The Motorcycle Diaries: Chapter One “The First Ride”
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The Motorcycle Diaries
-A Series Of Personal Stories-
So grab your coffee, sit down, and stay a while.
an unimaginable first ride
I was dating a guy who had a Harley Davidson, and I would ride on the back. We would take Sunday rides thru the Hollywood hills using Mulholland canyon, then drive up the coast to the beach to watch the sunset.
Let's just say I outgrew his limiting opinions fast, and i dumped him.
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She told me, "If you can learn how to ride and get your motorcycle license before the shoot starts next week, you've got the gig."
I didn't know what to do, but I remembered that day on the tour bus saying, "I will work for Harley Davidson someday." I knew right then this was the universe working its magic."
So I rushed home, found an online course, and signed up for that weekend. The course was on Saturday and Sunday, and the shoot started on Tuesday.
It started at 8 am and took place in a massive parking lot. We never went above 15 mph and stayed in the parking lot the entire time.
Cones were laid out, and the bikes we rode were tiny with no real power.
They were just to serve the purpose of safely showing you how to ride and change gears.
Needless to say, I passed the riding part, then aced the written test, and I had my license to ride a motorcycle in under a week.
Shockingly, it never occurred to me that the first time I would actually ride a proper motorcycle would be on the set of a Harley Davidson commercial shoot.
Also, in front of an entire film crew and on camera!
Looking back, I still can't believe I showed up to set that day.
That experience might have been scarier than performing live in front of 36 million viewers on America idol; hmm, it's a toss-up.
We filmed from dawn till dusk for three days straight, and by the end of the shoot, I had ridden about ten different Harleys and felt like a seasoned rider.
All the while, I was saving up every dollar I made working with Harley and used that money to buy my first Harley Davidson. A 1200cc Nightster brand new and Paid in full with cash.
Isn't life funny how it comes full circle sometimes? And to think, had I listened to my ex-boyfriend all those years ago, I would have missed out on a lifelong love of riding, amazing friendships, and adventures.
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