Conflicts of Interest

Weather: Cool and dry… The best of Minnesota in Autumn.
Road Conditions: Dry and congested… The worst of Minnesota Road Construction Season.

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Daddy’s home… at last.

I’ve been a Bad Daddy…

That is the consensus between my girls, anyway. Summer is over, after all, and we never even went on vacation together. Not only that, but after a brief and unsuccessful early effort, I gave up on trying to teach Emily Rose to ride her bicycle without training wheels.

Too busy Rambling and writing about it, I guess. Guess hell… I know.

So we have arrived at this unhappy moment, where I must make a Choice:

1) Continue on as I have been, oblivious to the needs of my family and my home, or…

2) Suspend Rush Hour Rambling for awhile, so I can make the necessary repairs to my battered house and domestic relationships.

The house has had a rough year. Hail damaged the roof, and I haven’t even called for an estimate yet. The basement has flooded repeatedly, due to the heavy rains we had in August. Mold is beginning to grow in the wreckage down there, and the smell is intruding upstairs. I have a hell of a mess to clean up, and that is directly analogous to my relationship with the girls.

They aren’t very happy with me right now…

After taking delivery of my new Vespa GTS, I was overcome with creative spirit and the thrill of new adventures. Travel back through this blog to the early part of the season, and you will see what I mean. This Summer was the shortest I can remember, ever. I was lost in my own little world of Rambling and writing, oblivious to the effect it was having on those I love.

And because they love me too, they seldom complained. When they did, it was in a quiet voice, full of hopelessness, because they recognized the signs. Daddy had his blinders on, gazing towards distant horizons, the next ride, the next Ramble, the next adventure.

Even then, I didn’t do all that I had planned this year. Rush Hour Road Tests never happened, for instance. Granted, dealers are a bit stingy with their demo rides these days, but I’m sure I could have bagged a few if I had tried.

I never ventured outside of the Minnesota/Wisconsin area, either. The money wasn’t there, for one thing. Then there was the decision by my boss that I would have to drive a cage on all future audit trips. We can’t have any distractions, you see.

So it has all caught up with me, here on the cusp of Autumn, and I have decided, at long last, to do the Right Thing.

This Winter, I will be riding the bus to work. I have spent the past week learning the routes, before the cold weather sets in. Three busses, two transfers each way. This commute takes an hour and a half in the morning, and two hours in the evening. But I’m not risking my life, and I’m not staying out all night. I get home at a predictable time, and my girls get to have their Daddy back.

I have to do this. There is no other choice. Since I can’t make a living with my writing, I have to concentrate on my Real Job during the day. My nights and weekends will be spent with my family, and fixing my home. There is no room in my life for Rambling, right now.

When the Motorcycle Show comes to the Twin Cities, I will probably attend, and write that up here. I’m sure there will be other occasions where I will have something to share with you. But for the immediate future, Rush Hour Rambling is going into hibernation. It’s all about Priorities.

82 Responses to “Conflicts of Interest”

  1. benjaminrlopez Says:

    rhr,
    Understood. Like way understood, man. Your family is lucky to have a man at the helm of his ship who understands priorities. You give back to the family and you will be rewarded. Thanks ever so for your past writings and stories… RideSafe…

  2. conchscooter Says:

    Bummer.
    Understandable.
    Still a bummer.

  3. Dan Jones Says:

    So glad to hear from you again, Gary. You had me worried for a bit there. Hey–take the time that it takes to do the necessary “road construction” on your family life and home–the love of your girls is the most important thing you have.

    I’ll check in from time to time. I’m sure that we’ll hear good things in the future.

    Ramblin’ Dan

  4. Jon Says:

    Gary
    My son learnt to balance a bicycle in about 15 minutes. This was on grass, so even though he fell off at first, he did not get damaged or discouraged. Also I think it helped that there was a gentle downhill gradient.
    Hope to read your blogs again in the future.
    Jon

  5. Bro Shagg Says:

    Gary-

    Understand completely. Be thankful you were able to rein-in before things fell apart. Family is always first, as you surely know. I’m sure everyone who reads this understands.

    Apologize to your loved ones for me/us for not sharing you nearly as much as we should…

    -Bro Shagg

  6. Steve Williams Says:

    Gary,

    If you could only have been born passionless and indifferent to life. Then it would all be so easy…

    I’m sure many of us who read and appreciate your work are familar with the challenge of balancing things. You’ll bring things back into a good place. Time and patience.

