August 15, 2002

Just got back from a ride. Its 10:31pm (server is in central time or some shit).

The bike has 286 miles on it. I just went out to gas up and back, but I couldn’t trigger the light at the gas station, so I just had to suck it up and go ride the 1 from carmel valley to del mar heights… Was a nice ride, not much traffic.

I killed the bike once (shifted into 1st accidentally without my hand on the clutch) and stalled it once (was too nervous about the car coming up behind me… afraid it wouldn’t see me). All in all, a real good day of riding.

I think one of the nice things about riding (right now, anyway) is that I just kinda turn off my brain, and everything is about the ride… How does the bike sound, how does it feel, is it leaned over enough, too much, am I going into hypothermia, is that enough gas in the tank, is that guy gonna see me, which lane should I take so that I don’t have someone behind me at the light, if I don’t have someone behind me at the light am I gonna get run down…

I’m not thinking about my boss, or my love life (although I may get the occasional “hey, baby!” floating through there as I pass joggers), or whether I’m good enough at my chosen career (which isn’t the job I’m working at)… I just ride.

214 miles til I can open her up a bit more… I’m not feeling very restrained at these speeds (unless I’m on the freeway), but I’d like to let her go another thousand or two before shifting…


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