It is better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha
The Patch Lady
The Biker Chef and the Patch Lady
When we arrived in the area of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in SD, I told the Chef that I felt like I had landed in a foreign country and that he had come back home. He was giddy with excitement. My anxiety went up. Once I was well rested and more comfortable in this new environment, I could appreciate why he keeps coming back. It’s a reunion, of sorts. You start looking for familiar faces in the same old places. Shirley, the Patch Lady, is one of the Chef’s favorite people. They click. She has sewn the traditional Rally patch on his vest over the years. They both like Schell’s beer, brewed in the Chef’s home town, so one year he sent her a case at Christmas time. That sealed the friendship. She was at the Rally again this year, selling t-shirts, sharing stories, and pointing out who was in the old-time photo on the shirt that I bought.
Just as I said in my writer’s blog, Play off the Page, today. Life is all about relationships and living in the moment. It feels good to go “back home,” to actual homes and places and where you feel at home. And, sometimes, being with someone feels like home to you, too, no matter where you are.
Be safe. Journey on, and Happy Trails!