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Conquering All Fears

by Kelly

On a Sunday afternoon August 23rd 2003 I was going on a ride with a friend of mine on the country roads on Whidbey Island. We were heading south down highway 20 enjoying an afternoon ride when suddenly we were hit by a Chevy Tahoe SUV Head-on. My riding partner was killed instantly and I was in critical condition. I was airlifted to a hospital in Seattle and spent several days there and then ended up in my towns local nursing home. I suffered a broken neck, broken ribs, four breaks to my pelvis, a broken hip, and my left hand was turned into hamburger. But by the grace of God I was alive. Eight months later, and with spring in the air and the weather getting nicer I began to have the desire to get back on the road again. My family thought I was crazy.

I was driving home from work and I saw a Honda Metropolitan scooter on the side of the road for sale. I decided to buy it. My girlfriend rode it home for me. I looked at it sitting in the garage a few days and then thought to myself I better get on it and see if I could conquer my fears. I rode it around the block, then the next day rode it too work. After a few weeks I thought that it was pretty boring so I asked my husband if we could get a different bike. He said I don't understand why you want to this or why you are doing this, it's not a good idea. He then decided that he wanted a bike and in order for me to agree on his purchase he probably should let me get a bike of my own. We went to the dealership and purchased two bikes and trailered them home.

I now have a Honda Shadow VLX600. I am taking baby steps though...I have had it two days now. I managed to get it started for the first time yesterday. I sat on it and let it run then shut it off. Today I will ride it in the cul-de-sac. I have a fear of riding but I will conquer it and never be a passenger again. The thrill of riding keeps calling to me. All the stories I have read on this web site inspire me and give me the courage to keep trying. Thank you all for the stories you have submitted to this website. God speed!!!!

Kelly

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From Kelly: "My name is Kelly. I live on Whidbey Island in Washington State. I am a
mother of three, grandmother to one. I turned 40 in April."


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