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Ride of a Lifetime — 50 Comments

  1. Awesome! And what a lovely kiss-on-the-cheek to your friend.

    I have ridden on the back of many a Vespa and Harley, but I only tried to ride one once. In my defense, it was a big Vespa, not one of the hipster kinds. But I tried, then fell over — tentatively. I was too afraid to pin my leg under the bike and have to spend a week in a Spanish hospital to be able to really ride. I’m glad you did better!
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  2. I have never ever been on any type of motorcycle. I don’t think I would ever want to on a highway… but what you did… maaaaybe. I used to want to try motocross when I was a kid but my parents wouldn’t let me, lol. This was a fantastic story.. I could feel the adrenaline, surely! And you look badass in that helmet! Bless your friend… I’ll send some healing! xo
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  3. I love this! I learned to ride a motorcycle when I was 20. Learning was a whirlwind – I think I’d practiced for a week or two before taking the test, and I barely passed. I borrowed a friends Route 66 and took off on my own for hours. It was exhilarating, freeing, and completely wild, even on paved roads rather than dirt. I never did learn to kick-start a bike, though. 🙂
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  4. I love the personification of that bike! It does look like it could chew me up and spit me out. Glad you had a successful encounter with it. And well wishes for your friend. Lovely tribute.
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  5. Aw, Natalie, I bet this was really bittersweet to write, but what I wonderful tribute to a special person. My prayers to his recovery and good health.

    P.S. I’m so enamored with you -I think I’d be terrified to ride motorcycle! You rock.
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  6. Natalie, you capture this memory so well. I’ve never ridden a dirt bike, but reading this makes me feel like I have. Really well done.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend, Sean.
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  7. Wow…another great post. It’s amazing what doing adrenaline junkie sports activities will do for our psyche…reminds me of my first dirt bike experience (except I actually broke the kick-start off the bike).

    And praying for Sean, (my small family group of believers has good success against cancer).

    Sorry it took so long to respond. Been out and about for Spring Break.
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    • I appreciate that so much, Chris. I haven’t stopped praying since I found out. It’s wonderful to feel your support.
      And Spring Break? I’m jealous. Though I know it’s not the same for those on the teaching side of it… 😉

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