An Enjoyable Daily Commute?

(Yeah it isn't the greatest photo...camera phone)


Dan's latest post got me thinking about how fortunate I am and how I brush off most of my daily rides as "not blog worthy". Many of my co-workers and others in the office building where I work have questioned my sanity when they've noticed that I commute on my Harley despite temperature.

I find it humorous that they question my sanity when commuting on the bike is by secret to maintaining my sanity. Back before I owned a motorcycle, if you made a comment about enjoying your commute to and from work or looking forward to the ride home, I'd a thought you needed counseling. But that is exactly what commuting on the bike has done. I look forward to the ride home. I get 30-45 minutes of time doing something I enjoy - riding a motorcycle. There are no cell phone conversations and no radio programs distracting me. Instead, I smell the smells of flowers and trees in bloom, fresh mowed grass. I can hear everything around me. I can hear the brakes that need replacing on the truck ahead of me, the valves that need adjusting in the car beside me, the helicopter crossing the highway, everything one misses when locked inside a cage. All the isolation of being couped up in a cage are removed. I've noticed that the majority of the impact of a rough day at work is practically eliminated after my ride home on the bike - something the same trip in my pickup just doesn't do.

So, don't let me take it for granted. It wasn't always like this and it is a welcome change. The last three years of commuting on the bike have been the most enjoyable years of my working career. The significant savings due to the better fuel mileage is icing on the cake. Thanks Dan for helping me remember that it is blogworthy even if it happens everyday.

So, why aren't you commuting on your motorcycle?

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