The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

At the lake on a very warm January morning, with my son Colin.

At the lake on a very warm January morning, with my son Colin.

Some weeks with my son are easier than other weeks. This week was a bit of a rough one and when you add the need to get a new outline figured out for my next book, the stress can get to you a bit. Not that there’s much you can do when Colin’s behaviors are an issue. It’s not like he can communicate what’s causing his stress to you all you can do is redirect his attention and hope his brain will click onto the newly offered track. Sometimes this works, other times he’ll redirect for the length of the activity and then go right back into the behavior when it’s finished. This can be pretty disheartening.

So when today rolled around and I had the opportunity to head up to A Vicious Cycle in New Dundee for their open house I was good to go. I needed a ride to clear my head a bit and having a place to go to to shoot the shit about bikes for a few hours with other like minded and afflicted maniacs is a welcome diversion.

I’m at the far left.

If there’s one thing I like about the Adventure rider community is how even it is. There’s not a lot of ego amongst riders, maybe it’s because we’ve all had various dumb get offs trying to do stuff that might have exceeded our grasp at the time or maybe it’s just that we’re all looking for the next road or ride to have a go at and like to share what knowledge we possess about roads or tracks we’ve taken. We look at each others bikes and ask about this or that modification and how its worked out. Today was interesting because there was a lot of talk about extra fuel storage. Which lead to discussions about the evil of Ethanol and how it eats fuel pumps. Knock on wood, my bike is still going strong and I’ve had fuel in it at times that was so shitty I was amazed it even started.

Of course there were also plenty of bikes to look at and for a change, it was a really good variety, not just the usual Beemers, KLRs and V-Stroms. Some Veradaro’s showed up along with a Tenere and a Husqavarna (Which I’ll admit, I was lusting over a little).

It was on the ride back while I worked my way up through the gears, I realized I needed to create a whole new opening for the new book. Which isn’t such a big deal as I’m not cutting anything out, I’m just making sure that everything that comes after makes sense. Character motivation shouldn’t be a mystery. I mean how else can you identify with somebody if you haven’t a clue as to why they’re doing stuff?

So the bones of the chapter are laid out, I just need to fill in the gaps. It’s been a while since I’ve built something from scratch, it’s nice to know the muscles are still there.

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