Nice ride report Joel. I think I would have turned around after getting blown off the road. After seeing the snake, I would have definitely taken that as a sign. You take your assignments very seriously. How did the drills go? You can do most of them in that parking lot by your house. You must really want to work on your hill climbing. Here's a new assignment for you. Get that KTM dirt bike together. Much lighter and much more nimble than the XR and has electric start. The air cooled thing is nice, but don't get hung up on it. I'm still on my original radiators and they're all bent up. Probably dropped and crashed my bike more times than you.