Look at the Road, Not the Rider in Front of You.

By July 10, 2019Newsletter
My good friend Loren and I went on a  m otorcycle trip  during  the last week of June .   W e were away for  eight  days.  I had my bike licence for about 12 days  at this point , so embarking on a 4500km bike trip seemed like the natural evolution of things.  As many of you know already this has been a  fairly wet  and cold summer. This trip was no exception. When Loren and I went through the Glacier Parkway on the pass to B.C. the temperature was at +2C and snowing, not sticking to the road, but definitely sticking to my visor of the helmet. Luckily my fancy gloves have a squeegee on them that I never thought I’d use until then.  It was quite the experience going that far and into the U.S. with another group of people I’ve never met.  What I want to touch on today is the one rule that I was told about riding that I kept reciting to myself while I rode. 
Look at the road, not the rider in front of you and ride to your abilities and your motorcycle’s.  I remember Loren telling me this earlier this season and luckily it stuck with me. It’s the basic idea that when you fixate on the thing you don’t want to hit or do, that’s exactly what happens rather than  looking ahead into the future  and focusing on your own path.  On this trip we went to some beautiful places through the  Kootenies  in B.C., the Going-to-the-Sun road in Montana, the Rattlesnake Canyon and Lolo Road and Pass.  This was a pretty epic trip for an inaugural trip, but I was up for the challenge.  There were five other experienced riders that Loren and I connected with on day three in Fernie, who were all riding either sport touring or straight sport bikes.  Loren and I were on our trusted cruisers built for comfort, looks, coolness, but not speed.  When you’re with six other veteran riders and it’s your first trip, I found it was important to keep my ego in check and remember to “look at the road, not the rider in front of me and ride to the abilities of myself and the motorcycle,” oh, and don’t get cocky.
It’s a simple statement but I think it applies to many areas of our lives, when we start to compare ourselves to other people s accomplishments ,  we’re no longer riding our own ride but theirs.  When you make spraying and / or marketing decisions based on what your friends and neighbors did your following th eir  road and they have different obstacles, and experiences on that road than you do.  It is important to learn and grow from others around you but at the end of the day we need to take ownership and responsibility for our own choices.  I didn’t have any accidents on my trip but if I had it wouldn’t do me any good to blame the actions of the rider in front of me or the oblivious driver beside me or the crappy weather above me .   A t the end of the day I had to make choices that worked for me.  

Rain is here and for some it won’t stop. Crops are growing and prices for old and new crop are strong but quickly softening.  Give us a call or shoot us an email or text and we can discuss options for your crop and give you as much information as possible so that you can see the road ahead and not the farmer in front of you.

Because Farming is Forever.
Joseph Billett

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