Baton Rouge BMW & New Orleans Tour


January 28th, 2015 – Day 15 (NEW ORLEANS)-click the pics

BR BMW

I should have really called this trip BMW Dealership Tour.  On a serious note, I did not have to be in New Orleans until 1500 hrs so I thought what the hell, stop by Baton Rouge BMW and see if they can figure out my EWS code.  I sent the dealer an email the night before and Cory, the Service Manager responded promptly and said “sure we can fit you in”.  Got a late start, took my time in the morning and made the HUGE ride of 8 km’s to the dealer from where I was staying. Continue reading

Climate SHOCK and the LA State Trooper


January 27th, 2015 – Day 14 (all pics in all posts can be clicked for larger versions)

He got me

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Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Back to Arkansas!


January 26th 2015 – Day 13

I woke up this morning to a very cool and crisp sunny day.  Compared to yesterday I immediately took a look at that flags and they were still.  I thought nice….no 40-50 MPH winds to contend with for today.  Little video from yesterday’s ride.

All the weather people said so and yep, that was the case.  Smooth sailing all day long and I did manage to get pretty far even with riding the TALIMENA BY-WAY.

Views and more views

This by-way was recommended by a few FB readers and I am so glad I was able to take it.  There is a very LARGE sign, of course I did not take a picture of it that says do not drive this road if there is fog, ice or snow.  There is no road maintenance.  No worries about that today at all.  It was sunny, dry and my riding temperatures today ranged from 0 C (30F) – 18 C (66F). Continue reading

Day 10,11& 12 – Interstate Riding – Looking for Mountains


January 23rd , 24th & 25th 2015

brrrr but I was warm ;-)

I woke up on Day 10 to my bike totally covered in frost.  I have finally hit winter at this point to justify the name of my trip.  👍

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Long Way to ABQ via the Apache Trail


January 22nd 2015 – Day 9

Heading to the Apache

After leaving GO-AZ dealership the day before I went to another virtual hosts house for an over niter.  Terry and Heather.  What a nice couple.  We had really good pizza, hung out with their pets, I have all ready forgotten their cat’s name but their dog?  Jack.  Terry and Heather take in rescues so they MUST be good people and they are.  Thanks guys for the stay and Terry for input on my route for the day.  Heather hope your make it to your next book club.  👍

the views

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Day 8 – GO-AZ & SPOOKY FAST – A very warm WELCOME


January 21 2015 – Day 8

I am usually much more efficient with updates as I put day 8 together on Day 11.  This trip more than any other trip has not only been about a little bike issues but more importantly taking time to enjoy myself with detours and meeting so many virtual friends.  This trip riding SOLO has been for some reason my most enjoyable trip.  Go figure after I have been on about 130,000 KM’s of trips since 2010. Continue reading

Day 7 – Vegas, Hoover Dam & I was in AZ and NV at the sametime


I am behind in posts.  This always seems to happen as days goes by.  I am having bike issues again but that will be for Day 9.  😉

AZ/NV Border

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Day 6 – All about heading into Spring?


Day 6 – January 19th 2015

UPDATE:  My spider bite on my right temple swelled up last night and puss came out.  I know gross eh?  It’s now infected because of my helmet, etc.  Put Bactine on it and it’s looking scabby but better.  Other than feeling like someone punched me in my eye, I think it’s on the mend. 

When I decided to take this trip, and I won’t name names, many thought I was crazy.  Maybe I am when I carry on and meet the east coast but so far my plan for this winter trip is holding out.  I mean I did check the regional weather reports and they have been SPOT on.

Now I don’t want to jinx myself so I will not carry on about this but I am so glad I decided to go with my gut.  I needed this trip in ways not everyone can understand.  Hard to explain but being between jobs, between countries literally I needed to find a place that is a constant in my life.  My bike.

the view

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Day 5 – Cops, BLOOD, DOA Battery and then The GENERAL


Day 5 – January 18th 2015

Just like the show COPS

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Short Post, Long Day


Day 4 – January 17th 2015

Today I tried to be a tourist, I really did.  However, the Drive-Thru Tree Park was closed and when I attempted to make it to Fort Bragg the weather was so horrible that I did not feel very safe on Route 1.  It was slick and it was pouring out.  No other cars were on the road at all that I could see.  Just me.  After about 30 KM’s or so I turned around and headed out.  Went back to see if the Drive-Thru Tree was open and it was still closed after 0900.  Early bird did not get the worm today.

