A DOGS love & the pain saying good bye


One thing I find interesting?  ADV riders seem to have in common is the love for their pets and life.  I have no real tangible evidence but I would say many of us who ride have dogs.  Having said that want to find my soft spot?  Loving my dogs and then having to say good bye. I work in an industry where death and dying happens everyday.  Human beings I mean.  I cope with that professionally but I feel that perhaps witnessing all that pain and suffering comes out in me when I lose a dog.

Over the last 3 years I find myself grieving the loss of a dog I cherished.  In June 2014 it was my crazy Beagle, Cruizer.  Continue reading “A DOGS love & the pain saying good bye”

My First 2 Weeks Home

May 30 2015 – work in progress the new BLOG layout

Random post updating my first 2 weeks back in New York after my over 8000 mile road trip from Vancouver to NY, the beach, rich people, weather, more grief, new beginnings and adjustments = back to reality?

Xander, 15 years old, diagnosed on 2008 with severe heart failure and 4 month prognosis. Out lives my 13 year old Sierra and 10 year old Cruizer-lovely Beagle. Xander at 7 weeks..this is a keeper

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MAY 25 2015

Sierra went to sleep forever!  June 6th 2002 – May 25th 2015

Cruizer April 28th 2004 – June 10th 2014

My little one Xander, age 15 is the only dog I have left.

Sierra one of the most beautiful, gentle and loving dogs

Continue reading “RIP BEAUTIFUL SIERRA – Losing a dog is NEVER EVER easy”

2015 Long Island or Bust Tour – Day 9 (My head)

April 30th 2015 (all pics in any of my posts can be clicked for HI REZ versions)

I feel like I am living the 2002 philosophical travel memoir by Neil Peart, Ghost Rider.  I get why he kept going out for his rides.

Best route for a car or bike
Best route for a car or bike

Everyday the roads I travel are stunning and beautiful.  Perfect for a bike or car.  However, this day despite what I was seeing my drive felt labored.  I knew at some point on this trip my head would give in to what I have left behind.  As I get closer to taking my Beagles ashes back to his spot in Wyoming, Cruizer’s rock I call it, I seemed to be feeling quite emotional. Today he would have been 11. Continue reading “2015 Long Island or Bust Tour – Day 9 (My head)”

Saying Good Bye is NEVER Easy…

March 14th 2015 (videos included)

One of my MOST favorite pictures of Sierra

If you LOVE dogs like I love mine then you will understand why I feel compelled to do an entire post about saying good-bye to my best friends.  One of the hardest things over the year has been knowing that life changes comes with many consequences.

Cheryl took this photo

Since I am picking up and moving to the USA it may appear I am deserting my dogs or somehow I let Cruizer my Beagle down when I left for my X Country therapy ride after my separation. Continue reading “Saying Good Bye is NEVER Easy…”

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 “Doesn’t Feel Like Winter Anymore….”

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

Continue reading “Lower The Water Level please……”

It’s Still FALL but…Feels Like Winter

Continue reading “It’s Still FALL but…Feels Like Winter”

Finalists Of The 2014 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.There is a major exhibition at the Natural History Museum that tours worldwide throughout the year. The winning images appear on this website, in BBC Wildlife Magazine and publications worldwide. As a result, the photographs are now seen by millions.

Find out about the Museum: visit www.nhm.ac.uk


‘Diamonds’ by Malgorzata Ksiazkiewicz






































Continue reading “Finalists Of The 2014 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year”

The 50 Best Animal Photos Of 2012

A definitive collection of the best animal photojournalism of the year.

SOURCE:  BuzzFeed

1. The orphaned gorilla and his warden

The orphaned gorilla and his warden

PHIL MOORE/ AFP / Getty Images

Patrick Karabaranga, a warden at the Virunga National Park in Congo, sits with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary.


2. The deer escaping a wild fire

The deer escaping a wild fire

Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette / MCT

A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire in June.

3. The 10-day-old elephant in Sumatra

The 10-day-old elephant in Sumatra

Chaideer Mahyuddin / AFP / Getty Images

A ranger inspects a 10-day-old baby elephant at Sarah Deu conservation response unit in Indonesia. There are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, a 50% drop since 1985.

4. The cat cafe kiss

The cat cafe kiss

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

An employee kisses Dyushes, a Don Sphynx cat, at the “Cats Republic” art cafe in St. Petersburg, Russia. The cafe has an exhibition area, a library, and a hall where cats live. Visitors can pay $5-10 to play with the cats.

5. A woman and her kittens

A woman and her kittens

Lynn DeBruin / AP

Tammy Lance of Payson, Utah, cries after finding kittens alive under a burned-out truck.

