Sunday, May 2, 2010
LET’S TALK HARLEY DAVIDSON!!!
I’m must admit, I was nervous about getting on it. I rode on the back of a couple bikes when I was a kid, but that was a long time ago. Buying a Harley and getting on it with my husband was really stepping out of my prim and proper comfort zone. But…let me tell you, it is awesome!
We went on a short ride today (51 miles). It was windy, but it’s always windy in Iowa. The thing I noticed most was the smells. I could smell different blooming trees and flowers. I could smell fresh cut grass and plowed fields. I’m pretty sure I could even smell water. Someone was burning wood and someone else was burning something that wasn’t wood (don’t know what it was). I had no idea how the smell of sense would be so intense while riding and all of this with my helmet on. (Yes, we did get helmets. It’s not the law here, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.)
When we signed the papers at Silver Eagle Harley Davidson the salesman told us a story about a trip he took in the Northeast. He said he and his wife were riding with no plan in mind, just looking for somewhere pretty to ride. They had a few days off and no plans. (My inner self was like, what no plan? How are you going to know when you get where you are going?)
He said they pulled up to an intersection and he asked a guy in a vehicle for advice.
“Where’s a good place to ride? You know a pretty ride,” he asked.
“Where are you going?” The guy asked.
“Nowhere, we’re just looking for a pretty ride?” he responded.
The guy in the vehicle looked dumfounded. “What are you going to see?” the guy asked.
“We’re just looking for a nice ride. We don’t have any plans,” he replied.
I’m not there yet. Getting on a Harley was out of my comfort zone. Going on a trip with no itinerary may take me a few years…
What have you done that took you out of your comfort zone?
Don’t forget to come back on Tuesday…Laura Bradford (Elizabeth Lynn Casey) will be stopping by for an interview and I’ll be giving away four of her signed books.