Summer time as a kid... man the whole year spun around summer vacation and hanging out with my buddies and doing stupid sh!t. The cars were muscle, the girls innocent, the music still some of the best ever made.
This summer, well lets just say, I'm one lucky b@stard... I've got a great memory, cause those days don't even exist anymore.
Worked every day, saturdays and sundays and holidays. When I can retire in 40-90 years I might get a day off again.
I'm hoping you guys had some memorable rides and outings.
There's a trip I took some time ago but the experience was life changing. Up in the mountains with the Sequoia Trees. I rode up the coast from LA to San Jose. Stayed with my brother from another mother for 4th of July. We, he and his girl and one of his friends from work and myself went up to the mountains for the rest of the weekend. We camped in the wilderness with a motorcycle trail to the road. We went through the park roads for the days and had a blast around the campfire at nights. Time stamped in my brain - top percentile of good life times.
The few days they were there went by fast and before I knew it I was watching the dust settle as the sound of their bikes faded into the distance.
The realization I was alone in the woods by myself kinda started to sink in. This was miles from the campsites with Rangers watching over them.
I did my thing that day. They left after breakfast, so the day was mine. I went down the the water falls, then went on a hike up the mountain to the hidden lake 6 miles each way. Not a bad walk at sea level but 10k feet up was a big effort, never walked down 6 miles before, don't want to do it again. Up was actually easier on the legs. Back to my bike, back to the waterfall to wash the hike off and then back to camp.
That first night....
Every little sound, my pistol never left my grip... oh thats right all I had was my camping hatchet
Needless to say I finally fell asleep and the sun hitting the ten woke me up.
I made it through ALIVE
I stayed for another 10 days for a total of 11 - out of my 3 week vacation, made it back sunday night just as it got dark.
I have never been afraid of the dark since. I actually welcome it. The scariest thing in the room is ME.