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View From the Road

The Wind in My Face
By Dale Morrow
Sep 25, 2008 - 10:03:10 AM

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This last weekend I cheerfully hopped on my motorcycle and headed toward Tampa. It was early Saturday afternoon as I traveled through the back roads of central Florida.

The weather was quite hot, but not too bad as I wandered along the tree-lined paths. The fifty mile per hour wind on my face cooled me down nicely. The ride was scenic and the traffic was calm. I enjoy my weekend rides now that the weather is cooperating. I will take advantage of this while it lasts.

The trip was a spur of the moment decision, mixing business with dinner with a friend. I am fortunate to have friends with flexible schedules.

My return trip was interesting. My motorcycle gets about 45 miles to a gallon of gas. Halfway home I was on the lookout for some gas. Store after store along the way were out of gas, then the ones that did have it, wanted upwards to four dollars a gallon. I nursed my bike along, finally turning to my reserve tank. After a few nervous miles I came upon a store out in the middle of nowhere where the price was $3.57 a gallon. I guess they had not heard about the shortage! Maybe they were just reasonable folks who were not out to take advantage.

I was happy enough to find the fuel, and since I only needed four gallons, the price was not the biggest ­issue. I appreciate the several dollars that I saved. It helped me to have a soda and snack, so that was nice.

The motorcycle has provided me a more affordable way to travel. I have learned to be grateful for the small things in life. I would be more captive if it were not for my trusted BMW friend. Comfortable and economical, and fun to ride, not a bad combination for me.

Next weekend, it will be “On the Road again,” with the truck parked and the wind in my face.

My “View From The Road” will include a few bugs on my windshield and a peaceful smile on my face.

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