Saturday was an awesome day and instead of doing the housework, I decided to get on the bike and head out for a ride. Stupid me forgot to pick up some cash before I headed out the door so after 20 minutes realised that a really long ride was out of the question as I only had about 80kms before I would hit reserve. Still, I went up through Ringwood, Montrose, Olinda and back down the hill, through Lysterfield, Narre Warren and back home. As I came around the last bend on the hill to get onto FTG Road, I saw a couple of cars ... a smashed bike ... and a motorcyclist laying on the road, helmet still on, not moving, lots of panicked faces. I really hope that he is OK. I am a cautious rider anyway, being new on the bike (only had L's for 3 and a bit months) and knowing that I can't afford to replace my beautiful bike, but I noticed that all the way home I was way more cautious than usual. Double and triple head checks ... sitting right out of the way of cars and I probably didn't even do the speed limit in the 100km zones. Then I see a number of riders on their beautiful bikes ... in shorts and t-shirts and thongs and straight away my mind flashed to the current TAC motorbike ads about wearing the correct gear. The poor bloke lying on the side of the road had full protective clothing on .. yet these other nuffers are riding around like they are impervious to accidents. So a couple of things made me stop and think that day 1. No matter how hot I was in my jacket and boots on Saturday, I will always wear them as a minimum 2. Every rider is capable of having an accident .. no matter how much experience I THINK I am getting, my motto will be to 'err on the side of caution rather than pushing my limits'.