Airplane, Bagels & Fuzzygalore

In the words of my new real life friend, Rachael AKA Fuzzygalore:

Fuzzygalore Tonight I met @ADVgrrl – sometimes life puts a person in your path to change your way of thinking for the better. That happened tonight. 2014-11-24, 8:21 PM

Let me back up for a second.  I am actually on a trip without my F800GS.  Yes, sometimes I have to fly.  I never go willingly but this was a must.  Only have 6 days in New York…anyone know of a bike that make here from Vancouver, BC and back in 6 days? ;-)

Vancouver from the air

Vancouver from the air

In any case off I flew on Sunday, Nov. 23.  Arrived this morning around 0600 to awaiting parents after it took me an hour to get my luggage. Vancouver airport is a stunning airport to depart or arrive to as a destination.



JFK?  Not so much.  I can not remember ever landing at JFK and thinking to myself “NY-One Hell of a Town”.  I mean NYC is but the welcoming hub the airport is a PIT.  Some say Vancouver is too showy of Native Art only.  I agree..Vancouver has so many talented artists but I guess the city decides what is displayed.  It is still a beautiful airport and one that Vancouverites ought to be proud of as it does show the city as classy.

One thing for sure when you ride there is no waiting for luggage, it’s always there attached to you. I am in NY, Long Island for US Thanksgiving, but also to see friends and meet Fuzzygalore.  Rachael runs a blog known as a Girlie Motorcycle Blog.

Yep that caught my eye when browsing the web for other sites like mine. Haven’t had the chance to meet Rachael in real-time until tonight.  We met for dinner in the town of Port Jefferson.  I was actually born at St. Charles’s Hospital up on the hill. Memories….NOT…have no memory of being born but I was told that was the place.  ;-) Rachael writes much better than I so that is why I copied and pasted her tweet from tonight.  I would add sometimes life puts a person in your pathway to have a meeting of the minds and share the passion for life and riding.  I really enjoyed meeting Fuzzygalore and would like to invite everyone to take a peek at her blog:

Thanks Rachael for a very nice dinner and chat.

One of the first things I NEED when I land in NY is a real NY Bagel.  Snobby about my home town bagels?  YEP.  I was lucky today to get a quick tour of the back of the LONG ISLAND Bagel Cafe in Stony Brook.  WEBSITE CLICK HERE

In the back what customers don’t see

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When I say real Bagels I will let Nick the owner tell you what I mean in these short video clips.

and then how they should be cooked

I miss these bagels and as I really ponder about moving back to the east coast around this area…I have to admit this will be a welcomed addition to my weekly routine.


I mean take a look inside this cafe


Loud and screams I want one of each.  Great coffee, and egg sandwich is what all three of us had on our way to my parents.


Yes, so NY is about food…everything is large here.  Deli’s open early, really early in the morning and serve large sandwiches, large muffins.  You name it is is large.  I have heard Americans are obese.  Perhaps that is the case…but at least you can say you get a lot for what you pay for and you end up with one tasty Bagel.  How I digress.  Point is…this is how you make a bagel.

I have a feeling my posts from Long Island will be about food.  Thanksgiving is here and when I leave I truly need to hit the treadmill.  But hey, that’s family, that’s the holidays and I am OK with that.  Until next time..hope everyone int he US enjoys their Turkey day coming up and I will continue to see friends and spend time with my family.


Sept 21 2014

It was a beautiful morning and I decided to take my friend/colleague Sandi up to the new Sea to Sky Gondola near Squamish, BC and play local tourists for the day.  Hot September Day we drove not far from Vancouver to get to see this.  We are fortunate and I have said this before, to live in such a beautiful area.  Surrounded by mountains and sea.  Have a peek at what you all could see on the way to Whistler, BC-our home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Great day to get out. Continue reading

My X Country SOLO Trip Slide Show

It’s long but made for me to share with you.  Music included were the tunes I listened to a lot throughout my journey.  Some may sound depressive some may not.  All have meaning to me and I can actually visualize the sights, sounds, smells and weather of course throughout my trip based on songs.  It’s a cool way to correlate all the many places I was fortunate to explore from May 17th – June 15th 2014.  At the end of course is my tribute to me Beagle, Cruizer….I hope some will watch and get a flavor of what it is like to travel 14,107 KM’s.  Leslie

Final Day & Reflections

May 17 2014 – June 15th 2014 (2014 X Country Solo Trip) if you make to the bottom you will see some stats or you can scroll down not read this wordy post and cut to the chase. ;-)

I got a big smooch from Sierra when I arrived home…

My good luck charm came with me the entire trip and I now wear it everyday too…nice people gave this to me…really nice!

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Day 19 – West Point, NY to Geneva, NY

Tracking web site click here 2014 X Country Solo Trip

After being caught in another storm, love riding in the Spring I arrived at the Westpoint Motel. A bit of a dump in some regards, like the bathroom was gross, I did not trust the linens that kind of stuff…it did get me out of the rain. I was greeted by a man behind the desk that needs to get a new job!

I spent most of the night texting home about my Beagle Cruizer who was hospitalized for not eating for days, lethargy and just overall not feeling well. I have since found out he has been diagnosed with A-Typical Addison’s Disease at the rip age of 10. Perhaps me leaving, all the change in his life as well has brought on this disease that was probably dormant waiting to rear its head. Continue reading

Day 12 – Hot and COLD (Part I – DC)

After spending 2 nights and day at my brother’s families house in NC and a night at my old friend’s house in Williamsburg, VA, I left the south to head north to Philadelphia, PA to visit the REVZILLA relatively new store in Philly by the old Navy yard.

I went to Colonial Williamsburg on my way out of town but I was too early even for the visitors centre to be open. Too early for almost everything but a cute breakfast place.

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