|Lucy in the pumpkin patch|
Today was so fabulous, I am floating on clouds. It was my day off and after I did all my chores I deserved a treat. The treat was a long ride all by myself on my motorcycle. The weather was perfect and it was just the kind of day for a ride. I left the house at about 1:30 and went out West Saanich Road and along the Pat Bay highway. I have ridden this ride on my scooter and it is this route that provided me with my first scooter adventure. I have to say Vixen was awesome as my first ride, but I now know what I was missing on the ride; POWER. West Saanich Road is very windy and and has long slow curves and its in the country, so it is pastoral and beautiful. I was hoping that the leaves would have changed a bit more to provide some eye candy for my camera, but things are just starting to change.
I bought riding pants when I started my course and I wore all the gear today and it was perfect. I wasn't too hot or too cold, just right in fact. I actually feel safer as well and better protected. Any way back to bike Nirvana.
At first I was a little tentative, but once I got the feel of Lucy and really figured out our rhythm we gelled. Everything Motorcycle man has taught me and I have learned from my motorcycle novice course makes sense. Clutching and shifting is totally working for me now and I completely understand it and using the friction zone and up and down shifting. Lucy has 6 gears, I LOVE OVERDRIVE!!!!
I wound my way through the beautiful countryside and was in total bliss. I stopped and took a few pictures of some pumpkins. At one point I was riding beside Pat Bay and it is gorgeous out there. I made my way out the Peninsula and ended up at Lands End Road and it truly is Lands End. That is where the ferry comes in at Swartz Bay. I hadn't really thought about a return route and decided to brave the highway. Off I go, with all my senses sharply aware. This is the first time I have ever been on the highway on my bike. IT WAS AWESOME!!!! I thought I had cleared the ferry traffic, but apparently it was ahead of me. I rode along smoothly and had good lane positioning and was shifting like butter. At a few spots it was stop and start, but I have to say I didn't even think about it at all, I just did it. This is where the Vancouver Island Safety Council Novice course was invaluable, everything my instructors taught me gelled and came together.
I decided to celebrate my Moto Diva-ness by going to get a Pink Diva cupcake from the Cupcake girls. It was perfect! I love my motorcycle! I think this blog name may change to Princess Motopie. I can hardly wait until my traffic course tomorrow. Yup I am now a biker chic.
|I used to be the scooter in the parkinglot!|
|Lucy had to have her Diva cupcake!|