Where it all started
My story isn't one of a troubled youth who was treated poorly and from a broken home. Quite the opposite actually. I was brought into this world in suburban Oklahoma City in a very nice neighborhood by two of the most generous and loving parents a kid could ever hope for. Scott and Suzanne Spradling are WONDERFUL people and great parents. Nichols Hills is an amazing place to grow up. Safe, affluent and peaceful. I had the best education and support. My parents told me and showed me that they loved me all the time. I was disciplined when I deserved it and encouraged to succeed at everything I tried even if it wasn't what my folks loved.
EXCEPT FOR ONE THING...
MOTORCYCLES! Now I will be honest, I didn't grow up around dirt bikes, begging my folks every day for one. Like most kids in my group of friends I was in the City most of my time. There weren't a lot of dirt bikes around but every time I saw one I knew somewhere in my soul that I wanted one. I remember watching ABC's Wild World of Sports one Saturday morning and they were covering the Baja 1000. I was facinated! Watching everything from trophy trucks to bikes to VW beatles bang through the desert of Mexico stirred my soul. Not in a way that showed itself right away but in that incubation, waiting for the right moment kind of way. I remember talking to my dad about motorcycles and he said something that I remember vividly. "You could earn the money, save the money and purchase a motorcycle all by yourself but you can't park it at my house" he said! What??? Come on!! He still maintains that he doesn't remember saying that but he did and with that, the natural allure of a motor with two wheels and my natural desire to do what people tell me I can't, he probably cemented my future all those years ago.
You see, I am not one to just follow along and do what I am told. Truth be told, I sometimes wish I was. Life would be a lot easier and I would have less aches, pains and debt right now!
Stay tuned as we crash through my life and into where I am now!