On the final leg of the 3-day Utah 1088 rally, Ken was headed westbound on I-80 through Nebraska. The day was stormy—many tornadoes touched down nearby. His bike went into the grassy median (likely because of a wind gust from the north). The bike tumbled, causing Ken to be ejected from the bike, resulting in immediate death. This occurred at about 9 p.m. on June 25, 2011, just outside Kimball, Nebraska.
Many people were watching Ken's SPOT Messenger map, and his lack of forward progress was noted by early the following morning. Ken's wife Lisa was notified of his death, and his friends began to hear about it by late in the day.
Contrary to some rumors and news reports, Ken wasn't thrown into oncoming traffic, nor were the conditions such that the bike hydroplaned.
There’s an old story about Chinese luck. It’s probably B.S., which is why it belongs in this blog… An aged farmer’s stallion kicked down his stall and ran off. The farmer’s neighbors commiserated. “Ah, bad luck!,” they said, but Li Chien only shrugged. “Good luck, bad luck,” he said. “Who can tell?” Shaking their heads ... read more