Costa Mesa, California
September 24, 2014
Dear Family & Friends:
Some of you have asked about Ollie. Here is a recent photo taken in front of our home in Costa Mesa, California.
Ollie is 14 and just entered the 9th grade Special Education Program at Estancia High School. He has outgrown his bicycle trailer. I plan to purchase an adult-sized trailer so we can continue our training exercises. He continues to be my Training Partner, best buddy, inspiration, and hero.
Things have gotten a little complicated with my plan to be the first person to climb Burke-Khang, the mountain in the Himalaya range that was recently named after me by the Government of Nepal. A review of photos of the mountain and the surrounding region indicate that there may not be a clear line or ridge to the summit. On both sides of Burke-Khang are other peaks which block any easy ramp-up access to the ridgeline for the mountain. I have hired two Sherpas to travel to the mountain on a reconnaissance mission. They should report back in a few weeks. If I climb Burke-Khang, it will probably be in the Autumn of 2015. I hope I can put this trip together because I’m already starting to feel the gravity pull of my old friend, Chomolumna. I’ll keep you posted.
Tomorrow, I depart for North Dakota to pick up my beloved motorcycle. In June of 1995, I purchased a Honda Shadow, American Classic, 1100cc, motorcycle, the first of my 3 bikes (I also have two Harleys). In September of 1995, I rode the Honda to North Dakota (see this trip report). The bike was then shipped to Hong Kong where Sharon and I lived for 3-years. I rode the bike all over Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. When we returned to the states in 2000, I shipped the bike to Egeland, North Dakota, where it has been stored in a garage behind the house I purchased for Sharon (her childhood home). Now, it’s time to reunite the Honda with its siblings. My goal is to outrun the weather on the return trip to California.
Here is a photo of the Honda (on the right) and one of my Harleys in front of Sharon’s house. Sharon and I, and her Aunt Beverly and Uncle Harold, are standing behind the bikes. The second photo is my fourth bike, a Honda scooter, located at our condo in Palm Desert. I won’t be riding that home from North Dakota.
In August, I completed a 5-day, 55.7 mile, backpack in the High Sierra along the Pacific Crest Trail. You can view my 25-minute video of the trip here.
Last week, the Costa Mesa City Council presented me with a Certificate of Recognition for my two summits of Mt. Everest. I didn’t get a key to the City, so I won’t be conducting tours of City Hall, but I love the Certificate, and it is prominently displayed in my office.
I hope you all had a great summer.