Willie Nelson Knows
In 1980, Willie Nelson wrote and recorded “On the Road Again,” not about riding a motorcycle but about touring in a country music band. Still, what he sings about in that song easily, I think, applies to my favorite pastime.
On the road again –
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is making music with my friends
Goin’ places that I’ve never been.
Seein’ things that I may never see again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends.
To those of us who ride Harley-Davidsons, the growl of the V-Twin is symphonic and the camaraderie of bikers on the road rolling past unending vistas is hard to match. Yeah, Willie knows.
Tomorrow I “get on the road again.” For a month. More than 7,500 miles. I’ll see family. I’ll see old friends. And I’ll make new ones. I’ll go from sea level to over 11,000 feet. I’ll ride in 110 degree heat some days and near freezing temperatures on others. I’ll get wet. I’ll get sore. And I’ll get very, very happy.
Shackled by the unrelenting demands of gainful employment, Marilyn can’t ride this trip. We rode for a week with great friends in June and she and I look forward to our Great Key West to Alaska Ride next summer with granddaughter Hanna riding behind me for most of the trip.
If you followed along on my first ride blog in June, welcome back. If you’re just opening this blog and going to join me vicariously for the next month, welcome aboard. I’ll update the blog every day with something, including pictures and things I think about and stuff I saw and comments on the nature of the universe. You just never know what thoughts a ride can produce.
My bags are packed. My bike has a new front tire and front brakes thanks to the friendly folks at Adamecs Harley Davidson. Today I adjusted the clutch, drained all the fluids in the bike and added Amsoil products to the engine, the transmission and the chain case. The next month should be a good test for the new oils.
Tomorrow’s destination: New Orleans and family.