So yesterday was my maiden voyage commuting to work. Well, I left out the most embarassing part -- just when I got to work, I was trying to turn around in my parking spot (so I was backed in) and I hit a curb (it's weird... part of our parking lot is like a raised plateau with a sloped curb) and dropped the bike. Yeah, my first day riding to work, and I drop it. I wanted to die... Our gate security gaurd came RUNNING over, and says, "Can you lift this thing?" I said, "Yeah, I can... but I'm dying of embarassement right now, so I could use some help." LMAO!!
Anyway, then we had lunch brought in yesterday, so I didn't ride during lunch. So I go to leave for work, and when I start her up, I've got a red idiot light on. Hmmm.... *confused* I call Chris (he's still at work) and ask him, and he says he thinks it's the oil pressure light. He thinks maybe something (a sensor or a line) got disconnected when I dropped it. But I don't mess around with idiot lights.... so I wait like an hour and a half for him to come up and check it out for me (I'm not going to chance blowing the engine or anything on the ride home!)
She was a little low on oil (we think she's burning it a little, since there was NOTHING on the ground, and we check it religiously
), but the light still wouldn't go out (we later found out it shuts off once the bike got up to a certain RPM). So we called our bike Doctor, and he had us check a few things, but felt it was fine to ride home, and told us just to keep an eye on it for a couple of day.
We finally mount up and get on the road... it's even WINDIER than it was on my way in, and I'm just exhausted.... we get to about 1/2 mile from that big bridge (and past the last exit before the bridge), come around the bend, and *eek* BRAKE LIGHTS! They were doing construction on the bridge, and had it shut down to one lane. Oh yeah, and at this point, it starts to DRIZZLE (not enough to get us WET, really, just enough to mess up my visor)!
So, at about 3 mph, we creep up the span of the bridge... Oh my GOD was my right hand cramping up!! Once we hit the peak of the bridge, all lanes opened back up, and all I wanted to do was GO HOME.... Oh yeah, but we were out of cat food, so we needed to stop at Petsmart on the way home! It was like a sick joke.... it was the day that wouldn't end!!!!!
Once we settled down last night, I told Chris, "I don't wanna ride tomorrow.... I'm sore!" (I had bruised up my knee and caught a peg to the shin when I tried to keep my bike from going down yesterday morning). He laughed, and said he understood, but he really felt it would be a good idea for me to ride today.... that once I got a good ride in (i.e. problem free) I'd feel better about it all, and it would help erase the memory of the events of yesterday.
So I sucked it up and rode today. And all went fine... still windy (not as bad as yesterday) but BEAUTIFUL..... the clouds were all pink and orange as I came over the bridge, and I didn't have a single problem.
I figure after all the crap I dealt with on my maiden commute yesterday, I'm ready for anything now!