My Uncle Archie and Aunt Irma called me this past Saturday while I was in Michigan riding. They were coming through Chicago on the way to the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. They had wanted to stop and see me but of course I was 5 hours away at best. So we planned a date for today (Tuesday). I’ve been excited for the past few days just waiting to see one of the first men to inspire me to ride. My mother and father rode when I was a small child but I suppose the military life kept my father too busy to continue the passion. My Uncle Archie however, never gave it up. He’s had a Harley for as long as I can recall.
My Aunt Irma became my aunt in my young adult years so she did not see me on the quads, dirtbikes, go-carts, etc. She asked me today at lunch, “What made you take up riding?” I pointed at my uncle and simple said, “My Family.”
They were both intrigued about my journey as I explained my goal and my intent. They were glad to hear that I was coming home on the first leg of my journey to see my family.
My uncle and I exchanged conversation about the types of bikes I’ve ridden and he’s ridden, how long I’d been riding now, the group of bikers I created, the rides and runs we’ve both done, and of course some memory lane stuff.
My aunt and uncle both made comments about my riding and that I was good (a natural); which made me feel very proud. But alas, they’re visit had to come to an end and they had to head back to Georgia. As my girl and I led them down I-355 South and made our exit – I cried; for all the years I have missed with my family, for all the miles I could’ve been riding with my uncle, and for all the memories that flooded my head today.
Miles and Miles can’t take away the Smiles as long as you have Love.
I love you Uncle Archie…
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