There will always be times in your life when getting away means having no idea where you are heading. I call that comfortably lost.
It isn’t just a location but a state of being.
In order for this to happen you need the following things:
– the entire day blocked off with no plans with other people.
– a full tank of gas.
– a complete understanding of exactly how far you can travel on one tank of gas with a return plan at the halfway point.
– a gps, only so you can find your way home without worry.
– you phone on mute, do not disturbe, for emergencies only.
– tell someone where you are going or install an app on your phone so a friend or worried spouse can track your progress.
Finally, stop thinking and turn down any road that looks interesting.
For me the ride consists of 15 minutes of anger towards traffic violators, followed by 30 minutes of worrying about things I have to get done, followed by 30 minutes of mind silence, followed by 10 minutes of realizing I was blissfully unaware of all my problems for the last 30 minutes. I then realize I might be comfortably lost, then more time passes in silence, then 1 to 3 hrs later I check my time as I notice the sun reaching the horizon, then home, relaxed and grateful I took time like this for myself (comfortably lost).
I had an amazing weekend of ride, off road, off pavement, off the grid. There is no freedom like the freedom of riding where you want on a motorcycle. I started off looking for The Devil’s Punch Bowl, and missed my turn but ended up in a much cooler place with wooden bridges and shaded lanes of rock and mud.
I see riders all the time put their helmet on cool but precarious spots on the bike. I have tried these “cool” spots and dropped my helmet to the ground every time. Drop your helmet, get a new one.
I found this one spot where the helmet works best for me. I put it on the passenger foot peg on the drivers side and lock it with a cheap bicycle lock to prevent it from blowing off. That way, if it does drop from this height, it won’t get damaged or compromised. If you drop your helmet from waist height or higher, on a hard surface, I would say the strength has been compromised and suggest getting a new helmet. Helmets today are almost disposable. Only good for one drop. But that’s all you need it for.
I have tried every toxic chemical you can imagine to degrease engines and clean my hands after a day of monkey wrenching in the shed. My stepfather introduced me to this product when I was 12, on a camping trip. I filed it away in my brain under, “cool all natural cleaner to brush your teeth, take a bath, shampoo, and doing the dishes”. Yes, it really does work for all those purposes.
Years later I thought… I wonder how this would work on grease. It is amazing. Especially on your skin. My first bottle lasted 2 years before I ran out. You can dilute it in a spray bottle and degrease an engine… or take a single drop to clean your hands off.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap is magic.