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I've mentioned in previous threads that my uncle was more of a big brother to me, there's only 6 years between us. Well, as life has it when he got married and had kids we kind of drifted apart and didn't see much of each other. And with the responsibilities of life he put motorcycling behind him. Now I have to explain here that he was a fantastic rider. He took a Honda SL 350 and took state championship twice in motocross and once in flat track. When he bought his 125 Elsinore he practically took over the track. He loved riding, he shared it with me and taught me all he could and then some.



Well, time took it's toll on him, physically as well as emotionally and mentally. To be honest we were all prepared for the call that he had ended his life. This summer he shocked us all with the announcement that he was getting a motorcycle again. He wanted something around a 500 to 550 size and since mother Honda had little to offer there he settled on a Kawasaki 500 Vulcan. Now we've been on a few little rides together but nothing really significant. We had planned a trip to West Virginia together, but due to finances I had to drop out, but he went on his own. It wore him out, but it was a dream he had never fulfilled, and it brought a sparkle back into his eye.



Well yesterday, Wendy and I took a ride with him and Wendy was calling the shots as navigator. She took us down into her old stomping grounds south east of here. We were going through back country roads through horse farms, up and down winding hills that challenged both bikes and us. There was one hill (one very BIG hill) we came down that as it wound its way around was a continuous slalom of deep left and right curves, I scraped more than once. We left at 10 am and never got home till after 6pm, the high was 50 degrees yesterday. It was a cool ride the whole day and I did have some concern as to how he was handling it, it was a wasted worry, never did I see him without a grin on face, the grin I remember from my youth.



At our last "rest stop" we talked for awhile and I not only saw and heard the new life in him, he spoke of it as well. He talked about the depression he had been battling for so many years, it scared me as to how much worse it was than I thought. Then he talked about how being on the road again he hadn't felt any depression all year. Even if he can't ride on a given day, it doesn't matter, there's always the next day. We spent the day riding, laughing, reminiscing and being the kids of our youth again.



This morning I spoke with my aunt for a bit and she was telling me of the renewed energy and life in him, "he seems so much happier everyday" as she put it. She admitted that she encouraged him to give up riding while they were raising the kids and now regretted it. She isn't against motorcycles, but isn't into riding them herself, and admitted she didn't realize what a part of him it was. She joked that their two boys had some concerns about dad riding again, but she has since put down the law that if he wants to ride, then ride he will.



Yeah this was a long post, maybe more for me than anything else, and I have no doubt I'm preaching to the choir. Everyone of you understands that feeling.



So here's to the road, the peace, happiness and tranquility it gives us and our lives. And when the day comes for the undertaker to fitus forour final cage, may he cry out in frustration to try and remove the smile from ourface's and the dead bugs inour teeth.
 

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Thats great.
 

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You don't say how old your uncle is, but I get the impression he's looking at many years of riding still in front of him. Good for him, not everyone finds something that makes them that happy.
 

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6 years difference between them puts his birth year as 1951. Makes him 58, 1 year younger than me.

Yea, Richard, i checked your profile for your birthday.

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I can relate for myself, riding has a way of just putting things in perspective. If I get to go flying then I have that grin that I always used to get when we took the Super Cub out for a spin.......
 

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I have a term for that it's called Wind Therapy. When I need something to help get me focused. Some good Wind Therapy goes a long ways to help. Usually takes about a tank of gas forbest results.
 

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I am 5 years younger . I spent my teen yrs also racing an SL350 . It was my "swiss army bike " I used it for flat track , motoX and some road racing as well . I can appreciate his accomplishments . i hung my helmet when the kids came along and only put it back on 4 yrs ago . Riding to nowhere is some of the best hrs I spend . In my case the wife likes to ride so its all good .



Glad to hear your uncle is back on the seat again and enjoying it . Ride all ya'll can .
 

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Richard,

I can associate with every word of your post. I quit riding at 36 because "my kids needed a dad".

I thought it was behind me, and didn't give it much thought after that. Then my son went to Iraq and left his GL1200 with me and told me to ride it everyday, or the oil would congeal and the motor would lock up :cheeky1:

Wind in the face. Yes, it gave me back a reason for putting bad thoughts behind me. And I will be back on another bike very soon (I hope, mr. lawyer, ya hear me?)

Saturday, I went with a friend and we took a Piper Arrow for a tour of Arizona. Again, I felt the magic of riding on the wind. I managed to pilot that thing off the ground and where we needed to go just like I had never quit flying 10 years ago.

The wind, it is magical and it is terrific in repairing our souls.
 

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This is a wonderful thing Richard:action:
nothing like spending your time unwinding in the wind.

Ride Safe and ride often, Ray:waving:
 

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I can't remember who has this in their signature, but it sure is true and goes something like this:
Only motorcycle riders understand why dogs hold their head out the window...
The other was saying was:
I've never seen a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist's office...
'Nuff said I guess...
 

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cubix wrote:
I can't remember who has this in their signature, but it sure is true and goes something like this:
Only motorcycle riders understand why dogs hold their head out the window...
The other was saying was:
I've never seen a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist's office...
'Nuff said I guess...
Lots of truth in it. We have a pshchologist that's a member of our GWRRA chapter, and he'll tell you that a ride is better than a visit to his office.



Great story, Richard. I'm glad to hear your uncle's outlook has improved. My uncles were all much older than me, and had stopped riding before I started, but I'd give anything to have had the opportunity.
 

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An awesome testimonial! The rejuvination our passion has on the soul, the mind and the body! Praise God for 2 wheels and the wind!

Bernie
 

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Oh, I don't know........ no big deal, riding........

I can take it or leave it!

:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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I would ride all year long for the "Wind Therapy" if I could get good snow tires.

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Cousin Jack wrote:
Oh, I don't know........ no big deal, riding........

I can take it or leave it!

:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
yea, take it or leave it, from coast to coast!!!! lol if you could leave it, you would have left it in the hospital!!!!! hahahahahh keep on :18blue::18blue:rick
 

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I'm glad to hear you had a great time with your Uncle. I hope you two have many more great rides together. I hope you get another chance to go on that travel with him to unknown destinations.

Wing Therapy,,, describes it exactly.

Even though I've been riding almost every day for work, I need a long ride.

Two or three tanks for a minimun!

Get enough miles and counties between me and home that my thoughts don't go back to home and work.
 
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