How many more miles to go before I sleep?
Rolled into Floyd on U.S. 221 South shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday when the odometer on my 2009 Harley-Davidson Super Glide crossed over the100,000-mile threshhold.
Yes, 100k on a motorcycle in 44 months. That averages out to 2,227 miles a month. When you factor in the six months in 2010-2011 that I was off the bike because of back problems, that means a real average of 2,632 miles a month or 87.7 miles a day or 614 miles a week.
How can someone rack up so many miles on two wheels while also working hours upon hours a week for a newspaper and — for much of the time — caring for a dying mother?
Simple. My bike, not my car, is my daily driver. My 2000 Jeep Wrangler has fewer miles on it than my 2009 motorcycle.
Only extreme weather keeps me off the road. When my mother was still alive, I would ride it to and from Radford most days to visit her. That trip alone accounted for much of the 87 average daily miles. A trip to and from Roanoke is 80 miles.
Motorcycle riding is also good therapy and — as most people know — I need a lot of therapy.
Next week, the bike goes into the shop for its 100k service — a two day regimen that the dealer tells me is — in large part — a rebuild that entails replacement of many parts, including the drive belt, bearings, bushings and gaskets.
After that, it should be ready for another 100,000 miles.
Long-time newspaperman, photographer and videographer who still shoots photos and covers government and courts for a newspaper, shoots video for TV and documentary use and owns web sites like Blue Ridge Muse, Capitol Hill Blue and American Newsreel.