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December 3rd, 2008

Left the house this morning at 6:15 a.m. for a breakfast ride with the Legion Riders out of Post 59. About fifteen minutes away from home, I realized I severely underestimated just how cold it was outside. This is not the first time I have been caught on the back of my scooter freezing my butt off. As my fingers and face began to go from feeling cold to being in pain, I noticed that I was driving faster and faster in the hopes of getting to the destination and warmth quicker. It reminded me of all the times I rode in this weather. You drive on knowing that each mile you travel, will bring a small increase in the temperature. Your body seeks out the sunlight and tenses up as you pass through the shade. You continue to ride until you hit your next stop. You take off your mask and gloves and you feel like someone hit you in the face with a shovel full of snow. You warm yourself up with a hot beverage and then you are back on your bike and into the cold. This cycle continues until at last you stop and decide its time to roll up your jacket and store it on your bike. Now you ride down the road with the warm sun on your face. Your body opens up to the heat and your bones start to thaw. Today was one of those days.

I meet the American Legion Riders from Post 59 at Cindy Lou’s Café east of Three Points. After the regular bullshit session and lots of laughs, we were off to Kitt Peak. The ride up was gorgeous as always. Within just a few minutes you go from flat grassland, up the sides of shear cliffs to the top of a jutting mountain. Too cool. The drop offs are exciting and the rock formations breath taking. Once at the top, we took in the surroundings and again got together to tell funny stories. We even had two teenage girls all the way from Thailand who wanted pictures of all of next to our bikes. We were only too happy to oblige. The ride down the peak was a bit warmer but not much. The rest of the gang ended up at American Legion Post 10254 at 10111 South Sasabee Road but I had to get back to town for a funeral. The crew from Post 59 (Cocio-Estrada) are a great group of people and it was such fun starting my weekend off with them. They kept a smile on my face all weekend. If you are interested in joining their group, please contact Warren Allison at Warren.Allison@tusd1.org

Thanks again guys for a great ride and a great weekend.

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