6. The Shanghai tiger cub

The Shanghai tiger cub

Eugene Hoshiko / AP

A tiger cub rests at a nursery room at the Shanghai Zoo in China.

7. The elephant funeral

The elephant funeral

Anupam Nath / AP

A villager offers flowers to a female adult elephant lying dead in a paddy field in Panbari village, India. The elephant was hit by a train and killed while crossing railway tracks with a herd of wild Asiatic elephants.

8. The dog and the water buffalo

The dog and the water buffalo


A dog sits on water buffalo that were cooling off in the Ravi River in Lahore, Pakistan.

9. The goatobomb

The goatobomb


An ethnic Uighur man takes a nap on a board as his goat stands next to him in western China.

10. Japanese snow monkeys enjoying a hot spring

Japanese snow monkeys enjoying a hot spring

JIJI PRESS/AFP / Getty Images

Japanese wild monkeys enjoy an open-air hot spring at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.

11. The world’s first cloned pashmina goat

The world's first cloned pashmina goat

Dar Yasin / AP

Noori, a cloned pashmina goat, stands inside a sheep breeding center at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in India. Scientists at the university successfully cloned the world’s first pashmina goat, prized for its fine wool, according to news reports.

12. These monkeys bathing in a pot

These monkeys bathing in a pot

Channi Anand / AP

Two monkeys quench their thirst as a third takes a dip on a hot summer afternoon in India.

13. The shark and the seal

The shark and the seal

Dana Allen/Caters News

South Africa.

14. The cat and the gun

The cat and the gun

Bernat Armangue / AP

A cat sleeps next a Kalashnikov weapon on a Hamas security check point in Gaza City.

15. The Shar-Pei and the tiger cub

The Shar-Pei and the tiger cub

Igor Okunin/AFP / Getty Images

“Cleopatra” breast-feeds one of two adopted tiger cubs in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

16. The boy and his pet bear

The boy and his pet bear

Biswaranjan Rout / AP

Ghasiram Kisan feeds Buddu, a 1½-year-old sloth bear at the family’s home in Lakhapada, India. The wild bear, which was rescued by wildlife officials, wandered into the village as a cub following a herd of goats and had lived with the family ever since.

17. The two luckiest people in the world

The two luckiest people in the world

AFP / Getty Images

Workers show off the baby pandas at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China.

18. The ducks crossing the road

The ducks crossing the road

China Daily / Reuters

Farmers herd a flock of ducks along a street toward a pond as residents drive next to them in China.

19. The leopard stuck in the water tank

The leopard stuck in the water tank

AFP / Getty Images

A wild leopard climbs a net after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Haskhowa, India. The animal was rescued by the Sukna Forest rescue team by lowering a ladder and a net into the tank.

20. The whale funeral

The whale funeral


People gather around a humpback whale that beached itself in White Rock, British Columbia. The whale, with signs of injuries on its body, was alive when fisheries officials arrived but died soon after.

21. The collie waiting to vote

The collie waiting to vote

Joerg Sarbach / AP / AP

A bearded collie waits under a table at a polling station while its owner votes in Germany.

22. The Shark Whisperer

The Shark Whisperer

OUG PERRINE/Barcroft Media /Landov

Andre “The Shark Whisperer” Hartman touches the snout of a great white shark near ‘Shark Alley’ which holds the highest concentration of great white sharks in the world.

23. The sun bear who can’t take the heat

The sun bear who can't take the heat

Nati Harnik / AP

A sun bear reacts to triple-digit temperatures at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.

24. The pig on the street

The pig on the street

Alexandre Meneghini / AP

A 6-month-old pet pig named “Shy” follows his owner as he crosses a street in Mexico City.

25. The dyed dogs

The dyed dogs


Dogs that were dyed red upon contact with Rhodamine B extra are seen in Jinan, China. A bag of Rhodamine B extra, which is easily soluble in water and makes the solution red, dropped on a highway and drifted to a nearby village after being crushed by passing vehicles.

26. The cativist

The cativist


A Turkish woman holds her cat in front of a banner during a march for animal rights in Istanbul. Demonsrators gathered against a proposed amendment to a law that authorizes the removal of stray animals, limiting the number of pets in houses, and the termination of what is termed “dangerous” breeds. Activists fear the regulation will lead to mass killing of cats and dogs regardless of whether they are pets or strays.

27. The whale shark under the boat

The whale shark under the boat

Shawn Heinrichs/Barcroft Media /Landov

A 50-foot-long whale shark dwarfs a 34-foot-long luxury yacht off the coast of the Yucatán peninsula.

