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Red and I ripped off one of our favorite white liners today: Ellensburg through the Yakima River canyon to the the Old Naches Highway to White Pass to Cayuse Pass to Chinook Pass, and back down to the Old Naches Highway to the Canyon...and home..... first time for both of us together on the bike this season..... Lovely ride, and talk about bikes? Thicker than male Democrats at a porn convention! There was a time, believe me....when Red and I seemed to be the only two motorcyclists out there! Now they're chock-a-block.....

Two of my favorite passions, motorcycling and skiing, are very, very closely related in many ways.....both are verbs! Motorcycling and skiing are something you do... motorcycling and skiing are actions, and require volitional effort -- hence, they are not things that happen to you. They are things you do. Motorcycling and skiing are not situations, they are activities freely chosen, and they require decision after decision after decision from you, sometimes dozens of decisions within a half a minute! You are the actor, not the acted upon.... not unless you refuse to act, and then things do happen to you, and quickly!

Motorcycling and skiing have another commonality: both are performances, dances if you will, incredibly precise and beautiful dances between the realms of earth and sky. When you ski or ride, you seem to slip from the earth, although not really; you feel almost like you're flying and the sky seems to open up to you, although it doesn't, really....... but there you are, suspended between earth and sky, totally dependent upon your own decisions or actions to determine whether you will prevail, or suffer total disaster... In other words, in that dance -- either on skis or a bike -- you're about as free as a mortal man can be, at least for awhile!

I don't think any true happiness ever comes to you, without it being the result of something you do..... something you have an effect on.... For instance, put me in the back of an acrobatic airplane, with someone else at the controls, and give me a wild, one-of-a-kind, all over the sky ride.......and I wouldn't be as happy as if I had the knowledge and skill to handle the controls myself, even in a flat line, boring, beginner's flight.... Other than physiological or organic issues, most human unhappiness is caused by the true or the perceived lack of personal control..... give me the slightest chance to have an effect on my world, and I can go on living......happily. Take away all chances, all ability, to do that, and I shall die, and soon.

People who don't ride or ski.....how do they live, and why?

(South Tyrol, Italy, 2012)

 

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I've said it before, but it bears repeating... You have an outstanding way with words Mr. CJ...:bow::bow::bow::bow::bow:
 

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i don't think any true happiness ever comes to you, without it being the result of something you do..... Something you have an effect on.... For instance, put me in the back of an acrobatic airplane, with someone else at the controls, and give me a wild, one-of-a-kind, all over the sky ride.......and i wouldn't be as happy as if i had the knowledge and skill to handle the controls myself, even in a flat line, boring, beginner's flight.... Other than physiological or organic issues, most human unhappiness is caused by the true or the perceived lack of personal control..... Give me the slightest chance to have an effect on my world, and i can go on living......happily. Take away all chances, all ability, to do that, and i shall die, and soon.

People who don't ride or ski.....how do they live, and why?


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I've said it before, but it bears repeating... You have an outstanding way with words Mr. CJ...:bow::bow::bow::bow::bow:
Are you trying to say, "I'm full of it," ob1jeeper? Yup, I am........

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A beautiful summation of a beautiful ride in a most beautiful location! I worked like a mine mule all weekend, but I glad two of my best friends could loose themselves in such wonderful surroundings. The picture is almost mystical, Mel.
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When are you getting the new bike, CJ?
 

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When are you getting the new bike, CJ?
Well, the only person in the world I really listen to instead of myself -- Red -- is now thinking that we should have a Goldwing 1800 rather than the stripped down 6F whatever... she's sat behind me for twenty three years now, and she gets a vote. We're going to Everett Powersports tomorrow to look at some possibilities....
 

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Well, the only person in the world I really listen to instead of myself -- Red -- is now thinking that we should have a Goldwing 1800 rather than the stripped down 6F whatever... she's sat behind me for twenty three years now, and she gets a vote. We're going to Everett Powersports tomorrow to look at some possibilities....

CJ once she gets into that easy chair on steroids you will have a hard time getting her out. I went looking at VTX 1800's and the salesman put my wife up on an GL1800A while I wasn't looking. When I glanced around to find her the look on her face was all it took. I now have over 80,000 on the GL and climbing.

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I really can't see any reason to go for the 6F model if touring is what one is going to use the bike for. The real Goldwing already has all the amenities for touring. If Red ever tried on the back seat of an 1800 for a while it would be hard to ever settle for anything less.
I can understand your feeling about skiing and motorcycling. In my case my three favorite things are flying, sailing and motorcycling. I think it's because all three aren't inert things like a car. Flying and sailing is something you have to learn to deal with wind and water, they operate in a fluid medium. One has to feel the forces to fly or sail well, both are very dynamic in that a boat is alive and always changing, wind veers, puffs and lulls happen, currents make a difference. A sailor is part of the totality of man and boat. Aircraft, especially small and lower powered ones give the greatest sense of flight available to humans. An ultralight gives so much more feeling of flight than any a heavy multi engine airplane, aerobatics are both strenuous, adrenaline producing, yet sublime. A motorcycle seems to be a living thing. It takes skill and becoming pretty much one with a bike to get out of it what it can give. A twisty, hilly road can do more for one's psyche than a battery of psychiatrists. I feel a lucky man who's been able to pursue all three of these interests in my life.
 

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People who don't ride or ski.....how do they live, and why?
Maybe that's why I ride now. Years ago I was an avid skier, was the only reason that justified having winter. I quit because of knee surgery and my local favorite ski resort rebuilt and jumped up the prices beyond my pocketbook. So now I ride. But that means I have a big problem with winter, can't ride, can't ski. So I live half of the year and suffer the other half.
 

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Sure is a beautiful picture of a beautiful area. If we get lucky enough to come out your way, maybe you could show us this area in person.:waving:
 

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Well, the only person in the world I really listen to instead of myself -- Red -- is now thinking that we should have a Goldwing 1800 rather than the stripped down 6F whatever... she's sat behind me for twenty three years now, and she gets a vote. We're going to Everett Powersports tomorrow to look at some possibilities....
I cannot disagree with her vote. Much more creature comforts for her, and that is important.
 
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