Riding a motorcycle is a great way to escape the hectic work world—Just you and your motorcycle exploring back roads and forgotten byways far away from the crowded city and minivans of suburbia.
This time of year is particularly enjoyable, as autumn turns the forests and woodlands into a colorful extravaganza. Farm fields have turned into “amber waves of grain,” as harvest time is upon us. Even the sky is busy with migrating birds. The world is alive with the change of season.
What may be a surprise is that roads that were nearly vacant during the high heat of summer are alive with unexpected users. The mild fall weather and the foliage brings a lot of folks to the countryside. Harvest time is also a busy time for farming communities. While we always expect the normal vehicular traffic, here is a short list of some other road users that might be just around the next bend to watch out for:
Riding a motorcycle has been compared to flying. Yet unlike modern aircraft, our motorcycles don’t come equipped with collision avoidance systems. As riders, it’s our job to be alert to road conditions and scan for hazards. That also means being aware of the surrounding area, not just the road. Here are some examples:
Enjoy riding in the beauty of nature this autumn, staying alert to the possibility that surprises might await ahead. A few things you can do on the bike are:
Share the road. And till next time, ride safe!