We enjoy cycling and we enjoy motorcycling. It doesn’t matter if we ride alone or with friends, we just enjoy riding. However, riding with friends is always the most enjoyable. The friends we’ve made riding have become our dearest and this makes for tough decisions when Sundays roll around as that’s when we’re forced to decide; just what will we ride?
This past weekend riding the motorcycle won out over the tandem as there were events on Saturday and Sunday to attend. All of the events were equally attractive and would give us plenty of ride time as well as some time with friends.
However, given the choice of getting ourselves up at 6:00am vs. sleeping in until 7:00am on Sunday, the early get-up sealed the fate of our tandem cycling opportunity.
Yes, I can recall those early weekend get-ups during all the years that I enjoyed being a club rider where getting up early also meant getting home early, so as not to abandon my beloved for the better part of the weekend. Not so with tandems, where the only good reason to get up early is to beat the heat since our beloved are right there enjoying life on two-wheels with us.
Alas, the combination of a 6:00am get-up, followed by an hour-long drive to spend 3 hours cycling and then another 1.5 hours socializing before driving the hour back home just didn’t trip our trigger. Instead, we slept in, got some chores done around the house and were saddled-up on the Harley at 10:30.
We spent the better part of the next six hours riding about 200 miles on a beautiful day with good friends and spending time visiting with a variety of different folks at several different stops along the Susan G. Komen fund-raiser poker run. Sadly, the after affects from an amazing time on Friday night / Saturday morning kept me from enjoying anything more strong than a Diet Coke, so I wasn’t as relaxed as I typically like to be with our motorcycling friends at motorcycling events. Now, now… we’re not talking about getting stupid. A cold one once an hour mixed in with water or Diet Coke makes for a very pleasant disposition without any ill effects on the ability to safely ride a motorcycle, at least for anyone of average height and weight.