Travel bloggers mode of travel depends on their destinations. If you are traveling the next state over a car would do the trick. However, if you are traveling overseas an airplane is the way to travel. What about being a biker chick? Can you get to your destination on time or is it more convenient using 4 wheels instead of 2.
I decided to start a new segment on my blog called Biker Chick Chronicles. This section will tackle all my adventures with my new bike “Black Beauty” A 2009 Honda Shadow Aero. Oh, she is a dream. She weighs in at a little over 500 lbs and with all the accessories I add-on can bring her in at about 550 lbs.
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My Story as a Biker Chick
I am a short woman coming in at 5’1” not shorter, not taller. That is my actual height on a good day in sneakers. Being short can have challenges and rising a motorcycle is one of them. Late August I signed my husband and myself up to take Harley Davidson motorcycle training course. This was after months of repeated torture from my husband wanting to buy a motorcycle.
After watching a few videos and stunned by a few female bikers out there I decided why the hell not. This would be a great way to spend time with my husband. Plus I like a challenge and anything I feel I can do better than him. I am 100% game. So Harley here we come.
We finished the course the last day of August and we were set the following Monday to head to the DMV and make it official with our endorsement. Ladies I am here to tell you. I failed the test the first time and had to take it the following day. I passed thank my lucky stars. Four days later my husband purchased his bike and a week later I purchased mine. We have been riding every day since.
I love road trips in my car with my family. Spending time with my family in a small box is such a great way to connect. However, getting on a motorcycle gives me a whole new feeling. I can feel the wind on my body. It can get really windy and sometimes too windy where I have to use all my muscles to keep from drifting. Then there are the smells. I can smell mother nature. With that being said I can smell mother nature and sometimes it is not all that pleasant. Take such as my drive 10 miles away from my home is a landfill for garbage waste. Not the best smell even in your car let alone on two wheels. The view on two wheels vs four is completely different. Yes, that means I see everything through a new.
Not so Kind
Riding a bike is such a thrill and gives me an adrenaline boost every time I start Black Beauty up. However, there is a drawback to riding. Sometimes insects and rocks can come your way. However, having a windshield helps. The nasty odors are far in between. I can smell Burger King and the charboiled burgers. I can smell fresh pine. That to me is the best. The little drawbacks are so worth the feeling of the wind in my hair and the independence that I feel when riding a huge machine. Then there is the biker community. I have met female bikers and male bikers that on given day would not speak to. But as long as I have my bike I belong.
“Marriage that plays together, stays together”
So far I have not left out the state of Louisiana yet. However, I am making preparations in the next coming months to do so as long as the weather permits. I have been a few places, however, which includes a quick trip to Baton Rouge which is about 80 miles from my house. I also went to St, Franceville where we went to Angola Prison Rodeo. That trip was about 120 miles away. This coming week a few people including my husband will be taking a trip to Shreveport. Therefore, this will be my longest trip coming in about 350 miles away. Each trip is a new adventure and new open highway. As my skill level and experience increases. I will soon be able to travel longer and have more experiences to share.
The cost to fuel Black Beauty is around $5 to $6 on empty. She is a 3-gallon tank and I fill her up every 100 miles. Therefore, this gives me a chance to stretch out my legs and arms as Black Beauty does not have cruise control which means my right hand is always engaged on the throttle. Then there is my full face helmet that makes it difficult for me to drink or eat anything while I am riding. So stopping is a must. The trip to Angola cost me a whopping $6.42 using premium gas. So I really can’t complain about the economic aspects of riding my bike.
I hope you enjoyed my first in I hope many more of Biker Chick Chronicles. If you are a female rider, know any female riders share with me. Interested in riding a bike? Comment below and I will answer any questions that I know and if not I can lead you to the right place.
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