Friday, April 26, 2013

Crossing The Gateway

Real-Biker-ChickAfter swallowing about 200 miles of Interstate 8, we rolled into Yuma, AZ just before sunset. Even though I was bug splattered and full-bladdered, I was still filled with energy. I felt like I could ride another 100 miles. This was my first time riding my own Katie Scarlet out of her home state of California and it filled me with immense pride. Having passed my own personal milestone of riding 3,000 miles solo, our Road Pickle Motorcycle Bohemia is finally a reality.

Reaching this point has meant overcoming many challenges for me. In a rather backwards way, I decided to take this 6 month motorcycle road trip and THEN I learned to ride a motorcycle. To be fair, I had taken the motorcycle training class a couple of years ago, had my endorsement on my license, but hadn't ridden enough to have any experience. Then I took an 8 month hiatus from riding (having no wheels of my own) so I forgot everything I had learned. It took dropping my new Kawasaki Ninja 500 a few times to learn to keep her upright, working with my hubs Highway to relearn how to ride, just to keep my poor, old body from continuously hitting the pavement.

My poor, old body has her own challenges. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that sends pain signals to the brain saying there is injury when there is not. My body constantly feels pain, much like that of a person who had a car accident just yesterday; that all over ache, soreness, stiffness, etc. I wake up every day with this pain and manage it all day long. I've learned that avoiding certain foods, eating organically (as much as possible), drinking lots of water and exercise and stretching help greatly. But I am 47 years old and I feel it every day.

Real-Biker-ChickBut to my credit, I will say that I am determined. It seems if I put my mind to something, it usually happens. (I say the same thing about my amazing daughter too!) So crossing that state line was more than just another mile of road. It was the gateway to the rest of America.

We began in San Ysidro, CA so we can touch all four corners of the lower 48. We hope to ride to Blaine, WA, Madawaska, ME; and Key West, FL, eating and drinking our way from one state to another. I want to stop to see the sights, ask our Facebook and Twitter fans where we should go next and what we should see. I'm not about clicking miles off my odometer, but really experiencing life in America! Stop and really see where we are and what life has to offer. Along the way I plan to buy my man a beer and screw his brains out in every state in the U.S. That's all I want. To see America, meet people, eat good food, love my hubs and make him smile, and ride, ride, ride.

And if that's not a lofty, worthwhile goal for my life, well I don't know what is.


6 comments:

  1. I can't wait for you to hit my part of the world. I understand the 24/7 pain. i live it and just move one. Not letting it control me. I will be 54 in a couple weeks and well... I love life!

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    1. My pain is actually getting better! I'm not sure if it's all the riding, or something else. I've really improved my diet too. . .

      I'll let you know! Happy Upcoming Birthday!

      Sash

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  2. Sash:

    You are so lucky to be able to take this journey and not worry about being time constrained. I agree, it's not about the miles but taking the roads less traveled and seeing the "real" America

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Bob, I know how lucky we are. I think about it everyday. Today we stopped in the middle of a reservation, 75 miles of nothing behind us, another 60 ahead of nothing. We stopped at a Shell gas station and had a cold drink, watched TV with local Indians, and did nothing for 30 minutes. When there's a schedule, you just can't do those things.

      That was some good canned iced tea/pink lemonade with those Indians, I'll tell you.

      Hugs,

      Sash

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  3. Make sure you get in touch when in my part of the world. You going to love Key West. Make sure when you leave Key West to leave before sunrise so you can see the sun coming up while riding on Highway 1 along the keys.

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    1. George,

      I'm glad we have someone to visit when we hit the Keys, because we fully intend on going there!!! Thanks for the "sunrise" tip and keep following us so you can remind us when we hit Florida to come all the way down to say "Hi!"

      Thanks for following my blog. . .

      Sweet Rides to you George,

      Sash

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About Sash


People call me "Sash" because I'm a former beauty queen in my old home town. My father used to ride in an MC which got me interested in the culture. After my last divorce I said "goodbye" to Susie Homemaker and became the rude biker chick I always felt inside. (Read more...)