    Maybe while you’re on this new personal ramble you’ll find a way to bring your family, work, and creative expression (riding and writing) together. It might be different than you planned but just as rich. Doors close and others open.

    It’s easy to read the frustration between the lines. Or maybe I’m projecting your writing on myself. Either way, I know the challenge. Family and work are important. But so are the things that make me who I am. There lies the challenge. Your family will help you find your way. I’ll bet you’ll be a good daddy before you know it. Love will do that.

    Good luck and thank you for the inspiration and pleasure your writing has had for me.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  7. Bill Sommers Says:

    Geez, I’m going to miss having you around.

    Get after it, and get the job done. They call it work, and not fun for a reason, but you’ll feel good when all of the ducks are back in order.

    You inspire me hugely, and I thank you for that.

    Have fun,
    Bill

  8. Arizona Lucky Says:

    Gary,

    We’re pulling for you here in the desert. If you’re not going to be blogging, you’d better keep in touch.

    Good luck!

  9. Jim C. Says:

    I am finally catching up on this blogs and now you are leaving us. Just kidding bud, I am sure your lovely ladies will be much happier now that you have taken to diverting your attention to them for awhile. Like they say, time heals all wounds and when you come back, your writings will be even more inspiring. Take the time to do what you need to do and take care of yourself and your family. Hope to hear from you soon!!!

  10. Fred Says:

    I’ll miss your Rambles but understand priorities have to be set. If I may (badly) paraphrase the old song “for every thing there is a season”, for now you have to do what you have to do.

    Thanks again for your writings.

  11. jim Says:

    You know, I was wondering how you did it, what with a family and all and going of on a ride like you did. It is hard to find time for me, and while I still work full time, the kids have left, (scattered throughtout u.s.), but it is still hard to find time to ride. I have yet to take the epic ride but then again thats ok, because I will take my family over anything else.
    I will sure miss reading your rambling though.
    see ya later
    jim

  12. Bob Kunkel Says:

    Sorry to hear “we” are losing you, at least for a while, but glad to hear you are shifting focus for what sound like the right reasons. You’ll be happier and more at peace with yourself by doing the things YOU feel need doing.

    Sometimes things bug us under the surface and we don’t even realize how they are affecting us until we stop and face them head on. Once we start clearing the decks, all kinds of new possibilities emerge. There will always be time for fun. Life is short, life is sweet. Steve Williams says it (above) far better than I.

    Once you get the bus routine worked out, you’ll see it’s actually a treat to have those blocks of time twice a day. I used to ride the bus between Burnsville and DT Mpls and got a ton of reading done. You’ve got a bit more of a challenge with 2 transfers, but reading a good book still beats dealing with that xxx riding up your exhaust pipe with his brights on.
    Bob

  13. seagullplayer Says:

    I will continue to check back here now and then, hoping.
    But a man’s family must come first, or he is not much of a man to start with. Good luck with the bus, that is just not an option in these parts

    May God continue to help in this healing process.

  14. Brian Says:

    Good Choice!

    I love to read the site and have done so for as long as I can remember, but often times I would think about how much time you are missing out on spending with your family.

    Remember, scooters, motorcycles, etc. will rust away and leave you stranded at times….but good family won’t….ever.

  15. irondad Says:

    You don’t owe any of us a thing. You’ve given something of differing values to each who reads it over the time the blog has been going. I can understand responsibilities. There’s some big things I’ve missed out on because I’ve deferred to the “R” word. Take care of things but don’t lose yourself in the process. I tried the domestic thing once. Found that things cooled between Katie and I. Turns out she fell in love with the Wild Man and when he disappeared so did some of the attraction. Work hard to find the balance.

    Then again, a guy like you doesn’t need advice from a guy like me!

    By the way, thanks a freakin’ lot. The image of you riding a bus during the Winter will haunt me no end!

    See you soon, Bro’.

  16. MatL Says:

    Gary — thanks for everything.

    You have been a true inspiration for all. I appreciated you sharing not only HOW you ride, but WHY you ride and how there is a differnce between ‘crazy’ and ‘rugged son o gun’. Plus some of the best shots of greasy spoon food around. :-)

    Find a way to survive riding the bus (read philosophy, listen to a headphone radio, scribble down secret plans and your wildest ideas in a plain bound notebook) and look ahead to when our roads are clear again. Figure out what you need to do to survive. You’ve proven your stubborness, shared a laugh or 2, and rambled enough for us to reminsice about…. it’s time to rest and reset. And if you are at the point where there is a blog just ITCHING to come out, then take out your notes from the bus ride — write them and refine them.. then drop us a line.

    You have said that “nothing cool ever lasts” and on the surface it appears that this is true again, but if you look at it closer — you are choosing something more important (and cool) and working on making it last.

    Thank you.

  17. irondad Says:

    Reading Matl’s comment, I had this sudden flash. Did you ever see Star Trek IV where they go back in time to get some Humpback Whales? Remember Kirk and Spock on the bus with the punker and the boombox? Spock finally took him out with the famous pressure point grip. I could see you doing that!

  18. The Snark Says:

    I’m sorry to hear that real life has intruded into Rambling, but who am I to talk. Hunting the Snark has been practically dormant for the past 3 months. I’m trying to redress that issue, but we shall see. Thanks for the good writing and tasty food pictures Gary. I intend to, when time permits, visit you in the near future. In the meantime, to use your words,

    Ride well.

    The Snark.

  19. Jim Mirick Says:

    Wow, sorry to lose this blog, I (and I know many others) really appreciate having your observations. But for sure your family has to come first. Maybe what you need is a sidecar, so you can take more family with you!

    Bye, hope you come back soon, and see you on the road . . .

  20. pinecone Says:

    I like the sidecar idea – great for winter, too! Thanks for all the great stories. I would be up for making a donation toward an iPod for your bus ride, what does everyone think? Perhaps an iPod is too conventional for you ;-) but you should have something fun to distract you from thoughts of your former life.

    Here’s a question I’ve been meaning to ask for a long time. Your job sounds miserable – have you *thought* about a new one?

    Congrats on being brave enough to make the tough decision, and good luck.

  21. D. Brent Miller Says:

    Gary,

    I read your post soon after you published it, but have waited to comment. Priorities are exactly what they are–decisions to address the most important things first or in a timely manner. Good luck.

    We will all miss your ramblings, but here lies another opportunity, to ramble about a different kind of rush hour. For reasons unknown to me, my son loves to take the bus across the country. It’s cheap. But when he starts to tell the stories of his travels, I find he meets some of the most interesting characters–not typical of what you might think being the “typical bus rider.” I hope you find a way to keep writing, to entertain your fans, and find that a prioritized decision is actually a blessing in disguise. You’ll be back on the scoots soon enough.

    D. Brent Miller
    Sojourn Chronicles

  22. Nick Says:

    Sorry to hear that but I understand that confilict. I’m obsessed with riding and taking photos and my adventures but my wife and kid, (another on the way too), want me back on weekends and evenings. So I just sold the bmw and I’m keeping the KLR for misc adventures. Trying to ease up on riding a little but it is like a drug for me and winters always hurt. Good luck to you and will check back for the miscellaneous post. I can’t believe your job is so cruel and wants you in a car instead of on a bike for your audit trips, maybe pinecone is on to something. Time to audit the value of your company. Good luck. Frogwing Reigns!
    Ciao, Nick

  23. Jim C. Says:

    Gary,
    You are making the right decision. It may be the time for more balance in your life. Bikes and blogging can be put on hold. Kids growing up never can, and the time spent with them is irreplaceable.
    Write when you can, but if we don’t hear from you, we will know your time is being spent on a good cause.

    Jim

  24. Greg Says:

    Gary,
    Thank you for everything & may God bless you!

  25. Buster Brown Says:

    Kevin Kling got a lot of mileage out of his rides on the 21 line.

  26. shaun Says:

    10-4 I dont write about it but i ride… when I can…. free time gone and a disaster of a house… good times. thanks man

  27. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Thanks for your comments, everybody.

    The bus commute isn’t nearly as bad as I had feared. I’m making new friends and collecting new insights. If only I could shut down my sense of smell at will…

    Things are quiet on the home front.

    I will be writing something this Winter, but I haven’t figured out exactly what yet. Suggestions are welcome.

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  28. Steve Williams Says:

    I was a bus commuter for several years before acquiring the Vespa. It wasn’t bad. And it really instilled a sense of time in me as I left for and returned from work on a pretty regular schedule.

    Good luck and am looking forward to whatever new writing you do.

  29. Kyle Says:

    You may be bummed a bit now, but you are absolutely doing the right thing. You only get to raise your kids once. Dont regret missing anything later because it goes by too damn fast. but you already know that. Enjoy!

