Remember Russell Patterson
By Nat Bloomer
SANTA ROSA—I never met Russell Patterson but I could hear his motorcycle when he was riding around town. I figured sooner or later we would meet, us motorcycle guys have a common bond, motorcycles. There are two kinds of motorcycle riders out there, those who have a motorcycle in the garage, and take it out on a weekend for a cruise. Let’s call them Cruisers. The other kind of motorcycle rider is the Wildman Rider. The Wildman Rider has a need for speed, for the adrenaline rush of fast acceleration and the feel of the heart-pounding g-force on bike and body as you lean into a high-speed curve. The Wildman Rider carries a genetic trait traced throughout history. He is the medieval warrior who fights with such ferocity the battle is won and his village is saved from marauders. He is the hero who dies trying to save another persons life in an impossible situation. It takes skill and bravery to ride hard and fast, but in the blink of an eye, no matter how skilled and experienced you are, you will, sooner or later, crash. So to all motorcycle riders out there, when you are out riding, and you start feeling the Wildman urge to race, speeding into curves, going through the gears as quick as you can--Slow it down. Think of Wildman Rider Russell Patterson, his family and friends gathered in agony as they lay their loved one to rest on a Friday afternoon. If anything good can come from a young man dying in a motorcycle crash is for all Wild Riders to remember Russell Patterson. Slow down and enjoy the ride.You can save your life by remembering Wild Rider Russell Patterson.
Friday June 15, 2007 Assembly of God
Riders in Route to Cuervo Cemetery