I snicked her into gear and cautiously left the shoulder of the road. Fine... I picked up a little more speed and there it was again. That same rattling noise!
I rode her slowly towards Jeanne D'Arc, a thousand thought racing through my head. Should I try to ride her into the dealership so they could look at her there? Should I turn around and head back home, to take the bus in? Either way I would have to call work to advise them I was going to be late... Holy Crap!! I really didn't need to consider this kind of expense at this point... What was I going to do...??? I turned down Jeanne D'Arc, the rattling sound picking up as I gained momentum. I rolled my eyes skyward as I thought about the unfairness of it all... and that's when I saw it...
I saw the right-hand edge of my snap-on visor vibrating in the breeze, as it had unsnapped from the helmet. As it vibrated, the loose snap produced this rattling noise against my helmet. That's all it had been.
I laughed out loud as I pulled the bike over to the curb. I felt an immense sense of relief wash over me. It even negated the initial "Oh-my-God-how-could-I-be-so-stupid" feeling. I re-fastened the wayward snap and thundered off again. No rattle this time. Life was again good... :)