Today I made my final donation for the Rally for Rangers Patagonia Ride. I have also booked some of the filghts, when December rolls around I will be ready. I am very proud of to have received support from so many people- family, friends and strangers alike. Your generosity toward this great cause means a great deal to me and it will change the life of a hard working park ranger in The Patagonia. While the main commitment has been reached, the fundraising continues until December.
A few weeks ago I bought myself a Beta 250RR Racing. I traded in my Suzuki Motocross bike. I love Motocross, but I need to spend more time trail riding in preparation for the Rally this December and a Motocross bike is just not quite the right weapon. Two weeks ago I used the Beta in a motocross race, I wanted to see how it worked on a track. It worked great and I won the race riding in the plus-fifty class. Since then I haven't had a chance to ride it but I did go out today and I didn't do nearly so well. Having volunteered to work the Calabogie Boogie for 2018, clearing and marking the trails etc., I went to Levant Station to check out some of the trails I will be riding and I hit the ground pretty hard. I was riding alone, which is not ideal. It is far safer to ride with people not to mention more fun. When I do ride alone, I ride with extra caution, something the Suzuki didn't allow for but the Beta does. I wasn't in a difficult section and I don't even know what happened, but I bumped my head hard and hurt my chest. Today my helmet definitely saved my life and my chest protector also lent a helping hand. The bike was a bit twisted so I did little maintenance on the trail and then went home again.
It is the incidents like this that really makes me ponder why I do this. It can be very difficult for me to to nurture this passion. My work days are long and tiring which means I am a weekend warrior. I don't know enough people who ride and every riding place I know of takes and hour or more to get to. I have had some of my most memorable experiences riding in the dirt with my brothers so maybe that is what I should stick to. I have plans to travel west in a few weeks to ride with my brother Bernie and judging by my calendar, that is probably the next time I will ride.
While I am here thinking about the Patagonia rally, the Mongolia 2018 Rally for Rangers is just finishing up. It is inspiring to see all the photos from this rally and I am grateful to have been selected to ride Patagonia. I look forward to meeting 15 other like minded riders from around the world and I especially look forward to handing off the keys to a nearly-new 200cc Beta dual-sport motorcycle to a park ranger who will use it to make the world a better place.
Please donate, it is never too late to make a difference. The rally is five months away, plenty of time to break a fundraising record!
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