When you get bucked off...

August 10th, 2010 8:40pm - Posted By: John Metzger

...you get back on. I thought about that old saying after Rich Jack was killed by a deer crossing his path just south of Craig, Colo. on June 26th.

After reading Rich's obituary -- his adventurous life of climbing and long-distance motorcycling -- he was clearly a guy that knew what he was doing, why he was doing it, and how to go about doing it safely and skillfully. Though I felt "bucked off" after his accident, Motomarathoner and former bull rider Mike Disney reminded me about getting back on -- and dedicating my ride to Rich that last day of the Centopassi Motomarathon.

Rich wasn't riding outside the safety zone. And though we can't defend against everything, it’s important to think about why we're drawn to danger, personified by Rich's moto, "If you're not a little scared, you're not having any fun." Which leads to reflection on the how: faster in the corners, slower in the straights. And only as fast as the view corridor between apex and exit allow you to hold your line with confidence. Still, a deer crossing your path doesn't leave much room for a Plan B. And after almost hitting one myself on that same June 26th, I thought hard about how to further develop those peripheral vision "muscles" somewhere up there between the ears.

Getting back on the bike that day provided a fresh perspective on the why and how. Rich had helped a downed rider in a pretty bad crash just the day before, so I think that's what he would have done too.

Once again, and in Rich’s honor, we're planning the Colorado Motomarathon for Sept. 17-20. Each day will loop out of Boulder (NOT Gunnison as previously mentioned on website). All check-in/check-outs and the Awards Dinner on Monday night will be at Basta Pizzeria (inside the Peleton Condo complex at 3601 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80303. Same place as before, picture below. Note cool tri-colore Duck properly Wolfman'd).

Day One Routes will be handed out at this very Italian, Ducati-esque venue starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. and early Friday morning.

The Routemasters par excellence at Butler Motorcycle Maps have agreed to sponsor this ride, and their beautiful maps will help focus our traditional September tour through Colorado's classic canyons and passes.

Please check out the event page here for logistical details and hotel info, and we look forward to winding down the 2010 Motomarathon season with wisdom and safety.

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