ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Day Trippin'
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-23-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
DrewWalden OP
n00b
 
DrewWalden's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2014
Location: Cleveland, TN
Oddometer: 3
The Last Ride Before My Life Changes Forever

I finally got a day off from work and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to go riding. It was a tad chilly, and a little rainy, but it wasn't that bad. Honestly, I didn't care. I would have went riding despite the weather, as this will be my last ride as a guy with no "real" responsibilities.

My first child will be born this week, and the life that my wife and I have known for the past five years is about to drastically change. I am not complaining, I can not wait to meet my daughter! But still, the freedom that we had, the ability to get in the car and go anywhere and do anything we wanted will be gone. Even still, I am excited about being a father, and in about 3 or 4 years I will finally get to be a motocross dad, if she likes motorcycle. God, please let her love motorcycles as much as me. Anyways, Today I just went for a short ride up to Chilhowee Mountain. I played around on the forest roads at the top, and then headed back home.

My DRZ400E, Nice and Clean and ready to play:
IMG_0171

A little town called Benton, TN:
IMG_0172

Where I live, it doesn't take me long to get into the mountains:
IMG_0174
IMG_0175
IMG_0173

Overlook on Chilhowee Mountain:
DSC_7403_6852

Beautiful view up here:
DSC_7421_6870

DSC_7426_6875

Lonely cabin off in the distance:
DSC_7414_6863

The gazebo outlook on Chilhowee mountain.
DSC_7429_6878
DrewWalden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
Bucket1960
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Bucket1960's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2014
Location: NW Sydney, Aussie
Oddometer: 253
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrewWalden View Post
But still, the freedom that we had, the ability to get in the car and go anywhere and do anything we wanted will be gone.
Only if you allow it to be that way Drew
Kids are very flexible & adaptable to their surroundings. We had 3 and never did they allow our plans & activities to be altered too much.
Now the grandkids are here & they get brought up the same way.
There is NEVER a reason to step away from the bike, but it may slow you down somewhat & make you think more responsibly
Best of luck with the family & enjoy the moments that only kids can bring
__________________



'09 R1200GSA amongst others
Bucket1960 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 12:55 PM   #3
AZ TOM
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Prescott AZ
Oddometer: 4,044
Am 74 with 18 Grand Kids & Great Grand Kids. I am still riding. Even if only once a month keep a little piece for your self. I never took anything away from my family but we all need something, even the smallest something to keep life's balance.
AZ TOM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
jacobsmonarch
Adventurer
 
jacobsmonarch's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2013
Location: is going to
Oddometer: 63
Congratulations good news good ride no stop
__________________
Go,by what?where? that dosent matter just go
jacobsmonarch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 06:17 PM   #5
BlueSkyGuy
Gnarly Adventurer
 
BlueSkyGuy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2004
Location: BRP, SLD,129, 421, 50, 219,6, 33, 250, etc...
Oddometer: 428
b

Quote:
Originally Posted by az tom View Post
am 74 with 18 grand kids & great grand kids. I am still riding. Even if only once a month keep a little piece for your self. I never took anything away from my family but we all need something, even the smallest something to keep life's balance.
+1
BlueSkyGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 06:45 PM   #6
Wvtrailsmith
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Wvtrailsmith's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2014
Location: Buckhannon,WV
Oddometer: 282
Very nice pics
__________________
2014 KTM 690 Enduro R she's a big girl but she knows how to shake it, shake it like she's supposed to do.
Wvtrailsmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #7
Bob757
Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Oddometer: 11
Real Responsibilities

Those "real responsibilities" will soon become your most important thing in life. Congratulations! The next time you ride, the experience will be the icing rather than the cake.
Bob757 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #8
simbaboy
Lansing MBS
 
simbaboy's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: Lansing, MI
Oddometer: 985
Congrats.
Take lots of pictures of your Baby as she grows up. Lots of videos. And everyday take 5 minutes to write down/record her voice, cry, laugh, anything. Read to her from your book and all other books. Also, treat your Daughter and your Wife as the Princesses that they are. Remember, your Wife and the Mother of your daughter is also someone else's daughter.
Simba
Dad of two Princesses.
simbaboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 08:02 PM   #9
smj
Gnarly Adventurer
 
smj's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Colorado
Oddometer: 207
You will never forget that first meeting either... Congratulations!

