First of all, I realize it has been an age since posting, but there really hasn’t been much to report back on. But, the new year has come in (very cold for us here in Louisville) and it is time to get started. I wish I could say I had a lot of plans set up for this year, but at this moment, I only have a few trips on the books. Also, I finally bit the bullet and ordered new motorcycle boots, as my old ones are not waterproof more than just a random sprinkle. But, more on that later.
I realize it has been a while since my last post from Stecoah. I have not had any trips since then, mostly due to a work injury which has kept me from riding. But not for the reasons you might think. Keep reading past the break for the full story.
I took my first ride way back in January. January 2nd, actually. It was a 10 minute ride around a parking lot and to the Home Depot. It was cold, damp and miserable out. But I loved every shivery second of it. I had been wanting a motorcycle for a long time, and never thought I would actually get one. I always had a reason not to get one. This year, to hell with it, I decided to finally pull the trigger. It has been a ride ever since – pun intended.
Well, I realize it has been a while since I have posted anything. Unfortunately, I have not had much seat time since Memorial Day weekend. I have been working a Renaissance Festival in Eminence, KY. It runs for 6 weekends (started the weekend after Memorial Day) and we just finished the 2nd weekend. 4 more to go, then I will be out to AMA Vintage Days in Ohio and then on to other roads not yet planned.
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Yep, it has been over a week since I have been out riding anywhere. And I have missed it. So much, that last night I went to Two-Stroke Tuesday at the Barrett Bar, and have ridden into work today so I can hit LouVin Bike Nite at the Barrett Bar tonight. Unfortunately with the RenFair in full swing for the next 5 weekends, my riding time will be somewhat limited. It is so much fun being on that bike, I really felt like I was being tortured not riding this past weekend.
Yep, we had a very old Mercedes convertible roll in last night for bike nite at Barrett Bar. We had the usual crowd of bikes as well. From the sport bikes to the cruisers to the bobbers to the vintage to the rats. Even a few enduros and adv bikes. Good times were had by all, and there was something for everyone. Yeah, I know. It’s a short entry, but that is OK. I really just wanted to show off the Mercedes. More photos below.
This morning I received an email informing me that a former friend passed away on Monday after a very long battle with cancer. It hit me harder than I thought it would (I knew he was fighting a losing battle) considering we hadn’t spoken since early 2007. What has me thinking the most is that we fell out over my divorce – he chose sides with my ex. I will never know why, now. The last thing I said to him was, “my contact info is still the same, if you grow a set, use it.” Why is it stuff like that comes back verbatim, but other stuff is hazy and glossed over. We had a number of good times on a few years worth of photo trips, especially down to Reelfoot Lake and Madison IN. Memories I still love, and are bittersweet because of the falling out due to the divorce.
This Tuesday is his memorial, which I am literally split down the middle on going or not. If I go, I will see people I have not seen in a long time, and I will probably see my ex and her daughter for the first time since we split in 2007. I don’t want to see them. We have nothing to say to each other, or rather, I have nothing to say to them. Going to the memorial wont bring me any answers as to why he chose to throw away our friendship. Hindsight is 20/20 and looking back, yes I could have reached out to him, but I didn’t. I don’t blame myself any more than I blame him, as we were both grown adults who both made the wrong decision.
Eric, safe travels on this next journey.