It’s Not If; It’s When (Part I)

If you are a motorcyclist or motorcycle enthusiast, you’ve probably heard the phrase: “It’s not IF you’re going to be in an accident; it’s WHEN.”

Jimmy’s first bike, a Honda 250 El Sonora

The hubby has loved motorcycles since he was a kid when he borrowed a friend’s mini-bike and ran it through a neighbor’s chain-link fence.  Against his parents’ wishes, he bought a dirt bike just as soon as he moved away from home,  and he has found a way to be a motorcycle owner most of our almost-35-year marriage.

Jimmy’s Honda 1100 Sabre in Silverton, Colorado

His bikes of choice have always been made by Honda.  We even towed a couple of them to Colorado so he could ride the mountain roads.  After a four-day tour around the state, I must say that there’s nothing quite like taking those corners and feeling like a participant in the mountain splendor, not just a spectator from inside a car.

The dream bike, 2002 Honda Valkyrie 1520
A few years ago we discovered the “Million Dollar Highway” and Independence Pass with him driving and me on the back of his motorcycle, weathering thunderstorms and sleet with nothing but thin rainsuits and helmets between us and the elements.  I never in a million years thought I was adventurous enough to take a four-day motorcycle tour, and I still can’t believe I did it, but it was an exhilarating experience that I will never forget!

Even Mama (meself) can pretend she drives it!
He was able to purchase the bike of his dreams before that trip: a 2002 Honda Valkyrie that rides like a dream and is as tough as a tank!  That bike has saved us in gasoline costs as an alternate ride to work for him and it has even withstood not one, but three encounters with deer without Jimmy losing control of the bike!

We love this photo!  It snowed on us in July!
But as they say, “It’s not if, it’s when,” and apparently no one is immune forever, because unfortunately, the “when” arrived.

Stay tuned. . .



Wedded Life Wednesday: BFF!

I have a pretty great best friend.  He allows me to stay home even though the budget is a little tight since I retired from teaching (thank goodness for the pension, although it’s only a little more than half what I used to make).  He encourages me to pursue my dreams even though some were quite costly–namely getting my master’s degree, remodeling and adding onto our home, buying copies of my books, setting up vendor spaces at the flea market, book festival, and antique mall.  The most costly dream of all was his, too–having children!  That was worth it, though.

Back in the day. . .1979!

I encourage him to pursue his dreams as well.  For example, he bought his first dirt bike right after we got married, which almost caused his mother to disown him!  He has been into motorcycles, vintage cars, horses, mules, dog breeding, and guns, all of which were costly.  One of his favorite dreams fulfilled was to ride a loop around the state of Colorado, which we did a few years ago.  I still can’t believe I was able to ride behind him on his Honda Valkyrie for four solid days for 700 miles through sunshine, thunderstorms, and sleet.  What an adventure that was!

One of Colorado’s tall passes in June of 2008!

  The give and take of dreaming and let dream has been one of the cornerstones of our marriage–that and faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.  I’d have to say that we are pretty good friends, and that is pretty important to a successful marriage.

Time to close this post now.  Gotta get those work clothes clean for my BFF (that’s Best Friend Forever for the tech-challenged out there). . .

That’s me and my bestie. . .