Harley Princess Bids Fairwell to 2009

If you would have asked me a year ago where I’d be at this point in my life, my response would have been vastly different than what it has turned out to be.  I’d say “dramatic” is the most appropriate word to describe 2009.

There were many riding “firsts” for me – riding in the rain, crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, taking my own bike on an overnight trip, dropping my Harley, hitting the 10K mark on my new bike, and leading my first chapter ride.

Highway Cruising

My Super Glide has seen some dramatic changes too.  She has gotten a shiny new chrome fender rack & layback license plate frame, a sport bag mounted to said luggage rack, an engine guard, and 360-degree cruise pegs.  I have grown quite accustomed to cruising with my legs outstretched on my highway pegs!  There was also the handlebar-mount camera that permitted me to take some great live-action shots and video, until the bracket broke and I lost it somewhere along Rt-222 in Pennsylvania!

I was lucky enough to partake in some amazing experiences, like HOG Primary Officer Training and the Harley-Davidson 2010 model launch party in New York City.  I learned to play “butt-darts” and got to ride a Harley (complete with Wisconsin manufacturer plates) around The Big Apple!

I also experienced some tragedy.  The emergency room at Christiana Hospital became an all-too-familiar place after 3 separate incidents involving friends and fellow members of First State HOG.  (Thank goodness they have all recovered nicely.)  But my very dearest friend was not so lucky.  She was killed by a reckless and negligent driver while riding her beloved Softail Deluxe named “Beauty.”

Karen Big Girl Bike

While the loss of such an angel weighs heavy on my heart, a part of me can’t help but be a little envious.  She died quickly and painlessly while doing what she loved to do most – riding with her family and friends.  When it’s my time, I want to go out like that.

So in some ways I find myself way ahead of where I expected to be entering 2010, and in other ways I lost some of what I had gained.  In any case, it’s dramatically different than what I had expected!

As I enter the new year I look forward to putting that replacement camera back on my handlebar.  I hope to add a CB radio to that handlebar as well.  And it would be really awesome to get a backrest for my solo seat so I can ride my next 10,000 miles in comfort.  I look forward to becoming a grandmother for the first time.  I plan to complete my training and become patched as a Road Captain, and also get certified as a motorcycle safety instructor.  I will continue to mourn the loss of my good friend, but also celebrate her life and embrace her spirit by continuing to work just as hard as she would have in making First State the best HOG chapter ever!

Fairwell 2009!