Last weekend Margaret completed the state-mandated riding class and obtained her license. She did quite well by having the overall highest scores in the class. Congrats on that! Being an extended weekend due to the 4th of July, we were able to get her out in the parking lot a bit more than usual so she could get more comfortable on her Harley. She gained so much confidence that she asked if we could take a short ride on the road Sunday morning.
Getting Comfortable On The Road
We left very early in the morning knowing there wouldn't be many cars on the road. We stopped at the McDonalds in Crowley and had some coffee and talked about how she felt about the ride before heading back. She was a bit nervous and it showed but that is to be expected. On the ride home, she did much better. You could see she was more relaxed and her riding reflected it. The total round trip was 16.8 miles. That was enough for her first time out. This gave her the opportunity to apply her riding abilities to the road and experience a taste of what is to be expected on the road.
I was very happy with her riding and comfortable with her as a riding partner. I was never nervous or worried about her riding or feared that she was a danger to herself, me, or others on the road. Her basic riding skills were well developed and she handled the bike on the road just fine. Refined skills will come with practice and repetition.