Let's face it, 2020 has been a year that most of us would prefer to forget. After more than 100 days of being C-19 free, it's reappeared in NZ again. At the time of writing this, it's small and confined to the Auckland area but who knows what's going to happen next. The one good thing is that the authorities are onto it with appropriate measures - no dicking about, locking down our biggest city and other measures within 24 hours of discovery. At present, we're not locked down in our region so apart from reintroduction of social distancing measures and some other sensible precautions, we're pretty much unaffected.
Following the first lockdown in March, I was quietly concerned that my motorcycling days were coming to a close. The lockdown itself was easy to deal with as there was always plenty to do. However, when it ended, I wasn't jumping out of my skin to go for a ride which was a bit disconcerting. I don't really know why this was unless the winter weather influenced my indifference. I guess you can't predict psychological effects, even though I consider myself calm in unusual or difficult situations. However, I've recently had two cracking rides in brilliant weather which have thrown off any doubts about continuing riding - yippee for that!.
The first outing was a trip to south Auckland to check out some new routes for putting IAM riders through their Police Roadcraft Advanced Tests. That's well and truly stuffed now with the Auckland travel restrictions but it was a glorious day out with the discovery of some new, challenging routes.
Having Libby join has been great for several reasons. Firstly, she's the first female IAM member in our region, even though we've existed for 4 years. I hope we get lots more now as female riders I've helped to mentor in other regions have been a delight with their positive attitude to learning. In Libby's case, she had already taken the government-sponsored Ride Forever courses (details HERE ) and wanted to keep upskilling. Secondly, she's only the second H-D rider in our region and one of the few nationwide. Good for you Libby!