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Well if I am going to get back to writing, seems there must be a million things to catch up on. But some of that will just have to wait. For now here are some of the status updates from the quarantine zone.
April is here. March was a rough month for all of us. But it is likely April will be worse. I guess there isn’t much sense in rehashing everything about the virus as there is not anything we can do but sit and wait it out, hope for the best. The next two weeks look to be critical. So we are doing our part here and just being homebodies.
Overall everyone, both here and in Idaho, is doing as well as can be expected. No one is sick. We are quite fortunate that the interruptions to normal life have been minimal. A couple of Baja tours have cancelled, but there was no real option. Neena works from home anyway, so more or less just business as usual. It will be a few months before we might see any long-term changes to the accounting part of our business.
We had planned to be in Idaho this week, but obviously it wasn’t prudent to make the flight. But with fresh snow, earthquakes and a tornado touch down near the Tri-cities all occurring yesterday, seems things aren’t exactly serene there either.
So here I am, all revved up and nowhere to go. Last week I did all the bike maintenance I could think of. I have seven bikes ready to ride on a moment’s notice. I have been prepping the Bultaco 250 for a planned second assault on the Idaho City 100 at the end of May. While almost 60 days away, I have to expect that there is a likelihood the event will not happen as planned.
I am phasing out of the Baja Tour business. It has been a good run, but it is also time for a change. I have had a lot of fun taking clients to Baja. But I have sort of gotten all the fun out of it that I can too. It is a lot of work and very physically demanding. So I guess I am ready for something new.
Along with that I am ready, with some hesitation, to work my way out of the fleet of KTM RFS bikes I have. They are getting older and for the majority of my personal riding I find myself choosing the fuel injected 500exc more and more. But I have one very fresh 525mxc that I continue to use as my personal bike for client rides in Baja. There is nothing more comfortable and fun for casual day on the trail. I love that bike and will be sad to see it go. I keep a 400exc in Idaho, I do not plan to part with it.
What else, well I swear I must be getting dyslexic. I am out of the practice of writing and my fingers cannot seem to keep up with my brain. And my brain seems to be on “use it or lose it mode”. I guess it will come back. In the meanwhile please ignore my typos. It was all right wise in my brain.
Vintage Bikes – I will write a bit more about my descent into the dark world of Bultacos. How did I get here? Well think about this – If modern bikes have gotten so much better, why am I not faster? Let the world around you come to a stop for just 30 seconds and ponder that. This isn’t just a rhetorical question. If lighter, faster, more expensive bikes are not really making me any faster, what is the point? I will share the answers to that and other questions.
April 2020 is probably going to be a tough month. There are lots of challenges ahead of us and so many things that we can only speculate about. Hopefully by the time we turn the calendar to May, some of this will be clearing up and we can look at getting back on the road to normalcy. I have lots of ideas of summer riding I want to get moving on with.
So hang in there. Find something good to read or constructive to do. I am sure I have been watching too much TV, mostly Motor Trend TV car building shows and “Building Off The Grid”. Lots of it is kind of sappy. But I give a thumbs up to Texas Metal. Not exactly my kind of cars, but well produced show with lots of amazing craftsmanship.
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