Friends of Learning Curves - May 2015 Learning Curves Newsletter
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As you read this month’s letter, Glenda and I have just returned from one of our Smiles for Life Humanitarian expeditions to Bolivia and Peru. After spending two weeks serving and learning at 12,500 feet elevation, we are ready to put our feet on firm grand and prepare for Tuscany. We and our registered Tuscany guests are packing and anticipating another adventure and memory of a lifetime. We will saddle up in Munich Germany and spend 15 days covering the last week of this month and the first week of June taking in the less traveled back roads of Northern and Central Italy guided by Donna and Graham Becker. Our collection of continuing education opportunities each day promises to once again be business and life changing as we engage in our mastermind format.

As we set out on this our second ride of the 2015 season (Hawaii in February was wonderful) and as we anticipate unfamiliar curves and traffic rules, I must remind myself that I am getting older. This summer I turn 74 and enter my 75th year as well as my 60th year of riding on two wheels. I have a responsibility to my dear passenger, Glenda, and to myself to remember that gray matter really does matter. We all have been led to believe that aging and cognitive decline go together. The truth is they don’t have to be as closely tied as people generally believe and the onset and rate of mental deterioration varies widely from person to person. Our responsibility is to do all we can to preserve our mental edge and to be aware enough to detect and respond to declines in this domain.

There are many varied thoughts on prevention of aging, but the bottom line seems to be to stay active both physically and mentally and that I do and will continue to do until my dying day. It is my blessing and pleasure that God continues to grant me that opportunity.

But, I need to remind myself my reaction times are becoming slower. No matter what I personally feel is my ability level, I need to refrain from riding in certain circumstances whenever possible. I have always said that riding in the dark was against my best judgment. The time you have to react to danger is severely depleted. I need to be more aware of dehydration and hypothermia and hyperthermia. I need to be more realistic about fatigue. Those days of 500 or 600 mile trips in one day should be a thing of the past.

I am not ever thinking about an exit from motorcycling! I’m not putting three wheels on the menu. I am just reminding myself and each of you, our cherished Learning Curves family of friends, that we may need to change the type of bike we ride and the type of timing and duration of the riding we do based on where we are at and where we want to be for our family and loved ones.

Be safe,



This past summer of 2014, Glenda and I were able, for a brief evening, to be part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run. The ride goes from Daytona Beach, Florida to Tacoma, Washington. All of the bikes were 1936 and older machines. The ride is a mere 3,939 miles in seventeen days. Some 101 motorcycles began the journey and 72 were considered finishers in Tacoma.

The entire group spent the evening and night here in Provo where there was a great event hosted by Rick Salisbury and his “Legends Motorcycle” establishment. We were able to hang out with the riders and get a look and feel for what these antique bikes were all about and what kind of commitment and endurance this adventure requires. This all looks like fun, but for sure it is a very serious challenge.

This was the third running of the Motorcycle Cannonball. This is a timed endurance event that certainly pushes the most experienced rider to physical and mechanical limits. Most of the riders were totally focused on getting their antique motorcycles and themselves across the country and some were focused on winning the event. This is a competition with a complete set of rules and scoring. The following information is quoted from Issue #318 of the American Iron Magazine:

“In terms of scoring, you earn a point for every mile ridden provided you make it to the start and finish lines at the scheduled times. If you get lost, run out of gas, or break down, you can do what you need to make it up as long as no one from your support team helps you. If you switch riders, you lose points. If you swap engines, you lose points. If you leave a hosted event early, you lose points. In addition, if you DNF (do not finish) more than seven days, or the last day, you were disqualified and listed as DNF for the entire event.

“In the event of a tie (and there were many), Class I motorcycles (700cc or smaller engine displacement) beat Class II (701 cc to 1000cc), which in turn, beat Class III (1001cc or larger displacement). After that, the next tiebreaker was the age of the motorcycle: the older one beats the newer one. In case of a tie where the bikes are in the same class and the same age, the tiebreaker is the age of the rider, with the older rider beating the younger one. Got it?

“After covering the planned 3,938 miles, an impressive 32 riders covered them all on course, but, due to scoring issues, only 24 were considered as perfect scores. The others were penalized points for various reasons. This year’s overall winner was Han Coertse of South Africa on his amazing little 1924 Indian Scout. Of all the riders with perfect scores, Coertse rode the oldest bike in Class I, thereby winning the event.”

Sounds like an adventure and/or challenge for your bucket list. Not me! I am happy and content to cruise America on my 2008 Road King with my beautiful loving wife, Glenda, on the passenger seat anticipating the next night’s stop at a comfortable motel along the road to nowhere in particular.

Enjoy the curves, 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: GoPro Hero 4

I have noticed some of you love to save the memory of your Learning Curves Adventure on video as you ride along. For me, I spend my time riding on another adventure rather than watching a video of the one I just went on.

That said, all of you who are Gopro users take a look at the new Hero 4 Silver with the touchscreen display in the rear of the camera. There is also a new sensor that is designed to perform better in low-light situations.

Cost $399 at

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