BY: Zimbalist Chalk; as told by Julia Yarbough
Ask motorcycle enthusiast Zimbalist Chalk when it’s a good time for riding the open road and you’ll get a simple but heartfelt answer. Anytime.
In the biker world, he’s known as COW6BOY and he has been climbing aboard various bikes for 45 years; covering thousands of miles across the lower 48, traveling the back roads of Alaska and even snaking his way through scenic parts of Canada. There’s a good chance he knows almost every hidden gem America has to offer. That’s because of his passion and love for open roads and being in the heart of nature.
Recently I caught up with COW6BOY while he was not ‘lost’ and in-between trips. In fact, he was fresh back from touring some of my favorite spots in South Florida.
He told me about the joys of soaking up the sun and spotting wildlife. We also talked about and immersing oneself in Native American history. And all while road-tripping through the Florida Everglades.
“I made plans to meet fellow riders so we could create miles of memories on the back-roads of South Florida.”
Freedom. He says that’s the overwhelming feeling he gets the moment he turns the ignition switch and hears the roar of the engine. On many of his long rides, Chalk says that power comes from one of his three motorcycles: a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, a Harley Davidson Street Glide and a Suzuki GSR1000.
The plan for the Everglades trip? Meet up with fellow riders (at what better place, than the Harley Davidson store in Weston, Florida at the jumping-off point to Alligator Alley) then head out!
Decked out in full riding-gear for comfort and safety, Chalk and his team of road-adventurers headed west along I-75, the group rumbled their way south towards the famed Tamiami Trail, to roll through the heart of the Florida Everglades.
Under the blazing hot South Florida sun, Chalk let his cares of the world melt away and allowed himself to become almost one with nature.
“I saw various species of birds that call the Everglades home (Great Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Hawks,) and along each mile marveled at the expansive grassy wetlands of the Everglades.”
The Everglades: the River of Grass, is home to countless plant, bird and wildlife species. It is a typical sight to spot Alligators sunning themselves along the banks or turtles sitting cozy on a log.
“At rest stops to replenish energy, I