It has come to my attention that people don’t ride motorbikes or motorcycles because of fear. Time to change that!
A bit of background about how I came into my life on two wheels:
As many travelers do, I started riding a motorbike in Asia, the land of scooters aplenty. When we studied abroad in Thailand, we decided to rent a bike to get around Chiang Mai and the surrounding mountains, and it was a blast. I didn’t end up driving it (maybe 1 or 2 times) but I really enjoyed the feeling of being on the back while Grant drove and when we left Thailand, I missed that.
Fast forward a few years later when we’re in Taiwan and I’m teaching English. We are now living in a new city with an apartment, a job, and a need for transportation too. We decided to actually buy a bike there, and it became both of ours to drive and get around. I got much more comfortable driving it on my own, and I loved how convenient it was to park, get around, and do as the locals did.
When we moved back to the United States and I had to commute to work in a car in traffic for 30-45 minutes each way, I was pretty miserable. Though I still have a car in Cincinnati for those necessary highway trips, I’m happy to say I bought a scooter for myself to get to nearby neighborhoods and downtown. It’s such a fun way to experience the city and save money on gas, parking, and help the environment!
My riding experience is not extensive, however, I do have a motorcycle license and did a basic riding course to get acquainted with manual motorcycles, which helped immensely when I went to Vietnam and did a motorcycle tour around the mountains in the North!
I love encouraging other females to gain some independence, and tap into their badass biker chick persona. Driving scooters is not as scary as it seems.
To me, the feeling of dew on you clothes as you ride through a cloud, the smell of smoke as you pass by a bonfire, the sun on your arms as you ride in the heat, all add such important dimensions to understanding the country you’re visiting while traveling. Being able to bring those feelings back home to Cincinnati has kept me feeling connected to the road even when I’m back in my normal day-to-day routine. Maybe it doesn’t completely quench my thirst for travel, but it keeps me content and mindful of my present moment, which helps a lot with my incessant wanderlust.