"Prior to his time as a monk, Bhante, put 60,000 miles on his 750 BMW-55hp-R75 riding throughout the USA and Canada in 1972-1974. He recalls icy rain and temperatures that dropped below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, with the wind chill factor making it 45-50 below while riding in Wyoming. He had to replace a battery every 6 months. No cell phone or stereo, just a small ferring to keep bugs off. He replace his motorcycle battery every 6 months. He is an Iron Butt Rider and doesn't know it (Dave and Denise Bates are registered and have the patch for 1,000 mile ride in one day). Bhante rode from Boston, Massachusetts to Memphis, Tennessee in one day! that's was a 1,000 miles. His mother was born in Missouri and the Blessing of the Bikes on Taum Sauk brings a special heartfelt joy with his connection to this area that he calls home and shares with the world as he travels extensively. So many stories of his riding experiences that I would love to share with all and, after the September 1, 2013 Motorcycle Event, will update for Motorcycle enthusiast."
It is only fitting that after the Blessing, Motorcyclists and Guests are invited to the Arcadia Academy.
The Academy is one of the crown jewels of Iron County for so many reasons because of all its features, but especially because of its beautiful and cherished St. Joseph Chapel.
Motorcyclists and guests can enjoy the grounds of the beautiful Arcadia Academy after the Blessing, and celebrate with live music, beer and food.
"Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you are no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn't just a means to an an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow." -Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence