I opened my email, yesterday, and saw the heading, “Its with a heavy heart,”.. It was from the Road Captain of my motorcycle club, Rose City Motorcycle Club. With this being a big weekend for riding, you rather suspect that this isn’t going to end well. I reluctantly opened the email and read the sad news that made this big teddy bear of a guy use such a term.
“It is with a heavy heart, that I must tell you of the passing of a very good friend. Fellow RCMC club member Willaim “Mick” Michael Kleiman died in a single vehicle traffic accident 5 miles South of Summer Lake, Oregon, near milepost 77 on OR Hwy 31.”
With a sigh, I read the details of the accident…
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Steve Yates, on May 29, 2010 at approximately 12:45 p.m. WILLIAM MICHAEL KLEIMAN, age 64, from Dallas, was operating a 1992 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 31 near milepost 77 with a group of at least 3 other motorcyclists. As KLEIMAN was negotiated a left downhill curve, the motorcycle traveled onto the right gravel shoulder. KLEIMAN lost control and the motorcycle flipped, ejecting KLEIMAN onto the southbound lane.
KLEIMAN was pronounced deceased at the scene. HE was wearing a protective helmet.
Sometimes it’s not about ability, this man was a seasoned rider. Sometimes it’s not about doing everything right or doing something wrong. Sometimes its the way God has it planned.
I know there are many heavy hearts now that this man is gone. I pray that they all find peace.
Good-bye Mick. May you enjoy the gravel free roads that heaven has to offer.
Lady Godiva on wheels… with a heavy heart.