Life in Motion is series of posts about motorcycle rides that Rider, Writer and Video Storyteller, Rodney Myers, has traveled. Long or short, epic or simple, you can find his ride reports and thoughts from the saddle here and in Southeastern Rider Magazine.
So I’m going to start
off with a confession. Nothing wild really happened during this ride except for
the destination, the Pee Dee River National Wildlife Refuge. These
preserves can be a great destination, and make for an enjoyable day when you
pair it with a scenic route.
It was a Sunday in May, mid-morning, and we had
a good sized breakfast in our bellies. We were looking to check out the
wildlife area, then find a place for a bite to eat. Being from Indiana, I’m
used to cool temperatures still hanging around on May mornings, but Tar Heel
weather is a bit warmer this time of year. After filling the belly of my Honda
VTX 1800, we headed south on Highway 200, also known as Central Avenue.
It took a few minutes for the V-Twin engine to
heat up and mix with the cool air whipping by. The sky had much more blue than
gray, and the sun was also helping to warm things up. After we crossed Highway
24/27, we took a left turn on…
I started riding
when I was four or five, which occurred in the early 1970’s. As a kid, I would
go out with my father and we would buy motorcycles, most of them in pieces scattered
in multiple boxes. We brought them home, put them back together, road them, and
finally, sold them, usually for a little profit. Most of the sellers and buyers
were men. Once, when my dad had a black chopper, with ribbons painted down the
tank, that he got running, and then found out that he didn’t like a bike with
an extended fork. So it went up for sale. The eventual buyer was a single lady,
probably in her thirties, with long blonde hair. She showed up in a Chevrolet
El Camino, while wearing a white leather jump suit. One with a zipper down the
front, and it was probably zipped lower than it needed to be. My mom said she
wasn’t aware that my, my brother, and my father’s jaws could drop so far.
Just like how everything else has changed since …