I will be attempting the Four Corners this summer in memory of my brother. Several years ago he called me up and said that he found out why he was riding so poorly. Doctors told him he had ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease) and only had 2 years left. Shortly after that over a one on one breakfast he asked me if I would like to buy his KTM 990 Adventure bike. I of coarse said "Yes"......" On one condition, I will do the next ride you had planned for you" Les, in his good nature, mumbled something about Cape Horn, Cape Hope... laughed and said he was planning on the 4-corners. Uninformed me thought Oh 4 corners.. (Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona) NOPE, USA Four Corners Tour... Blaine WA, San Yisdro CA, Key West FL, and Madawaska ME...
Originally I had planned on riding it and him watching me for a change on spot locator. But lack of vacation time at new job plus wanting to spend as much time with him as possible nixed that idea. My brother lost his battle October 2014. I know it's been a few years but unfortunately life happens. I have a small window at the moment so I'm going to finally try and keep my promise.
I'm starting in Blaine, then south to San Yisdro, East to Key west, then North to Maine.
So if you see a small guy on a big orange KTM Adventure bike, give us a wave, I'm sure my brother will be with me.
Life is short. Live your "DASH"
by Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end
He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?