My First Trip

Posted: 3rd April 2010 by LadyBikerTravel in Uncategorized

Today I took my first real motorcycle trip. It all worked out in the end and I learned a lot:

1. Google Maps on your PDA is fine when you’re at home but when you’re on a bike it sucks. Paper maps are better – at least for me.

2. Don’t start any trip during rush hour. (I know, I know. Who would do that? Well, it turns out I would if I don’t manage to get out of the office in time to start the trip when planned.)

3. It’s very important to have a toolkit with you. I needed a screwdriver and didn’t have one. Thank goodness Honey had one.

4. If you’re traveling with someone you’re trying to impress and the route turns out to be a total mess (through no fault of your own but because stupid Google gave you stupid directions) don’t cry. It’s not impressive. Neither is pouting.

5. If the ride doesn’t go as planned but it isn’t raining and the day is beautiful and you ultimately get where you were headed and no one gets hurt, it’s still a great ride.

6. Nothing beats showing off your new bike to your baby brother who doesn’t have one. Nothing.

I’m not going to post the whole trip here, but I’ll give you the stats I’m planning on keeping for my new website:

Distance: 111.1 miles
Cost: $4.01 for 2 double espressos (one for me and one for Honey)
Geography: mix of city and country
Road quality: mixed
Things to do for next trip: gather at least a rudimentary toolkit; spend more time familiarizing myself with the ride beforehand.

‘Til next time —