What I had gotten myself into was the best part about what was going to happen today. I had waited so long to reconnect with my baby, my motorcylce. It had been a good couple months since I moved to the Northwest and been separated but it was shipped up here and the day was finally here!
Today was the day! I woke up at 1am and hopped on the greyhound in Spokane to head off Seattle. Dead tired out of my mind with no sleep to sustain this long day ahead but I was so pumped! I was going to be reunited with my motorcycle that had just been shipped from my hometown in Arizona straight to Seattle!
I’ve grown fond of my bike over the years and it’s always felt like we rode together as one, because I was so comfortable on it, it was second nature.
When I got to Seattle, around 7:30 in the morning I got off in Seattle to walk around town tk find my bike at a random persons house, in whom I didn’t know. My roommate Amanda had a friend that lived in Seattle and he was more than happy to let the shippers drop it off at his place. I was so grateful.
I had never been to Seattle and from the greyhound drop off, I was clearly lost and confused of what bus would take me where I needed to go. I started searching, looking like a lost person in the middle of the woods or something.
Eventually, a nice young man that worked for security lead me to the right bus stop and there I waited in expectation for a good 45 minutes. Missed the first bus on accident oops.
I had to be at work at 12pm and that soon came to my attention, because initially I didn’ plan on being this behind, oh no! I did my math wrong and I would not make it there on time. My phone was dying too, snap! Everything at once…”think Melody think” I thought to myself. My heart beat raised. I texted my coworker to see if she could cover. (Please God help me)
I did make it.to thw right house and when I got to James’, he wasn’t there but I decided to peak around and see where it was. Oh the excitement!!! I felt like I hadn’t seen her in years, although it had only been a few months. I went around to the back and there she was, looking as beautiful as ever:. I took this pic right then in that moment (of course after I reunited for a sec)
All around it was sprinkling. The gloominess combined with the bright flowers and green grass all around made for the perfect environment for a solum reunion. I looked at my black shining ninja 650 where it was sitting and noticed everything was the same about it. Yay. The ride back would be perfect. I just knew it.
I waited for James to get home so I could use his facilities and meet him of course. He came riding up in his car and got out with a big smile on his face. We talked for a bit and I decided he was nice….I love random new friends! I noticed I had a little time to kill so we walked down to the local coffee shop and had a lovely talk getting to know each other.
After a while it was time to head back and get on my bike to make it back to work. Or not! My cowoker got my shift covered! Phew. Praises went up.
I rode through mountainous areas and it was, of course, raining for the majority of the time and I was not prepared! Froze my butt off! I did not bring warm enough gloves and my layers got soaked!
About an hour and a half into the ride I made it into the mountain pass. That is when the bitter cold hit me like a ton of bricks and my fingers got blue! They were so fragile. My hands started to become bitterly cold and all at once I noticed my motorcycle gas was below empty. Ahh everything at once! I eventually made it but not until my hands were about numb and I could barely move them while getting off my bike! “Thank you Lord, for protecting me so I didn’t freeze and crash” were my only thoughts. At the gas station, there happened to be a pair of warm gloves for sale and socks as well, I was soaked from head to toe and bought it!
Despite these altering weather conditions of rain and snow there was no where else that I would have rather been. The mountains were so unbelievably majestic and the gloominess made it all the more fun. Out in nature and riding through it on my bike made me aware and I had never felt more close to God.
There were times that the sun would come out and the skies opened and the light shined from above. Glory! An hour away from Spokane there was an open valley of grass and pastures with radiant skies! I was blown away but freezing. I didn’t mind being freezing. I had never felt more alive. God was watching over me and I was reunited with my bike. What more could I want?
Driving into Spokane, I was relieved. Relieved that I had made it that far in the rain and cold and had survived ha! Driving home and being so close to my house where I so desperately needed to get warm, brought emotions of security. I had a home and a jacuzzi at that!
I sat in the Jacuzzi and fell asleep in the warm water as happy as a clam (: and thus ended a happy day and a grand adventure through the northwest on my bike!