  30. Steve Williams Says:

    Just checking. Wasn’t sure when that motorcycle show was happening and was curious about the bus commuting.

    Best to you and your family.

  31. Bill Sommers Says:

    Yeah, me too. I still stop by every time that I pull up my site to see if you’ve dropped a line. Take care man.

    Have fun,
    Bill

  32. Steve Williams Says:

    I shoulda had a V8.

    No, I mean I shoulda followed your advice and purchased a pair of Kenda K761 tires for winter. Instead I did the lazy thing and just had the dealer change a tire when wore out with the stock tires. Fine for dry and wet but not so fine for slippery stuff.

    Hope all is going well with you. I’m sure many will think of you as the weather turns cold and snowy. You are a myth.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  33. Bro Shagg Says:

    Gary-

    I’m sure things are much better now that you are spending more time with your ladies. It’s always better when I spend time with mine.

    Just wanted to drop a line to you and all other veterans who read this:
    Thank you for being there- on the sea, in the air, or on the ground. It is the sacrifices of those in our armed forces (and the sacrifices of their families) that makes it possible for the rest of us to live the lives that we do.

    NOBODY can ever say “thank you” enough…

    Bro Shagg

  34. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Thanks again, guys…

    Kyle – I don’t know what I can add to that. You understand perfectly.

    Steve – I’m a “myth” now? Oh man… does that mean I have to be lookin’ over my shoulder for those Myth Busters(tm) !?

    Get the Kendas, you’ll be glad you did.

    Bill – I’ve been off my bikes and the computer now, except for work, for a couple of months. It’s been relaxing, but I’m getting kind of bored. Still not sure what I’m going to do next, but at least life with my girls has improved. We don’t have that tension in the house anymore…

    Bro Shagg – Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but it always feels better after.

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  35. Bill Sommers Says:

    Wishing you and your girls a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    Have fun,
    Bill

  36. DaveT Says:

    “Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but it always feels better after.” I read that and it struck a nerve. The “right” road is seldom the easy road, but as the song says, “God gave us mountains so we can learn how to climb.” Looking forward to when you can occasionally post a blog note. Keep taking care of those ladies though. Family is the most important thing.

    Dave T.

  37. Jason Says:

    Gary-

    Wow big changes, good for you. I use to bus and cycle it in Ann Arbor. Sometimes I miss the bus. Your girls must be happy.

    Take care,

    Jason in Duluth

  38. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Jason,

    Sometimes I miss it too…

    Then I have to wait for the next one. ;^)

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  39. Steve Williams Says:

    Just wanted to extend warm wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Hope life is going well.

    Steve
    Scooter in the Sticks

  40. Bro Shagg Says:

    In this Holiday season that has a lot to do with family, I wish everyone a Merry Chistmas with your friends and families!

  41. Bill Sommers Says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your gals. I miss you being around the neighborhood my brother.

    Have fun,
    Bill

  42. Biker Betty Says:

    Hi Gary,

    I totally understand the need to let the blog go. I took a break from my blog just a few days after you. I now have a full-time job and was exausted trying to do it, home, family, crafts and blog. The blog was what took the break. During that time I marvaled how you and others could blog and work. I really missed blogging and have come back, but not as much.

    Wishing you and your family the best and Happy New Year, Betty :)

  43. Buster Brown Says:

    Hey, Gary,

    I hope all is well with you.
    It might interest you to know that Marty Mataya, who is now selling scooters in a number of different Chinese flavors out of an Osseo location, now plans to ride a Diamo 150cc scooter into Copper Canyon next month. I’ll be curious to see how it fares.

  44. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Buster: Well, if anyone can make that work, it would be Marty. Is he doing anything to help the suspension deal with the rough roads down there?

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  45. Buster Brown Says:

    Packing light, riding slow, and arranging ahead of time for the delivery of spares, if necessary. Perhaps he’ll skip Batopilas canyon, and just go Cerocahui, Tubares, Choix to avoid all the river crossings and a lot of the rough stuff. He’s kind of quiet, so I haven’t heard too much about bike prep per se.

  46. MatL Says:

    Gary – hope the new year is treating you well.

    It’s only a few weeks until Cycle World in the twin cities. Good chance to see what coming for 2008. Any recommendations — other than “don’t go if you can’t afford something new and shiny”?

    Mat

  47. Harvey Binder Says:

    You know how to reach me. Give a call sometime, eh?

    Harv

  48. conchscooter Says:

    check advrider copper canyon 2008 thread.

