Saturday, January 21, 2012
More Prepping the Bike
I took advantage of an unusually warm day to check my motorcycle's valves and replace the spark plugs. It was a very rainy day in Asheville and other than read this seemed like the best way to make use of my time. All I have left to do myself is to change oil and replace the brake pads. I really like working on my bike. Pirsig had it right in his Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Tuesday I am beginning my second course in Spanish at AB-Tech, our local community college. I speak German, but I think that will be of little use in Latin America. I know I will not become even close to fluent, but I want to make an effort to speak to the people in their own language. I do not want to be an "ugly American" while there and expect them to speak English to me. I have heard many travelers get by with speaking no Spanish on a trip such as this, but I think that defeats the purpose of travel. Travel should broaden your horizons. Oh well, enough of the philosophical ramblings.