“Sometimes the truth can be
But really…how hard could “being a passenger” be? I had ridden a “bicycle” for years when I was a kid…in fact, many times somehow steering my trusty, old Schwinn (don’t even ask) with no hands.
I actually remember cruising down the sidewalk…waving my arms wildly in the air…and shouting to anyone who cared to see…”LOOK!! NO HANDS!!”
I also remember “being a passenger” on my friends’ bikes…I just jumped on the handlebars or on the bike’s cross bar. See? Easy…
No…being a passenger on this motorcycle was not going to be a problem…provided I could actually get on it.
A few seconds passed as I continued to look around for something to grab.
Then…my “no-name biker”…flipped down the kick stand on his side, got off the bike and came over to me. (Jesus! What was he going to do?)
In one swift motion…he grabbed me around the waist, picked me up and set me on the back of the seat.
“My name’s Hank.” He said grinning, as he got back on his bike.
“You?” He asked, turning slightly around to look at me.
“Cooper. I just love bikes!” Oh my God. I sounded like I was five years old.
But Hank smiled at me and said, “Yeah, what’s not to…”
Then he looked over at Bob and gave him a head nod.
The light had changed a couple of times as the four of us had been talking, but now it was green and Bob took off. I saw that Franny had her arms around Bob’s waist so I did the same.
Hank looked back at me. “Ready?”
“Absolutely! I’m ready.”
“Well, Cooper, hang on.” And I did.
We went around the block and rode back towards Lake Nokomis, the lake where Franny and I had just spent the whole morning and a lot of the afternoon.
We circled it and then headed for the freeway which would take us south…thru the southern suburbs and then out to the farm fields that surrounded the city.
Obviously, we weren’t going to cruise around the ‘mean streets’ of Minneapolis. I was fine with that. The speed of the bike was exciting!
Before I knew it, we were whizzing through one yellowing corn field after another…no longer on the interstate.
Hank had passed Bob and Franny a ways back and then had abandoned the colorless freeway. He shouted to Bob over his shoulder that he was taking a more scenic route.
In the distance, I could see lots of hills vibrant with the early, bright colors of Fall. It was spectacular.
(Okay. Here’s the part when you, as the reader, might be saying…perhaps even out loud…or thinking…
“Hey! These two nit-wits don’t even know these guys!”…And…if you did say OR think that…well…good for you.)
Exactly what the holy hell were we thinking? Aside from how cute these two guys were…we were thinking absolutely nothing…zero.