Its hard to believe that it was on the 6th September, 2018 when I last posted here on WordPress.
Things certainly haven’t stood still here at Cassa Creakingbones during that time.
Age has suddenly crept up on SWMBO and myself with the inevitable increase in health issues, both major and minor for the two of us. As a result I’m now SWMBO’s official carer and many adjustments have been made by both of us to accommodate the changes that have taken place.
One casualty of the changed circumstances was quitting my volunteer role as Photography Tutor for a class of nearly twenty mature students at the local University of the 3rd Age (U3A), an organisation for advanced learning. The local U3A offers over sixty courses including Astronomy, German, French, Spanish, Yoga and Thi Chi for example.
A further casualty was my motorcycling. During the past four years I’ve only travelled a mere five hundred and fifty kms on my beloved Harleys.
However, a couple of great motorcycling mates and two of my health advisors whose advice I value, have, over the past twelve months or so, gently lectured me on the need to ‘get out more’ when the opportunity presents itself. Putting it bluntly, that meant, ‘RIDE YOUR BLOODY HARLEY.’
Once a week SWMBO has a supervised day away from home in what is known as Respite.
Knowing she is in safe hands and well cared for, the day gives me the opportunity to undertake activities that are not possible at other times.
Have I taken the opportunity to ride?
Firstly the winds have been too strong to make a ride totaly unenjoyable. Secondly, SWMBO has had a minor surgical procedure with post operation attention that requires regular home treatment. As her carer, that’s my responsibility.
Thirdly, and probably the most significant reason is that my two wheel riding confidence has severely diminished and I’m delaying my return to the road until my confidence is restored.
To assist in the process I’ve purchased a new pair of kevlar lined riding jeans and another pair of Harley sun glasses. I’m feeling more confident already and I’m preparing to venture out as soon as SWMBO can return to her Tuesday respite regime, weather permitting of course.
Here it is, my 2019 Harley Davidson FLHCS, minus the removeable touring windscreen. In common parlance, Harley owners refer to this softail as a Heritage Classic. It’s been a popular Harley for many, many years and with its new and more powerful engine sitting on a brand new softail frame it’s sure to retain its popularity.
Hoo roo for now.