Beginning on this story a month earlier than we even depart for our journey doesn’t really feel unusual to me in any respect; I really feel like I began engaged on it 11 years in the past when my dad offered me his previous 1985 Honda Elite as my first car. My dad and I had by no means had very a lot in widespread, outwardly anyway. It was just about only a love for bikes and folks that we shared. He has labored as a missionary or pastor my complete life, selecting to work serving to folks, and nicely… I’ve at all times been a heathen, so naturally I ended up in motorcycling.
On the surface, we couldn’t be extra totally different. He likes to trip bicycles, swim, get up early, and take lengthy contemplative walks on the seaside having deep and significant conversations and prayers. I prefer to spend my time at bike reveals and occasions or out on the street, ingesting and partying, engaged on my little knickknacks and hobbies, and customarily throwing warning to the wind in pursuit of time proper now. He writes sermons, I write bike evaluations. I at all times noticed a bigger hole between the 2 of us than there actually is, and a number of that needed to do with my teenage angst and rebel, I do know that now. We each stay our lives with a number of ardour and love folks we’ve by no means met. The actual fact is, we’re much more comparable than I appreciated to acknowledge again within the day, and now I see that as factor.
I wish to spend a while shoulder to shoulder with the person who did a lot to make me who I’m, now, whereas we will. It’s a chance that I noticed a tiny window for, and I ran at it—taking a while off to verify we may each make it occur.
After I first introduced it as much as him, he was so stoked and appeared shocked that I even needed to do a visit like this. He hears all my tales and is aware of that inviting him alongside would change my touring/driving fashion as he doesn’t have as a lot expertise, however gearing him up for the trip was a giant a part of what I used to be so excited for. He had solely even ridden dual-sport or enduro bikes up to now, so I knew getting him on a cruiser or a bagger may show to be a little bit of a problem at first. He had nothing in opposition to the fashion, simply one thing that he wasn’t used to driving. Fortunately for us, I had a Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Customized right here on the workplace—a motorcycle I might deem top-of-the-line newbie cruiser bikes a man can get. So I hit up Kawi to ask if it was cool if Pops bought somewhat seat time.
He liked it. Clearly having your seat decrease and your ft out in entrance of you was a completely new sensation for him, however getting out on two wheels for the primary time since he was compelled to promote his BMW F650GS 5 years in the past—you can see the thrill throughout his face. I loaned him a helmet that was arrange with Sena comms, so we have been capable of discuss as we rode round city collectively on his maiden cruiser voyage.
“Dad, I don’t see ya, you all good?”
“Yeah, Morg! Just some automobiles again, I can catch up!”
It was beginning! We have been on the best way. We bought the bike for him for 3 weeks, giving him free reign to run round wherever, taking my mother out on little rides up the coast and simply getting used to the brand new, unfamiliar driving place. Subsequent week, we’re stepping him as much as the Indian Scout that he will probably be taking out on our street journey, and loading it up with a handful of equipment to make the journey somewhat extra snug. I’m trying ahead to the time putting in these items within the storage nearly as a lot as I’m trying ahead to the miles we’ll be placing on these bikes after, however with somewhat nervous apprehension.
I’ve this imaginative and prescient of an superior father-and-son journey, and I see it coming collectively and hope that it’s all I’m imagining will probably be. However I additionally should acknowledge, if solely to myself, the the reason why I moved out of the home as quickly as I presumably may. We’ve come a good distance since then and gotten quite a bit higher at understanding one another, however that is going to be some shut contact for an prolonged time period. I’m nervous—hell, I wager he’s nervous too. I is usually a s—thead. He is aware of that higher than most. He doesn’t like once I drink or smoke, and I’m not going chilly turkey whereas tenting and dwelling on the street for per week, even whether it is with my dad. I’m in all probability getting forward of myself and too deep into my very own head. It’s going to be advantageous, proper? Possibly he received’t say something about me needing to get my sh-t collectively? God, I hope he doesn’t discuss an excessive amount of about God.
Keep tuned for Half Two: Components Set up and Gearing Up