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  • Learning Curves: There’s no together like...
  • Inattentional Blindness
  • An Invitation to Explore Your World
  • Bike Tip: Scala Rider

There’s no together like together on a motorcycle

As we begin a new riding season, I feel inclined to share a thought that I have shared before but I feel it is worth repeating. The joy that Glenda and I feel two up on our Harley are expressed so well that I hope it will be meaningful to many of you as well:

“When we get away on the bike, we really get away.”

“—Except from each other!—”

“The bike changes the whole equation. We’re in the environment, not insulated from it. And we’re in it together.”

“Riding the bike helps us remember all the things that got us together in the first place. It’s kind of hard to explain.”

“It’s more of a relationship thing than a travel thing.”

“We just know it works.”

I guess this is a time of year when my mind and heart are touched by thoughts that focus on our need to enjoy the moment and enjoy what really matters here on our earthly journey. With that in mind, I now share a quote from my neighbor here at Sundance, Mr. Robert Redford:

Life. Are we living it or running behind trying to catch it? What are we observing, smelling, hearing from the life around us?

Information–too much of it. The faster it moves, the faster we have to move, but with our minds and fingers. Meanwhile, life goes on around us unobserved, unimportant.

I remember as a child traveling by car from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. Camping out along the road at night. Looking at the stars in fascination. Aware of the silence, the sheer magnitude of space, then the occasional moan of the coyote, the first distant, then increasing, sound of the truck heaving down the highway—the sound of rubber on road, the whine of the engine, immediate for a moment then moving on, fading into silence again.

I miss that. I would never instruct, just maybe suggest. That you might find the sensual joy of the open road, the summer air, the silence, the short term peace. It is there for all of us, what’s left of it, and it’s free.”

Inattentional Blindness

My experience tells me that this all makes sense. I quote from the October 1, 2012 Bottom Line by Karen Larson:

“I had always thought that magicians trick us by misdirecting our gaze. More often, they actually misdirect our attention, says Alex Stone, a journalist and an amateur magician who wrote Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Greek & the Hidden Powers of the Mind (Harper).

What’s the difference? Our attention can be diverted even if our eyes never look away. For example, magicians often ask their audiences questions during their magic acts. Those questions might sound like they’re just part of the usual showman’s patter, but they have a hidden purpose. Answering questions—or just considering potential answers—is so distracting to our minds that even if we keep our eyes glued to the magician’s hands, we tend to fail to notice what those hands are doing.

Psychologists call this “inattentional blindness,” and it isn’t just a magician’s trick—it can be a potentially deadly road hazard.

Many drivers think that hands-free devices make it safe to talk on cell phones while behind the wheel. But talking on a cell phone while driving isn’t dangerous primarily because it ties up our hands or even because we might glance away from the road momentarily to dial. It’s dangerous because, like answering a magician’s questions, speaking on a phone can distract our minds so much that we fail to register things that occur right before our eyes.

There is some good news—it’s relatively safe to chat with passengers who are in the vehicle as we drive. A passenger typically pays a degree of attention to the road, too, providing a second set of eyes—and a second mind—that can help compensate for driver distraction. It isn’t ideal—but talking on the phone is much worse.”

Ride safe and keep the rubber side down—


An Invitation to Explore Your World

This may be your last chance to RSVP our invitation for these two, one-and-only unique opportunities, to check an item off your bucket list.

Have you said to yourself, I really want to do the Sturgis Rally some day? Well, we have closed out our hotel count for this one-and-only Learning Curves at Sturgis Ride, but if you would really like to join our group, I will call in some favors and start calling for an added room for this unique adventure. August 3 through August 10. Email or call today.

New Zealand
Is a trip down under to the enchanted land of New Zealand on your bucket list? I’ve made this trip five times and two have been on a Harley. Don’t miss this opportunity if you really want to see New Zealand from a 360 degree view. What a great way to escape winter into the Southern Hemisphere summer. The dates are January 7 through January18, 2014. Our group is limited to ten couples and there are only a few spots left. Call or email now or the chance may be gone.

The ride will capture your attention, but our service will define your experience.

Please join up.



Send an email to Angel today to sign up for one of our rides. Glenda and I would love to share these wonderful memories with you.

Next Available Ride:
January 6-18, 2014:
New Zealand

The Wonder Down Under!

Register Now

Bike Tip:
Scala Rider

Glenda and I are committed to our touch-and-feel and hand-signal communication as we ride. For us, there is a lot of joy in silence and only the hum of the V-Twin.

But that said, I know many of you want that opportunity for verbal communication as you ride two up and/or in a group. My observation tells me this one is a winner.

The scala rider G9. This system gives you hand-free voice control, voice recognition, intercom toggling among eight other riders. Check it out at cardosystems.com




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