I will agree that the early days can be a bit rough - but if you and your wife are willing to work together, I think you'll find that not everything has to be given up! Moderation is probably the word you are looking for!

I forgot one other important word - compromise.
__________________
Death is like an old whore in a bar, I'll buy her a drink but I won't go upstairs with her. Hemingway
smj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2014, 08:15 PM   #10
bomose
Beastly Adventurer
 
bomose's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Hoover,Al
Oddometer: 1,273
Congratulations on your first child. I know she will be the joy of your life. I love riding in that area, going the back way into Turtletown and on up to Tellico Plains.
__________________
I prefer a short life with width to a narrow one with length-Avicenna
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810149 Ouray Adv
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800723 Cortez & Moab
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=955211Chasing Dinosaurs
bomose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2014, 09:15 AM   #11
Chillis
Land Barge Pilot
 
Chillis's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Spring Mountain Range
Oddometer: 4,039
Congrats man!

I am a little further along on the same boat ride. My wife and I graced with our little beauty just over 3 months ago.

Riding has become nonexistent and every decision revolves around the baby. My wife will not let our daughter near the motorcycles! Hope you have better luck there.

This is your major life changer. Enjoy the ride!
Chillis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2014, 09:31 AM   #12
Ack535
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Ack535's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Williamston MI USA
Oddometer: 105
There is a difficult period of adjustment at first, but I cannot imagine of what my life would be like without my children. Wishing you all the best!

My daughter at age 11 riding with me on my ZZR1200.




__________________
Pete
2002 VFR800Fi, 2000 XR400R, 2005 CRF250X
Ack535 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2014, 10:12 AM   #13
DC2wheels
Castle Anthrax troll
 
DC2wheels's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: N.H.
Oddometer: 2,655
Your life will change but at some point it will return back to where it was.

25 (son) and 27 (daughter) years ago our kids were born and we dove right into the parent thing. Amusement parks, bicycle riding and eventually team sports- soccer and ice hockey. Put MC riding on the back burner.

Now they are out on their own but like to ride and they have own motorcycles. I have taken a couple multiday trips with our daughter. She will ride from sun up to sun down, eat and sleep, then do it all over again.

Best wishes to you and your expanding family!!
__________________
'92 K100RS
'12 DRZ400
sugarhillctd on the world-wide K11OG forum

I got my MotoMatters calendar, did you?
DC2wheels is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2014, 01:20 PM   #14
Chillis
Land Barge Pilot
 
Chillis's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Spring Mountain Range
Oddometer: 4,039
Quote:
Originally Posted by DC2wheels View Post
Your life will change but at some point it will return back to where it was.

25 (son) and 27 (daughter) years ago our kids were born and we dove right into the parent thing. Amusement parks, bicycle riding and eventually team sports- soccer and ice hockey. Put MC riding on the back burner.

Now they are out on their own but like to ride and they have own motorcycles. I have taken a couple multiday trips with our daughter. She will ride from sun up to sun down, eat and sleep, then do it all over again.

Best wishes to you and your expanding family!!
That turned out well!
Chillis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2014, 01:34 PM   #15
Fireman1000
Beastly Adventurer
 
Fireman1000's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Gray GA
Oddometer: 2,627
As everyone else has said, Congratulations! Do what feels right to you. If riding feels like it's stealing time from your new family, stop. If not, keep riding. I have three, 11,10, 4. I thought of giving up riding as well, but my wife reminded me it was part of my identity. I slowed down a bit, kept a bike in the garage, and when it felt right, I rode. Your life will change, for the better. That little one will become the center of you world, and you'll find yourself making decisions based on how it will affect her. There is nothing more gratifying in this world than being a dad.
Fireman1000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 03:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015