Summer Riding Tips | STREET SAVVY Beating the Summer Bummer: Don’t Get Tourist Trapped!


By Jerry Smith  July 21, 2014

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I learned using ball field or farm sprinklers not the best idea. There could be fertilizer in the spray. In this case I was OK cooling off…but there are better ways when temps reach 114 F

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Happy ONE Year Anniversary to ME?


January 30th , 2015 – Day 16 & 17

My long road

I had this whole reflection post about my last year drafted but I deleted it.  Today is my one year anniversary that my ex told me she was going to leave and never looked back. I am not not going to harp on the details but in a nutshell, after 17 years together as common law, only 4 months married I was dumped.  On February 2nd, she was gone forever and we are legally separated without even discussing anything.  I never asked her to stay, I went along with her decision. Continue reading “Happy ONE Year Anniversary to ME?”

When You’re Hot, You’re HOT!


Relaxing after riding in over 100 F for a few hours

(Thought this was appropriate for our trip)

This is such a great article addressing many of the issues we are contending with on this trip.  Last Summer 2011 when we rode Alaska, we were riding in really cold and wet conditions.  This trip it will continue to be HOT and dry.  As in any trip we are learning as we go and will be trying out some cooling vests when we get to Rigby, ID.  I think it’s important to read the highlighted lessons in this article.  If you are riding for hours in heat, it is tempting like Cheryl to take the jacket off but I knew this is not the best idea.  What I have learned is about keeping the face shield down.  We will also stop more often to soak our under gear with cold water. OH, and read the last part if you don’t read the entire article.  So TRUE! 😉

by David L. Hough

The ride south over the Siskiyou Mountains from Oregon to California started out cool enough. Up at 4,000 feet, it was chilly enough that I was glad I had added the jacket liner and neck warmer. But a hundred miles later, as I descend down into the Sacramento Valley, the temperature begins to soar. By the time I reach Oroville, the temperature signs are flashing 118 F. It’s another hundred and fifty miles to the rally site at Mariposa in triple-digit temperatures.

A rider passes by in the opposite lane, jacket bungeed on the back, bare chest exposed to the hot blast. I wave, but there is no response. His exposed skin is red, and he doesn’t even appear to have noticed me, a bad sign that he’s on the fringe of heat exhaustion. I don’t wish any problems on a fellow motorcyclist, but there are lots of riders who have to contribute to the statistics before they crack the code. Continue reading “When You’re Hot, You’re HOT!”

Tempe, Arizona – Sedona & Grand Canyon


June 2012 – Business & Pleasure (all pics are clickable for HiRez size)

June 15th – June 18th Leslie was taking a course about Hospital Development and Organ Donation.  Cheryl flew down on the 15th for some R & R while I was in my course.  Great course sponsored by NATCO and was useful to attend even though we do things much differently in Canada.

While we were away Cheryl’s cousin Taylor and boyfriend Dave took care of our “kids” and house…they have a little Chihuahua, Olive which made 4 dogs and an elderly cat for them to care for over a week. They always help out these “kids” and that also meant they were here for 44 days last summer while we were up north. We trust them immensely.

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