spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
-e e cummings
Ah Spring! Warm weather, then muggy weather, then rain, and then a few glorious days of sunshine when it’s not as hot as the surface of the sun. The time for all good motorcyclists to be riding, riding, riding!…When it’s not a torrential downpour. In my house it’s also time to plan next year’s trip. We aren’t getting a big trip this year. It looks like we’ll have about a week in September that we are going to use to ride like crazy people out in the Hill Country. Next year though we are going to try for another group ride. I’ve recovered enough from our Colorado Trip to think about doing this again. Right now, it’s pretty nebulous. Not so much a plan as an idea. I know we want to try to get to the Motorcycle Museum in Leeds, Alabama and I think there has been some mention of Dollywood. Mr Man has mentioned the Blue Ridge Parkway and that sounds pretty awesome too. We’ve invited everyone to put in opinions and requests so that we can start forming a plan but otherwise, all we know is we want to do another group ride the summer of 2016 and we are inviting two more riders than before. So that’s eight bikes and a possible support vehicle. Yep, we are crazy. I can’t wait though. I can’t wait to see what form this trip takes and what new adventures we have.
At least that’s what I tell myself. Because there is always that chance isn’t it? Always that chance that this trip will be the trip your friendship can’t come back from. The trip that ends with tears and screaming or icy silence that never ends. Motorcycling is risky but most people think about risk to life and limb. They don’t think about the interpersonal risks that comes from group travel. I do. I think about it all the time when I plan trips. I think about it before I start the very first email asking “Who wants to go?” Then I send the email, risking personal conflict and tears and fury 2500 miles from home.
Because it’s Spring, the time for foolish ideas and even more foolish actions. And believe you me, we are fools but I have faith in us. I have faith that we value our friendship enough to work out conflicts and will be forgiving of each other’s folly. Not that there haven’t been tears and yelling and me hiding in the shower at 3 in the morning while I break out in hives from stress. Not that I haven’t had my doubts that my friendships or my marriage would survive the argument over what to order on the pizza (this is a bit of a fabrication, there hasn’t been any actual conflict over pizza I just won’t share how silly some of the arguments have been with people who weren’t there.) Despite all that we’ve always come through for each other. So I have faith, I take risks. After all, motorcycling is the fine art of risk taking. Besides, it’s Spring and the world is puddle-wonderful.