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On the road... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
On the road...
I was idly wondering the other day how much stuff would fit in my new saddlebags. I know now:
  • 1 48oz bag of pre-cut salad mix
  • 4 individual-sized containers of vegetarian BBQ (think tofu in BBQ sauce in a baggie)
  • 1 2lb bag of rice
  • 1 small bunch of bananas
  • 2 pluots (cross between a plum and an apricot - think apple-sized piece of fruit).
Yes, I took the bike to the grocery store.

Actually, I did 7 more miles today, nearly all of them on the road. For the locals, I went from my apartment, stopped at Westheimer and Voss to get my inspection done (all they did was check the lights and horn and charge me $13.50). Then, I puttered around the parking lot for a while, then headed up Voss to San Felipe, down to Winrock, stopped at the tapioca ball place, then went down to HEB at Chimney Rock to get rice. Then home.

I've got the clutch nailed, although I'm still a bit jerky if I'm not thinking about it. The Miata is syncro-ed heavily, and the Blast, well, isn't. I got more out of trying to find a parking space at HEB then I did riding in the empty parking lot - nothing makes you divide attention like dodging backing-up cars, people, cars stopping unexpectedly, and trying to find a parking place at the same time. And it all happened at 5mph. Other then that, I'm having a bit of trouble matching speed with traffic - I'm going a bit slower then everyone else - but that was better by the time I got home. Being at 45mph isn't scary - accelerating from 30 to 45 is, for some reason. Oh, yeah, and my U-turns need work - I kept forgetting to stay upright and just lean the bike.

But, still, I sense progress.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
It's really a lot of fun. And it's been a while since I had a new hobby.

If you ever find yourself in the same part of the world as me, you're so welcome to a ride. Although I might have to arrange a swap for a massage. :)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah - I added you to my AIM list. Say hi sometime if you see me on.
planegirl From: planegirl Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
YUM! I like your grocery list.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been making an effort, lately, to eat better. You know, there's an awful lot of good food out there that isn't pre-packaged meat products. :)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It makes me want to resurrect my long stated intent to learn to ride a motorcycle. I've been saying I'm going to do it for probably 10 years now.

Trouble is, here getting your motorcycle license seems similar in scope to getting your PPL [0]. There are things like CBT (compulsory basic training), two separate tests you have to take, a written (multiple choice) and you're limited to a <=125cc machine until you have your license. Then you have R plates and your top speed is limited (by law, not by machine) to 50mph for the next year! (That limitation applies to new car drivers too). Actually, you may not need R plates if you've already been driving a car for a while, I'll have to find that out.

It has made a dramatic impact on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents, and here the largest proportion of the accidents are caused not by the biker but by somebody else trying to occupy the same location in space and time. Personally, I think car drivers should be held to the same standard. There are also good reasons, given that outside the towns there is generally no speed limit here, and many of our roads have very poor surfaces and are extremely twisty (with the risk of sheep).

I am sorely tempted to get the Aprillia that someone's advertising in the local grocery store.

[0] actually, it's not that bad, but the difference between what is needed in Texas is staggering. Getting your motorcycle add-on wasn't even what you have to do in the CBT to get your learner's license here!
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