Okay, so maybe I over-reacted a bit. Now that some time has passed and I've had a chance to process the whole thing. No question, I was pushing the thing too hard. Live and learn. That is, once again, I'm glad I've lived to learn. Not the first time, probably won't be the last. But, as my idol Burt Munro put it so eloquently, "You live more in five minutes on a motorcycle than most people do in a lifetime". So, with that in mind, it's back to the drawing board.
I'm 57. I would do this kind of crazy stunt with my kids and their friends, but they're all too scared. They all think I'm just a crazy old man.