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Hi Cheryl,
I too live in Hendersonville and ride my own bike. I agree with you that it is awesome to be a passenger if you're riding with someone you have complete trust in. Sometimes I think those of us that are use to being drivers make terrible passengers. Drop me a line if you guys would like to meet up sometime.

Angela McDowell
Hendersonville, NC
Monday, April 18, 2016
Hi, Old friend. Great to read your story. Would love to catch up!

Julie Cohen
NJ
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Very good story. I ride my own and have also been a passenger on a number of occasions. I was a passenger only when my bike was out of commission. I can't say that I enjoy being a passenger because I either make myself go to sleep so I don't see what I don't want to see or am on edge the whole time. My riding style is different from my husband's. I guess from riding behind him on my own bike gives me a view of his riding style that is the same as when I'm on the back of his bike and I don't like it. I don't like the loss of control and am always applying the brakes that don't exist on the back of the bike. I also have this tendency to want to put my feet down which I can't.

He has dropped the bike with me on the back of it and I've been behind him when he has dropped his bike. Unfortunately, what I think of as his overconfidence in his riding skills caused him to have an accident in June while riding on gravel. He wasn't hurt, but his bike was. We love the NC/GA/SC area for riding and have had many vacations in those areas and have one planned the end of August in the mountains of GA. We have been to all the places noted in Cheryl's article and can say they are some of the best riding areas. We, too, plan to retire and hopefully move close to, but not in, the mountains of NC or SC. There are way too many good roads and just not enough time to ride all of them.

Linda Eade
Unionville, VA
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
As a long-time rider and a very infrequent passenger, I can tell you I learn a lot every time I find myself sitting pillion. It's been years, but when my bike broke down miles from help and a good friend (and fellow MSF Instructor) shuttled me 50 miles to get my trailer on the back of his 'Wing, I really enjoyed getting the passenger perspective - once I learned to stop steering with the back foot pegs!

I think in many ways it is harder to be the passenger!


Dave Hembroff
Ohio
Monday, July 13, 2009
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