Last ride from Patagonia

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by leeanders, May 4, 2015.

  1. leeanders

    leeanders Member

    In January, with a third shoulder surgery pending, followed by a 76th birthday, I decided it was time to sell the Fatboy. It was a difficult decision to make, in that I had planned to ride him until I was 80. My last ride was on January 18th. As usual, in this part of the country, it was a pretty day for a bike ride. I decided to make it a ride to Patagonia, one of my favorite 100 mile round trips. The bike ran exceedingly well that day, almost like it knew something was up. After a cup of coffee in Patagonia, I began the return trip through Sonoita, to Sierra Vista, where I fell in behind a couple of Harley riders, wearing vests flying their colors, both with exaggerated ape hanger bars, and what sounded like gutted mufflers. I figured, from the sounds they made accelerating out of town, that I may as well lay back and let them get on up the road. I was wrong, as much to my surprise, they soon settled down to the posted speed limit, and I found myself gaining on them. After a while, I decided to go ahead and pass. Found a straight section of highway, dropped a gear, and twisted the throttle. At that moment, I remembered what it is to ride a bike, the pure exhilaration, the freedom of the road, and when I passed them by, they both waived as if they too understood. For all of us who ride, or used to ride a bike, it’s an unforgettable experience. My Fatboy is now in its new home in the northern part of Montana with its 50 year old successful gentleman owner, who told me this was to be his first Harley Davidson and that he could hardly wait for it to arrive.

    The parting with this bike completed a 52 year history of motorcycle riding for me, while owning 15 different bikes. In all that time, I was down only once, that was because of a tubed tire that picked up a rusty nail on a backroad in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, back in the 1970s. For those of you still riding, remember age can, and will, catch up with you one day so enjoy it while you can, and sometime, on a real good day, give a thought to those of us who used to wave at you as we passed by.
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

    Thanks for sharing. How did the shoulder surgery go?
  3. Stevecracker

    Stevecracker Member

    God bless!
  4. rusntx

    rusntx Active Member Contributor

    Best wishes, thought about a trike? My father in law is in his late 70's made the move to a trike about 3 years ago after a lifetime of motorcycles for health related issues and is glad he did. Imagine we all know when it's time to find something else to occupy our time. Hope you find that new something!
  5. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

    We will still welcome you here! Best of luck with the shoulder. Shoulder's are never fun when they are down. :(
  6. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Great story as usual. Hate that you had to quit riding and as I said once before, hope you will stick around here with us.
  7. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

    What a great story about your last ride, sorry to hear you may be hanging it up. As mentioned above, is a trike in your future. If not you will probably find something to be passionate about as riding. Good Luck!
  8. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    Touching story, hope you find happiness in whatever you decide to do next.
  9. Billbo

    Billbo Junior Member

    WOW! to me that's a sad story to read. "Last Ride from Patagonia" Thanks for sharing with us Leeanders. I am 65, and I KNOW I dont have a lot of riding days left also. So, until then, my wife and I make the best of it all. I am sure when that day comes, it will be a difficult thing to 'give up' the motorcycles. I bought my first Harley back in 1968. Been on many different motorcycles since then - loved riding all of them.
    You hang in there friend and know that this is from my heart - riding motorcycles is NOT the most important thing - Living for eternity in Heaven quickly becomes the MOST important thing.

  10. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    Very touching story, hope you stick around, best of luck with your shoulder