Just the two of us – You & I

Karla

I was born and raised in southern California. After college, I taught bilingual special education classes for ten years.  In 1993 I moved with my own family to Portland, OR. where I raised my three children. I taught high school Spanish for eight years.

Looking for a change, in 2012 I decided to move to the “sunny side of the state.”  Being an outdoor enthusiast, I love Bend and all that it has to offer!

When Don first brought up the subject of the motorcycle I was a bit ambivalent.  I never would have envisioned myself riding on a motorcycle.

In the almost three years that I have known Don, I have ridden 50,000 miles on the back of a motorcycle, changed to a plant based diet, and rediscovered my love for dancing!  It has been a blast!!

Don Hamon

I was born in a small logging town in Central Oregon and went to college to be a Firefighter & Paramedic.  My first bike was a Honda Mini 50.  Later I had a Yamaha Enduro that I rode on & off road.

I learned to sky dive, SCUBA dive, repel off buildings, windsurf and white water kayak, but I gave up motorcycles. I gave them up, but never forgot them. 

As a paramedic I got to see the worst of society, the worst in behavior and the worst in health.  I remember seeing people who were 50 and looked like they were 80…and people who were 80 and looked like they were 50.  I used to finish calls and say, “I don’t want to be like him.” or “that’s how I want to be at 80.”  I soon realized it was two things, “Diet & Exercise” that will make or break your health.  

Along with a plant based diet, we exercise.  Our gym routine is 3 days a week of serious weight lifting & core work…..We do Yoga and dance on the weekends.  I’m now the Safety Director for a company that mines sand & gravel, makes concrete and provides trucking.  I love my job, I’m at the top of my game at 59 years old.

I met Karla a few of years ago on Match.com and it’s been the crowning jewel of my life.  Don’t let anyone tell you internet dating doesn’t work, or it’s only for young people !

I’ve thought about motorcycles all of my life and knew one day I would ride again.   But it had been 40 years, and I wasn’t sure if I would remember how to ride.  I spent a winter searching every website, reading every book and watching videos to gain every bit of safety edge without yet owning a bike. This website is a payback / pay-forward effort to those who helped me and to those starting now.

I ride for therapy; the feeling of freedom. A place to clear my head by being so focused on the ride that nothing else can interfere with, “being in the now”.

I’m still looking for myself, and I think I see him down the road, any road, just a little further.