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Old 02-24-2014, 12:25 AM   #1486
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From Dave's post trip write up, #1288

"Life is not a destination, but a journey. Everyone WILL die eventually. Its just a matter of how and when. What counts is what happens before that time, and how you live it. You only live once. Treat everyone as you would want to be treated and it will come back to you ten fold. Thank you for accompanying me along this journey, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. May your journey be as enjoyable.

Now go..... "

My towns 'Relay for Life' event is coming up in a few weeks. I'll be buying a luminary for Dave.

I wonder what the ridings like up there? Heavenly I'm guessing.

Oh what fun it is to ride!!!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:08 AM   #1487
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So sorry to hear about this. I never met Dave but I followed him on his great journey. He definitely inspired me to "get out there". Thank you for that Dave. Rest in peace brother. I will take a ride on my XRL soon and dedicate it to him.
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:15 PM   #1488
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At a loss for words. RIP

For those who haven't seen it.

Originally Posted by ShooterDave View Post

Well I did it. Final trip mileage 35,052 miles. Granted the odometer is 2 thousand behind what it should be because of the crash.

By now this should be obvious.

2004 DR650: 62,400 miles
2013 WR250R

Originally Posted by Threewheelbonnie View Post
"BTW, I don't do style. It's a dirt bike, not some girlie dress-up thing." -

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Old 11-06-2014, 09:43 AM   #1489
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Shocking! What a great guy for the world to lose. I really feel for his parents. Other family, fiancé, and friends too, but for a parent to lose a child? Furthermore as the child is about to enter the prime of life. Yikes! So sorry, especially hitecmom and dad.

Dave was a joy to have stay with us, and for me to ride with, help work on his bike, hear about his adventures, and offer my observations of life to. He was so well-spirited and had a wonderful contagious positive attitude about him. We were hoping and expecting to see him again someday.

That's where I met him. We didn't eat there, we ate wholesome meals at home my wife prepared. We talked a good bit about diet.

I took him on some pretty technical dirt, and that was before he let me know he'd only been riding a few months, but he took it easy, did great, and didn't flub up. Up in the mountains it was foggy that day. I expressed regret that he couldn't enjoy the normally great views from certain spots along the way, and he informed me that he was thoroghly enjoying it the way it was. Said it reminded him of a scary movie, that something was going to jump out of the fog. I said yeah, deer and bear can be pretty scary when you're tooling along on a bike. He laughed.

My bike keeps getting in the way! This was after it cleared up a little. Since we were riding near the border with WV, I convinced him to let me get this shot, though he said he'd already gotten a welcome to VA sign elsewhere.

After the second night, he was ready to git on his way. I forget now where he was headed from here, but I got a shot of him ready to hop on and take off.

Godspeed, Dave!

I lost my father to leukemia in between Dave's departure from our home and his departure from earth; though the two didn't meet while here, I'm sure they have met where they are now. As Dave and I are kindred brothers to a common cause, so are he and my dad.

Heavenly Father,
I know it's not possible to fully comfort a grieving parent, but please do what you can for Dave's parents.
In Jesus' name,

Ok, that's freaky - as I was scanning over the pictures, passing the one where he is giving the thumbs up, I could swear Dave gave me a nod! Seriously! Love you too, bro! See you on the other side!
Let's ride!!! - No offense, but there've been a lot of people over time who were just as sure, yet got it wrong. - Una necedad, aunque la repitan millones de bocas, no deja de ser una necedad. - "you know that I could have me a million more friends and all I'd have to lose is my point of view" (Prine)
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Old 11-10-2014, 04:13 AM   #1490
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Jesus, I'm tearing up here. I was looking for a trip report where the rider just took what they had and left and found this one. Too quickly I skipped to the last page and, wow, just wow. I feel for his family.

I am glad he got at least this ride in. I'm glad he didn't wait, like too many do, to be able to afford the "right" bike, the "right" gear, etc. Lesson here, the right bike for a trip and the right gear for a trip just might be what you have. Don't put it off any more than you have to. Me? Every vacation I'll be on the road somewhere. Who knows when it will be the last one? Ride. Enjoy. Let this guy be your inspiration.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:18 AM   #1491
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A great inspiration to all who followed his story. Far too young to leave. At now 74 I feel an obligation to ride as often as I can & use the gift of life that God has given me. RIP Dave.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:34 AM   #1492
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Funny thing is that Dave did say at some point that he wanted to inspire people. I know he inspired many before his death but when he died it spurred me on to get on with my trip and do it and this summer I did and I know that Dave was along with me the whole way.

Every day is a gift so get out there and enjoy life like Dave did because know one knows how much time they have.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:59 AM   #1493
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Hell of a ride that man took !!! Good for him and RIP young man!!
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