Therapy.. and I don't mean group therapy

by Linda
(Kingwood, TX)

Sooo many reasons! Have always wanted my own bike since the late 70's, when I first started riding (on back of the ex's Superglide). But, knowing how much I LOVED riding, I put off having my own while I was raising my kids, then the children of my 3rd husband (yes, it's the charm ;). I knew I would be frustrated being torn between responsibilities and riding time (which would have been limited). Just wait, I told myself...and I waited some 20+ years.

Finally, at age 49, I bought my own. The first was a Sportster I got cheap thru a friend. Great! I was riding again. But I sure didn't care much for that 883L. One day, my current husband (he'd bought a bike for himself) and I took a ride out to Beaumont, TX to Cowboy Harley Davidson. I wanted a T-shirt from the shop, thinkin' it would have some great Marlboro Man on a Harley image to sport. Well, they had some used bikes for sale...I fell in love with the Fatboy I own now, and rode it home. Hubby said that was the most expensive t-shirt he ever bought :)

I say it's the least expensive therapy on the market. When I ride, I am sorting through my life, my experiences, my needs and desires, the blessings life has afforded me. And I get to do this against a most beautiful Texas backdrop, no matter the time of year, for just the price of a few tanks of gas. Depending on the hubby's schedule, he'll ride with me, but mostly I ride alone. Just start the day headed in any direction, turn right or left on a whim, keep going, get sorta "lost", but know all roads go somewhere and most will get me back home..eventually..when I'm ready to call it a day. It's an all-day thing, usually.

Dunno.. there's just nothing like it, for me. For certain, you'll never see my Fatboy parked at a therapist's office. Would be a waste of ridin' time.

All in all.. I ride because I LOVE TO RIDE. MY OWN. MY TIME. MY JOURNEY.

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Apr 08, 2012
by: JP

I once heard that if you see a motorxycle parked at a therapists office it belongs to the therapist..I got my own after my divorce 16 yrs. ago at age 50..still same and still riding on my 6th bike.

Apr 08, 2012
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by: Yvonne - NC

It took me longer to get back on my own, some 40 yrs. Celebrated my 60th with my husband, the kids and their families riding the Black Hills of South Dakota. We all met to celebrate my birthday, best one I'd ever had. Putting in a lot of road time since then. Intend to ride for a very long time. Enjoy your freedom, nothing like it. Keep the shiney side up.

Apr 08, 2012
by: Linda (really it is,too!)

Lovely story, sounds alot like mine. Except I ditched #3 & have a fiance of 17 yrs. that test rode my Kawi Vulcan 900 LT & got "the itch" for riding again & bought a bike for himself after not riding for about 18yrs.
I'm usually riding alone,too,due to our work schedules. And I was 49, too! LOL Enjoy it while we can!!

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