First, the dissertation. Done. Finally. I was officially recognized for my dogged persistence with a PhD in May. I thought I would immediately get back on the bike and back into that routine, but it has not been the case.
Instead, I've been completely engaged in work projects and using everything I've learned every day, all day. I love it, but at the end of the day, I'm shot - mentally that is. So much so, that often the bike felt like a chore, so I put it back down, picking it up only to commute or when riding sounded and felt fun.
Instead, I've been spending my leisure time learning about GPS, GIS, and mapping along with riding my XR650L, a dual-sport motorcycle that I purchased last year. The two hobbies go well together since the moto is most fun when zipping down gravel or earthen roads. However, finding those roads intentionally is more of a challenge than you might think - only the Nebraska county maps differentiate the different types of unpaved roads and roads .
|My 2007 XR is the one of the left. MFD's ride is a 2012 Triumph Tiger.|
|Bridge to a bean field.|
|This was a good find.|