Motorcycle Rides is a personal blog of my motorcycle trips. Hi, I’m Brad, and I love the freedom of the ride, with the wind blowing in my face and the wide open vistas. It is a therapeutic process that calms my soul and spirit. I feel a closeness to God as I ride across His creations. He has helped me to better understand my life, especially during the long stretches of highway which gives me a lot of time to think and ponder.
Where I’ve Ridden
There are so many amazing places that I have visited and experienced, having crossed the United States 5 times, and have traveled up into Canada. I have ridden in every one of the lower states. Alaska is on my check list. And technically I have ridden in Hawaii on a rented bike. I have ridden in rain (For days at a time), wind, hail and I even dodged a tornado in Nebraska. I hydroplaned once in rain, and was lucky to have kept my bike upright.
My cross country trips started on a 2004 Honda VTX 1300. After putting 100,000 miles on this bike, I decided to retire it and step up into a Honda Goldwing. I’ve really enjoyed the Goldwing. It is a very smooth and comfortable bike. I’m looking forward to putting another 100,000+ on this bike.
What I’ve Learned
I have learned much about riding safe. It is always important to “assume” that other drivers do not see you. Assume that they are going to cut you off, pull out in front of you, or run a red light. As I have tried to follow my own advice, I have managed to stay out of trouble. I find when I start getting too casual in my riding, is when I can get into trouble.
What I Feel
Almost on every trip, I feel a higher power watching over me. I always pray before I ride, asking for protection and safety. I’ve had a lot of special experiences where I was protected. One such experience was on a trip from Salt Lake City to Daytona Beach, Florida. While traveling through Texas, just outside of Dallas, I was riding in the far left lane. (I feel that is always the safest lane on the freeway, as I only have to worry about traffic on my right) I had a strong impression to move over one lane to my right. I’ve always learned to listen to those voices. So I immediately moved over. About 10 seconds later, the car that was in front of me in the fast lane swerved to miss a big piece of metal conduit that had just fallen off of a truck in front of them. Had I stayed in that lane, my situation would not have been good.
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