Local senior answers to the call of the road and the lure of hot apple pie

There are too many temptations for those living at Mount Miguel Covenant Village to sit back and watch the world go by. The nearby City of San Diego, the mountain views, activities galore, and for one resident, the call of the road and some delicious apple pie waiting for him in Julian, a small city located in the Cuyamaca mountains. 


Moving to Mount Miguel gave resident Win Dean the perfect spot to settle and call home. Mount Miguel offers a continuum of care in a faith-based setting, both of which were important to Dean and his wife of 58 years when choosing a retirement community. The mountain backgrounds found in southern California were an added bonus for the traveler who had planned to continue trekking across the U.S. on a 44-year-old Honda CB750K motorcycle.


Since 2011, Dean (age 85) has visited the corners of the U.S. on his motorcycle and cruised through all of the perimeter states, totaling 10,500 miles on that tour. His second ride of 6,000 miles through the interior states included a meeting in Kansas as a representative of Mount Miguel Covenant Village, one of 12 continuing care communities operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. In his travels, he has visited more than 100 countries, with New Zealand, France, and Italy counting among his favorites.


The bike's odometer reads over 94,000 miles. Not bad for an older Honda that had been neglected for over five years because of mechanical problems before Dean became its new owner, free of charge. “If you can fix it, it’s yours” Dean’s neighbor told him. So he did, and has put over 50,000 of the miles on the bike. He still does all the maintenance work on it.


Dean’s wife passed away in 2010. The retired High School Educator, Marriage and Family Therapist, pilot, scuba diver and U.S. Air force veteran still rides, sometimes on shorter trips with his wife of three years, Jody, whom he met at Mount Miguel. As weekend riders, he and Jody poke around the back roads, sometimes stopping in Julian for hot apple pie and ice cream. They also have an 18-foot travel trailer they have taken through most of the western states and into Canada since they purchased it three years ago.


When they aren’t traveling in the U.S. or overseas, Dean is behind the wheel of Mount Miguel’s cars taking fellow residents to doctor’s appointments, the airport, or bus station. Jody is involved with the community’s women’s ministries.


“Win and Jody live retirement as it should be lived,” said Rich Miller, executive director at Mount Miguel. “They wake up each morning, seeming to ask, “Okay, we’re blessed with a new day. Now, what are we going to do with it?” Their open minds, enthusiasm, and zest for life are contagious to us all.”


Through its LifeConnect® wellness partnership with residents, Mount Miguel Covenant Village offers opportunities for lifelong learning, creative expression, spiritual ministry, social opportunities, health and wellness activities, and community involvement. Renovations for the new 33,082 square-foot Life Center will enhance community living and include a new dining area, a bistro, and grill, along with a wellness center, enclosed outdoor courtyard with a fireplace, a movie theater, outdoor resort-style pool and indoor lap pool, a Kid’s Corner and wood shop. Completion is expected in early 2017.


About Mount Miguel Covenant Village


Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, is located at 325 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, Calif. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Retirement Communities serves 5,000 residents at 15 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information about Mount Miguel Covenant Village, please visit www.mountmiguelcovenantvillage.org or call 877-226-7350.

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