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.

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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

TOFINO, BC Weekend to clear the head


If anyone has been following my “story” you will know I have recently separated from Cheryl.  Just this past week I became the sole owner of my house and needless to say I am overwhelmed with mixed emotions.  So, what I do best is get out of town on my F800 to clear my head.  On Oct 3rd, yesterday I did just that…headed out early to take the BC Ferry to Vancouver Island with my destination for the day Tofino, BC.  Tofino is right smack on the Pacific Ocean.  Been here years ago but wanted to return.

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2 Niter Getaway


Heading out to Vancouver Island in a few hours thanks to having great dog sitters.  Lately I have been trying to get away for short trips on my bike. I ride all year but this time of year I particularly love because of the cool crisp mornings and  if lucky warm afternoons.

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Best “Backyard” Riding Ever!


September 28th 2014 (all pics click-able for Hi-Rez) I woke up to a very FOGGY and misty morning.

How my morning started out

My usual early rising…I manage if lucky to get about 4-5 hours a sleep a night.  Long story but anyway….I checked the weather out and the weather people did predict the sun would shine eventually.  So, what to do?  What else, find someone to take care of my dogs and plan on riding a 700 KM day trip.  I need to power ride once in awhile, especially when I FEEL the need to go on a LONG trip like I do now.  Not possible but let’s make the best of this day and I did.

I know I could see the sun starting to burn off the fog

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All in a Days Ride (all pics can be clicked for higher resolution)


Rode up to Chehalis Lake British Columbia today.  A decent logging road that takes you through shady forest areas to vistas with views to die for….temperature changes throughout the ride.  No cell coverage so I brought my SPOT just in case.  Here is the link to my track…

DAY Trippin

Sep 13 2014 From my SPOT page

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WOW-#213 Country to visit my blog is Cuba Population: 11,061,886


  Just really surprised to see a visitor from Cuba…happy surprise! 
 History
The native Amerindian population of Cuba began to decline after the European discovery of the island by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 and following its development as a Spanish colony during the next several centuries. Large numbers of African slaves were imported to work the coffee and sugar plantations, and Havana became the launching point for the annual treasure fleets bound for Spain from Mexico and Peru. Spanish rule eventually provoked an independence movement and occasional rebellions that were harshly suppressed. US intervention during the Spanish-American War in 1898 assisted the Cubans in overthrowing Spanish rule. The Treaty of Paris established Cuban independence from the US in 1902 after which the island experienced a string of governments mostly dominated by the military and corrupt politicians. Fidel CASTRO led a rebel army to victory in 1959; his iron rule held the subsequent regime together for nearly five decades. He stepped down as president in February 2008 in favor of his younger brother Raul CASTRO. Cuba’s communist revolution, with Soviet support, was exported throughout Latin America and Africa during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The country faced a severe economic downturn in 1990 following the withdrawal of former Soviet subsidies worth $4 billion to $6 billion annually. Cuba at times portrays the US embargo, in place since 1961, as the source if its difficulties. Illicit migration to the US – using homemade rafts, alien smugglers, air flights, or via the US’s southwest border – is a continuing problem. The US Coast Guard interdicted 1,275 Cuban nationals attempting to cross the Straits of Florida in 2012.

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