I went for a morning ride today with some of the folks over at MotoHouston. I knew that the group on there was on the young and squidly side, but Mike had posted the Friday morning ride as "nothing outrageous", so I figured I'd be safe with whoever showed up.

I was wrong. Granted, nobody got hurt, but I'm shocked about that. I had Candice with me on the back of my Strom and Stacy was on her trusty Ninja 250. The guys (with the exception of Mike) were only interested in going as fast as possible. They don't follow the same group riding guidelines that I'm used to, and they seem dangerous and inexperienced as a whole.

The funniest part (depending on your sense of humor) was a bug getting himself stuck in my sleeve and biting me a few times before I finally pulled over and got it out. I still don't know what kind of flying insect it was, but the bites started to swell almost immediately and they sorta itched and sorta hurt. I keep hydracortisone (sp?) in my tank bag for just such an occasion, and I put lots on at the next stop.

The part I hated the most (and there were lots to choose from) was when I was passed in my own lane. That should NEVER happen. Not once, not twice, but many times. I waved Mike around me and everyone behind him assumed I meant "yeah, all of ya, why not!" Then it happened. I was passed in my lane - in a curve - on a double yellow. I cursed him from inside my helmet and at the next stop I let it be known that behavior like that gets people hurt or killed.

Stacy, Candice, and I had a great morning. This was the first I'd gotten to ride with Mike, and he is a blast. He waited on us while still enjoying his ride.

Maybe it's just because the four of us are 'old farts' compared to the ~19-21 crowd on MH, but I will not be riding with them again. 'Nuff said.


Anonymous said...

Can't blame you. You're totally right to be upset by that riding behavior.

Melinda said...

Wow, makes you appreciate the riding rules of your regular group. I guess the decision-making process of 20 year olds is consistent, whether riding or living life.