I've always been considerate of my time and the time of others around me. It would be selfish of me to horde all of my vacation time to ride my bike all over the country and leave my partner to fend for herself. I also had a young family and my thought was to have a less risky hobby and wait for the time when I could ride again. So I sold my bike and gravitated to sports cars during the Mid 1980's
Because I came from a broken home I have always had to work for my own money. It wasn't easy to live a life without a loving family and without siblings. Even during the time I went to elementary school I had to maintain an after school job and work during my summer vacations. Except when I was very young, I could not remember a time when I had a carefree summer with nothing to do. Then came work and a family of my own which left me with limited vacation time. I have always envied those who have had a happy childhood without the worry of knowing where your next dollar is coming from
Lately I have been feeling the effects of ageing more than before. You never know what the future may bring, nor if your health will wait for the time you are able to fulfill your dreams and ambitions on your terms. Time waits for no one. I passed retirement age a couple of years ago and I keep wondering when I am going to be able to ride my bike to a far away land.
About 6 years ago I started to take long weekends away on my bike. These were mainly to rallies in Victoria and Kelowna and then a longer trip to the Oregon gorge. I was always careful to limit my solo travels, at first to one weekend a year. Then it expanded to two weekends and over the years it reached 10 days when I went to Hell's Canyon last year. While I like to ride I am not obsessed with riding. I respect that I cannot dedicate all of my vacation time for riding and as Mrs Skoot cannot ride I make sure that we plan vacation time where we can be together and we go on a road trip in our car. This is also the reason that I don't generally ride my bike on Sundays. I call it our Family Day and we go in our car, have brunch somewhere and go for a drive.
Whenever I go somewhere where Mrs Skoot has not been it is my duty to go back again in our car so she can see where I went. So a solo ride will turn into a together ride where I must duplicate the trip so she will not feel left out. Those of you who have partners that ride do not know how lucky you are to be sharing the riding experience to see new vistas together.
Whether by car, Maxi-scooter or Motorcycle I have traveled extensively within the PNW: Pacific NorthWest which includes; BC, WA, OR. It will also be my longest solo trip to places I had never been before. While the destination was only decided upon last year, the allocation for the amount of time I could take has been in the "works" for nearly 3 years. Remember that without spousal support I could not horde all of my time for myself, I would feel guilty . . .
When I first started my present job back in 1998 I decided that my company needed me so I didn't take many vacations and Mrs Skoot went on a few vacations without me. She went with her Mother. They went to Mexico, took an Alaskan Cruise then a cruise to the Orient. She was on a waiting list for her pending surgery so a couple of years ago (before surgery) she wanted to travel to China and Hawai'i, as she knew that she would be in healing mode for half a year and not be able to take a normal vacation this year, so I was free to take my own vacation while she stayed home to recover.
Mrs Skoot's surgery was nearly 2 months ago and I think things are progressing nicely but she still cannot drive and I am still performing the domestic duties. This worries me a bit as I want to make sure she will be okay if I am not home. Her surgery had been rescheduled a few times and it was originally planned to be during March or April, which would have been better.
Since I am going a great distance I also decided to take a few more weeks of unpaid vacation. I have planned to be away for 6 weeks
More trip details on a future post . . .
I met Rob for breakfast on Saturday as he wanted to show me his Can Am. The plan was to go for a short ride but we both had errands to do. I still have some loose ends which have to be done before I leave. This day I bought my Travel Insurance and he wanted to tag along to meet my insurance agent. I also had to buy more Rok Straps so I told him I could meet him at the Dealership where they were having a BBQ. While we were there I saw Jack who happened to be the previous owner of my R1200R
Here Jack is admiring Rob's "new to him" Spyder
after I had my beverage, I skipped on the hot dog, I took the scenic way home via: River Road
There was a car behind me approaching very fast so I pulled over for a photo. I dislike tailgating drivers who follow too closely
It was another nice day on the Wet Coast. Not too hot, nor too cool. Just perfect