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For those of you who are unaware of what I’m trying to accomplish and the background – check out My Story!
Yes – it’s true that I have never sat on a motorcycle prior to attempting to purchase this ‘Black Beauty’ steed.
Yes – It’s true that I’ve been told this may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever attempted to do (and that’s really saying something).
But in honor of my relationship with my mom, I knew that I needed to make it back to Maryland with my best friend, adorable Chesapeake, and mom’s granddogger, McKenzie, in the most defiant way I possibly could. Because that was our relationship – she’d always give me advice, and I’d never be able to take it and have to learn the hard way.
I don’t think it’s possible to put into words how much my mom despised tattoos, and possessed a nearly equal hatred for motorcycles. Since she passed about a month ago I have now acquired both. Love you, Mom!
When I made the snap decision to take my motorcycle permit test while at the DMV (shoot me) last week, I quickly shifted gears – pun intended – to try to find a bike suitable to take myself and McKenzie back home for Mother’s Day; as it’s the first Mother’s Day my family and I will have to endure without my mom.
I happened to stumble upon the picture above of a 1981 Honda Goldwing GL1100 with a Vetter sidecar (… I sound like I know what the hell I’m talking about now, but you should’ve seen me a week ago…).
The man I bought it from ended up not only being a motorcycle nut, but had never used the internet! Go figure. His son posted it on Facebook for him to help him out only a couple days earlier.
I found a one of a kind bike from a one of a kind human being on my first try. Like it was meant to be. He also happened to be an incredible guy, and I’ve since met nearly every member of his family – his wife, sister, mom, and have spoken with his son.
In the past week I’ve taken my full safety motorcycle class, am now fully endorsed, and have taken the bike in for every tune up she could possible need. It’s just about time to start my journey back home. I can’t wait to keep you all updated on the journey, sharing pictures, stories, and, of course, way too many adorable updates about McKenzie.
Keep in mind that all of this is in attempt to raise awareness and funds for interstitial lung diseases – what my mom passed away from. She had Acute Interstitial Pneumonitis (AIP), but as a whole they are rare lung diseases that can hit anyone at anytime and give you about a 30% chance at survival, and if you don’t respond to treatment it’ll take over your completely healthy body and become deadly in about 3-6 weeks.
I don’t say this to scare anyone, simply to do what I’m setting out to do! Raise Awareness. If you’re curious to find out more about AIP, or interstitial diseases, check out What is AIP? If you like my story, or want to support, feel free to donate! All proceeds are going towards research for interstitial lung diseases in hopes that we can prevent other people, friends, and families from having to go through this awful disease.
Let’s get ready to ride, and really start to breathe for mom!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton