Phil has now lived in Huntsville about three years after selecting Alabama for a more relaxed and family-oriented retirement community over the metro DC area. I’m a former beltway Info-Tech/DoD commuter for nearly 20 years after serving in the USAF for 20 years. I’ve owned a handful of BMWs throughout my 50 years of riding; my first bike was a 650 Triumph Bonneville bought new in Baltimore. After joining the AF, I got my R90S in 1975 in time to ride it to Daytona for the 1976 races. In fact, it’s still in use today (just a little worse for wear). We now pull a smallish pop-up camper behind the big K1600GT for extended trips.

I participated as both secretary and newsletter editor for the BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington (BMW2) during some of those 20 years in the Maryland suburbs. I’ve ridden over 300K miles on various BMWs. The Secretary & I actually became engaged after an invigorating ride through Passo Giao in the Dolomites (elev 2236m). We’ve toured all of the lower-48 as well as ten European countries. We intend to keep ADVenturing as long as we’re physically able — there’s so much yet to explore - especially on rented BMWs.

Now for the fourth time in as many years, Phil follows in the footsteps of Pam Werstler, who followed, Bill Tonkin, who followed Tim Flynn as your AlaBeemer President. That’s as far back as I can relate, but I’ll do my best to expand participation in and enthusiasm for the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Alabama. Ride Safe and Ride Often!