I use to ride an orange and black GSX-R600 named Tenacious K. It was my first bike and boy did I have some adventures on it. Let’s see, I’ve had my hand stuck in the fairing, I’ve fallen several times and when I finally got the hang of riding…unforgettable. NO disrespect to the sports bike riders because I was one. But let me tell you what I don’t miss, the leaning forward part and it could have been that I should have gotten a bigger one. But regardless, Tenacious K was my boo and I took very care of that motorcycle.
A couple of years later I ended up getting a Yamaha Vstar and it was a different ride. It was all because I was sitting up. Oh my goodness, I could see a lot more. I can’t speak for anyone but me when I say it felt a lot better when I would travel out-of-town. My back didn’t hurt too much and I didn’t have to lay on my tank and look like I was flying with my legs all kicked out. I’m sure I was a sight to see laying on the tank with my legs kicked.
The neatest thing about me riding Dr. Feelgood is that I have been looking up. While headed to the All Female Ride in Huntsville last month, I looked up and saw these beautiful clouds. They were just dancing across the sky. It had just finished raining and I was able to see a rainbow and then the sky turned this beautiful blue with white enormous clouds dancing by. It was simply beautiful and serene. I had to blink a few times because at one time a few clouds had formed a smile. I was riding and laughing and thinking of my grandmothers, Ethel, Clara and Mattie. I was wondering if that was their way of looking down at me to let me know that they approved of me striving to live and to be happy living.
As I kept riding, I rode by trees and bushes with flowers sprouting. I could have sworn I smelled honey suckle. I remembered saying “naw it can’t be”. But I truly believe it was honeysuckle that I was smelling. I started paying attention to the trees and all of the different colors of the leaves on the trees. Some were dark green with yellow hues. and orange hues. I could have sworn it looked as if the trees were waving to me and swaying from side to side. And I’ve rode down highway 78 a lot to go visit friends who lived in Tupelo, Mississippi and even Alabama. Those trees, bushes and flowers have aways been there. But, lately I’ve been looking up.
I’m enjoying looking up as I now ride. I also miss my GSXR at times. Maybe in the future I’ll get another sports bike when the time is right. But for now, I’ll be happy with what I have and I’ll keep riding on. And even if you don’t have a motorcycle, still take the opportunity to look up and see what’s around you. Hop in your car and go to a park or go down to the riverfront which is one of my favorite places to go. Take a look at the sun as it sets. Take a look at the sky after it rains, you’ll see colors of purple and red blending in. There’s so many things to make you smile. There are clouds and trees that are waiting to wave or smile at you. Sometimes, we get so busy looking down we forget to see what’s up and around us. So, look up sometimes..you might see something that will make you smile.