Learning Curves Stimulus Package
Well, April 15 is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, you are going to need a “Stimulus Package” when that important date is past.
For me, it is my first anniversary of my new life with my wife Glenda. We were married on April 16th of last year. It has been a great year with many more to come. For you, we hope it will be the life-long memory of an experience of a lifetime on a Learning Curves adventure.
Just be a “Rebel.” There is no cause needed, just do it. Bless your life and ours in the Hammond family and ride with us. Our season begins in just six short weeks with the Grand Circle Adventure to the spectacular rim of the Grand Canyon and much, much more as we enjoy four full days with Gordon and Rella Christensen one on one every day and every mile. It is not too late to join us on this first ride of our 2011 season. There is still some space in three of our other four rides through September of this year.
Thanks for your support.
Roy and Glenda and the Hammond Family
Tactics for a Safe Riding Season
As you read this letter you probably have been out, or soon will be out, for your first ride of the 2011 season. As for Glenda and I, we are only able to dream of such a special freedom of the open road.
Change is one thing in this life that we can always count on. I wrote in a previous newsletter about the anticipation that Glenda and I had for our six-week tour of duty on the USNS Comfort as volunteers on this Navy hospital ship. Well at the last minute The Navy decided to fill the opening with a full-time Navy Dentist. So—here we are in Nepal as you read this month’s newsletter.
We will be here until mid-May teaching at the dental school and also caring for the poorest of the poor in several high mountain villages. We promise to be back just in time for our Grand Circle Adventure which kicks off this year’s season on May 18th.
Now back to those tactics promised:
- Your constant attention needs to be on other drivers around you. On our Learning Curves routes, we do all we can to avoid the congested areas of traffic but there are always other vehicles in your area. Always, always expect the unexpected. Keep your distance from other cars or trucks especially when you see a driver who is on the phone or fussing with stuff.
- Always have an escape route in mind. Here is an example: If all the cars in front of me come to a sudden stop and I see a car behind me is not going to stop, I don’t go for the right-hand shoulder, but I go for the space between the cars in front of me and let them take the hit rather than me.
- When going through an intersection always expect the guy coming the opposite direction to make a left hand turn right in front of you. Leave him room.
- When stopping at a light, never pull right up to the car in front of you. Leave space to escape if the driver of the car decides to back up or someone comes from behind and looks like they are not going to stop.
- Never try to save the bike, just look to save you. You can always fix the bike, but maybe not you.
Ride safe and keep the rubber side down.