Now that I am officially 50, what do I do with it? I still have faults, fears, and beliefs -- but how they have changed over the years. Also at this crossroad, I continue looking for new adventures. The one desire that has hit me stronger than any other at this point is getting back on to a motorcycle. I will shortly dust off my skills at riding and try it again Since it has been 25 years since I have been on a bike, I will take the time to attend a safety course and spend some time practicing before I put it up on two wheels. In short, a lot more involved now due to my age and the caution of maturity.
My first experience with a motorcycle was when I was 13. A friend and I took the dirt bike that was in his garage to a nearby field and tried it out. I got on the bike, spun the throttle and popped the clutch which led to the most beautiful 25-yard wheelie ever. While I had the front wheel up in the air, I could not figure out how to get it back down -- it never occurred to me to let off on the gas. So, I just let go of the handlebar and promptly slid off the back of the bike and onto the dirt as gravity kicked in. I count that has my mandatory crash experience since I got a little road rash and broke a brake handle.
So as I start this and other adventures of my life at this point, I will be documenting them here for the terminally bored and those with insomnia. I am doing this after reading and being inspired by a man who goes by the nom de plume of "Old Guy". Unfortunately, his blog no longer exists -- I hope he is doing well. He was 61 when he started, so, by comparison, I am just a pup.