Friends of Learning Curves - May 2015 Learning Curves Newsletter
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JULY 2015 NEWSLETTER

IRON HORSE RODEO

As you read this letter we have just completed another wonderful celebration of the birth of our beloved country here in Provo.  Our Learning Curves Tour in Tuscany and the Alps of Northern Italy was more than wonderful.  Once again, our friends and hosts, Donna and Graham Beker, had all arrangements in order and were there every minute of the tour to serve us and bring life to the party.


All arrangements are in place for our Iron Horse Rodeo that is this year’s Smiles for Life Benefit ride.  After spending our first night in Provo, we travel to Jackson, Wyoming for our second night’s stay.  After our CE, we have a Five Star catered dinner in the city park in the center of this true western cowboy town along with music and entertainment.  We will spend the day in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.  Our third night will be in Cody, Wyoming.  Cody is Rodeo Town USA.  After our western dinner and a first class western music show, our entire group will be together at the Cowboy Night Rodeo with each one of us wearing our white cowboy hat indicating us as the good guys. Steve and Cheryl Anderson’s daughter, Abby, who has become an overnight sensation in the country music world in Nashville will sing the National Anthem to open the Rodeo. We will all be recognized for the effort being made by Smiles for Life Foundation in the Nepal Earthquake relief efforts. 

 

Our next day we travel the Chief Joseph Highway and Bear Tooth Pass and then spend the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park to arrive in West Yellowstone, Montana for our dinner and CE.  Our last day of riding takes us to Mesa Falls and back to Provo for our final night of CE and dinner and farewells at Riverside Country Club.


We of the Learning Curves Team and Hammond Family are always proud and blessed to do our part in supporting the Smiles for Life Foundation.

Sincerely,

Roy and Glenda

 

AN INDIAN IN TOWN

Since its introduction to the public at the Sturgis Rally in August of 2013, the motorcycle journals and magazines have been buzzing about the effort of Polaris to resurrect the Indian motorcycle brand.


This is a company with experience and knowhow and finances to assure the success.  Over the past several years others have attempted to make this happen and failed.  I was able to be in Sturgis for the introduction of this new Indian and was then and still am very impressed.


A close friend and business associate of my son-in-law, Rick Salisbury, who owns Legends Motorcycle Company is working to bringing the Indian to our Utah Valley.  Those in the know in the motorcycle industry feel we have maybe 15-20 more years of big numbers of baby boomers who will pay big bucks for an expensive tech-ride motorcycle.  The youngest boomers are turning 50 about now.  


Polaris also builds the Victory motorcycle.  Since the introduction of Indian their motorcycle sales have gone up 107%.  Polaris has been building Victory motorcycles for 16 years.  In one year the introduction of the Indian brand has doubled their motorcycle sales. 


But, Harley is still there and for sure is not going away.  In three months, Harley shipped 36,000 Street Gliders alone.  That number would probably equal the total number of all Victory and Indian bikes shipped in that period.


The new Scout line of Indian bikes is being built in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Up to 300 new jobs have been created to fill the needs for building the new motorcycles.  It is projected that the plant will employ more than 1000 people when completed.


Thanks to Polaris and the Indian brand, we have added motorcycle excitement in the USA.  

God bless America.


Roy


 

OBSERVING AND ABSORBING

Is what you are observing and enjoying really being absorbed and processed in your brain as to the significance it might have in the moment?


As we, as riders, think back of a close call or maybe even an accident we have been involved in, we might recall things that we observed and did not absorb in process.  Had we absorbed and processed, the outcome could have been avoided.  


Many things we observe while riding are very obvious.  Those bright orange construction signs warn us of all kinds of dangers ahead.  But, do we really process what these dangers can mean to our safety.


As we travel the back roads we see signs concerning migrating deer or open range for cattle or falling rocks or flooding roads and on and on.  Do we absorb and develop a “just in case” plan?  We all know that riding has dangers, but do we truly see our role as a rider is to minimize dangers in behalf of our passengers and ourselves and others on the road?


Do we give thought to the unusual?  The yellow lines are about worn away on a narrow curve.  This means that oncoming traffic cuts across the center line on this curve.  Do you plan a “just in case” scenario?  Cars ahead are suddenly changing lanes - probably an obstacle in the road.  It is time for a “just in case” plan.  A driver up ahead is traveling very slowly.  Maybe they are lost or preoccupied and may stop or make a sudden turn.  It again is time for a “just in case” plan.


As we enjoy the opportunity to see the beauties of the world around us as we ride on two wheels, it is our duty, not only to observe, but to absorb and never lose focus on our efforts to minimize dangers.


Keep the rubber side down.


Roy


 

Want to find a winding road to unwind this year? Please join us on a Learning Curves Adventure. We love the opportunity to serve.

Roy and Glenda and our Learning Curves Family

 

And be sure to check out Learning Curves, the Book.
Not only is it a great compilation of true stories, parables, and wisdom, 100% of its proceeds go to charity.

BIKE TIP: SPOT TRACE

Big Brother is watching. Ever wish you could keep an eye on your bike when you are away?


With SPOT’S Trace ($99.95) this discreet 2x2.7 inch device can be mounted on your bike or placed in a saddle bag and with your mobile device you will know with a text if your bike is moved and you can track its location via Google maps.


On our recent trip to Bolivia with a group of Smiles for Life volunteers one of our couples had a Spot Trace in each bag and if the bag was lost they could find out in a minute exactly where it was. Seems that in todays world, whether for good or bad, everything and everyone can be located in just one minute.  

 

    

You can check it out at findmespot.com - $99.95
866-651-7768

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