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On your Own

“You are on your own. You are not protected by two tons of steel, rubber, foam padding and safety glass. Neither are you steering two tons of guided missile toward other cars, people and property. If you are prepared to accept the responsibility of your own actions, then motorcycling can be both safe and thrilling. Riding is an art as well as a craft and no amount of explanation can take the place of experience.

― Theresa Wallach, Easy Motorcycle Riding, 1970

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Ride a Motorcycle


Chincoteague Island

Most can’t tell you how many people die in the U.S. each year.

They don’t keep track of violent crimes in the U.S., things like homicides and assaults.

All this data is published for free and updated annually.

Still, most don’t know their own risks.

What makes it worse, is most are only capable of quoting misrepresented statistics pushed by the news and politicians.

These often just ‘viral pseudo-facts’ planted by those marketing for your vote or dollar.

In short, most people know little about risks. They are emotional, consumed by fears or desires.   They rationalize after the fact.

So just ride a motorcycle.

Not because you love risk or have ‘no fear.’

Ride a motorcycle because in a world swimming with risks, it’s not even at the top of the list.

The bonus is that the act of riding a motorcycle is meditation.

It is a centering of your attention. It is focus that you choose.

To ride a motorcycle is to separate yourself from the echoes of the past, the concerns about the future, and the unnecessary distractions of the moment.

Allow your attention to narrow to the machine beneath you, the environment around you and the next two minutes of your path through the universe.

Then consider the next two minutes, or at least as far as you can see.

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Skyline

I wandered along the highway,
stopping from time to time.