When a person is out course collecting, you need a lot of things to go right in order to play a lot of courses:
- Your health.
- A working vehicle.
- Time off work, or at least (ideally) a job that allows/requires you to travel.
- Decent, hopefully good, weather.
- A little money in the bank.
Today my luck ran out with #2, which left me with less of #5. My low oil pressure warning light came on in my car this morning for the first time in 180,000 miles of owning and driving said vehicle. Not wanting to mess around 2,000+ miles from home, I found the nearest repair shop, only to learn that all of the oil that had been put into the car during an oil change two and a half weeks ago had leaked out, and my engine was nearing the point of seizing up.
Thankfully it didn’t get to that point, and some new valve gasket covers and spark plugs seem to have my trusty 1998 Corolla running like almost new again! But my disc golf for the day was done. I was able to get two new courses played on the day near Chino (Prado Regional Park) and Riverside (Van Buren Golf Center), California. Just not a couple of others that will now haunt me for a while as I prepare to head to Las Vegas in 36 hours.
Magic Number = 678 (1,322 courses played)
About Tonn’s Travels
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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re out “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.
Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.