As Jim Bronson is leaving San Francisco on his 883 Sportster Custom he runs into a motorist at a traffic light. Every "Bronsonite" is familiar with and LOVES the scene. "Takin' ah trip?" "What's that?" "Takin' ah trip?" "Yeah... yeah," Jim responses with a slight nod of the head. "Where to?" "Oh... I don't know. Wherever I end up I guess." Bronson seems to have an inner peace about the unknown which lies ahead of him. I think that fascinated a bunch of teenage guys back in 1969. "Wow! This guy is really bold."
We know that Jim Bronson is outta work. It isn't long into the pilot movie that we discover he hardly has a dime on him. He obviously spent the last of his savings when he gave Nick's widow two thousand dollars for the custom Harley they had once owned together. He also exchanged that TALL sissy-bar we saw very early in the movie, for a much more practical size. Bronson also had to purchase whatever camping gear and supplies he didn't yet have for the trip he was about to take... Plus, a good tune up and oil change was an excellent way to begin any journey. So, we understand that when our hero left town, he didn't leave with a lot of cash. (Hey, he was chippin' brick a day or two later, right)? He also doesn't have any idea where he'll lay his head that night. These two things are enough to hinder the vast majority of us from even considering such an adventure, but Jim Bronson seems to have a confident and peaceful countenance about him.
This is why we love this guy, isn't it? We wanted to be him. We wanted the same courage to start out on such a journey. But, where does such a confidence come from? There's no doubt that Bronson is confident in his own abilities. After-all, he is an educated man. He is mechanically inclined. He is physically strong and clearly athletic. But one thing he now knows he isn't, is--invincible. He just watched his dear friend Nick die a tragic death at a very young age and his experience as a newspaper reporter has already brought him face to face with the harsh realities of life. So, again we wonder, "Where does his apparent confidence come from?". Well, there is no way we can discount the symbol he and/or Nick painted on the sides of the gas tank of that beautiful "iron steed" he is riding. Call it the "All Seeing Eye" or the "Eye of Providence", one (or both) of these motorcycle jockeys had to give this some deep thought. It is, of course, an ancient symbol for God. Christians say that the triangle is a symbol for the Triunity of God. My guess is that it was Jim's idea because Nick had already given up on life. Jim was still searching for truth and the real meaning to life.
Do you think that Jim Bronson was familiar with the words of Jesus? He said, "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?'... Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek ye first His Kingdom and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:31-33). I think Jim Bronson had a strong sense of God in his life. God had His eye on Jim Bronson and Jim Bronson was going on a journey to meet Him.
Until next time, hang in there.