Now I understand why a dog sticks his head out the car window.

I didn’t really appreciate it until I went for my first motorcycle ride.

Susan and Mark take off on the Harley

Susan and Mark take off on the Harley

It’s like being in tune with nature, living it and breathing it. In a vehicle, a person looks out the windshield or side window, which is similar to staring at a TV screen. But on a bike, you are part of the scenery. You feel the wind. You smell the air. You see the world in a different light, up close and personal.
My friend, Carol, let me borrow her husband for a fun ride. Mark was gracious enough to let me ride with him on the back of his Harley. Wearing jeans, short boots, pink jacket, matching pink helmet, Ray-Bans, I was good to go. We rode through three counties, out of Charlotte traffic and into the country. It was liberating and exhilarating. I soon learned to lean my body into the turns, sit back in the comfort of the leather-padded seat, and watch the scenery change. It reminded me of boating when I was young, only this time we didn’t skirt over water, just asphalt.
There’s a certain hum of the engine, a whine as it shifts down, a charge of power as it accelerates. For a biker, it’s music to the ears. Riding at sunset, or sunrise, when the world is rising to a new day or bidding the day goodnight, must feel like a sampling of heaven. I will leave you with an anonymous quote that says it all: “Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.”


About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at www.susanmillswilson.com.
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