First day riding after my accident… (+Ameblo Update)

March 7, 2014 Jasmine

Yesterday was a big day! It was my first day riding my BMW F650GS after I got in an accident last August (8/11/2013) in Alaska.
I was very nervous but once I started to ride I could feel the breeze, smell the trees, and hear the nice sound of the muffler as I change gears and add more throttle! (Only one small difference – no more hair in the wind… I cut it all off!)
I am very happy because my body remembers how to ride a motorcycle (total miles riding since 2011 – 20,000). I now feel confident saying “I am mentally and physically ready to get back into ADV riding!”
I am very thankful to everyone who sent me recovery wishes (4 breaks and 3 cracks in my left shoulder)!
I would like to give a ‘special thank you’ to San Diego BMW Motorcycles (Gary and Antoinette;, Touratech-USA (Kimmo;, the entire crew at Eurosport Asheville (, and one of my best friends and ace mechanic (even though I can only understand about 60% of his Australian accent – “That’s What I Said”) Robert Colasacco!!
I would also like to say how much I appreciate all my friends in San Diego and Japan and my lovely family!!!
I decided to keep riding because I am“living our dream, living my journey…” with the most important and special person in my life, my husband, Michael Cardwell.
Big love {XOXO} from Asheville, NC.