To each their own, but I can't for the life of me understand why people ride motorcycles. <br><br><br>Motorcyclist killed in Riverside crash<br><br>By the Dayton Daily News<br><br>RIVERSIDE | A motorcyclist died Saturday night when he collided with a car on Harshman Road in front of the Riverside Police Department.<br><br>Motorcyclist Paul A. Garcia, who was driving a Harley-Davidson, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a crash with a Honda Accord at about 10:43 p.m., police said.<br><br>Garcia was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.<br><br>
For some people (like me) it's in their blood.<br><br>I have been riding motorcycles since I was 5 years old. I have owned 18 to date. <br>My father and his brothers rode Harley's in the 40's and 50's. In fact my father had ordered a brand new 1948 FL but decided not to take delivery and instead continue his life calling to seminary. My father has held his MC endorsement all these years and has occasionally ridden my bikes over the years.<br><br>There are 2 kinds of motorcyclist. <br><br>Those that have gone down and those that are going down.<br> <br><br>I have several hundred thousand miles of riding under my belt.<br><br>1993 was a bad spring for me. On my way to work, approaching Cincy Union Terminal underpass, kid runs a stop sign, broadsides me, throws my body into an oncoming lady's car, I do 2,800.00 damage to her car. Serious concussion, crushed vertebrae, broken shoulder, six broken ribs, collapsed right lung. The kid missed my right leg by half an inch or he would have taken it off on the spot. He totals my 1989 HD Heritage Softail Classic, with 70,000 loving miles (she was a beautiful bike with thousands of dollars worth of one-of-a-kind leather, paint and chrome work that I spent countless months producing). He had no insurance, a questionable license and after the Police let him go home to his fictitious address, he was never to be heard from again.<br><br>If I hadn't have been wearing a helmet and full leathers, I wouldn't be able to tell you that Near Death Out of Body Experiences really exist and that there truly is a bright light. In my instance I had the choice of which way to walk. I chose to walk back to my broken body lying in the street, that I could see clearly from my birds-eye view. <br><br>That was 12 years ago May 9th. In those years I slowly managed another 4,000 miles on a 1964 HD Duo-Glide and 12,000 miles on a 1994 HD Electra-Glide. I just sold those 2 bikes and paid cash for and took delivery on a new 2005 HD Road-King Classic. She goes in wednesday for 1000 mile service and performance exhaust installation.<br><br>My Dad turned 77 in March. He's now retired, but is resident chaplain at a retirement community. After I got my 500 mile break-in done, he took my new Harley out for a Sunday ride. His returning smile is etched in my memory and my Mom and Dad's character, faith, wisdom and teaching is fully ingrained and coursing through my veins.<br><br>As an aside, "Donor-Cyclist" is what they called me at University Hospital for 12 hours, as the doctors and interns used me as a training aid, while my wife and family frantically searched for me after not being notified by anyone and suddenly realizing that I hadn't come home from work as usual.<br> <br><br>Safe<br>IMinTheWind <br><br><br> <br><br>got to let your eyes adjust
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