28. This dog wearing a cape

This dog wearing a cape


A dog is decked out in in an awesome costume during a protest march against animal abuse.

29. The three baby bears

The three baby bears

Danny Green / Rex / Rex USA


30. This terrifying interaction between a diver and an anaconda

This terrifying interaction between a diver and an anaconda

Franco Banfi/Solent News / Rex / Rex USA

A diver gets up close to a huge anaconda resting on a riverbank. Thankfully, its swollen belly shows it had recently eaten a capybara and would have little interest in feeding again for a while.

31. The orphaned dogs of the Philippines

The orphaned dogs of the Philippines

Bullit Marquez / AP

Pit bulls and other breeds are chained in their steel drum cages at a coffee farm after being rescued from dog fighting gangs in the Philippines.

32. The polar bear enjoying her birthday snow

The polar bear enjoying her birthday snow

Jeff Chiu / AP

For Pike’s 30th birthday, the San Francisco Zoo brought in some snow. Her face says it all.

33. The orangutan being released into the wild after years of captivity

The orangutan being released into the wild after years of captivity

Iwan Pribadi / Rex / Rex USA

A young male orangutan takes his first steps into the wild after years of being kept as an illegal pet by palm oil plantation workers. The ape was released into the forest by rescuers and carers from Borneo.

34. The shark and the kayaker

The shark and the kayaker

Shelly Negrotti / AP

A shark gets dangerously close to a kayaker in Massachusetts.

35. The world’s tallest dog

The world's tallest dog

Guinness World Records 2013 Book/Kevin Scott Ramos / AP

The world’s tallest dog, Zeus, drinks from the kitchen tap at his home. Standing on his hind legs, Zeus is 7 foot 4 inches tall.

36. The polar bear cuddling his keeper

The polar bear cuddling his keeper

Quirky China News / Rex / Rex USA

Six-month-old polar bear cub Yuan Yuan hugs the leg of his keeper at Penglai Ocean Polar World. According to keepers, Yuan Yuan is like a spoiled child.

37. The sheep and his new family

The sheep and his new family


Wolfgang Grensens, a shepherd, decided to raise a 6-week-old lamb after his mother passed away. The sheep fits right in.

38. The tiniest deer

The tiniest deer


This little guy was found orphaned in a forest close to Concepcion, Santiago. The Pudu inhabits exclusively in southern Chile and part of Argentina. The species is currently in danger of extinction.

39. The helpful dog

The helpful dog

Newspix / Rex / Rex USA

An English Pointer named Jack helps his human get a drink of water on the first day of spring in Brisbane, Australia.

40. The chill dachshund

The chill dachshund

Marco Ugarte / AP

His name is Coffe, and he’s from Mexico City.

41. The “racing” owl

The "racing" owl

Jeff Moore / Splash News

Bob The Owl Reluctantly “runs” the 100-centimeter sprint before the London Olympics.

42. The donkey with two pink casts

The donkey with two pink casts

Caters New Service

Three-week-old Primose was saved by vets who put her underdeveloped legs in casts until they are strong enough to support her.

43. The world’s smallest puppy, named Beyonce

The world's smallest puppy, named Beyonce


Beyonce, a dachshund mix female puppy, is pictured on an iPhone.

44. The sloth photobomb

The sloth photobomb

Caters News Service

It happened in Costa Rica to a group of student volunteers. The cameraman said: “As I looked through the camera lens I could see something creeping in to the frame. When I realized it was a baby sloth, I clicked the button as fast as I could, not that he was going anywhere fast.”

45. The lucky lady getting a kiss from a pygmy hippo

The lucky lady getting a kiss from a pygmy hippo

It happened at the Cango Ranch in South Africa ❤

46. The panda that was afraid of the dragon

The panda that was afraid of the dragon


A panda cub looks at a toy dragon, a New Year gift, in a nursery room in China.

47. The bear leaving his den after hibernation

The bear leaving his den after hibernation


Palle-Jooseppi, a male brown bear at Ranua Zoo in Finland, wakes up after winter hibernation.

48. The orphaned koala in a coffee cup

The orphaned koala in a coffee cup

Newspix / Rex / Rex USA

Raymond was found abandoned on the side of the road in Brisbane, Australia. He was named after the man who found him.

49. The orphaned elephant

The orphaned elephant

Denis Farrell / AP

Seven-and-a-half-month-old Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. His parents had been killed by poachers, and he has since been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is being cared for and raised by humans.

50. The bear falling from the sky

The bear falling from the sky

CU Independent, Andy Duann / AP

A bear that wandered into the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, dorm complex Williams Village falls from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials.

Continue reading “The 50 Best Animal Photos Of 2012”

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