Until about a week ago, I thought everything was tickidy-boo – and then we took a day out on the bike with some cameras so I could work out how I could use them more and bring you more film footage. (our Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdwRUgfgP2LG1rCokiCt4Gw)
The main problem that arose out of it was that my navigation solution was unreliable and so a new plan was put in action to buy a Garmin – sadly the blue tooth into earphones are deliberatly over priced, so settled with one without and hope that it will work out ok. At the very least, I am hoping that with Google maps and a Garmin, I will hopefully start feeling a little bit more confident about driving through cities and major intersections with out heading off in the wrong direction!
The other issue was the charging solution for devices on the bike doesn’t seem to be very good, so as the charge socket is european I’m hoping that I can sort that out on the road.
If you had asked me after that ride how I felt about riding a motorbike, I probably wouldn’t have sounded too confident. I was off my game that day, but to be honest, before that, I was still feeling like I wasn’t quite nailing it well enough to feel good about taking Sofia on foreign roads. It seems a bike service, more than a ‘me’ service was the issue! A valve adjustment, new chain, break pads and tyres, and BOOM! I’m riding a completely different bike! It is amazing how a bike that isn’t on top form can affect your whole experience of riding. Returning from Mick’s (the mechanic) workshop yesterday was the best ride I’ve had so far on this bike.
Am I feeling ready for this repsonsibility of driving with my daughter as pillion? I am now! so much so, for the first time today (after the stresses of last minute changes to my insurance provider) I started to feel butterflies in my belly. Even more so seeing Sofia come home from school looking how I felt – excited! 🙂
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