Nov 10, 2015

Harley Sidecar Ride of your Life

I’m not exactly someone you’d describe as a typical thrill-seeker. I have no interest in Bungee jumping or sky diving. But, when I was offered the chance to jump into the sidecar of a Harley Davidson and go for a cruise around the Canadian Rocky Mountains, I literally jumped at the chance! And let me tell you, this will be the ride of your lifetime.

The rattle of the engine is enough to put a chill up your spine. It thunders to life, as does your heart, and you don’t have a moment to shout your trepidation before you roar off in the direction of the winding motorways.

Just when you think this is going to be a crazy, fast, heart stopping adventure, a sense of quiet somehow makes its way into the ride. You accustom to the noise of the engine and you find yourself staring in awe at the brilliant colours of the Rocky Mountains, set against the bright green colours of the lakes and forests below. This is like having your foot on the brake and the accelerator at the same moment. Instead of feeling like you’re being catapulted through time, you feel more as if you’re gliding through the air, like an eagle hovering just above the ground.

It's a thrill, but also a deeply moving experience. You’ll feel incredibly alive, enormously proud of yourself for getting there, for giving it a go and for allowing yourself that brief moment to be entirely present in the moment.

Who ever would have thought those tough-looking, leather-clad Harley dudes were secretly onto something so mindful, so soulful and so spiritual. Well, I guess it is a religion for many of them afterall. I have to confess, I am converted!

Written by Rose Jacobs - Enjoy your own Harley adventure touring through Canada with Scenic