In lieu of placing the plaque on the bike, we mounted it on the tree that the ghost bike was chained to. The plaque is very secure on the tree- you'd have to cut the tree down to get it off... thank you Warren and Uncle Bob!
When we returned home from Vancouver Island my sister-in-law asked me if it was difficult to return to the accident site. I reflected on her question and texted her this response:
"The accident site will always be where Ralf left this world to return 'home'. I get teary eyed thinking about that. But to know Ralf left this world in a place that was so beautiful and not on some busy highway brings me a peace. The plaque placed there will be a subtle reminder to people who read it, and whom it was in memory of.
Flying over the Rockies and driving on the island to Hydro Hill will always be a reminder about the challenges Ralf faced and persevered to get there. He was a 'one of a kind' man and I was so blessed to be married to my best friend for 35 years.
There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about Ralf and wish he were here but I have to keep moving forward. As difficult as that is sometimes, I know God is with me always and that gives me comfort and hope for a life without Ralf."
"See you in 10" ♡