Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
I love boats. I like big boats and small boats. Fast boats and slow boats. I like to ride in boats and I like to drive boats. I recently had the pleasure of going out on a boat ride with one of my clients, who owns a 19 foot fishing boat. We went out on the Missouri river and went to the confluence of the Mississippi river, up the Mississippi to Alton, IL then back to the Missouri to St. Charles, MO. A very pleasurable afternoon. Afterwards I reflected on the similarities of boating and motorcycling. They are both fun activities that are best enjoyed in the warm summer weather. Both allow you to take in the scenery, sights, sounds and smells of nature, in a way that cars and trucks cannot. But then I realized a major difference between boating and motorcycling that is huge. The reason that I own a motorcycle and not a boat. You see, with boats, unless you live on the water (and most people don't), you have to tow your boat to the river, lake, or ocean, and put it in the water, in order to be able to enjoy your ride. When I went with my friend, we drove for an hour and a half, before we were able to find a spot to launch his boat. And getting the boat in and out of the water is a lot of work, too! Backing the boat trailer down a steep ramp into the water. Releasing it into the water. Taking the truck and trailer back up the ramp to a parking lot, etc. Only to repeat the entire process in reverse when you are done. That's a lot of work! With a motorcycle, you can simply back your bike out of the garage, start the engine and take off! No time wasted in travelling to the desired destination first. In fact, riding to your destination is one of the most enjoyable parts of the journey. So for me, even though I love boats, I love motorcycles more because of the fact that there are more opportunities to ride a motorcycle, than a boat. It's no big deal to decide on a moments notice to go out for a spin, even if it's only for a half hour! So even though I dream of retiring in a place on the water. It will be a place with a motorcycle in the garage!