STAY TUNED….January 2015 Departure?


SPOT will be tracking
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This could be my route for my X Country Winter Excursion…departure date still being determined. Will make a pit stop in Florida to see my folks, (snow birds) and cousins if all works out. More details to come…will probably take the 101 down through the Oregon Coast…
8366.71 km or 5198.83 miles

Green, White, Brown – Winter in the PNW (Gerbing, what I know)


My initial reason for heading down to Washington State yet again was really to get to Gerbing 

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New Liners are nice I have to admit
I would not ride without heated gear in the cold months
Gerbing in Olympia WA, now CLOSED for good

and to add to my heated gear collection so I can ride x country this month sometime soon I hope to drop my bike off at my folks in New York.  I added heated socks and pant liners plus a dual controller.  After I get my letter of compliance from BMW USA I can legally import my bike as the first part of my transition back to the States.  Continue reading

French readers I need your help


What are the lyrics of this song I love in English?

Steven Pass Dec 31 2014
Steven Pass Dec 31 2014

THANKS GEORGE from the UK

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2014 Quick Review


As I work on my post from my last road trip with my car, not my bike here TWO quick slide shows of my year in review.  I mean quick!  😃  Enjoy, and I will get my act together to post about my December 30th 2014 – Jan 1 2015, 2010 KM or 1250 mile trip.

Cyclops H7 LED Kit install for BMW F800/ 650 GS – Guest POST


Cyclops H7 LED Kit install for BMW F800/ 650 GS

Guest BLOGGER installation…thanks Mike for the descriptive install…and shhhh…I was the friend who had an extra LED 😏

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I was fortunate to have a good friend that had an extra H7 LED kit from Cyclops and thought I would give back by showing a picture install. I did the original install with removing the headlight but thought I would document the installation without the headlight removal as it was equally as fast if not faster.

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Remembering 2014…my own form of therapy


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. Best to watch videos full screen and in HD

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When I look back at all the years I have spent in Canada, all the fortunate riding I have been able to do since 2010 when I got my street license these videos will enable me to really see, feel and reflect. My life here has not been bad.  Continue reading

Canada to the USA….oh, the joys of moving back “home”


Update: I learned how to import vehicles into the USA from Canada today. Not terribly difficult but nonetheless work. I had to contact BMW & Fiat USA to apply for letters of compliance. This was after I called the Canadian divisions because that made sense to me.  NOT! 😒 Compliance letters mean my vehicles meet USA DOT and EPA standards. Both vehicles do.

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However, since my motorcycle and car were not built-in North America I have to pay 2.5% duty on the Kelly Blue Book values. Just another way to tax us. After I decided what State I will live in I will have a letter of import all ready from the border and just have to get them inspected. More money and will have to change the insert for my speedometer to MPH versus KPH. I can get that insert from a BMW and Fiat dealer. Continue reading

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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Lower The Water Level please……


December 13th 2014 – (all pics are clickable for hi rez and there are videos in the post.)

Rode out to see the Eagles again today at the Sandpiper Golf Course about an hour ride east of my house.  Been going out here every year for almost 18 years.  Will be going out a lot more over the next month or so because the river is still way too high for these magical creatures to feast on the spawning salmon.  There were a lot more eagles flying around today than a few weeks ago.  This area makes me forget about 2014 as being a year of loses. Makes me feel really good to be honest especially when I ride.  I have some hurdles still in my way before I move back to the USA but I have such a good family and friends I think I will jump over them and land on my feet.  But, MAN…would I love to just stay out here with the eagles for weeks.

Beauty-she makes me feel so light 😐

Temperature was perfect for riding.  Between 4C (39.2F) – 7C(44.6F).  The next four pictures were taken by a guy name Doug.  I just was watching him take shots of an eagle that was real close to us and low on a tree branch.  He showed his pics using a great lens and better camera than mine and I asked if he would email the shots he loved.  Gave him my blog travel card and he did indeed keep his promise.  Mailed me these pictures and I told him in return I would post them and link his site.  Doug said he is not a pro but I think he is an awesome photographer.  Thanks DOUG if you read this for the pictures and nice to have met you.

I met DOUG who took this shot and graciously emailed me a few of his pictures. Amazing and he claims to not be a pro.

Visit Doug’s website by clicking this link DJB-PHOTO

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Sleepless in Maple Ridge – Rambling thoughts


What keeps one up at night?  What goes through the mind to not allow one to rest and refuel like “normal” folks? Plenty of things I suppose.  I have a lot to share and I always do but the reason I am up tonight will have to wait for another day.  I could say I am awake dreaming about my next ride…which is partly true. Or my future bike?  Ahhh…not just yet but I can dream about this exact bike.

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