The first phase of this project is complete. For the past three weeks I have been in a “gestation period” as this project has been taking shape. Exactly three weeks ago, on July 23, 2013, I took the motorcycle safety class in Orlando, Fl. Within days, I had researched and selected a motorcycle to purchase: the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 (2012 edition). A week later the motorcycle was delivered. Since then I have taken seven rides for a total of 450 miles. It has been a rapid and incredible learning curve. During the last of these rides yesterday, I took my camera equipment (camera body and three lens) for the first time and took photographs of the Sunshine Skyway near Tampa, Fl, about 40 miles from my home. Here are two photographs I took at Sunshine Bridge (click on photos to see higher resolution versions). flying along the bridgephoto-3The first cruising photography trip worked out very well, in fact seamless.

In the meantime at home, I’ve been reading, analyzing, and organizing a body of information to serve as the foundation for this project. It has been focused on motorcycles – the performance, safety, and the engineering or how to ride well – because of the recent purchase of the Vulcan 900. The photography part has been done over the past three years (not knowing it would come to this), as has some of the Eudaimonia research many years ago. These will have to be reviewed and brought into the present discussion. In time, I will provide summarizing documents so you can see what I’ve learned and discovered along the way. You’ll find them under the respective tabs above as they become available.

All this in just three weeks. I am exhausted (special thanks to Ralph, a long time friend and fellow motorcyclist and photographer, who has been with me every step of the way and to my wife, Renee, who has endured and trussed that I was not completely out of my mind while moving at mach three  — I love them both more than words can ever say). Exhausted, yes. But I am so very happy, beyond belief actually.

Now is the beginning of the second phase, to give “birth” to this blog, get it up on it’s feet so it can explore this vast world laid out before us.  Having the experiences and generating the mediations will slowly but surely evolve. In fact, they already have, no? And like any good journey, I do not know where I will end up, only that I can’t want to take the trip. It is all about the trip and the associated mediations. Destinations are endings. We are no where near that.

All this has given me a fierce purpose and a strong hope that something good can come of this, not just for myself, but for others. This is so very important to me: that this leads to something of value for you, the reader. Without a conversation taking shape between us, it will be nothing more than a hermit shouting his monolog into the dark, slowly going mad. For years I feared this was indeed happening. I no longer believe that. I have faith again. I’d like to think this is the beginning of my Second Grace.

xxx

May You Always Enjoy The Ride