Glad to hear that retirement is agreeing with you and that you're healthy. I hear news just about every day of someone dying that is younger or just a few years older than me so my goal is to leap out of bed early every day and treat it like one of my last. Leave nothing undone or unsaid. I'm not bashful about telling dear ones how much I love them or friends how much I value them in my life; and on the flip side I have a much lower tolerance for fools and bad people in my life unless I think I can be a positive influence on them.
When I proposed to ride the Colorado BDR and the Continental Divide Ride this year to my 3 annual ride buddies, I heard a lot of complaints about the logistical problems. Do we ride there and back? Do we ship our bikes? Do we haul our bikes? Do we rent bikes there? Pretty soon it became suggestions to do something different. My one argument for the ride that was persuasive was that at 60 years old, how many more years do you think this ride will be possible for us? We're all healthy, fit guys so the question was met, at first, with dismissal and then I reminded them of why the 3 of us commit to ride together every year - tomorrow is not assured to any of us. Three of the four of us have health conditions that will eventually have a "use by" date for us and for one of us, he won't know that date until it's today. So we're all going to Durango in September to rent KTM 690 Enduros and ride up and down the spine of the Rockies.
I told them when the subject comes up for next years ride, have your passport current and plan to be retired or able to take a month away from home.
Jim, really glad to hear you are in the zone. You seem a lot like me in that I don't understand how I ever had time to work a paying job.
'12 K1600GT (gone but not forgotten)
'13 S1000RR (sold it to Allstate)
'14 KLR 650 New Edition (gone and thanks for the memories)
'16 R1200GS Triple Black (for all of it)
'16 KTM Super Duke 1290 R (for the inner hooligan in me)
'18 WR250R (for all of it...but slower)