I obtained my Michigan motorcycle endorsement in the mid-1990s but didn’t purchase my first motorcycle until 2012, a Hyosung GT250. I rode that bike for 20,000 miles before purchasing a 2007 F 800 ST. I have ridden 30,000+ miles on the BMW and ride 12 months of the year, road surfaces permitting, thanks to heated gear. Through the Grand Rapids based MotoPatrol, I provide motorcycling support to the Michigan Titanium Triathlon, the Grand Rapids Triathlon, and the MSU Grand Fondo. I belong to the RA (43840), MOA (211996), West MI BMW Riders (President), BMW Motorcycle Club of Battle Creek, and BMW Touring Club of Detroit. Since mid-2017, I have been a copy editor for On The Level and have written 14 articles. I have been keeping a journal of my rides since 2012 and have 1,900+ pages and many pictures. The journal grows with each ride.