I have to say Ohio and I were not friends. I went thru Ohio the same day I went thru West Virginia so it was cold and rainy. I should of known it wasn't going to be fun when the wind picked up and I lost my temporary plate on my trailer... must of been soon after crossing into Ohio. Guess it wanted to stay in Ohio where it came from.
I stopped at a gas station to dry off and have some lunch and the cashier kept telling me I was almost out of the rain... like everyone had been saying all day. Well when I got to Columbus it was still raining and cold and the wind picked up tremendously. It had to be a constant wind around 20mph with gust up to 40mph. With a motorcycle heavy winds are difficult and pulling a trailer I wasn't sure what was going to happen.
As I was driving around Columbus on the I-270 in the rain and wind and I started to hydroplane. No joke... I was going 55mph and my front tire was going all over the place. I wasn't scared, I wasn't mad... it was more of a disappointment. As my front tire was going side to side and Blue was leaning from side to side all I could say was "Oh F%@&!" and then thought "are you serious... I haven't made it 600 miles in my new life and I am going to die." and then I said in complete disappointment "Jesus Christ"... As soon as I said that I regained control and was driving like nothing happened.
The key to not dying... was pure luck... I have really great guardian angels... and not panicking. I didn't slow down but kept my speed and kept my arms firm... I didn't let the bike take my arms all over the place. Staying calm and taking control is what saved me. Whoever says a woman can't ride can just kiss my rear... I pulled that back together as good if not better than any man.
So of course after that experience I took the next exit to take a breath. I was really exhausted at this time and was thinking about spending the night where I was and heading out again the next day but the weather was not going to get better but worse. So I had to get back on the horse and get myself out of the weather.
I was still a bit timid from my earlier experience and the wind was getting worse. So I went about 50mph and got off at every exit. Finally about 30 miles down the road I just couldn't get back on the interstate. The wind picked up and was constant and the rain was coming down more and was colder. I thought again I should stop for the night but at the gas station I was at they were talking about getting feet of snow... right then I knew I had to find a way out. Luckily at that point I finally was at a place with a back highway I could take.... so I took it. The great thing about the back highway I could go a bit slower and the wind was a lot less. It went thru towns where I could relax a bit. Finally just outside of Cincinnati the rain had stopped. I finally had enough courage to get back on the interstate. The first few cars that went by when I got on gave me a thumbs up. You have no idea how much I deserved and took in those thumbs up.
It sure felt like a beating today and I was so happy to hit Kentucky. I only went another hour or so before I stopped north of Louisville for the night. I only had about 4 hours to my parents house the next day... but of course life is never that easy.....
BlueRoad is a multimedia project about the life of Patches O’Nassis, the 1st person to live fulltime in a teardrop trailer pulled by a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Documenting her life on the road with her dog named Yoska, chicken named Esmeralda, Harley called Blue and teardrop trailer called TicTac. Empowering herself and women everywhere to follow their dreams no matter how wild they may seem. Anything is possible.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Posted by Patches O'Nassis at 9:00 AM
Labels: Cincinnati, cold, Columbus, disappointment, fear, getting back on the horse, hydroplane, Kentucky, Ohio, rain, sandy, wind
Location: Ohio, USA
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