Beginning on this story a month earlier than we even go away 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 frequent, 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 entire life, selecting to work serving to individuals, and properly… 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 experience bicycles, swim, get up early, and take lengthy contemplative walks on the seashore having deep and significant conversations and prayers. I wish to spend my time at bike reveals and occasions or out on the street, consuming and partying, engaged on my little knickknacks and hobbies, and usually throwing warning to the wind in pursuit of a very good 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 quite a lot of that needed to do with my teenage angst and rebel, I do know that now. We each dwell our lives with quite a lot of ardour and love individuals we’ve by no means met. The actual fact is, we’re much more related than I preferred to acknowledge again within the day, and now I see that as a very good factor.
I need to spend a while shoulder to shoulder with the person who did a lot to make me who I’m, now, whereas we are able to. It’s a chance that I noticed a tiny window for, and I ran at it—taking a while off to verify we might each make it occur.
After I first introduced it as much as him, he was so stoked and appeared stunned 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/using type as he doesn’t have as a lot expertise, however gearing him up for the experience was an enormous a part of what I used to be so excited for. He had solely even ridden dual-sport or enduro bikes previously, 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 type, simply one thing that he wasn’t used to using. Fortunately for us, I had a Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Customized right here on the workplace—a motorcycle I’d deem probably the greatest newbie cruiser bikes a man can get. So I hit up Kawi to ask if it was cool if Pops acquired a bit seat time.
He cherished it. Clearly having your seat decrease and your toes out in entrance of you was a very 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 would see the joy throughout his face. I loaned him a helmet that was arrange with Sena comms, so we have been in a position to 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 acquired 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 using 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 a bit extra comfy. I’m wanting ahead to the time putting in these items within the storage nearly as a lot as I’m wanting ahead to the miles we’ll be placing on these bikes after, however with a bit 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 it is going to be. However I additionally must acknowledge, if solely to myself, the the explanation why I moved out of the home as quickly as I presumably might. We’ve come a good distance since then and gotten rather a lot higher at understanding one another, however that is going to be some shut contact for an prolonged time period. I’m nervous—hell, I guess he’s nervous too. I is usually a s—thead. He is aware of that higher than most. He doesn’t like after I drink or smoke, and I’m not going chilly turkey whereas tenting and residing on the street for every week, even whether it is with my dad. I’m most likely getting forward of myself and too deep into my very own head. It’s going to be effective, proper? Possibly he gained’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: Elements Set up and Gearing Up