Thursday, 16 September 2010

Ride like a bird

One of the joys of living in the country is the variety of wildlife with which we share our little piece of Eden. And while watching the birds at a feeder a while back it DSC_3970 - for weboccurred to me that we two-wheelers have a lot in common with our feathered friends.
Being able to fly is a primal urge, seated deeply within each of us. Everyone has dreamed about being able to fly, to soar among the clouds, diving, swooping, and being carried on the wind.
As kids we’d all, at one time or another, play at flying. Whether pretending to be a fighter pilot engaged in mock battle or just a jet-plane  taking us to new adventures, we’d tilt and turn, arms outstretched, as we imagined the freedom of flight and the possibilities it offered.
And who can ever forget the feeling of awe looking down at the ground the first time they flew?
So we ride.
It’s the closest we’ll ever get to 3-dimensional travel without actually leaving the earth. Like that kid playing at airplanes, we tilt and lean as we dive into a corner or swoop through a series of twisties. Even flying down a lonely stretch of highway, wind in your face, it’s easy to imagine losing that oh-so-tenuous contact with the ground and simply lifting off the pavement.
It’s a sense of freedom that you just cannot experience on 4 wheels. Which may be why so many drivers  seem resentful, even angry, as they see us ride by, realising they are forever solidly attached to terra firma in their minds, and their lives.


  1. Nicely said!

  2. Agree wholeheartedly! There are a lot of motorcyclists who fly or sail too. They all require the same skill sets and presumably, have the same emotional appeal. I think that's why Richard Bach's books appeal to me, especially "Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" and "There's No Such Place as Far Away".

    Superb post.

  3. Gary - Thanks for the comment.

    Geoff - Thanks also. Perhaps it's time to go back and re-read some of Bach's stuff. It's been a while.

  4. Totally agree. You cannot acheive that feeling on 4 wheels even if you spend thousands on fancy cars. Motorcycling is a state of mind!

  5. Scotch Broth - That it is. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  6. Well put my Bro. I have quite often dreamt that with just a little bit of extra effort I can fly, but it doesn't last long! It's quite difficult to put into words what makes us ride our bikes but I think you hit the nail on the head there.

  7. Dear Canajun:

    While I agree with all of the sentiment that you have expressed, there are times when my arthritis makes me ride like an emu, which is still a bird.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twiated Roads

  8. Jack - Now there's an image! LOL.


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