Most everyone has heard this already because I begged them for money, but I'm going on a long, hopefully awesome charitable motorcycle ride starting one week from today. Here is a list of things I've never done before:
- taken a multi-day motorcycle trip
- ridden in a group
- ridden primarily on secondary roads
- ridden without a passenger for more than a hundred miles
- worried about hydration, repair, and entertainment at 70mph
- ridden for a full day in my current gear
- spent a week with total strangers
And probably a bunch of other things I'm being anxious about. Most of this is just run of the mill social anxiety for me; you'd think I'd be used to it by now. My todo list is slowly shrinking to a manageable number of things, although I'm still worried about the accounting of donations - I should be at the required level by now, but I haven't heard anything official. I'm prepared to just write a check for the balance regardless of what it is, however. I suppose I am just generally anxious about doing something I've never done before, wholly unsurprisingly.
At least I'm confident in the bike, and becoming more and more comfortable with its periodic maintenance. I still need to learn to do a valve adjustment and change the fluid out of the hydraulic systems, but hey, who needs brakes or a clutch or valves that don't contact the cylinder heads? It'll be fine. I may take a day off in the middle of next week just to do a final shakedown ride and abate my worry a bit.
Anyway, when I disappear from the internet in 7 days, and all none of you go looking for me, I suggest go.fivesevenfive.org/where.