To lighten up all of the 'rider down' stories on the boards for the past few days, I wanted to share my motorcycling zen experience from today.
I'm in Maui at the moment, so I rented a Honda 750 Shadow today and rode up and around the Haleakala volcano. Perfect 80 degrees with only a few puffy clouds in sight. Hawaii doesn't have a helmet law and the helmets they provide at the bike rental shop are massive piles of crap, so I Top Gunned it all day. Riding without a helmet feels like screwing a Bankok hooker without a condom on - so dangerous but feels so good, especially in the tropical heat. The Shadow didn't want to do much more than 100kph anyhow, so I kept it to the speed limit most of the ride and rode like gramma on her way to church.
Up around Hwy 31 is where it got interesting. What little traffic there was totallly vanished and I was riding along the side of the volcano on newly paved assfault, weaving through the volcanic rock formations and charging over little hills and burms. The view was massive around each corner, with unfettered vistas of the horizon into the South Pacific and majestic scenery of beaches far below.
I rode for about 3.5 hours and then returned to the condo we're renting for a little chill time, but not without a traditional rest at Starbucks for a few minutes for a tasty iced caffienated bevvy.
I was looking forward to this day since I put my bike away for winter last November.
I got the Shadow until tomorrow evening, so I'm going to go explore the North Shore all day tomorrow, and watch the surfers do their thing.
Life pretty much ruled today.
Thanks for reading.