214th Country to Visit my Blog – South Sudan WELCOME


Overview
 History
Egypt attempted to colonize the region of southern Sudan by establishing the province of Equatoria in the 1870s. Islamic Mahdist revolutionaries overran the region in 1885, but in 1898 a British force was able to overthrow the Mahdist regime. An Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was established the following year with Equatoria being the southernmost of its eight provinces. The isolated region was largely left to itself over the following decades, but Christian missionaries converted much of the population and facilitated the spread of English. When Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the political system. When the Arab Khartoum government reneged on its promises, a mutiny began that led to two prolonged periods of conflict (1955-1972 and 1983-2005) in which perhaps 2.5 million people died – mostly civilians – due to starvation and drought. Ongoing peace talks finally resulted in a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in January 2005. As part of this agreement the south was granted a six-year period of autonomy to be followed by a referendum on final status. The result of this referendum, held in January 2011, was a vote of 98% in favor of secession. Independence was attained on 9 July 2011. Since independence South Sudan has struggled with good governance and nation building and has attempted to control rebel militia groups operating in its territory. Economic conditions have deteriorated since January 2012 when the government decided to shut down oil production following bilateral disagreements with Sudan.

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Not ready to part with my “beauty”…


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If some of you have been following my year 2014 you will know it’s been one struggle after another.  Break up of my marriage/relationship after 17.5 years, the sudden death of my 10 year-old beagle, job issues, and now I am in the process of actually selling my house and transitioning back to the USA where I was born and raised.  I promise to end this post on a high note. 😊

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2014 – A Year to Forget but I am still THANKFUL…


Vancouver from the air

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2014 has been one hell of a year for me and still is on some levels.  Separation, leading to divorce, death of my beloved 10-year-old Beagle, Cruizer…work issues, deciding to leave Canada after almost 18 years and start over?  So, what to do?  Do I dwell on all the misfortunes I have experienced or do I try to hold on to the things I am and should be grateful for?  Seems like such an easy question to answer doesn’t it?  I should instinctively say I am THANKFUL for being alive, my family, my friends, my passion for organ donation, my dogs, my bike, my many many trips I am able to take, yet I am not completely convinced I feel this thanks deeply in my heart.

I think after I write this post and I’m reminded how fortunate I am, I hope to end with a truly genuine thanks. Let’s see how I feel as I write and post some of my favorite pictures from the Fall of 2014.  I don’t BS, been told I offer too much information, TMI, but again this is me and what I like to do is actually write how I am felling in the moment and I just happen to share it with well?  A few people around the world. ;-)

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One of the MANY reasons I BLOG!


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I have to post this very REAL and well written post by Fuzzygalore.  The Motorcyclist blogger I met the other night here in NY.  Her writing kicks my ass in the blogging world but then again as we both discussed this not a competition. I can at least bow my head to someone who really knows how to reach out to her readers.  What an amazing skill and gift.  I am so disappointed I forgot to take a selfie pic of the two of us but Fuzzy did in fact post her version of us…please continue to reading to find out.  :-)

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New York Bound – Happy US Thanksgiving


Heading to New York for US Thanksgiving.  Haven’t been back for this holiday in so long.  Time to be with family, see some more possible virtual friends and of course old friends alike.  Looking forward to getting out of town  – oops I have been out of town a lot lately on my bike but now I am flying.I love NY

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I SURVIVED THE POLAR VORTEX on 2 Wheels


November 14th -16th 2014

In this video if you listen closely I rub my pegs….;-)

Mileage 1178 Km’s

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MY View


Princeton, BC to Leavenworth, WA


All pics can be enlarged by clicking on them and I always add more pics at the end that aren’t always in my posts.  Little raw videos at the end. Just FYI.

Starting out temperature was -18C for everyone else .4F and let me tell you this…IT WAS COLD!

The best part of my morning was Co Co’s being open at 0430 for some freshly brewed coffee.

Spoke with the owner for a bit who is a talented artist along with his wife.  They have been at this location, right near the turn off for Osoyoos for 5 years.  Nice ambiance and nice people.  Coll decor too.

I wore my base layer, then my riding jeans minus the knee armour and my KLIM pants.  Good thing I have lost a little more weight to be able to wear all that I had and still be able to move and get my leg over the seat. ;-) I always carry a back up heated liner.  Gerbings WON today over my Powerlet.  Was way warmer in the frigid cold with Gerbings than Powerlet.  I constantly moved my toes in my boots and that saved me from having another frozen foot.  So, I learned from yesterday’s arctic blast and things went better today.  Once the temps got to reasonable ones I was free!

When I left Maple Ridge yesterday, Nov. 14th my plan initially was to take Route 3 to Osoyoos, BC.  Last minute change as I always do I decided to take the Coquihalla Pass and then an off shoot of Route 5 to 5A. Continue reading

Winter Comes Early – Why I ride


SPOTWALLA TRACKING CLICK HERE - Going to head out on another 2 night trip today.  While it’s below freezing outside and some might say I am a little nuts for going out…I am hoping that the weather folks are correct when they report COLD yet beautiful days over the weekend.

Nov 14-16 2014 trip

I am not sure I will follow this exact route but will try to get through the mountain passes that apparently all ready have had snow safely. I will follow the sun and while I am riding on this trip I will also be thinking about my transition back to the USA from Canada. Continue reading

Riding Clears the HEAD – Last Day of My Washington Fall Trip


November 1 2014 (In another post I will write a little review of the TCX Gore Tex Desert boot)

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Crossing the Border – Day trippin’ in Washington State


October 30th 2014

I made another last minute decision to take a 2 night ride across the border into Washington State.  First time I think I have had no dogs to care for and absolutely no other real responsibilities  at home.  This prompted me to get away yet again. So, off I left around 1430 on Thursday to head down to Washington.  Short back country ride to La Conner for the night.

Pouring rain, lot’s of wind and then everything calmed down as I pulled into La Conner.  Known for it’s tulip festival in the Spring. Continue reading

Tofino, BC Part 2 – click on the pics


A few weekends ago I went on a two night trip to Tofino.  It’s a great little ocean town on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  My goal in the future when off call from work and off work in general is to try to take as many “little” trips as I can to get away SOLO.  I find these trips to be helpful for the soul and exploring places near and far from my own home actually quite adventurous and rewarding.

When I arrived in Tofino is was a beautiful day but you could tell by looking out into the Pacific a storm was brewing.  This place is not only known for it’s surfing but also WELL known for it’s storm watching.

The system that passed through when I was there wasn’t anything too exciting.  No thunder, lightning etc…just pouring rain but gave the beach, the water a much different ambiance to this area. A much different feel then when the sun was out.  Continue reading