Chasing Demons in the desert

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  1. roadtoadrider

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    The trip wasn't supposed to be somber, or filled with self inspection. When it started a year ago, it was about an uncle, a nephew and a brother riding through the desert Southwest and truly enjoying each other's company.
    An intoxicated driver changed all that when he struck my nephew with an SUV and killed him as he rode his motorbike home from work.
    Now I find myself in a situation none of us want to experience, but all too often we find ourselves in. The ride changes for us, not worse, not better,but different.

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    Looking at the Super Tenere geared up and ready to ride, my emotions were pure anger towards the SUV driver, pure sadness at the emptiness the desert now held, and a calm stillness that urged me to ride. Ride not only for self healing but to chase the demons away. Deciding to ride set the stage for an epic couple of days of riding.

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    Heading out of the San Tan valley towards Tucson. The trails/roads? Were awesome. As the sunshine warmed my body, my mind was overcome with the longing to have my nephew "Yoshi" along for the ride. I could almost hear him saying he was "right here with ya uncle" and hey, this way I could keep up to him. I had told him a long time ago, riding with him was a lot like riding alone! KIMG0165.JPG
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    The next day went smoother and I was able to keep my emotions in check .Rode to Tortilla Flats for a lunch,then continued on the Apache trail. This was awesome! As the road slowly got smaller and smaller, it got steeper and steeper. Walled in by sheer cliffs, 1 up and 1 down,I was simply in heaven. KIMG0153.JPG
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  6. AzMtnThumper

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    So sorry to hear about your nephew. I think about my Dad a lot when I ride and the rides we used to take when I was a kid. Sometimes when I revisit some of those places its kind of overwhelming.
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    That's really what it's all about isn't it? The freedom of being on the bike and really setting our souls and minds free.
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    "That's really what it's all about isn't it? The freedom of being on the bike and really setting our souls and minds free."

    Absolutely...
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    Thanks for the support. I feel like I successfully faced my desert demons and remembered the pure enjoyment of the ride. Till next time, ride well my friends!
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  10. fuhgawee

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    How horrible, sorry for you loss!

    Arizona is a gorgeous state to ride in. Eastern half is my next trip
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  11. roadtoadrider

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    I can't explain the loss and pain, but the support from fellow riders, and the experience of this ride has been a great healing experience. Arizona is on my list to do again, there is such an array of beautiful places to see, I too will be back, minus some demons I hope.
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