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My March Madness


 

Woke up really early this morning and remembered the beemer had a near dead battery…

… so I went out to the garage, and sure enough, it was dead. Had to bump start the bike at 5 in the morning. Well, I could’ve waited, but why would I?

Once I got it going, I had to figure out where to go, you know; to charge up the battery you got to keep it running a while. So I looped my town and stopped at one of my favorite views.

I’m a generous enough guy, but I don’t usually disclose my favorite places. Though this one is no secret to Portlanders, and has been hiding in plain sight for years. From here I headed out east, to see some waterfalls and take some pictures… you know….while the battery charged. Had to keep it going.

We’ve had so much rain, I’m pretty sure there’s a bunch of ‘new’ waterfalls spouting out near old highway 30.

Then, while hanging out at a favorite bridge…

… and beginning to think that the battery was probably sufficient so that I could go on home and get on with my regular chores; who should come along? My dear friend Shirley!

It was 7 now and she was expecting me to follow her on for breakfast, so what else could I do.  Stopping for breakfast meant I was going to have to kill the engine for a while. I was certainly relieved that I didn’t have to bump start it again; the old beemer fired right up just like they’re supposed to.

After that, I kept heading a little more easterly, and the roads were still a little lonely. But I did meet a lady doing yoga as the sun started breaking through and she asked me if I’d please shut the bike down while I took this photo… 

That meant another chance at seeing if the battery was holding it’s charge, which turned out to be the case. A few more picture stops…

… a few more waterfalls…

…well, several more…

 


… I finally came on past the airport…

… and then made this …

Now time to go check the battery again.

My march motorcycle madness.

Postscript: the next day…

I only meant to go out this morning and check the battery, but it fired right up. Not one to ride in the cold and rain when I don’t need to, I kinda surprised myself, went in and got on my great waterproof gear… I especially love my Sidi “Canyon” boots, only truly water proof and year round comfortable boots I’ve ever owned…

… and yes my wife loves me so much she lets me just leave them in the living room on the coffee table all the time.

Any ride is better if you stop and eat at a quaint spot with great food. I made a bee line from the old bridge to a place that serves pork chops year round.

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Steve has been a minister for over 4 decades; 39 of those years married to the wife of his youth and partner, Lisa. Steve has spoken in Madison Square Garden. He's swam the Hudson River to raise money for his favorite charity. He’s the writer, producer and director of an award winning short film. He’s an author, speaker, and father whose messages are hilarious, soulful and life changing. When he's not trying to sell, ride or make friends on a motorcycle, you can find him in Portland, Oregon where he is happily serving with the http://portlandchurch.org

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