Jeffry `Maverick' Arend Memorial



On September 17, 1999, Jeffry Arend, known as Maverick to most of us, died in a motorcycle accident in Clay County, Kentucky. He was travelling alone at the time, en route from Columbus to the Honda Sport Touring Association TN-STAR event in Tennessee. He was 33 years old.

In the few years that CMH-MOTO has been around, Mav had become friends with many of us. His sense of humor and eagerness to help always brightened a gathering. He was almost always present at CMH-MOTO events; if not, it was invariably because he was out on a ride: Pennsylvania, New Mexico, West Virginia, Kentucky or Tennessee - any place with good roads.

I rode with Jeff many times, at CMH-MOTO or HSTA rides. He always rode responsibly. He wore good protective gear, and he knew his limits and stayed inside them. He worked hard to improve his riding, taking classes and reading the books available on the subject. That Maverick could be killed this way is a reminder to us all that accidents do not only happen to squids; we all can make mistakes, and no matter what gear we wear, or how we ride, we cannot reduce risk to zero.

In 1999, Maverick had started the Ohio YSR League, OYL, a Yamaha YSR-50 racing series with events at Circleville Raceway, a kart track south of Columbus. He had never organized a race before, nor had he competed. With typical zeal and optimism, he took on both at once. Oh, and at the same time he was on the door prize committee for the Ohio HSTA, while we were soliciting and collecting items for local events, and the STAR 99 national rally. This not only involved calling and visiting dealers and vendors all around Ohio, but Mav built the database for the project. All this made for a bumpy start to the OYL season for him, but his infectious enthusiasm earned him a group of volunteers to make things smoother, and as the season progressed, the series enjoyed great success. Sadly, Mav died before the last race, but at that race, the donations in his name and the words of those who spoke of him testified to the way he had touched the people around him. The OYL racers and volunteers vowed to keep the league going, and an annual award in his memory was made a part of the season-end ceremony.

Maverick will be missed by many. Yesterday was New Year's Day, 2000. 9 of us met for brunch and a ride. Somebody said, after one comment, "Maverick should have been here, that's his kind of joke." This sort of observation happens frequently now. In some ways, whenever a group of us are riding now, it seems to me like we're doing a sort of missing-man formation, riding in memory of Maverick. Godspeed, Mav.

Phil Ross wrote a much better tribute to Maverick than anything I could say.

Here are a few pictures from Ed Milich, with his comments:

New Years Ride: This was taken on 1/1/99, at the Flying Jay Diner [Actually, it was at the Halfway House -BD], North of town on Rt. 23. Maverick and Tim Gerwin were the only ones foolish…I mean brave enough to actually show up on their bikes. Notice the ice on the ground at their feet. Now that I think about it, Tim lives pretty close to the restaurant, by Alum Creek. Mav, on the other hand, lived on the extreme other side of Columbus, so he probably froze his butt off on the way home from that rendezvous.

Nuclear River: You never know what you'll find on the Ohio River. Hillbillies, hay trucks, or nuclear reactors... I took this photo on the side of the road as we traveled to a HSTA Mail Pouch Fly-by in West Virginia. (July '98?). Maverick had already paid for a room, and he let me sleep in the extra bed before I took off for a BMW rally the next morning. Just another example of how selfless he was... Also of note is the guy on the white Honda ACE, on the far right, who had the only cruiser in our little group. I never got his name. [Brick says it's Ed Brown -BD] The poor guy was scraping his floorboards trying to keep up with our "spirited' pace (set by lead rider Maverick). It's funny- I don't think I ever saw him in any CMH-MOTO rides after that...[From the left, that's Maverick, Woovis, Tom Rannebarger, and the unknown ACE rider. -BD]

Bridge Day: This was taken during the annual Bridge Day event at the New River Gorge in West Virginia, where the world's longest single arch steel span bridge is opened up to foot traffic one day each summer. That's Woovis, Maverick, and Mark Jordan in the photo. I really don't have any specific memories of the trip...it was just one of many timeless warm summer days that we spent buzzing through the lazy backroads of the Midwest.

Links

OYL Home Page
CMH-MOTO mailing list
HSTA
Ride For Kids, Mav's favorite charity

Bryan Dunlap
<bcd at cmh dash moto dot org>
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