Well, the road's been rocky along the way
It's been a long, hard haul on the motorway
But if it gets too smooth it's time to call it a day - Ray Davies
Yep, alive and (mostly) walking. And today is rather special, as it was the very first day of my Vespista Life, eight years ago, with the GTS300 Super I christened Melody. Nearly all those years were great (with a few hiccups here and there), the last two years being the most calamitous, starting with a minor crash that left me mostly unscathed, but the bike out of commission for several months (age of COVID, remember), then back on the road, only to suffer a much more serious crash that totaled Mel, but somehow miraculously spared me (mostly…some shoulder-blade tissue damage, but otherwise walked away, and made me even more-staunchly All That Gear). The rest has been well-chronicled on these-here MV pages, but this is largely to say I'm mostly out-and-about.
Back on two wheels? Yes, eventually. Le Wife ha been back-and-forth on this, understandably nervous about the idea, but also knowing making me go completely cold-turkey ain't the best idea either.* (She's like me to start driving, but given my PTSD from a new-death experience asa passenger many years back, I said I likely can't comfortably drive anything much larger than a Fiat 500, which only makes her slightly less nervous.) Most likely it means giving up Winter riding, which I'm fine with, but statistically doesn't seem terribly logical. It appears she's fine with my eventually hopping back on Revel scooters in Gotham as soon as I can fluidly hop on-and-off. (Nearly there, but feel the need to wait a few months.)
Much more to go over here, but I thought I'd get this out ASAP.
Another hotel, it's time to check out soon.
As I look around the room
I think of all the friends I left behind
On the road.
(*In the 45-or-so years I was a cyclist in Gotham, in which time I suffered numerous altercations with larger vehicles, I'd likely been beseeched some twenty times to just stop riding and travel/commute "like normal people do" [almost the exact quote, most every time]. And, where I currently live, I'd argue cycling is probably riskier than riding on something with an engine…at least you'd be compelled to suit up in the latter instance.)