ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

One Week as a Biker Part 2

Updated on March 16, 2019

In my first hub posted about being a biker for a week I explained how the bikers are like the modern day musketeers, and how most people just leave them alone, and mind his/her manners.  The manners part is something to this day I still can't get over.  I know when you see a biker in his/her chaps and leather jacket he/she just looks "tough" definitely someone you would not want to pick a fight with.  It was not a feeling I was used to, I'm a short twenty year old woman who in my average clothes looks like I would not be able to defend myself from a fly.  But as a biker for that week I was one tough chick, I learned the best way to come out ahead in bar fights.... Okay, not really I was still the same person, and I can't even get into a bar because I'm only twenty.  But I felt like I could be myself that week, it was one of those things where who is going to say anything rude about your hair being windblown or wearing chaps to someone who just looks "tough."  It was both eyeopening and saddening to see life from another point of view.  The sad part was realizing how bad society actually treats "average people."  People are constantly cutting one another in line just to get coffee five seconds before the other people, and just the typical lack of caring about others in general.  As a biker it is common for complete strangers to walk up to you, ask you about your bike, and have a two hour conversation about anything that comes up.  It is something that I have rarely seen as an "average person." 

Along with that feeling of being accepted for who I was, came that sense of freedom.  Freedom is something many people try to describe but can only give a definition similar to that of a dictionary.  Or what they have been told freedom is.  It means something different for every biker, it could depend on what they are trying to escape from.  For some it could be the freedom to wait in line for coffee and not have someone steal your space.  The space that you had a right to, because you waited on it.  Believe me, once you have known this freedom you wont be happy to give it up.  The coffee analogy, although not fitting, seems to be the only way for me to put words to something so precious as being able to live life without interference from others.  Its like being able to earn money without having someone or something take it away from you. Kind of like the old saying "No taxation without representation". 

Freedom to the biker is the open road.  When bikers go on vacation they don't have an itinerary.  They take a map, a bike, and whatever they can fit in his/her saddlebags.  Believe me they learn to do without, a full week and both my dad and I each got one side of the saddlebag.  It was enough for a tooth brush, travel sized hygiene products and a few changes of clothes.  Along the way we would realize we would need certain things like sunscreen and have to stop and pick up the smallest container we could find.  However, in the town we stopped at it took us about ten stops to find a single bottle of sunscreen in Florida.  It was a bit frustrating at the time, but later it turned into an inside joke about not being able to find sunscreen in Florida. 

Along with freedom comes danger.  For those who are free there is danger that it could be taken away from him/her.  For the biker it is danger on the road.  Potholes, other drivers, animals, rocks both flying, and lose gravel.  It is a constant challenge to navigate the roads safely as a biker.  However, from my one week experience I learned that other drivers are the scariest out there.  I know the saying is one car length behind is safe.  But to me ten car lengths feel a lot better when a car is behind me when I'm on a bike.  Personally when I follow a bike I give them as much space as I can.  You never know how experienced that rider is and I don't want to kill anyone.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)