In search of something new I've decided to set myself a goal for this summer. This goal, 5000 miles by scooter. This may seem a measly goal but one must first realize that 5000 miles is very difficult to do on a scooter that goes 45mph fully throttled in a riding season that for most people is only about 5 to 6 months long. The last two years I have managed 2500 a year, this will be doubling that. As part of this I've also decided to start logging and blogging about my travels, adventures, and progression.
Why do this? It took the death of someone close to me to make me realize that life is short. I didn't realize how close Aaron had become until he passed. For those of you who don't know, Aaron was a man my mother was dating. They had met in Boise and Aaron had moved to Idaho Falls to live with my mother. They were very much in love. One day she left for work at 3:30 in the morning and when she came home he was dead on the couch. His stomach had ruptured. I learned and saw a lot of things that day that I had never encountered before. I learned a lot about myself. Most importantly I realized that I need to take time to appreciate things.
You see, I have been working a minimum of 2 jobs since I moved out on my own. This hasn't really been much of an issue. I've lived a fast paced life and scheduled things in when I could. In the pursuit of paying bills and buying material goods I lost sight of what's really important, family and friends. I remember a few months before Aaron died he and I were talking about how much he enjoyed swimming. He asked if I new of any good spots and I shared stories of skipping school and spending entire days at the river. He asked if I could take him to one of these places so he could swim. I agreed. Then one thing led to another and as always happens I got busy, too busy to make time to act upon that agreement. I know it's a little dramatic to state it like this, but he died before I could make time for him. It was at his funeral that I realized how much he meant to me. I know I didn't know much about him and verse-visa. But he has taught me something, something that I can never repay him before.
So here I am, 23 years old, married, a father, and for the first time in my life I am only working one job. I am taking time for my family, my friends, and myself. That's what this is all about. To accomplish 5000 miles I am going to have to learn a lot about myself. I'm going to have to face a lot of things that I haven't dealt with in my life.
My ride, a 2006 Honda Elite 80. It's been a trusty little pig for the last couple years. This will scooter will do the first part of the work and hopefully early summer I will be upgrading to a Genuine Stella.
So far this is something that Danger and I will be doing. Danger may not have the same reasons as I, but he's a good friend and person and I'm glad he's along for the ride. It's nice to have someone to push you and motivate you carry on. The beginning date for the "5k Challenge" as I have been calling it is the 15th of March and it will go until the 15th of November. That's eight months to do 5000 miles. I'll be updating this as much as possible, so if you're interested read on.