Lisa and I rode up to Woodward, PA to meet Sara and RP for AltRider's "Conserve the Ride" event. It was a dual sport/ADV bike ride through and around Bald Eagle State Forest. Beautiful 110 mile scenic ride on mostly gravel roads with 10 options, that added more mileage. The options got progressively harder, except for option 10 which was more scenic. You could choose to stop doing options anytime you felt like it. The course was well marked for the most part. There was one point where it strayed from the GPS tracks because a bridge was out. And that's where we lost 9R and Ed. Sara was shooting from the sidecar, while RP was piloting a new gear up URAL. They had to rescue me on option 1. My skid plate hit a big rock ; I was going too slow, over I went. Lesson learned on that one, I picked up my speed on the next options. My Black Dog skid plate got it's first real work out on these rock options and came through with flying colors. I learned a lot and am happy to report, I only dropped Stormy on that first option. I actually got into the sounds of the rocks hitting my plate - felt like a BadAss.
Stopped in town to get some beer and ice to take back to camp. Walked into the bar and they had two big screen TV's showing flat track. You can imagine the scene that resulted. Instant bar friends.
After my reflections and weeding, I started out reading and ended up in bed with my covers pulled over my head. I missed my boy and I cried. I wondered what Roy was doing today. If he even remembered the date, I was sure he did. The son, one of three, that he was visiting when he hit Tommy, was married now. Wonder if Tommy would have gotten married. He would be 30 next month. I wanted to call Roy but just couldn't bring myself to do it. My big girl pants were in the wash. Got myself out of bed, played with the dogs, made a fire, not for the radiant heat but for the emotional warmth, and watched Stephan Colbert - we record his late night shows. Actually, Todd does. I was grateful.
A friend of mine posted this on my FB page - I just love these words together.
"Glad you can share some of Tommy's life with your rides and adventures, reaching back and moving forward at the same time -
A fitting tribute on this 5th anniversary that carved a different path for your tender Mother's heart - God's peace" Lisa Loper