After 6 weeks of glorious Motorbike ownership, I finally had my first bad ride. What I do before a big new ride (140kms through twisty hills) , is study google maps for a nice ride, write down the instructions on a piece of paper (may have to turn off at critical point 10 times or so), then try and memorize the road to my destination. Not having a street directory is something im coming to terms with on a motorbike. Well after 90mins of studying this route, It was time to test it out. Well 15 mins in, i missed a critical turn off, ended up on a road deep into the hills, that had been blocked by the authorities THAT day. Even though it was the wrong road, it still would have got me to my first stop. Then I asked the cars that also got caught out, to look in their street directory, we found an alternative route on a back street. Went there, and then it turned into a dirt road….dirt windy roads, on wet surface, mud and a learner rider…not a good combo. Back track to the blocked intersection, stop at local residence, who say just turn left at next road, well there was 2 lefts. I took the wrong one. (this is in the thick hills and roads feed off each other in multiple directions). Turn around and go back. Head to next town. Another intersection with multiple small roads feeding of it, none of the names were on my instruction sheet in my pocket. It starts raining. Take a chance on the biggest road, and hope to see a road that may have a sign on that I may recognise the town. Finally get to one, and I find I am heading back in the WRONG direction along the correct road. I Pack up and go home. Normally I would come back from a ride thinking that its debatable what is more fun, sex, or riding my Motorbike….on this occasion, sex wins. I am gonna revisit my written plans, and I now know where I took the WRONG turn. I am determined to attempt this ride again, but for now, I had to accept that it just wasn’t meant to be that particular day. Have you had a ride gone wrong, and just gave up and went back home?