized just how fantastic this can be. A value added treat!
"IT" is also the reason for my story.
Each ride or trip has its own
identity and memories. Is there a better way to remember a
trip than a little unexpected excitement?
On this particular trip
leaving Moab, Carol and I had been ahead of the weather all
day. We would stop for a quick break and the rain catches us,
so to avoid the rain we keep pushing forward. We are on I-70
east bound at Frisco with just under 80 miles from home, far
left lane doing a fine Colorado pace around 85 mph when "IT"
I ask Carol, "Are you moving
around?" She says "No" so I respond ďHang on, we have problems.Ē
With the rear end squirming around, we start slowing and move
two lanes to the right. Just as we pull onto the shoulder, the
rear tire comes off the wheel making the VTX totally
unmanageable and I say hello to a green pole and reflector.
Now if you can picture thisÖ
the adrenaline hits me and I can hardly hold up the bike and
without a rear tire the side stand will not extend. We push
her on to the dirt and I dig a little hole with my foot,
extend the stand and climb off. After asking Carol if she was
OK and a look to heaven saying thank you Lord, I find a 3/8
bolt through the tire.
We are now able to take a few
moments for reflection. A few brief moments that is, maybe
even 30 seconds, thatís when the rain catches up. For the next
hour and a half, while waiting for the tow truck we stood on
the shoulder in a major down poor!
What a great ride and because
of "IT", we will remember this ride forever.
My next example of "IT" would
be our trip through Yellowstone. We wanted to go through the
park, enjoying the
smudge pots and Old Faithful, through the Grand Tetonís making
Jackson WY by 6 pm or so to enjoy dinner and a restful
We were in a pull off with
tripod in hand taking a picture when our first "IT" occurred.
A tour bus pulls up with people of Asian descent, each and
every one with a camera. Iíd swear 50 people walked up to us
wanting to take our picture. We felt like Rock Stars! Thirty
minutes later we are back on the road but at every pull off we
receive more attention from our new found friends.
As we proceed through the
park we see "IT", a Grizzly Bear. Very cool indeed and around
the next corner we find "IT" again, Buffalo blocking the road.
Again very cool so we stop and take more pictures.
By the time we get through
the park and arrive at Old Faithful we are well behind our
timeline. We miss the eruption by mere minutes finding "IT"
once again. Do we wait an hour for the next eruption? Of
course we do, without a question.
A bit after 5 pm Old Faithful
spouts off, the crowd clears and we continue on our journey.
Frustrated, behind schedule, knowing we will not make Jackson
in time for dinner we head for the Grand Tetonís.
This was the most spectacular
vision I have ever seen. Entering the Grand Teton National
Park at dusk, climbing the mountains as the sun is setting.
Pictures donít do it justice and words cannot explain how
breathtaking this view really was. This was the most
spectacular evening ride we have ever had.
We arrive in Jackson late,
but none the less for wear. No worries we found a room, in
fact a suite that was given to us at a regular room rate and
we enjoyed a fine dinner. Everything worked out, it always
What we encountered outside
of our plan because of "IT", gave this ride its own identity
and special memories that makes this ride one we will never
The next time youíre riding,
enjoy the special moments and memories that are a result of
"IT", whatever "IT" happens to be.
Until we ride againÖ
Moab Photo Gallery
Yellowstone Photo Gallery