Great Kid. Don’t Get Cocky!

Han said it best.

But I didn’t listen. I was doing some work on props for City Theater Company and I needed a piece of wood from the hardware store. I was behind schedule and didn’t want to go pick up my car because it was a gorgeous day out.

“I’m sure I can make it work on the bike.” I thought.

The piece of lumber in question? A 1″x2″x6′. I needed it to build up/extend the framework on a mythological creature I was working on.

Yup. I got cocky.
As you may be able to see from the photo to the left, things didn’t turn out quite the way I planned. I was fine while roaming through town. The wood rose to a maximum height of 8′ or maybe 9′ and that didn’t seem to be an issue.

Then I hit the highway.

It didn’t take long before I heard the sound of something tumbling to a stop behind me. Reaching behind myself (without taking my eyes off the road) I felt the snapped top of what was now a 3′-4′ section of lumber.

Turns out there was a knot in the wood which weakened it enough to cause it to snap in the higher winds of highway speeds.

I’m happy to report that no one was hurt and the car closest behind me was giving me a little extra room, so there was no issues there.

The downside? Pretty much a wasted trip to the hardware store when I didn’t have time to waste, and I basically thew away a couple dollars. It could have been far worse.

Lesson learned. I’ve said it before, but this little life experience refreshed the concept for me: Always use the right tool for the job.

You may think that you can save some time “because I’ve already got this tool right here” or “I’ll take this little shortcut…” but sooner or later, it will bite you in the ass.

Ever had something happen like that when you’re riding? Ever done something just a little stupid like that? Let us know in the comments. (It’s ok – you can tell us it was your buddy that did it…)

One Possible Route Across the Country

Getting Things Wrapped Up

As I go about tying up loose ends, I’m reminded that departure day is creeping steadily closer. I need to get my route figured out – at least the rough route. Why hello there Google Maps!

Taking My Time

One thing I don’t want to do is rush this experience. Obviously there are time/financial constraints, but I want to do as much ‘stopping to smell the roses’ as I can. Who knows when (if ever) I’ll have an opportunity like this again? I want to make sure that I don’t lessen the experience by rushing. Besides – it’s not really my style.

Events

One of the bits of planning that I most need to wrap my head around – sooner rather than later – are the events that I might be able to enjoy while I’m roaming. Motorcycle, art, and technology events all need to be reviewed to see what I can catch as I’m passing through. Noting the route above (though it may or even likely will change) do you know of something that I might enjoy? Feel free to comment below!

Trip to a Local Park

Had a great brunch the other morning (on the 5th). The sun was shining, and I just couldn’t resist, so I took ‘the long way home’ and stopped by Brandywine Creek State Park to walk along the creek for a bit. Nice day, and a great time to roll down some of those scenic country roads.

This is me – not complaining.