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.
Some might say I am obsessed. I agree I am…I mean who wouldn’t be? I ride my bike and see Continue reading →
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.
The first 200 KM’s it just pissed on me. I know rain but this rain is a lot in a short period of Continue reading →
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.
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 →
Before heading up the Oregon coast we rode to the Northern tip of California. Part of the Redwood Forest. We literally stopped at the visitors station to pee and look around and then went right up the coast, Rt 101. We have done this route many times before in a Jeep and on our bikes. To be honest we never really get enough of the coast and we never see it the same time of year.
This years summer trip was way shorter than last years epic ride with Triumph Canada, 2 Triumph Tiger XC bikes to Alaska. Not 44 days long but only 11. Why? Leslie started a new job in January and was not able to get a large amount of time off this summer. As a matter of fact every day Leslie used for this break from work was banked OT not vacation time because she is not able to take “vacation” until her probation is over. BTW, should have been over July 16th.
In any case, every ride no matter how long or short can turn out to be an adventure and this was no different. This trip we contended with temperatures ranging from 12 C (53 F) to 42 C (107.6 F). The beginning of this trip we saw triple digits. Continue reading →
The plan was simple; I was going to ride from Long Beach New York to Long Beach Los Angeles, cheaply and alone. I wanted to prove that you didn’t need the latest bike or accessories in able to have an adventure of a lifetime and of course, do it with the freedom of 2 wheels. I was also going to try and raise some money for ‘Riders for Health’, if I could achieve all that while discovering parts of America that would be more than wonderful.
Just to make it a bit more interesting, mainly for myself, I threw in a few rules; just to make me suffer in one way or another. These were, buy a bike for $200 or less and ride it across the US using only normal roads, no Interstate or Highways. Sleep in a tent every night, use only a small map, no sat navigation, can’t shave or shower until the journey is complete and only buy fuel and food. Whatever the bike needed would have to come out of the $200 budget… if I hadn’t spent it all in one go that is…
Once again we come across a video that really seems to capture the essence of ADV riding even though this is not a DS bike or bikes. An adventure is really anything you want it to be, the feeling you get from riding is what it’s all about. My new colleagues where I work are finding out that I am obsessedwith riding. They laugh at me when I get the chance to ride to work and the smile on my face that stays all day. I used to ride to work every day but working for BC Transplant now it’s not easy to do since I am on call so much for now. In any case enjoy this “movie” and sit back and relax!
For the last two years I have been taking still photographs for a personal project entitled ‘It’s Better In The Wind,’ all the while collecting video footage from each ride as we traveled around the Western United States together.
I have been slowly editing the footage into a visual scrapbook of sorts for those who partook, and those who followed us via the web. No preaching the triumphs and failures of the motorcycle industry, no divisive commentary between manufacturers and styles…just a collection of imagery that will hopefully inspire more people to take to the road and discover what there is outside of our respective communities.
Bullying needs to become OBSOLETE! Too many wasted lives over sexuality, confusion and BULLYING! This is so well done and we would like to CONGRATULATE the SFPD for putting this together. I can see Cheryl doing something like this for the RCMP one day!
Mayor Lee & Chief Suhr Unveil First of its Kind LGBT Youth Video.
The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) along with Mayor Ed Lee is proud to announce the debut of the “SFPD It Gets Better” video project as part of the nationwide campaign to end bullying of LGBT youth. The video provides a message of transformation, hope and encouragement to LGBT yo…uth that it does get better. The SFPD is the first and only Police Department in the country to produce a video for the campaign.
“It Gets Better” is a nationwide project, that offers support and encouragement to youth who are struggling with their sexual identity or bullied for being “different.” These messages of hope let young people know that they are not alone and that help is available.