Enjoying a "Cold One" at Empire Bikes in Chino Hills, during the West Coast Tour. (Oct. 2015.)
The success of the Blog and the Bike Registry and people’s interest in my past work, inspired me to get out and actually meet the people who had shown this interest.
I went on a three week West Coast Tour in October 2015, and traveled from Portland, Oregon, to the Bay Area, San Luis Obispo, and made several stops in the Los Angeles area.
I had chosen the West Coast because that is where the largest concentration of owners of my bikes are. It was a wonderful experience, one that my wife Kathy and I will not forget.
As I met with, and spoke to people along the way, I couldn’t help but wonder, was I there because of them, or were they there because of me? Some were old friends I had not seen for many years, many I had never met face to face before, but somehow felt I already knew them.
The West Coast Tour was definitely the highlight of the year, but not the only event. I won two prizes in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. It was a big deal for me, some recognition for other creative work, other than bikes, that is.
This was the year I finally got a handle on my weight. Actually this was something that Kathy and I did together, which made it easier, because it involved changing our eating habits. We had always ate a healthy diet, and were riding 100 to 150 miles a week, but we could not shake off the extra weight we were both carrying around our mid-section.
We started at the beginning of June, my target was my racing weight of 154 lbs. which I achieved after two months. Actually, after reaching that weight, I lost another 4 lbs. and I have maintained 150 lbs. ever since. Even through the West Coast Tour, the Holidays, and the winter months when we are not riding as much. I went from 168 to 150 lbs. Kathy went from 144 to 130 lbs.
Above: Fast Eddie and Fat Dave. (November 2014.)
2015 was the year Fast Eddie got his bike back. It had been stolen right after Christmas last year, and it was found in May this year. Due mainly to some honest people, my Bike Registry and the Internet.
Looking back over the stuff I posted in 2015 I feel these are worth a re-read:
I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to my many friends. Those I met on the West Coast Tour, especially those who opened their homes to Kathy and me, and made us feel so welcome. Thank you again.
To people like Mitch Pullen who started a Dave Moulton Bikes Facebook page, and to the membership there that is creeping up towards 300, this goes out to you too.
To all those who follow here, some from faraway places. I wish all of you, health and prosperity in the coming New Year. Most of all I wish you Peace and Happiness.