Learning Curves Season Ending
As you read this month’s letter, Glenda and I and four of my grandchildren and two of my children are serving side-by-side with 33 Crown Council volunteers and 20 Dominican volunteers in the Dominican Republic. As you know, our Smiles for Hope Foundation visits this country three times a year to serve the poorest of the poor as we partner with our friends of Esperanza International of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Our riding season comes to a close this month with our last ride to the Big Island of Hawaii which we leave for one week after our return from the Dominican. It has been another very successful year for Learning Curves in our goal of funding the needs of Smiles for Hope Foundation.
We are moving full speed ahead with arrangements for our 2012 schedule. Our first ride of 2012 will be the Alps of Europe. All arrangements are in place for this June 16-July 2 ride. The cost of this ride is $11,500 and is budgeted to only cover our costs with no funds going to Smiles for Hope. Our hope was to keep the cost down for this 16-day adventure so as many as possible of our great, committed friends of Learning Curves could make the journey. Please join us.
We in the Hammond Family extend our sincere thanks for all your support during our rides of 2011. As always, our goal remains to keep you safe and serve you to the best of our ability and in every way possible.
Roy, Glenda and the entire Hammond Family
At Learning Curves our first and foremost concern is SAFETY. I often close my writing with the statement, “Keep the rubber side down.”
Next to our 110% awareness of all of our surroundings and other vehicles on the road, I feel the condition of our tires is the most important element of our safe journey.
This was further impressed on me just a few weeks ago as Glenda and I and Glenda’s brother, Doug, and his wife Sharee, were on our journey home from Sturgis. Our eight-day experience was going perfect. We had dodged most of the thunder storms and our Road Kings were functioning perfectly even with our heavy load of new T-shirts from the Rally.
We were about half-way back to Utah in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and stopped for lunch. After lunch, we jumped back on the bikes right on schedule to make Jackson for our last night on the road. I took off down the road at my normal high rate of speed only to see Doug in my rear-view mirror pull to the roadside and unload. I pulled over to wait while he, I assumed, was taking off his coat as the temperature of the day was heated up. After watching for several minutes, I could see it was more than a wardrobe adjustment.
On returning to check on him, I found that the rear tire was flat. On inspection, we found that there was absolutely no tread on the tire and no way that the tire could be repaired to complete our journey. After a few hours of looking through the town for a tire, we realized that there was none within 70 miles.
Now here is the good news. Doug had pulled over directly in front of the local town bar. Glenda and Sharee were able to go inside, use the bathroom, have a cold soda, and dance on the table while Doug and I solved the dilemma.
More good news—directly across the street from the bar was a U-Haul truck rental place. With some negotiation, a new key for the truck, we were ready to load Doug’s Road King into the U-Haul. Still more good news—Doug was able to drive the bike up the steep ramp into the truck with a flat tire and not be killed doing it. All I could do was pray while he did the duty. One more note of good news—we made it to Jackson in time for a late night visit to the Million Dollar Cowboy bar for a soda, of course.
Now the point of this story! Check your tires regularly for tread, air pressure or any damage. Replace them sooner rather than later. A few dollars on a new tire long before the last bit of tread is gone is well worth the investment. This situation worked out fine except for lost time on the road. The last thing you want is a blow out of a tire of front or back tires at a high rate of speed. Just don’t take any chance with your tires. I normally put a max of 10,000 miles on a rear tire and two rear tires wear out for every one tire in the front.
Having air in your tires certainly helps you.
Keep the rubber side down.
A New Year of Rides is Just Around the Corner
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