"There are two ways to learn lessons in life, the first is by observing and learning from the behavior of
other folks and second is by getting hit in the face with a 2 x 4 yourself. Both will help you learn the lesson,
but one is certainly less painful."
~ Jefe Smith from his book, LIFE, AMERICA and the ROAD

Ron Roedel

023Old college friend, retired professor at Arizona State University, prodigious explorer/hiker of about everyplace there is to set a foot in the state of Arizona and the rider of a vintage Moto Guzzi motorcycle, Ron Roedel (on the right in the pic) is one interesting SOB. He and I rode the desert near the corner of California, Arizona and Nevada in the late Spring a couple years back. It was over 100 degrees for most of that ride, but we still had a great time visiting remote towns, scenic places and watering holes near the Colorado River. The picture above was taken by the boyfriend of an engaging lady who was happy enough to contrast her beauty against a couple of old guys. She and her boyfriend had pulled up to a floating bar on the river in a go-fast boat while we were having a beer. Ron and I may be old, but we are scintillating conversationalists and managed to rope them into a good enough conversation to result in the picture.

019Ron’s Guzzi carries him to remote places across the Southwest and he is one of those rare bikers who is quite knowledgable about maintaining his bike. This is a good thing since that vintage Guzzi needs some attention. it concerned me that Ron was able to repair the mechanical issue he experienced on our ride with a bolt purchased at Home Depot, but that bolt did repair the problem and Home Depot is a convenient place to find parts while riding between rare Moto Guzzi dealerships. This lower picture was taken as Ron passed the local propane gas store in Quartzite, AZ. The town is a gathering place for snowbirds, retired folks who bring their RV’s down to the warm country to spend the winter. The business name, Passmore Gas is more than appropriate for that crowd.

It is a treat in life to have friends I’ve known for over 40 years and who can suck it up and accept my presence for a brief ride. You are often judged by the company you keep and Ron puts himself at risk in my presence.

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