  49. Don Barroso Says:

    Just to say hello and thank you for all your writings.
    Much appreciated.
    Don from Italy

  50. Bill Sommers Says:

    Happy Easter to you and the girls.
    Have fun,
    Bill

  51. Buster Brown Says:

    Marty succeeded in getting his scooter through Copper Canyon to the Sea of Cortez and back.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=315178

  52. conchscooter Says:

    The blog what wouldn’t die!

  53. ct Says:

    Gary-

    I hope you are well. See you on the streets.

  54. Bill Sommers Says:

    Gary, stop by now and again. Steve shut er’ down today, and it made me realize how much you guys mean to me, and my blog site. It really isn’t the same around here without you guys.

    Have fun,
    Bill

  55. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for staying in touch, and keeping RHR in your thoughts. I see that Scooter in the Sticks has ended, and I guess it is time to face the fact that RHR is over as well. I will write one last blog entry, probably this coming weekend, and then that will be all for this project.

    It has been a wonderful journey, and I thank you all for riding along, but it is time for me to explore other roads now.

    If you haven’t done so yet, I would strongly recommend following Buster’s link to his ride report on the ADV Rider forum. Those guys know how to do Mexico right.

    Bill, please check your email. I couldn’t comment on your site because I don’t have the proper credentials.

    CT, I’ll watch for you…

    Everyone else: Look for the everyday adventures that are just outside your door, enjoy the ride, and…

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  56. Sidewalk Dan Says:

    Adios brother. It has been a pleasure riding and reading with you.

    Semper Fi.

    Sidewalk Dan out.

  57. Buster Brown Says:

    Don’t be a stranger, amigo.

  58. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Well, just like a motorbike that hasn’t been started all Winter, the blog seems to be having technical issues. Even though it hasn’t been active all season, the site still gets bombarded by massive amounts of spam. (Who ARE these people? Don’t they have a life?) I suspect some of it did some damage.

    I.T. wizard Shane is working on it. Last entry will be coming soon…

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  59. seagullplayer Says:

    Hate to hear it. I keep checking back with high hopes.

    Enjoy life, you have my E-mail.

    Mark

  60. Harvey Says:

    Gary, any time at all you want to get together, you say the word. Be well my friend

    Harv

  61. Biker Betty Says:

    Hi Gary,
    I was checking in to see if you were back even on a more low key level and finally got to your last comment. Best wishes to you and your family.

    Betty

  62. Steve Williams Says:

    Like Betty I stop by to see if a post appears. Don’t like the sound of last entry but you know best.

    Hope all goes well in Minnesota.

  63. Harvey Says:

    Next month I’m thinking about doing a ride. Possibly straight across Wisconsin to the shore of Lake Michigan, down to Milwaukee to see some of my family. Then across to Madison and south to hook up on 35, The Great River Road and back up to Hudson. If you want to do this with me from approx July 7th -11th, give a ring or email. Everything’s the same.

    Plus I think I found something which might belong to you…?

    Bike, scooter, your call if you want to go.

    Harv

  64. conchscooter Says:

    Bump!

  65. seagullplayer Says:

    It has been a year now. Hope all is going well, I was reading the scooting in the sticks blog and saw the link. I thought about you when I saw in the news that they had opened the new bridge…

  66. Steve Williams Says:

    It’s like you’ve vanished into thin air. We all hope things are going well and you are wearing that Vespa and KLR out.

    In the meantime I am working on the screenplay…

    Best wishes,

    steve

  67. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Yes, it’s been a year. A long, eventful, and depressing year. In fact, you could call it my own personal Great Depression.

    During these past 12 months, I lost my youngest sister to suicide, and within three months of that shock, I lost my only brother to a workplace accident. Other things happened on the domestic front that I cannot detail here, but suffice to say that fate has not been kind.

    Vespa Rose had to be sold, and I am down to Frogwing now. Rambling is completely out of the question, as we are struggling just to get from paycheck to paycheck. Though I am studying to get certified in my profession, there is no guarantee of a raise associated with that. But I have to do something.

    So, not exactly news worthy of posting, and nothing at all to do with Rush Hour Rambling, or Ride to Work dot Org. It appears that my orbit has decayed, and Existential Gravity has sucked me down into the muck with the rest of the wage-slave working class. What goes up, must come down, as they say.

