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March 29, 2010

Back In The Saddle

MSF Class - 28 March 2010

MSF Class - 28 March 2010

I taught a BRC MSF class this weekend, the first since October and the first since I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. What a difference sleep makes when it comes to patience!

This class took place at Everett Community College on a modified range (10 students). We had a lot of folks with experience and one scooter rider (Debb, the lady in the red jacket) who doesn’t drive a stick shift … but who was on a bike, not a scooter! She did great!

Front: Elizabeth, Mike, Lonnie
Back:  Malachi, Debb, Jim (lead instructor), Dustin, Nate, Josh, Brian, Mike


March 6, 2010

A Glimpse of Heart, I

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Friday night, Mike and I trekked to Experience Music Project (EMP) to see Heart in a small venue. (The security guy I stood next to before the concert started told me there were “about 600″ people.) The occasion? Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson) is releasing a new CD (Red Velvet Car) this summer, and they¬†filmed this concert for a DVD.


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Pony Express 2000,Travel

March 2, 2010

Revisiting PE2000

About this time of year, 10 years ago, I started thinking about riding in a fundraiser for breast cancer called the Pony Express. I had been inspired the summer of 1998 when the PE ride came through Seattle. I don’t think I had yet bought my 1981 R65 BMW; I remember attending the event with Jim and Barb Horton.

Originally, I was only going to ride the first leg: Seattle to San Francisco. I’d only been riding about 18 months; I’d ridden from Seattle to northern California in August 1999, but my friend J.C. and I took three days to make the trip. With urging and support from WetLeather, I decided to ride to St. Joesph, MO. But I wanted to do most of the ride solo. (I’m still not a fan of large organized rides.) I rode about 6,000 miles in two weeks (and 1.25 back tires). (more…)