This morning I did some training for something which was more fun than work, but useful none-the-less. My brother-in-law, who is an avid motorcyclist, took me out this morning to teach me the basics of riding. It may surprise some of you that I don’t really have any experience riding. A friend let me ride his bike once in Missouri, but that is my previous exposure. It’s not something I grew up with, but its a skill that will be useful in Paraguay. When we are living in the capital we’ll be riding public transportation, but when we move interior we may find ourselves using dirt bikes as our primary transportation. Like I said, still to early to know if we will get bikes when we go to Paraguay, but in any case its useful to know how to ride just in case.
Its been beautiful weather here for weeks, with it in the mid 60s in the mornings. However, wouldn’t you know that this morning it was in the low 40s. Although I never got the bike over 20 mph, because we were in a parking lot, I was freezing. My brother-in-law felt sorry for me and let me wear his biking jacket which helped big-time.
So in summary, a couple stalls, a couple shaky turns, a few lurches, and two hours later I was feeling very comfortable on the bike starting stopping and turning. Unfortunately I can’t take it out on the road because I don’t have my license, but it is nice to know I could graduate from the parking lot.