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    The worst trips.

    I noticed something, and I wonder if anyone has similar feelings. I have had some truly difficult adventures. Bad weather, harsh environments, physical suffering, break downs, hunger, thirst, you name it. But here is the crazy thing. Give those trips a few years to rest in the memory and they become the ones I remember best and most fondly. The ones I tell stories about. The ones I relive in my mind. Do adventures age and become better over the years like wine?
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    I absolutely agree that the more the endurance factor is, the more you will remember it. When I saw the title of your thread I immediately started reminiscing about some of the 500 mile days in the snow/rain, 34 degrees or the breakdowns in God forsaken places and the challenges those rides presented. Most don't need to be embellished. They are truly as 'bad' as remembered. I look back on those times with a smile. I think it's in the human psyche to take pride in conquering adverse situations. Also, I've, almost without fail, met helpful strangers and saw out of the way places I might have otherwise missed. Some of the friendships are still strong. Those 'worst trips' are what makes for adventure. I love road trips, no matter what the vehicle, because of the unknown.

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    It's a human condition thing! I remember vividly the first and only time I stuck a paper clip in a wall outlet as a child! I also remember very well once while riding my Hodaka two stroke and I fouled the plug at 40 MPH and reached down yanking the plug wire off in hopes of clearing it up. I did one of those Benny Hill roll to a stop and fall over deals while the stator just pounded me with thousands of volts.

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    Whew! Thought you were talking about me and the Mrs.

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    Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia)
    And Black Diamond and the One Percent for the Planet charity. (I've been a high altitude climber all my life, remember? )

    He's an amazing man...and a good fly fisher to boot.

    And he can run tools.

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    I knew he originally made climbing hardware. I didn't know it was Black Diamond though. Yup, very interesting guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    It's a human condition thing! I remember vividly the first and only time I stuck a paper clip in a wall outlet as a child! I also remember very well once while riding my Hodaka two stroke and I fouled the plug at 40 MPH and reached down yanking the plug wire off in hopes of clearing it up. I did one of those Benny Hill roll to a stop and fall over deals while the stator just pounded me with thousands of volts.

    Yes, memories, even the bad ones get better with age but pain is a wonderful teacher.

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    Did that with a Bobbie Pin at 2 years old....got knocked back about 6 feet under the kitchen table, and despite being just 2, I can still remember that today as clear as it was some 63 years ago....OUCH! Mom said my hand was black for a couple of weeks....
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    I knew he originally made climbing hardware. I didn't know it was Black Diamond though. Yup, very interesting guy.
    If I remember correctly, and I may not, he sold BD to his employees.
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    1960. . . Flat tire on a Harley in southern Michigan in a November freezing rain while taking a "Last Ride" with girlfriend. Day before getting married to another. Was late to rehearsal and dinner. Hard to explain. John
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