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post #1 of 11 Old 08-16-2007, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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We've lost one of the best...

Craig Hightower wasn't a Strom rider, but he was one of the best riders that graced our planet. More than that, he was a thoughtful, patient, vibrant teacher and lover of life. His adventures are well documented on his website, which I will post a link to at the bottom of this thread. His life was taken a few days ago in a tragic accident that leaves many of us shaking our heads in disbelief, drying tears that don't stop flowing. God speed, Craig.

Be alert, be safe, be well my brothers...

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http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...hreadid=214823

His site, a wonderful read:

http://www.backroadsboogie.com/intro.htm
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-16-2007, 07:43 PM
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That sucks. Phucking cagers. I really think they should make SUV's commercial vehicles. Gotta pull a trailer with a bobcat on it? okay. Gotta haul your two fat kids to the mall? Here's your mini van Britany!
post #3 of 11 Old 08-16-2007, 07:53 PM
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This is the kind of thing that eats at me about riding. Whenever there are motorcycle accidents you can usually point to rider error: riding beyond abilities, no helmet, drunk, speeding or otherwise being stupid. I get stuck thinking that if I just watch myself all the time that nothing will happen to me.

But when it's someone like this, who you KNOW was ATGATT, focused, not hot-doggin, sober, and has hundreds of thousands of miles of experience you can't explain it.

I think of it this way. What better way to go than while doing something you love?

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-16-2007, 09:57 PM
 
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I hate to hear this too. I didn't know him, of course, but we can all relate.
My wife hates that I ride. I can tell her the statistics all day long, and it wouldn't matter to her. This is exactly the kind of thing that she fears... something beyond control.
I always tell her "when it's your time, it's your time". We can't live in fear of what might happen, or life will pass by and we'll find we didn't really live.
So sorry for this guy and his family.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-16-2007, 10:14 PM
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Yes, there ARE definitely situations beyond our control. All we can do is wear the proper gear and ride to minimize risk.

I'm very sorry to hear this, and his family is in our prayers.

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I spent a bit of time on your friend's website and came away amazed at the life he led and equally saddened that someone that was so much more alive than most had to be taken from us so cruelly. My thoughts to his family, his friends and my thanks to you for "introducing" us to him.

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Thank you all for your thoughts. More than anything, I just wanted to share the story of a great person, and I suppose also to 'connect' with fellow riders right now. It's such a surreal experience to lose someone, and it never gets easier.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy exploring his website and are able to find something in there that entertains, teaches, or inspires--it's what he most certainly would have wanted.

JohnR--you sum it up quite well. Thank you.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-18-2007, 12:59 PM
 
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Im sitting at my laptop at Starbucks now. I came here on my bike to do some work and there are mostly SUVs parked around my bike. Reading this tragedy is the kind of thing that makes me pause, reflect and wonder. With these kinds of risks, why do I keep riding? I guess it's the same reason why I keep breathing. I will keep riding till I'm physically unable or dead.

Craig, Rest In Peace...
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-18-2007, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Indeed, though this tragedy kept me off the bike for a few days, I got back on yesterday and rode like the wind. If it's in our blood like it was for Craig, it will be something we will always be pulled to.

Here are a couple nice links to memorials that have popped up on the web. Grab a tissue or 10, you'll need them:

http://www.slide.com/r/knjkUB7y7z-mn...?view=original

http://sbk62.smugmug.com/gallery/3326367#185157371

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I just spent some time looking over his website and the memorials that have been posted for him. I am in awe of this man and it greatly saddens me that a life such as his was cut short by such a senseless act on someone elses part. I didn't know the man which I consider to be my loss, but he appears to be the type of person that you would want to emmulate for all the right reasons. We need more people like him in this world. My condolences to his family and friends but at the same time I want to thank you for bringing his life to my attention.
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