MurrayCycle Diaries: Fear, at fifty

On our last day of scribbling around Cape Breton, the weather was discouraging, the scenery was monotonous, we’d been at it for 10 days and I allowed myself to forget the full-time emergency that is motorcycling. I settled into a numb motormeditation.

We were behind a car as we rounded a curve, and we saw two chipmunks on the side of the road. They made a break for it, together, ahead of the car. They must have been good friends. They must have been thinking, “As long as we’re together, nothing can happen to us.”

Boom-boom, and suddenly, both were lying twitching, in the road.

Yes, Tom and I have survived lots of recklessness before. But this probably wasn’t the first time the chipmunks crossed the road, either.

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David Murray

David Murray

David Murray is publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, and executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association. He lives in Chicago.