Spring Trip 2016: First the Bad

I haven’t been writing enough lately. Life has been just not calm enough to find the time and I feel bad about this since I do want to share with everyone how the spring trip went.

Over all it went great, but afterwards I wasn’t feeling that glow I typically feel after a good motorcycling trip and it took me a while to pin down why.

There are lots of little reasons why I think I did not enjoy this trip as much as previous ones, but the biggest one is pretty obvious. I spent the entire trip worrying about everyone else having fun and being safe that I was drained at the end. So drained that I snapped at one of my closest friends at a time when we should have been celebrating an amazing several days doing the most fun thing ever.


My constant worrying was made worse by the fact that two of the riders are still pretty new, one of them is my brother and the other a close friend. I spent a lot of time looking in my mirrors waiting anxiously to see lights behind me. This isn’t the recipe for a relaxing day.

The second thing that marred the trip was the constant compromising I had to do. I’m so used to riding by myself or just one other rider that I felt that I was never riding my own ride I was doing some lesser version of the ride. Most of the fault here lies in my expectations. I expected to have a ride like I did a couple of years ago and that didn’t happen. In hindsight that was a completely unrealistic ideal to have, that spring ride was some of the best motorcycling I’ve ever had.

Not to say that there wasn’t good motorcycling, there was a lot of it. There was also some amazing meals with great people. Over all the trip was a success and I’m pretty sure that everyone wants to do another.

I did learn somethings, mostly about me and who I am as a planner, leader and a rider. There will be changes for the next trip.

Most of them in my head.



About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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5 Responses to Spring Trip 2016: First the Bad

  1. John says:

    I feel for you. I almost never ride with anyone. When I ride with less experienced riders I always ride sweep, relax and watch out after them!

  2. motoventures says:

    Glad you’ve had time to decompress and evaluate the ride. No worries – we’ll be here when you’re ready to share more!

  3. zed14 says:

    I have just been going through a few of your earlier blogs on planning and made the comment that the worst part of being the organiser is being the mother hen and worrying.

    I find I worry more when riding with less experienced riders or riders that I haven’t ridden with much as I don’t know their style and have trouble reading their behaviour.

    Whereas I have a couple of other riding friends and we have done a lot of miles together including a number of 1,000+ mile days. We all have very similar riding styles and I find that I hardly need to think about what they are doing as I just know what they are doing.

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