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January 2019 - Do I Still Exist?

Bob Palin

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It's been 5 years or so since I last rode a motorcycle and longer than that since I 'really' rode. After 138,000 miles the 1150RT disintegrated into parts in Eddd's garage and now sustains a multitude of other bikes around the country. Before this new format for BMWSportTouring appeared I hadn't even visited let alone posted on the board for a couple of years, all this is part of a bigger personal issue that I don't intend to discuss here (perhaps "Why Do I Exist", perhaps not, depends on the beer supply). I told Whip and a few other people that I needed to find a new outlet for my interests and to an extent I've done that with the American Discovery Trail, a cross country hiking trail that I'm now the VP of Public Relations for, as well as the webmaster. But that's a pretty low level of personal interaction, it's hard to walk to the next few states to meet people! I don't think I'll ever go motorcycle touring again but I would like to ride again and I do miss some of the people on the board. I still feel kind of sad about motorcycling, the loss of Gleno and Signman and a couple of non BMW people hit me hard, it's not that I'm afraid I might die riding, after almost half a million miles I'm over that, it's just something about the association of the activity with the loss of friends. Anyway, enough of that...

 

The Torrey Tales

I live in Torrey, Utah, deposited there as a result of the twice annual BMWST weekends. Many years ago I had a blog called The Torrey Tales and a while ago Whip asked me if it still existed, I still have the domain and I still have all the posts, though in an inconvenient format. Given the availability of this forum and my liking for trying new things online I thought I might start a blog here, expanded from just The Torrey Tales but including them too. I've ridden quite a lot in my life in many countries, to the Arctic Ocean at Inuvik and almost to the Antarctic at Ushuaia, Argentina, as well all over the USA and parts of Europe. At one time riding motorcycles was all I did, here's the story.

 

Please feel free to make comments or ask questions or relate your own story, the internet IS my social interaction! I wrote this entry in Earp, California.

 

Because of the way blogs work any entry that pre-dates this one is considered a 'previous entry', so you have to look backwards to see most of my entries. Down at the bottom somewhere there is a link to 'previous entries" - it's a bit confusing. You can also click on the blog title, in this case Killer's Moto Life to see a list of entries.

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I can't speak for all the people involved in the transition to this new format but for me this single post has it made it all worth while.

 

 

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chrisolson

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Bob ... not only are you a great adopter of technology (the first to see / understand / create a blog here ) but nice to see you back in general !

 

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... I've ridden quite a lot in my life in many countries, to the Arctic Ocean at Inuvik ....

 

Got halfway there on the Dempster ... made it to the Arctic Circle and went back to Dawson City.  Ride of a lifetime !!

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