GETTING TO KNOW MERLE RUPPERT
As for Merle, he grew up in North Dakota and played college basketball at Wahpeton. (At least he played until he blew out an ankle in a game again North Dakota State). After school he moved to Colorado and that’s where friends introduced him to his wife-to-be, Mary. He says, “I don’t know if she liked me or my motorcycle better, but it worked out.” They now own five motorcycles – four Harleys and a 1946 Indian Chief.”
Mary and Merle left Colorado to live full-time at The Resort… sort of. They spend their summers traveling. For instance, this past summer they took off in March in their motor coach, bringing along a Harley. They went to visit friends in Fort Worth, then to see other friends in Florida, and that’s where they got on a cruise ship, along with the Harley. There were 20+ other motorcyclists on that ship and they saw the Caribbean by sea and land.
But their summer was just starting – after the cruise, they made their way up the East Coast to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, then around the Northeastern U.S. before heading west through Canada, then to Sturgis, then to Minot to visit their son in the Air Force, then to Gillette, Wyoming to see their daughter, then to Colorado to see their other daughter, then to Las Vegas to visit Mary’s folks, then home in early September. Merle figures they put 10,000 miles on the coach and 12,000 on the motorcycle.