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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Osprey!, Dec 2, 2017.
andywannaride and graywolf above silverton. RIP Graywolf, you were great company and a class act.
I'm so sad. If anyone knew how to lead a wide life, it was Mark. We'll miss you. RIP
Just heard the news yesterday, Mark was one of the good guys. We shared a great many stories and I feel fortunate to have called him my friend. Mark was just at my place recently and in true Mark form, it was an unplanned visit.
I got a text from Mark that simply said I will be at your place this evening and I have an unopened bottle of Jameson.
Mark came over and we spent the evening drinking and laughing.
Mark was in great spirits and we talked about all of our adventures.
I am really glad I got to say a final goodbye to Mark. His passing hurts but I believe he has gone to a better place. I am honored he thought enough about me to come and visit one last time.
I have been told that Mark was having medical issues. He never really said anything to me about his health, but one of our conversations that night was about rafting the canyon and when I asked if he would like to lead a trip he did say those days were behind him. I didnt pick up on it at the time but I now understand the reason.
I hope he has found the peace he deserves.
A 2018 fall color ride in Marks honor is something I would like to participate in.
RIP Mark you will be missed.......
I also enjoyed his unexpected visits and I admired his adventurous, well lived life. He also had a kindness about him, was a great story teller, and a good listener. He was strong, charismatic, and contributed to making the world a much better place. I'll miss him.
News of Mark's passing weighs heavy on me. I feel deep sadness. I also respect and honor his choice, if that is what occurred.
I am IN for a Fall Colors Ride in 2018. Let it be a celebration of his life and the many friendships it created along the way. Never forget, time is the most precious resource we have. Mark's death is a reminder to spend it well.
Mark was a true gentleman. We first met on his Fall colors tour. Then a few times since on various rides. We had beers together at Deadwood SD at KTM Rally. Just the two of us at the bar talking for ages about life and adventure. Extremely sad to hear of his passing. I owe him a beer which I hope to pay back down the road.
I to heard he was having some medical issues
There is a poem that has this in it about our time on Earth--
The Dash between the Dates
For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
Mark filled in that dash with lots of experiences, he shared his knowledge and his friendship.
I got a pm one day about three yrs ago in the summer, he said wanna ride Adobe Town?
He was like that, just outta the blue he would show up.
He will be missed!
I'm in for a Fall Colors ride. We were going to do a fall hot springs tour with Mark, but he had some bike parts on backorder.
He stayed with us in late October when he dropped off his 990 at Elite for some major work. Last Friday I received a signed title and a farewell note in the mail. I will be helping to sell the bike and see that the proceeds are given to his son.
So sad. Such a nice guy.
We're in Washington now, but I hope we will be able to participate in the 2018 ride. The world is a poorer place without him in it.
Roost in peace Mark. May the clouds be moist and loamy for your climb to heaven.
God speed Grey Wolf
Fall Color Ride 2016
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Very bummed to discover this news. I too had a chance to ride for a few days on a Fall Colors tour with Mark. What a great guy!
Still thinking about you my friend, this ones for you
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AJ and I send our condolences. We got to ride with Mark on the 2016 Fall Colors with Rick and Cindy. Great guy.
Sorry to hear this news,
Ride on brother. I rode beside him exactly ONCE. 5 feet behind him in the other track in the dust-free zone. Fall colors 2015 coming into Lake City from the plateau narrow deep track roads. This is hitting me hard (yeah thanks a lot for that video ). Although I didn't know him that well, we are all him, in general. I missed the Fall colors this year as I had been laying in a bed for 3 months until I could walk again, after my near death crash last summer. My point is that I'm very heavy hearted for our brother and again we need to just read HellSickle's tagline about why we ride. At our age it will get you one way or another so you gotta pack it in there! It sounds like Mark packed in plenty. It's all we can do.
Rest in Peace Mark.
Everyone processes grief a little differently. Be kind and compassionate with yourself. It's important to talk about it and share the memories, but also acknowledge the sense of loss and sadness. This is my second friend who chose to end their lives this year, both adult males, both very unexpected.
As it happens, I went to a symposium yesterday on mental health and attended a talk on suicide awareness. There is a lot to learn (link). The social stigma is one of the reasons people don't talk about it but damn it, as an online community, we obviously need to talk. Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
Mark's obituary in the Steamboat paper.
RIP Mr. Steur ............. I'm going to miss your friendship.
R. I. P. Mark!
Thanks for your kind words and friendship at many ADV events, and for your patient ride leadership for some of us less skilled riders
You will be missed ...