Right up front. I do not want to die. Period. Full stop. Well, we all will, but today I'd prefer that day to be far into the future! Years! Decades! But it's a catchy thread title, huh? Maybe aliens will appear and offer a healthy extended life for an x-number of years of indentured servitude. Hell, I'd take it, I think. I do not want to die. But the possibility exists that I'll meet a premature end in some violent manner. Why's that you may ask? Well, I'm documenting these various dangerous undertakings on an international motorcycle adventure forum and that means that I ain't gonna be roller skating on the sidewalk. Given that, I'll accept and manage the risks as best I can with each situation. But fair warning, it may be my son that comes here to file the final report. I can only hope he'd be a bit eloquent with his 'he didn't make it' post. But that's for the future – or not. As I write this in late July 2015, I've got some obligations that take precedence, but we're doing a fly-n-ride the second week of August. I bought this: Nice looking bike, huh? So here's the hook for this entire on-going ride report. I'm promising, 'x my heart 'cause I'll be dead', to document my return to MC riding after a really serious crash 25 months ago. You'll not only get a correctly exposed and in-focus (most of the time) series of photos, but you get some commentary on what it feels like. Am I scared to the point where I can't do it? Can I conquer my fears and enjoy the experience again? Will my healed body take it? Will another bozo car driver get me again? Dunno. That's what we're gonna document. Why this one? Why a fly-n-ride? First, it's a gorgeous bike that hasn't been abused and thrashed. As you can see, it's nicely farkled, but not overdone with every possible trinket. It's got very low miles for a 2003 model year, only 43k-ish. Finally, a most excellent price! Why a fly-n-ride? 1) 'Cause I'm here and it's there and 2) why not? Besides, this will be 3) sink or swim in as benign traffic environment as I can think of – Albuquerque to Sacramento, across NW New Mexico, in to Utah's SE corner, then across southern Utah, hitting all the national parks for a look-see, then exiting Utah out through Zion NP and cutting across Nevada in the middle of August to Lee Vining, and then – depending on how the body is holding up and what my mental state is, I might try Kings Canyon and Yosemite as I'd been forced by circumstance to skip them in 2012. But again, those last two are a strictly, we'll see when we get there kinda deal-e-o. So if you're looking for a 'he-man, dat dude toughed it out without a whimper' sorta ride report, or, one where it's all about 'went there, done that, bought the t-shirt, now what's the next tick in the check box', sorta thing, this one is not one to subscribe to. This RR is a coming out party and I'm inviting you along to see whether it's a great party or a dud. I want great. I'm planning great. I'm working toward great, but let's see what we see in the coming weeks. I'll admit right here at the beginning that I'm using this RR as incentive to actually go and do. I'll expand this from time to time if there's interest in why. Only & Final Warning: You get a diary of me. My thoughts, my feelings, my fears, the good, the bad and definitely the ugly. And I ain't gonna confine my blabberings to be just a place by place travel log. I'm intending to write about the experience – all of it, philosophy, politics and religion included. I do however promise there'll be no bible quotes. So if you're offended by folks that freely think beyond what some media personality tells you to think, (we're commonly called liberals by many on the cultural and religious far right) this ain't gonna be an RR you'll enjoy. Guaranteed that I'll write something that will piss you off to your very core. So please, if you can't resist the urge from your reptilian brain to make a disparaging comment, just move on to something that gives you some pleasure to view. That said, if you're even a little like me and enjoy trying to see something from a different point of view, even if you don't agree with the core philosophy, then this might be worthy of a subscription. That question is one only you can answer. There's a lot of open road – 1250-ish miles – twixt there and here. That's lots of time to think and ponder not only what our eyes gathered light from, but how our brain processes and interprets that sensory input. It'll be interesting to see how that all turns out. So we're gonna chronicle this fly-n-ride trip as the beginning of (what we hope is) a long and wonderful association with this scoot. But I'm in no hurry to get anywhere fast, so the pace will be leisurely and the pauses many. There'll be some great scenery documented and y'all will know not too long after I do whether resuming riding is a doable thing or not. I'm working toward doable, but let's find out if I keep the bike and ride it or sell it soon after returning to Sacramento. No, my name isn't Bill or Ted, but I will have some excellent adventures. Maybe even meet a modern day SoCrates or two. Wanna come along? Click 'Watch This Thread' and let's explore together.