Inspiration from Iris

Why I Ride


by Iris Hindle


To see the morning sky go from gray to purple

to yellow to blue

That's why I ride


To see the eagle soar on the wind or see the

deer grazing in the meadow

That's why I ride


To feel the sun on my face or taste the

sweet rain on my lips

That's why I ride


To replace the shrill ring of the phone, computer, fax machine and computer

with the roar of a chrome engine

That's why I ride


To experience the respect and love of my extended family in the biker community

That's why I ride


To decide where I go, when I go and how I go

That's why I ride


To show the politicians that I am responsible enough to make my

own decisions about what I wear when I ride

That's why I ride.


Why do you ?

10 Things I Learned on My First Cross Country Motorcycle Trip

In August 2001, my husband and I attempted to make the trip from N.C. to Sturgis S.D on our motorcycle. Up to this point, the furthest I had ever been from NC was to Kentucky in one direction, Florida and Washington DC in the other. The longest time I had ever ridden on a motorcycle was 4 hours at a stretch, so this trip was going to be a grand adventure for me. Needless to say, we were unsuccessful, after a series of breakdowns with the bike, we only got as far as Iowa before we had to turn around and come home. However, I learned many things about my husband, the open road, people and myself. I would like to share with you, the top ten lessons I learned on that trip.

#10. When passing a large bull that is walking down the middle of a curvy, Kentucky Mountain back road, do not make the motorcycle make any kind of loud noise. (For those of you who ride without mufflers, you know what I mean.)

#09. If while eating in a roadside dinner, you need to turn on the main water valve in order to flush the toilet, you might want to check that health code ranking before you finish your meal.

#08. If you find yourself as a passenger on a bike and you need a bathroom break and those subtle hints like “do we need gas?” or “won’t that make a great picture?” are not working, try thumping the operator’s ear lobes until they stop. Be sure to alternate earlobes for maximum effectiveness.

#07. When applying the technique listed in number 08, be sure and take the bike keys with you to the bathroom so you won’t get left behind.

#06. Singing songs from the Broadway musical “Oklahoma” at the top of your lungs while riding through miles and miles of Iowa cornfields tends to annoy the motorcycle operator.

#05. When broke down on the side of the road in Illinois in a rainstorm, kicking the motorcycle and giving the sky the finger does not get the motorcycle running. All it does is scare the poor Illinois farmers who were thinking of stopping to help you.

#04. When riding for days and days in the pouring rain, be sure the pointy end of the bandana used to cover your face is on the OUTSIDE of your rain suit jacket.

#03B. Guys, if you break down and end up in a motorcycle shop where it takes all your money to get the bike fixed and you end up having to go home after being on the road for five days, get your old lady to start crying. The shop guys will give her free beer to stop and you might can get one too.

#03A. You’d be surprised at the repairs you can make to the bike with duct tape and floral wire to get you to that motorcycle shop.

#02. Kids will always wave back at you when the bike passes a minivan on the interstate. Some men will too…if the little lady is not looking.

And the number one rule I learned on this trip is ........

#01. Never wear thong underwear when you are going to be riding for 12 hours a day. Save those things for the hotel room at night when you stop.