USA road Trip 2015 – Day 1


April 22 2015

My TRACK LINK Here to SPOTWalla.

Canada-2-USA

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Day I became a Canadian Citizen

April 22, 2015 – An important day to remember.  The day I left BC for New York after my 18 years of growing up in Canada.  Now, Dual citizen, I am returning  to where it all started.  I mean where I was born.

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Seems like I have done a full circle.  Circle of my life in a way.  My transition to the States won’t be an easy one.  I never had an adult life there.  Left soon after grad school.

I need to learn about the “new” healthcare system, financials, housing market, mortgages etc.  Everything adult like.  When I moved to Canada it really took me 5 years to adjust and learn “their” ways. Some say the New Yorker in me was never tamed.  I was a “bull in a china store”.  Perhaps I still have that in me and will work in my favour in the States?

Let’s compare my 2015 USA or Bust trip to my 2 other Cross Country trips on my bike since May 2014.  I wonder where my car will take me now?

Spent Wednesday running around getting money, closing accounts, and saying some more good byes.  Oh, the exchange rate from CDN $ to USA $ is OMG bad.  I lose 20% right off the bat.  I will have to trickle money down to the States if and when the dollar gets better.  Predictions?  Perhaps the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 the CDN $ may get stronger.  Great time to sell a house in BC, bad time to move to the US money wise.  Oh well, can’t have everything.

Before I left my house, new owners take possession today, April 23….I was greeted by the neighbourhood Bald Eagle couple who I named Ma and Pa Maple Crest.  What a great send off.  I figured they came to say good-bye because I seem to be the only one in the hood that notices them flying around their territory.  😍

They were very far away perched on top of a tree…the only reason I saw them was because of the crows dive bombing them in fear.

My real estate agent, John Cashin made a donation to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation

in my name and I adopted the Harrison Mills eagles nest. That is the MOST impressive gift I have ever received from the sale of my homes.  Thanks again John, you rock.  He knows I am nuts about eagles and a gift that pays it forward.  I like that.

Took last pictures of the gardens I worked so hard to keep nice and said my final good byes.  I know this sounds so dramatic…everyone moves, but I love BC, love the friends I have found since my separation and it’s hard for me to think I am gone forever?  Maybe one day I will be back to live or at least ride my bike to BC as a destination rather than home.

That’s it.  Now on my road trip on four wheels versus 2.  What a change.  I have not really been a serious road trip in a car in so long.  I am lost to organizing my “stuff”.  So much easier on the bike.  I will take Cruizer back to the place where I had his memorial back in June 2014.

Cruizer was my 10 year-old Beagle who dropped dead June 10th 2014 when I was on my 2014 SOLO X Country trip on my bike.  I am taking his ashes to his spot.

Thanks to all who have been following my journey and hope you all stay along for my bike adventures in the USA…for now it’s me and my car. Leslie

18 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great to have you back in the USA😋. Hoping we catch up with each other and go on a ride. We are heading to Billings MT for BMW MOA national rally. Are you going.

  2. jerjames64 says:

    love reading your blog. Welcome back to the states.

  3. steve says:

    I’m stopping to follow as this is not much about biking but a personal blog with too much info.

    • advgrrl says:

      yep…it is a personal blog with as much info as I want to share. Too bad you think it’s not about biking. Biking is part of my life as well as many. Having said that life is not just flowers and perfection. Most riders have a reason to ride and at times it’s about a journey. Good and bad. I thank you for following when you did and sorry to see you go. L

    • Maria says:

      Geez dude! Really? Couldn’t you have moved on without leaving that comment? If you don’t like a blog, move on – no need to announce your departure!

      BTY, there isn’t anything I would change about Leslie’s blog and I happen to enjoy every post.

  4. RichardM says:

    Just about any road trip is good! Enjoy!

    Bad news for me about the exchange rate as I’m looking to spend some time in Canada this summer. Maybe it’ll end up as the most direct route and shortest time again…

  5. Maria says:

    Oh and safe travels to you Leslie!

  6. Gary says:

    Hugs Leslie – if I know you, I have no doubt you will somehow meet up with some of the biking crowd and moto stores on this trip. Maybe even a bike show – get to googling!

  7. Jay A. says:

    Glad to be along (virtually) on the next chapter in your adventures, Leslie. Safe travels, and you know where we are if your journey should bring you near the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 🙂

  8. Gurpal Mann says:

    CDN dollar is affected by oil prices to a greater extent. When you think that gas prices are too high may be a good time to check exchange rates. Have a safe and fun trip. Enjoy your writing and honest thoughts.

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