22 days until I leave Canada for the USA!
Tag: 2015 Winter Trip
Lost in the Shuffle & My Therapy Bike
March 9th 2015
Time is flying by and at times I feel like it’s all happening to fast yet too slowly. “It” being my transition from Canada back to the USA. I feel like I have been speaking about this for a long time but my decision to move really was only confirmed back in November 2014. Yet, my life changes seem ongoing and at times I have to admit I feel a bit scared and nervous of the so many unknowns. Continue reading “Lost in the Shuffle & My Therapy Bike”
Looking Through My Lens…Vancouver & Greater Vancouver Beauty
February 18th 2015
I have a friend from New York visiting me here in BC. We actually flew back together after my amazing 2015 Winter X Country ride. Should really rename my last trip to Spring Like Ride. 😉 Anyway, I am back to BC and for this week playing tourist. Soaking all the beauty my area has with my friend.
I brought back sunny and warm weather after leaving New York on February 15th with Continue reading “Looking Through My Lens…Vancouver & Greater Vancouver Beauty”
Boots, Tires and Resting Place for My Bike
My boots, Alpinestars Toucans need new soles. I am a short rider for the F8 and often have to really push off my left boot to get the bike up from its stand and it shows. Still an amazing boot for the price and 100% H20 proof and so comfortable. My Heidenau K60 Scout tires are the bomb. Keep the PSI up and they last forever. Rear has over 17,000 KM’s and still has plenty of tread left and the front has over 14,000 and is in really good shape.
My bike will stay in this exact place until I get back to the USA. First time we are separated and yes, I will have a difficult time not being able to ride back in BC. But…at least she has a spot with a window view 😉
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The LAST 110 Feet, The Break IN – 2015 Winter Trip Day 29
February 12th 2014 – Day 29 my Last Day Riding – short video clips are part of this post and click on the pics for higher resolution
Original Route looked like this which was always just a rough idea
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Amazing Ride Williamsburg to Chestertown, MD – Day 28
February 10th 2015 – Day 28
I had a great short visit with my best friend from undergrad and her partner. Ann Marie and Allison are two very genuine people who do amazing things within their own careers. As always gracious hosts and a place I could call home. Thanks guys for the hospitality and welcome. Continue reading “Amazing Ride Williamsburg to Chestertown, MD – Day 28”
2015 Winter Trip – Williamsburg, Colonial Parkway & Yorktown
February 8th & 9th, 2015 – Day 26th & 27th
This will be a quick post as I woke up to freezing temps at my friend’s house in Williamsburg and was reminded once again it’s winter. Rainy this morning as I pack up for my last 2 days of riding. Hoping Feb. 11th does prove to be a safe day to finish this ride on Long Island but will have a layover in a small town called Chestertown in Maryland.
Doing a live report while on the road does pose a few challenges trying to get things up to date. For instance, hanging out with old friends and playing catch up with them. I actually have Continue reading “2015 Winter Trip – Williamsburg, Colonial Parkway & Yorktown”
Day 25 – Virtual Tour of Myrtle Beach
February 7th 2015 – Day 25 – Tourist Day (videos and pics)
The countdown begins…UGH!
I have to admit I really like being a tourist at times. It was still “cold” for many but I found it perfect as usual. Around 60F with a light breeze. I am not really going to say much in this post. I know I say that all the time but I am tired not only from walking about 10 miles but from dinner at Margaritaville and 2 beers. Yep only 2. Continue reading “Day 25 – Virtual Tour of Myrtle Beach”
Day 24 – A New Friend, Myrtle Beach & What a SUNSET
February 6th 2015 – Day 24
It was chilly out this morning when I packed up. I think it was about freezing. I ended up using my heated liner and gloves all day. I point this out because it’s the first time I have had to use heat for a while and the first time since my aerial ring was replaced at Baton Rouge BMW. At this point in the ride I am OK talking about my issues with the EWS code. No code showed up today at all. Ran all my accessories as I have in the earlier part of my trip when the code showed its ugly head and would paralyze my bike.
So, one can wonder…was it the $40 part I was told about last fall? The part I have asked for many times just to make sure while my bike’s diagnostics were being checked everything was done? As I ride up the coast and use more heat time will tell if my EWS is a thing of the past. I can assure myself now everything has been done to my bike 😉 that could possibly be done to fix this issue.
I left Fernandina Beach pretty early in the morning so I could meet Jada. Jada is an avid Tiger Continue reading “Day 24 – A New Friend, Myrtle Beach & What a SUNSET”
Back On The Bike, Day 23 – Rain and then Sun
February 5th 2015 (feel free to click the pics for HI-Rez versions)
After 6 days off the bike visiting my parents in Polk City I am back riding and heading into the Winter abyss of the North East. I enjoyed my vacation within a vacation but I felt I needed to get back on the bike and try to finish this Winter Trip.
I would like to answer a few concerned emails I have received as well as ease my folks. Continue reading “Back On The Bike, Day 23 – Rain and then Sun”
Days off the Bike continued + My First Really Great Birthday
February 2nd, 2015
I felt like I had to get a post together on my 49th birthday. What’s funny is that my father and I just came to realize I could use his iPad as a hotspot to access WIFI. They don’t have internet at their home in Florida. Long story but my folks feel they are not here long enough to have it activated. In any case, I am using my father’s GB’s but he is OK with that to help me keep the blog going. Thanks Dad. 😉
According to the news…not like my video I did not see my shadow being a groundhog and that means 6 more weeks of winter. Got my shadows wrong.
You know you are in Florida when you see streets lined with Palm Trees, a slight warmth to the air at night even though everyone here thinks it’s freezing outside. I have not been down here since the early 2000’s. I have not seen my cousins…mainly Sofarelli’s for over a decade or more. I came here to rest, see my parents and get to hang out with some cousins who also follow my FB/BLOG and my trips. How cool is it to have your own family want to come along for the ride? Continue reading “Days off the Bike continued + My First Really Great Birthday”
Lay Over – R&R in the Winter Florida Sun
February 1, 2015
Ahhh…rest time. After 17 days on the bike and over 9000 KM’s or about 5700 miles later, I thought I needed some R&R off the bike. I rode on Friday from Bonifay, Florida to the Lakeland area where my parents have a RV/House. Great place to layover and get some rest. I have my own room, bathroom, entrance, well…whole house. My folks stay in their RV lol and do not use their house at all except for laundry. So, enjoying my rest off the bike, going to see cousins today, Superbowl Sunday, might go for a leisurely ride tomorrow with a friend of my folks and I am keeping an eye on the weather up north. Continue reading “Lay Over – R&R in the Winter Florida Sun”
Happy ONE Year Anniversary to ME?
January 30th , 2015 – Day 16 & 17
I had this whole reflection post about my last year drafted but I deleted it. Today is my one year anniversary that my ex told me she was going to leave and never looked back. I am not not going to harp on the details but in a nutshell, after 17 years together as common law, only 4 months married I was dumped. On February 2nd, she was gone forever and we are legally separated without even discussing anything. I never asked her to stay, I went along with her decision. Continue reading “Happy ONE Year Anniversary to ME?”
Baton Rouge BMW & New Orleans Tour
January 28th, 2015 – Day 15 (NEW ORLEANS)-click the pics
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 “Baton Rouge BMW & New Orleans Tour”
Climate SHOCK and the LA State Trooper
January 27th, 2015 – Day 14 (all pics in all posts can be clicked for larger versions)