Learning Curves Leaves Boring Behind
As you read this month, Glenda and I continue our true adventure in the country of Nepal. This is my third trip to serve in this country, yet it’s always unexpected. This country is land-locked by India and China and has more cultural shock and poverty than any country that I have previously served in.
We are busy and well and will be back in the Good old USA soon, just in time to pack the saddle bags and be ready to ride with Gordon and Rella and many of you on our Grand Circle Adventure to three of our most visited National Parks.
We will be in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and spend an entire afternoon and night on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. If you can fit us in, call Angel at 866-714-7474 and I think there may still be space for one or two more bikes.
It is certainly not too late to join us on one of our other four rides of the 2011 season. Also, we have confirmed many of you on our June 2012 Alps of Europe Adventure and now is the time to plan and book this ride for next year.
Thank you so much for all of your support.
Roy & Glenda and the Hammond Family
To See and Be Seen
I am facing the big 70th birthday next August during the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. I have been riding since I was 14, that is two years before the legal age, but that is all history. I share this history because it has taught me many important lessons and some apply to safe riding, yours and mine.
My rule of thumb when it comes to riding at night is: Don’t. There is no getting around it. When riding at night you face a much higher degree of risk than in the daylight. In regard to safety, there is always risk. We are never absolutely safe and the last thing I want for you and Glenda and myself is to increase our relative risk.
With all of that said, there are going to be times when you must ride in the dark and a few basic principles you can use will significantly reduce the increase in your risk factor.
- Be seen by making use of all possible lighting on your bike. Also, make sure your lights are clean. It can help to flash your brake light when slowing or stopping.
- Wear some type of reflective clothing and especially at night ride defensively. Pretend in your mind that you are invisible and stay clear of all other vehicles as though they can’t see you at all.
- Do all you can to see as far out as possible. This means clean glasses, and windshield and light on high beam.
- Don’t override your headlamp. This means you must slow down. It is recommended that we be able to scan an area 12 seconds ahead. In the dark, this means we must decrease our speed.
- Animals are by far the most dangerous part of riding at night. You need to always be aware but there are areas where they are more likely to be present. Make sure you make yourself aware of these areas. These types of areas are often marked with a highway sign. Keep your headlamp on high beam and watch for the glowing eyes.
- Rain, construction zones, fatigue, colder temperatures and unfortunately other drivers who may fall asleep all become more significant at night.
In summary, try to avoid night driving but if you must do it, remember these principles I have shared which I hope will lessen the increase in the risk factors. Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night.
Keep the rubber side down—
Lead yourself INTO Temptation:
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