Learning Curves Looks to 2013
The month of August has been filled with relaxing and beautiful riding. Glenda and I had ten days alone together riding to and from and in Sturgis, South Dakota. We had a very successful ride through the Rockies of Colorado with Gordon and Rella Christensen with great CE and world class scenery. With only one more ride to go for this year of 2012, I wanted to devote a portion of each newsletter between now and year’s end to detail each of our four rides for 2013. We feel there is a great variety and some serious change-up from past years that we hope will interest you and challenge you to join us.
Our first ride of 2013 will be your opportunity to enjoy the Canadian Rockies up close and personal. Glenda and I have ridden most of the major mountain ranges of North America as well as the Alps of Europe. I must say that in my opinion, the Canadian Rockies are heads and tails above all of them (with the exception of the Alps). We do this ride in June when the days are long and the crowds of tourists are still small and the wild life is very active. (June 12 through June 22, 2013) If you enjoy wildlife and scenery that is over the top, put this one on your calendar. This ride is limited to ten couples. Continuing education is the Mastermind Format. You must be an experienced rider for this adventure.
- Day 1: Fly into Salt Lake City and shuttle to Provo. Your hotel room at the Hampton Inn will be waiting for you and the new 2013 bike of your choice is there to be checked out before our kick-start dinner that night near our home at Sundance Resort.
- Day 2: Our early start on the road takes us from Utah to Wyoming into Idaho and back into Wyoming. We pass through Jackson, Wyoming, and end up at the five-star Jackson Lake Lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons where we dine in the Mural Room and spend our second night.
- Day 3: We continue our journey through Grand Teton National Park and then through Yellowstone National Park and stop for lunch in West Yellowstone, Montana. We then travel into Ennis, Montana, where we spend the night after another five-star meal at one of my favorite restaurants there.
- Day 4: This day takes us across the big sky country of Montana to Glacier National Park where we spend the night in East Glacier at the famous Big Tree Lodge.
- Day 5: Today we cross the border into Alberta, Canada, and travel to Waterton National Park for our night at the unique Prince of Wales Hotel at the tip of Waterton Lake.
- Day 6: Now we travel across southern Alberta from Waterton National Park as we follow the famous Cowboy Trail into Calgary and on into Banff National Park where we spend the night at the beautiful Buffalo Mountain Lodge.
- Day 7: We spend the entire day on the Icefields Parkway. We travel from Banff to Jasper National Park and Columbia Glacier. We then reverse and head back to Lake Louise for our night at the historic Deer Lodge on the edge of Lake Louise with a visit to nearby Moraine Lake.
- Day 8: We now leave southern Alberta and cross into southern British Columbia. We follow the head waters of the Columbia River crossing a huge lake on a ferry to arrive at Kaslo for our stay at the recently restored Kaslo Hotel.
- Day 9: Leaving Kaslo we soon board another ferry to cross another huge lake on our travels to the US border and south through Idaho to Sandpoint. We spend the night on the edge of the lake at the Lodge at Sandpoint.
- Day 10: This day we continue south through Idaho through Montana then back to Idaho over the Bitterroot Mountains to our stay on the banks of the Salmon River.
- Day 11: From Salmon, Idaho, we travel back into Wyoming along the west slope of the Teton Mountains for our stay in Alpine, Wyoming.
- Day 12: This final day takes us back down the border of Wyoming and Idaho and into Utah for our last night and farewell dinner in Provo. Rest well for your flight home on Sunday and back to work.
This ride covers 3500 miles and is for the experienced rider.
Express your interest in this ride by emailing info@Learningcurves.net. Angel will send a registration form so your $2,000 deposit can hold your space. Your balance of $7,500 will be due May 1, 2013 (The total fee for this ride and the CE is $9,500).
There is still time to register for our final ride of 2012.
Grand Circle (Red Rock Rumble)
October 10-13, 2012.
Don’t let this riding season pass us by.
Rod Mayberry, who is one of our great riders and friends of Learning Curves, sent this message to me last month. I felt it was certainly worth repeating.
Motion Induced Blindness
This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle)—AND NOT SEE YOU.
From a former Naval Aviator: “This is a great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through training back in the ‘50s. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were WWII veterans with years of experience, instructed us to continually “keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel” because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn’t exist at that time.”