Something about July and August nights. The air is so hot and thick you can cut it with a knife. But its smooth and soft as you slice through it with a bike. The heat keeps me warm as the air dances around me. I am the chick in a hoodie in 100 degree weather. There is peace, speed, quiet and of course bugs. But there is something being on the bike in the heat. I have come so accustomed to the bike my hand is relaxed on the handle bars or just the one for acceleration. The curves are controlled by your body. Ironic that a sway in my hips gives my ride a curvy s down the road. Its peace, heat, freedom and sanity all in one. Ipod, rocking in the hot wind, your body and the bike move together.
Riding is like life.... When I'm nervous or tired or timid. As I am now in life my riding suffers. You are not confident in your leans, your turns and sometimes i just freaking miss 2nd gear.. stall it in neutral for a minute. I forget the bike knows what to do. It is built to stay up to "pop" back up out of a turn. When you sit on a bike its will balance its self out. Its our weight and movements that shake it off balance. As such life, I thought of this as I was swerving my way down traverse mountain searching for a glimpse of the non existent meteor shower. Guide the bike and it will stay rubber side down. Yet as in life when I get scared or resistant the curves are not as smooth, slow and rugged, and yes I stall it in neutral coming in to 2nd. We stall ourselves our uncertainty, with ourselves make us weak on those toes that are to thrust up to our next level. With out that strength we are at the stop light looking like a jackass trying to get into the next gear.
As I rode leaned back one hand on the accelerator the other resting on my hand I felt my inner power seem to seep back. Im on a bike! I'm not on the back hanging on and hoping. I'm in front just gliding down the road in complete control.
For a moment my mind will stop, slow down and enjoy what I am doing. The bike is cheaper than prozac.
I do after 4 summers still fear cars but after you get over how much its going to hurt at that speed and just keep going you hit a satisfaction in your ride. You don't fear it anymore. If and when you lay down a bike it will hurt! But that doesn't loom in your mind, your moves and your ride, you accept it. As in life, something may not work, or it might but you can completely relax, I wink at my guardian angel as they grab hold tight to my gremlin bell.
"Less Brake, more throttle"