I got to see the sign ;-)

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Doesn’t Feel Like Winter Anymore….


2015 – EASTBOUND-Down and Around the USA Trip

January 15th & 16th 2015

I don’t seem to be really making that much distance each day.  Having too much fun meeting so many nice folks on the road and hospitable folks allowing me into their homes.  Today, Friday, Jan. 16th  I met this young man, CARLOS.  His family owns this little restaurant in Rio Dell, CA.

Great little restaurant and service/food too

Meet smiley Carlos who has to be one of the nicest, polite and happy young man I have met.  Adorable too.  It’s OK I say that I told him to his face. Continue reading

Day 1 of how many?


January 14th 2015

It was weird to ride across the Sumas, WA border this time. Weird because I have no clue when I will ever be back in that neck of the woods ever again. I am moving back to the east so when will I come back to BC via my bike? That’s why it was weird. My bike has left Canada for good unless I ride it up to Ontario later to sell.

I left late this morning. Late for me. My house has been having many showings and I keep getting the boot. My last two houses sold in one day. I hate this crap…being asked to leave my own house but it’s part of the deal.

It was cold this morning but not cold enough to use anything else but my regular set up. Heated liner and gloves. But I am prepared if the east coast decides to get nasty with me. I was looking at a USA map. I always do this to myself…when you look at the nation on one map I always overwhelm myself with my grandiose plans for a ride. I am making a huge “U”.

No need to rush I always say to myself…take your time but what is it with riding? At least for me I always feel I need to make a route plan…only day to day, never more than that and feel this need to hit my chosen destination. I mean I love power riding but I was talking to this couple. They only ride X amount, make sure they have plenty of time to set up camp if they are camping, drink a few beers, light a fire and have a nice dinner.

Me? I always arrive right before the sunsets and I feel like I am running around versus relaxing. Tonight was not that bad. I arrived in Forest Grove, OR at a very nice couples home who contacted me through my FB page. They offered to “host” me for the night. Arrived around 1800 hrs, we chatted, Scot and Carol that is, had great green chili, homemade bread for a local bakery and salad. Topped off with some beer.

Scot rides a 1200GS and Carol a 700GS. Neither are huge fans of dirt riding but love riding together. They also enjoy 4 wheeling with their very cool Jeep in their driveway.

Heading through Washington I spent most of the morning looking through fog. I expected this and knew the sun would eventually break through. I am so used to starting a trip in the rain so the cold and fog was not a bother.

I hope to make it to Eureka, California tomorrow but not sure if I will. I know I will stay close to the coast and end up in Southern California in the next 2 days maybe? Head over to Arizona and take it from there. Day by Day. I have a feeling I will not be having to use my heated gear after the wee morning hours soon. Knock on wood, the regional forecast is not that bad south. Doesn’t really feel like total winter even here in Oregon.

Very bad video I made right before I left.

In my head I keep flip flopping…do I move or do I stay. Well, taking my bike to NY and leaving it there I guess makes my decision for me doesn’t it?

Good news I get to take another great ride with really my only time limit being me.

Look how nicely the sun burnt its way through in southern Washington and that was pretty much my ride for the rest of the day. Cool and sunny.

I added a Scottoiler for this trip. Curious about all the good things every says about this gadget. I must have had the setting set well. No spraying effect and the chain looks good.

Added Amber plastic covers to my hi test aux lights and have to say MAN am I seem in the fog with these. Doesn’t really help me see but cars see me for sure.

For day 1 it went pretty well…road about 545 KM’s. Seemed longer but I made it to where I had to.

Not much left for me to see around this area but I did cross a new bridge, the Lewis & Clark bridge…wicked.

and caught a beautiful sunset as I rode into the awaiting garage that was left open for my bike by these fine folks of Oregon.

I will head out as these guys head to work tomorrow. Destination unknown for now but towards California. Here’s to good weather, no snow and a safe and fun trip.

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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.

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

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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