The Motorcycle Ride

Tuesday I took off on the motorcycle by myself up into the foothills of South Carolina.

Here’s how it works. I head out on a road I know well, in the direction of the mountains.

Then I take a turn down a country road I have never been to. I don’t know where it leads, but it looks interesting.

I keep the mountains in front of me if I can, but sometimes the road turns and I lose sight of them.

The road twists and turns. There are some potholes and road hazards. Not much traffic, but now and again a tractor or a truck.

They could kill me if I don’t respect them. They could come out of nowhere if I’m going too fast, and they could kill me.

I respect the tractors and the trucks. They could kill me.

I spot a little country restaurant and take a risk. Is it “good home cooking” as advertised or a greasy spoon?

Am I going to meet some folks who are as good and ordinary as the home cooking or as greasy as the spoons?

Back on the road I ride on and eventually come to a road I recognize. I get my bearings by seeing where the mountains are and I decide which way to turn.

I take another unfamiliar road and see where it leads. Maybe I come to an interesting junk shop, a country store or a gas station to stop for a snack or just to rest awhile.

Eventually I come to another road I recognize and ride along happily and then mosey along home.

This method of motorcycle riding I call “getting lost on purpose.”

My life’s been like that too.

Not too many regrets so far.


About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • Paul

    Shaved head, Van Dyke, leather jacket, and a motorcycle…you better not be going Corapi on us Longenecker.

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      I looked that way and had a motorcycle before I’d ever heard of Corapi…

      • Paul

        That is a relief to hear you say that. Keep up the good work.

  • Will

    When we visited Venice, Italy, our tour guide recommended to just wander around the city because you cannot get too lost. My wife and I wandered around for the afternoon. We did not get too lost as you eventually come to water or a sign pointing to a major point of interest.

  • Shmikey

    Sounds like Cliff Notes for “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. One of those books I read on my journey back to the Faith, well, more like a side trip.

  • Elizabeth Scalia

    I had the same thought: Corapi? Nice piece, Dwight!

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  • Marilyn

    This post reminds me of Psalm 139, “If I take the wings of the dawn and dwell beyond the sea, even there your hand guides me, your right hand holds me fast.” But beware of those potholes and hazards, or, as the psalmist would say, those “wicked people” who are hostile to God’s rule.

  • Andy s

    Not exactly my Irish Grandma’s Priest on the surface, but she’d think you were great if she knew you…

  • Tom

    Very cool Father! I ride a yellow 02 Shadow Spirit. Better than seeing a shrink any day of the week. Just remember, they are all out to kill you, especially Toyota Prius drivers. I have had more of those roll through stop signs in front of me than any other make and model.

    God Bless!

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Mine is a customized Shadow Spirit 01…pretty close to yours. My riding buddy drives a Prius. I’ll have to mention your bias to him.

  • Bryan

    Sometimes a motorcycle ride is jsut a motorcycle ride. But not this time.

  • Paul Rodden

    I think the ‘Corapi association’ is an interesting one, and deserves a post on its own regarding how Protestantism makes all sorts of mistaken associations, based on what it thinks it sees…

  • Brett Lloyd

    Enjoy the ride, Father. I used to enjoy taking 288 & ride into Pumpkintown to begin my adventures. Where we now live in Jax, Florida the riding is not as good but living just 9 miles from the beach makes up for it. Peace be with you, Father :)

  • Gregg the Obscure

    Your “getting lost on purpose” is reminiscent of my “flying by the seat of someone else’s pants”.

  • The Crescat

    That is exactly what I did in Rome. Got intentionally lost once, got accidentally lost 5 times.

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Rome is a great place to get lost on purpose!

  • Mikael

    I think you should count your blessings that a trucker and Prius owner is your riding buddy… Two less dangers aye! Nice.