Learning Curves Dental Adventure Tours


  • Ride Menu 2012
  • Stopping = Site Distance + Braking
  • Bike Tip: Heated Jacket

Ride Menu 2012

June 16-July 2: Alps of Europe

Our international ride for 2012 will take your breath away. Imagine 16 days with a 360 view of the most beautiful mountains in the world. We are in four different countries with great hotels and great meals and lots of free time for your own exploring and shopping to load our chase van with “stuff” to take home. For our CE we use the Mastermind Format. Each of our riders will take their turn with sharing a great idea from their experiences in their own practice and their own life. We have found this to be an amazing learning opportunity.

Our hosts, Donna and Graham Beker know these mountains and roads like the back of their hand and will be there with their team to insure our safety and comfort.

We fly into and out of Munich where we are met by the Bekers and all the arrangements are taken care of for the entire tour. Glenda and I have been planning for this one a year and a half now and our anticipation continues to grow. This may be your only chance to see Europe with the wind in your face and have great CE as a bonus.

For complete details of this once in a lifetime opportunity go to the web site of our hosts Graham and Donna Beker at bekersmct.com and check out the Learning Curves Alps Tour. You are going to love it.

July 18-21: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

This four day ride begins and ends in Provo. This ride is our 2012 Smiles for Life Benefit ride. Our guest clinician, Steve Anderson, always brings a life- changing message of a non-clinical focus.

If you think you have been on this ride before you have not. You will not recognize this as the same ride we have done for the past 14 years that we have been on this Learning Curves journey.

We do stay in West Yellowstone Montana and then enter Yellowstone Park at the Northwest entrance. We traverse Beartooth Pass at 12,000 ft. elevation then ride the Chief Joseph Trail to Cody Wyoming.

Cody is a true cowboy town with a rodeo every night. Our well-appointed cabins and western barbecue and night’s entertainment will have you knowing you are out west.

Next day we enter the East entrance to Yellowstone and pass the beautiful Yellowstone Lake on our journey to Old Faithful.

We end up for that night in Jackson, Wyoming in the heart of the Teton Mountains.

Our final day takes us back to Provo for our wrap-up dinner and farewell.

August 22-25: Colorado Rockies

We begin and end in Provo and are favored by Dr. Gordon Christenson as our guest clinician for this ride. Those who know Gordon know that he has the knowledge and talent to cover any topic in dentistry at a moment’s notice. With this in mind, come prepared with any and all of your questions to be answered in the four days knee to knee and side by side with Gordon and Rella.

On our journey from Provo, we first traverse the 10,000 ft. passes of the Wasatch Mountains that surround us. We then cross the red rock country of Southeast Utah to the 12,000 ft. passes and 14,000 ft. peaks of the Colorado Rockies. You will love our stay in the beautiful mining town of Telluride, Colorado. We travel the million dollar highway between the 14,000 ft. peaks of the Rockies to Durango and then Cortez.

We then cross back into Utah where we head for Moab. We overnight there before our visit to the amazing Arches National Park.

Our last day takes us back over the Wasatch Mountains and into Provo for our wrap-up with Gordon and Rella and our farewell dinner.

October 10-13: Grand Circle Adventure

This year we have moved this ride from the spring to the fall. The days are dry and cool. The autumn leaves are at their peak of color.

In four days we visit four National Parks and as a bonus travel one of the nation’s premiere scenic byways which is Highway 12.

Our first night is at Capitol Reef National Park. Next day lunch at Bryce Canyon National Park. Dinner and lodging that day is on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in our well-appointed cabins.

Next day we stop over at the amazing Antelope Canyon in the Navaho Nation. If you have not seen or heard of Antelope Canyon check this one out on the net. It is a must see and do.

The night is spent at Zion National Park. Then our final day returns us north on Highway 89 to Provo for our wrap-up and farewell dinner.

If it is worth doing it needs to go on your calendar now, believe me, any and all of these adventures are worth doing.

We in the Hammond family are grateful for your support. We are continually blessed by the friendships we make as we ride side by side with you. We commit ourselves to giving our all to provide you with safety, adventure and service that will make you want to return and also to bring your friends to share in these memories of a lifetime.

Your Learning Curves Team (The Hammond Family)


Here at Learning Curves our first focus is on safety. To reduce our risk of not being able to stop or avoid an unexpected situation on the road, there are a few basics I would like to touch on.

  • Sight Distance
    Our sight distance is an ever-changing length depending on hills and curves, darkness, headlight quality, weather, sun direction, traffic and the list can go on and on. I feel one of the most important safety considerations we should take to lessen our risk is to adjust our speed to the point that we can make a safe stop within the distance of our sight distance or less. This may seem like an obvious simple “do” statement, but each time I ride, unless I remind myself of this principle, I can easily push the limits of my sight distance/ braking distance ratio. I am reminded of a stretch of road on the way home from Sturgis this past August. Late afternoon, heading due west, sun is setting, multiple curves and hills. The cars behind all have a visor to block the sun from their eyes and I do not. They are pushing me to speed up. My sight distance is about 10 yards. I finally just pull over several times to let traffic pass. Don’t push the limits of your sight distance. Just don’t do it.
  • Braking
    The front brake provides 70% or more of the stopping power of your motorcycle. But, both brakes should be applied at the same time when stopping. Even though the full braking potential of each wheel may not be required for normal planned stops, it is important to develop the habit of using both brakes so that your reflexes will be ready to respond quickly and properly when an emergency situation occurs.

    You need to develop a good sense of touch for the front brake lever and rear brake pedal. Too much pressure to quickly can cause a skid. A skid can be a sure way to secure an unwanted meeting with the pavement. We could go on and on with more complex principles of braking, but I just wanted to leave you now with these very basic reminders.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Remember: Happiness is the currency
with which we live our lives.

Bike Tip:
Heated Jacket

I am sold on the comfort of the heated vest or jacket. Christmas is coming and after that comes a new spring riding season. I have become too old to enjoy the discomforts that in younger years made me feel that I was a real biker.

The thing that I have now added to my heated jacket set up is a temperature control dial. Before this, I would often be too hot in the on position and too cold in the off position. If you don’t have this accessory, now is the time to check it out.




Learning Curves founders
Roy & Frances Hammond

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