    I prefer to leave my last post as the requiem for Rush Hour Rambling. It was a great ride, and I will remember it fondly, but now I have to get down to more serious pursuits. Good Luck, everybody, and…

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  68. jon Says:

    Sorry to read your news.
    Best wishes for the future.
    Ride well too,
    Jon

  69. Canada Lucky Says:

    Gary,

    Hadn’t checked out RHR in quite some time, as I was hoping (praying) that it would pop-up in Google Reader someday with a new entry. Thought I’d check it out while going through some old links… Truly sorry for the bad year you’ve had. Can only hope and pray that things will start looking up for you soon.

    Take good care of yourself and the ones you love.

    Best regards,
    Lucky

  70. seagullplayer Says:

    First time I have been here this year, wondered how things where going, I too was looking at deleting a few links, but think I will leave this one another year or so.

    Would love to read an update on you happenings. And of coarse a link to any further blogs, seems to be all the rage these days…

    God Bless, you have been in my thoughts and prays often.

  71. Andy Says:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Loss of a family member is always a huge tragedy, unexpected loss either due to accident/disease/depression is even worse.

    All I can hope is that you remember the good times with both of them, rather than dwelling on the loss. I’m sure both would prefer that.

    I came across your RHR blog by accident from here in the Highlands of Scotland after buying a Vespa as winter transportation when my wife had our son. This meant they could have the car, and I could keep my Yamaha FZS600 away from the winter road salt.

    Best of luck to you and yours in the future.

    Andy, Inverness

  72. Steve Williams Says:

    Closing in on two years since your last post. Your name still comes up in conversations or emails every now and again. You’ve launched quite a few riders into the riding world…

    Hope life is going well for you.

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  73. Brad Knipes Says:

    Discovered Gary while searching for CB450 Honda stuff. Quasi-moto is an inspiration. Every aspect seems perfect. Streams of culture that passed through centuries and inknown individuals in Italy, Japan and England recombined. We cant let life quell that spirit. I also admire Gary’s life choices, and hope to hear more good news soon.

    Trying to conjure Quasi-moto. Is anyone else? Exactly what seat is that? I have the tank coming. I will not pay $300. for emblems. Have to live in the world most of the time myself.

    warmest wishes to Gary, his family, and many friends,
    Brad

  74. seagullplayer Says:

    Maybe a two year update?

  75. Dev Says:

    For some reason your blog popped into my head this morning Gary. It must be close to two years since I was last here. It’s a pity rhr is no more but I hope things are going well for you.
    Take Care,
    Dev – Ireland.

  76. Steve Williams Says:

    It almost feels like tradition now to stop here and leave some words…

    I can hardly believe over two years have passed since you stopped reporting from the road. Time flies.

    Gary — I hope the new year finds you and yours happy and well!

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  77. jim Says:

    Gary, so sorry about your loss. I myself have have lost my only son. His name was Doug Eldridge and he left behind a wife and my two grandsons. One is now three and the other six. They will never know their dad in this lifetime and sometimes I wish I were , well lets put it this way if God would take me and bring back Doug for his boys I would be do it in a heartbeat.
    His body was removed from the Cedar River in Waterloo, Iowa July 3rd 1998. I still can’t hardly stand it.
    I live in Centerton, Ar., so I don’t get to see the grandkids as much as I want to , but I sure don’t want to move back to Iowa.
    Anyhow I feel your pain. Remember if you ever want a place to ride to and a home base to stay while you ride to Ozarks the offer to use our house still stands.
    adios
    Jim Eldridge
    216 Shane Drive
    Centerton, AR.
    72719

  78. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Thanks again for all the kind words, everybody.

    Jim: You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Words fail one at a time like this. I appreciate the invitation, and if our circumstances improve sometime in the future, I will be happy to take you up on it.

    Folks, I haven’t written anything here because nothing worthy of RHR has happened in my life in the past couple years. I’m very thankful to Ride-to-Work for keeping this site open for me, and I will post again as soon as I have something positive and interesting to tell you. Until then…

    Ride well,
    =gc=

  79. seagullplayer Says:

    I’ll keep checking the link every now and again.

    Hope all is well in the family, bikes come and go…

  80. conchscooter Says:

    You might consider breaking your format and ramble about something else…

  81. jim Says:

    Well i messed up the date of Dougs death, it was in the year 2008 not 1998, I need a proofreader.
    jim

  82. Brad Knipes Says:

    I’m still checking in, wishing everyone well.

    Still wanting to know more about quasi-moto and what seat belongs on it.

    Brad