Haiku My Heart
July 1, 2011
Friday means it’s time for Haiku My Heart, the weekly meme started by my friend Rebecca. Wonderful folks from all over the world participate. To find out how you can too, and to see more Haiku My Heart entries, visit her blog, recuerda mi corazon.
|This bike needs a name. Any ideas?|
Parked for a short break deep in the Northern Minnesota lake country.
True love at first sight
Throbbing beast between my legs
This Haiku may not seem like romantic heartfelt sentiment, but make no mistake, it is for me. To be able to get out and enjoy this pastime in this lifetime is an achievement on so many levels. My appreciation, or love affair if you think I should call it that, with getting out on the road with nothing but myself and a motorcycle is the ultimate idea of solitude and rejuvenation. It is my Yoga, my Tai Chi, my Meditation, my Salvation.
In the photo above, I was traveling along this gravel road deep in the backwoods of Northern Minnesota. I hadn’t been up this way in a long time and I was loving the forest, the lakes and rivers. I stopped and took a couple of photos to enter into a motorcycle forum I belong to called Adventure Rider.
I just returned yesterday evening. I was out on a quick two day jaunt on my newest motorcycle. I love it! Rides and runs great, has ample room for packing a trip of short duration like the two-day I was just on, and it is thrifty at the gas pump. I averaged over 52 miles per gallon!
|Some of the fantastic scenery Up North.|
It has blocky tires on it and is set up to be nimble on asphalt or loose surface roads, like the gravel road in the photo. It can be used for what is called Dual Sport riding or adventure riding. Riding on the hard top road to get there, then taking the bike off-road, on gravel and dirt trails, for fun and just to do it. The back roads get you to places like the waterfalls pictured above.
I traveled North to International Falls, Minnesota and crossed the border into Fort Frances, Ontario. I’ll write about the trip itself, its purpose and show some photos from the road on the Monday Mystery Tour. I’ll have a Shadow Shot on Sunday in between today’s Haiku My Heart and Monday’s tour.
In the meantime, have a great day, and if you celebrate during this long July 4th weekend, keep it safe.