My first day here in Bend has been great! After a beautiful drive over the cascade mountains and then south through the high dessert, Hal and myself arrived in Bend for the Walk and Bike safety retreat. He is from near Portland and we car pooled. Lots of bike educators (people who teach about bikes) are here and we are sharing tons of ideas and practicing our skills like sudden stops, rock dodge, bob and weave, and quick turn. Now I am off to socialize and have some dinner down town.