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saturday’s ride: a report

October 22nd, 2007 at 15:08

I purchased my new bike on Thursday night, and took it up to Skyline via King’s Mountain on Saturday.

I was doing well (although going a bit slower) up KMH and taking my corners pretty tight, but I felt myself have a couple of seconds of target fixation at points (even though I recovered from them virtually instantly) and also a totally irrational about of panic over curves that went around drop-offs. Then, we hit the straighter part of Skyline, where I noticed that I am a HUGE wuss about straightaways up there. First of all, there’s a dappling of shade/light from the trees that makes it almost impossible for me to see, so I slow up considerably. Secondly, there’s a lot of irregularly-colored tar/cement, which, with my unscrubbed tires, worried me a lot.

When we got to Alice’s, I parked across the street while B ran off to get gas. As I tried to get some warmth back into my hands (it certainly didn’t help my riding that I was shivering uncontrollably up there), four guys started looking at my bike, and then talking to me about it and my accident. They seemed to be impressed that I wasn’t letting it phase me; they even said it was pretty awesome to see a woman riding, and asked me if I had stopped up there to pick up on guys (referring to themselves as “pretty easy”). It was … nice that they were so nice to me, but at the same time, it pisses me off that I am so reticent about riding now. Obviously it’s better to be safe than sorry, but I was SO scared for so much of the ride that I was not having very much fun.

My next ride of any considerable length is going to be with Carolyn (aka userinfobluepoof) on Saturday around the East Bay. Also, I’ve started to order some gear for a Thanksgiving ride Brandon and I are planning on taking down to Santa Barbara. :)

ps: I made an album of motorcycle-related pics.

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