I can not remember when I met Daryl, I am sure there had to be a motorcycle involved. Daryl is a friend of mine who I know through my brother. One of the nicest people you can know, and perhaps one of the most genuine motorcycle enthusiast I have ever known. I chose those words carefully. Yes, he is a biker, no doubt, I have met plenty of bikers, I like bikers, I have had a few bikes in my life. I plan on having more, but I am no biker. I was barely a weekend warrior, but Daryl is beyond all that. Living in New England makes it hard to appreciate a motorcycle to its fullest potential. Mine was always stored away in the winter, you delay as long as you can in the spring to let the sand get off the road, add rain, more snow… sometimes you can count the great riding days on 2 hands. Daryl would need more hands. Snow, sleet, rain, locust,… it does not matter. His bike is his primary means of transportation. Those 2 wheels (I have seen him use only one a few times) are all he needs.
So, when I came up with this idea of #trpinspire Daryl was the first person I thought of. Life deals strange hands sometimes. Like an accident that takes a very active person and slows them down. Makes it hard to move, walk and ride. But you can tell a lot about a person on how they cope with the adversity. Daryl has been though a lot over the last few years. Daily pain, surgeries, therapies, frustration. During it all he is still a great husband, father, friend, genuine motorcycle enthusiast and inspiration. Some people would sell the bike and sit on a couch. Nope Daryl buys another one – these photos are his newest toy. A 2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide, with the most comfortable seat. Daryl publicly counts down the days to Laconia’s bike week. Daryl is an inspiration that makes the complaints about small stuff seem trivial. On the other side of the equation I think the bikes and all that go with it are inspiration to Daryl. I look forward to his count down, which starts the day he returns. I look forward to the day I eventually get a bike and ride with Daryl again. I know I can take my time, because nothing is getting that guy off his bike. In case you were wondering only 59 days to bike week.
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