This has been an insanely rough week. Someone quoted MikeFSU's blog from 11~13~2008 & it reminded me of the poem I had read in that video. It has been enough years & with so many new forum members who haven't heard of the poem, I thought it would be a nice reminder. Mikey's mom (YamaR1, not MikeFSU) has given permission for anyone to copy / use her poem as long as credit is given. From (YamaR1) Mikeys mom, Connie Starren, who wrote this poem to be read at his memorial service. Saturday, November 24, 2007 Memorial ride to Wilkeson, WA (wanted it to be out to the Carbon River bridge; Carbonado, WA but the roads were too icy) Another Biker Who Has Gone Down Im sorry, friends, that I cant be with you here today. If youre all gathered reading this, it means Ive passed away. But if I were there Id tell you not to shed a tear or frown. Id tell you just to simply say, Another Biker has gone down. If I were there Id tell you I have no more pain or strife, That I loved my friends and family, and I had a wonderful life. If I were there, Id tell you how I loved the small blue highways, I loved the curving mountain roads, and I loved to ride the back-road byways. I loved to be in the wind. I loved when that engine rumbled, And the biker friends who rode with me would help me when I stumbled. You are amongst my dearest friends, brothers and sisters of the road, Weve traveled many miles together; shared many heavy loads If I could be there with you, wed laugh and share memories from our past, And this gathering would be just one more tale, another story, not our last. But today I cant be with you, except in heart and memory stores. So youll have to laugh, remember the past, and then let you engines roar! Please smile and do not shed a tear, wipe away that silly frown, Im off upon that final ride, another Biker who has gone down.