I've started many projects and finished few. My goals for this new venture, or possibly adventure, are few and modest at this time. I recently purchased a Honda CBR250R and I'll try to chronicle what happens as I try to relearn motorcycle riding skills after having not ridden regularly since about 1970. I hope to do a modest amount of traveling or touring, with my first venture planned for the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I invite you to follow along if you're so inclined.
Also, I'm going to be posting rants, if you will, about religion, politics, so-called complimentary and alternative medicine in addition to anything else that comes along that I find interesting. Please excuse how the format of this blog/website. Though I have many blogs, I'm a neophyte at best in how to properly design them.

Snap of the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Skyline Drive (Virginia), OK, I fess-up, taken on a trip with my Miata.

Why Would Anyone Want to Travel on a Motorcycle?

June 16, 2012
Good question. Over the past few weeks, after basically not having ridden a motorcycle for many years, I decided I would buy a motorcycle and go on a trip. Now, why would anyone want to travel on a motorcycle?
Let’s see, is it one with the wind, one with the road, one with the bike, or what?
I’ve lived in an environmentally controlled space, if you will, for years. In the winter, I turn the heat up, in the summer I turn the air conditioner down, and now, I’m saying I’m going to jump on a motorcycle and travel a few hundred miles out in the elements, with no control over the temperature and the weather? Does this make any sense? Nope, it doesn’t.
So, what could be my motivation other than some type of knee-jerk reaction to the so-called romance of motorcycle travel?
I guess one thing for a new rider is the challenge of learning to ride. Learning to safely go from point A to point B. Learning how to smoothly operate all of the controls, how to smoothly shift gears, learn about synchronizing RPMs with speed, and how to stop quickly and smoothly.
So, that’s where I guess I find myself at the moment. I need to get some more miles out there on the road. Lately haven’t been able to get out that much.
So, I guess time will tell whether this motorcycle purchase was another folly, if you will.

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Outside the dealership....

Outside the dealership....
Yes, taking delivery of my new bike, May 17, 2012. The Marsee tank bag fits nicely. It's the strap-on type and you can get to the gas filler by unsnapping two of the straps. It is not in the way; however, it does expand upwards. My rainsuit is strapped to the seat.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.

OK, I promise to keep snaps of me to a minimum.
Yeah, I know. I look pretty old. Actually, I'm only 25, the years have been tough and they've taken their toll.

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

Ortlieb Large Dry Bag (Rack-Pack)

I was on the verge of placing an order with Aerostich for Ortlieb saddlebags and decided to see how this bag would work. It’s the large Ortlieb dry bag. It cavernous and holds a whopping 2990 cubic inches. And, no it’s not filled to capacity, I just stuffed it with some clothes. The bungees I happened to have, though if I decide to use this as shown, I’m going to order six ROC straps. The only things that I can think of that I’ll be packing that are damageable or breakable are my netbook and two small cameras. The cameras I can put in the tank bag and the netbook I can wrap in clothes. I know one thing, if I do decide to use this bag I’m going to have to do some stretching exercises, as I will surely not be able to throw my leg over this. Yes, definitely a step-through situation.