Dateline Republic, Washington:
Your Intrepid Cancer Cure Rider, accompanied by his “biker babe” mom, weaved his way through the last vestiges of Idaho very soon after the wonderful time with the McQueens, and found himself in Republic, Washington. Well, actually, Republic is where one of my oldest and dearest friends, Roger Heath has a “rustic” (very) cabin. And since it was on the way to Ellensburg anyway, and since he invited us and made us dinner, I felt we should swing by there and spend the night.
Roger and I met some 36 years ago at the Washington State Police Academy. Of the two of us, he was the brains and I was the brawn. But, we pretty much disliked each other until one day he called out to me by my first name, which is actually “Jerry” and I climbed down his throat and told him my name is Dean. After that, for reasons only to be understood by people far smarter than I, we became fast friends. He ended up at the King County Police Department and I at Seattle PD. In spite of our schedules and lives, Roger and I became like brothers and even if we don’t talk for months or even years, it’s like we were together yesterday.
Anyway, Roger bought this property and eventually built a rustic cabin on it, outhouse and all. So mom and I blew into town and he met us at the motel. Mom checked in and we all went up to his cabin for a wonderful BBQ chicken dinner. After an evening of catching up and keeping mom in stitches with war stories, we took her back to her motel and Rog and I spent the rest of the evening watching CHIPs DVD’s. Thank goodness he has a generator or we’d be sitting around deciding who had more toe jam!
The next morning it was off to Ellensburg, where on Monday morning we’ll have the very distinct privilege of riding again with the North Star Doctors and staff from there back to Yakima. On the way Your Intrepid Cancer Cure Rider, upon weaving through some of the forests yet again being astonished and the beauty nature gives us, teared up, upon realizing that America’s Perimeter Tour – “To The Ends Of America To End Cancer”, and Cancer Ride America, has met its’ goal and then some and is drawing to its’ conclusion. Perhaps, just perhaps, Yours Truly and Mission Control have made just a little bit of a difference in someone’s life.
And now a little clip of some serious fun I had the day before I picked up mom. The places and names shall remain anonymous for reasons that will become apparent when you watch this. The statute of limitations is still running, but this was sure a good time! Kids….don’t try this at home. I am a highly trained professional and this might have been a closed course. My good riding buddies Mike and Mark, and especially David, who practiced this with me from time-to-time “on the job” will really enjoy this.