After 2.5 months there is still a glitch…


I have moved back to the States from Canada just a little over 2 months ago. The Transition back has been not without complications.

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2015 Long Island or Bust Tour – Days 23 & 24


It’s that time to get to Long Island….ūüė䬆 I am in Pennsylvania right now and will be heading out soon to finish this incredible X Country trip in my very fun Fiat 500L.

Fiat

Love this car, it did well on this trip and it really reminds me of my F800GS on 4 wheels.

Canada back to the USA.

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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)”

2015 Long Island or BUST Tour – Day 3 & 4


April 23 & 24 2015

FIAT 500L TREKKING

Should really call this FIAT fun…if I had to choose 4 wheels to drive the roads I have been on it would be this car…making my trip interesting and engaging…almost as good as my bike.¬† Almost!

What would a car trip be without locking yourself out of the said car?¬† Day 3 and did it.¬† Luckily I locked myself out in a parking lot full of fishermen(women).¬† I was going to have Fiat Roadside come bail me out but a bunch of crafty folks ended up using some fishing line with a hook to snag my keys. They were able to “catch” them and bring them up to the sun roof.¬† My trusty stick did not work for any of us by itself. Continue reading “2015 Long Island or BUST Tour – Day 3 & 4”

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…”

Lost in the Shuffle & My Therapy Bike


March 9th 2015

Peaceful Maryland – 2015 Winter X Country Trip

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”

Happy ONE Year Anniversary to ME?


January 30th , 2015 – Day 16 & 17

My long road

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?”

Remembering 2014…my own form of therapy


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. Best to watch videos full screen and in HD

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When I look back at all the years I have spent in Canada, all the fortunate riding I have been able to do since 2010 when I got my street license these videos will enable me to really see, feel and reflect. My life here has not been bad.¬† Continue reading “Remembering 2014…my own form of therapy”

Sleepless in Maple Ridge – Rambling thoughts


What keeps one up at night?¬† What goes through the mind to not allow one to rest and refuel like “normal” folks? Plenty of things I suppose.¬† I have a lot to share and I always do but the reason I am up tonight will have to wait for another day.¬† I could say I am awake dreaming about my next ride…which is partly true. Or my future bike?¬† Ahhh…not just yet but I can dream about this exact bike.

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Winter Comes Early – Why I ride


SPOTWALLA TRACKING CLICK HERE – Going to head out on another 2 night trip today.¬† While it’s below freezing outside and some might say I am a little nuts for going out…I am hoping that the weather folks are correct when they report COLD yet beautiful days over the weekend.

Nov 14-16 2014 trip

I am not sure I will follow this exact route but will try to get through the mountain passes that apparently all ready have had snow safely. I will follow the sun and while I am riding on this trip I will also be thinking about my transition back to the USA from Canada. Continue reading “Winter Comes Early – Why I ride”

TOFINO, BC Weekend to clear the head


If anyone has been following my “story” you will know I have recently separated from Cheryl.¬† Just this past week I became the sole owner of my house and needless to say I am overwhelmed with mixed emotions.¬† So, what I do best is get out of town on my F800 to clear my head.¬† On Oct 3rd, yesterday I did just that…headed out early to take the BC Ferry to Vancouver Island with my destination for the day Tofino, BC.¬† Tofino is right smack on the Pacific Ocean.¬† Been here years ago but wanted to return.

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It’s not getting any easier…


MiserySubheds

Dear Blog…my journal about everything.¬† Since January 30th 2014 I have been consumed with the hurt that comes with a separation of a relationship I thought was supposed to be forever.¬† As our legal issues get closer to a close, I can’t help to but feel even sadder.¬† Time certainly has past by, I am hesitant to even talk about my separation to anyone because it feels so old news.¬† I feel at this point I am becoming a burden on others and I can sort of tell.¬† Even when I reach out…at times specifically ask to talk I no longer have the few who used to respond.¬† Continue reading “It’s not getting any easier…”

Suffering in Silence


suffer-in-silence_2If you make it to the bottom…;-) This could be for any loss.

There are many days since January 30th, 2014, the day my life to me turned upside down that I sit alone in solitude contemplating my future.¬† After my wife left I was lost, there was chaos inside my whole being.¬† Dramatic effect I have never really felt before.¬† Lost and confused I reached out.¬† I had to because I had no ability to defend my self against myself.¬† Intimidating to say the least.¬† I am a type A personality, I usually have control over most things, well…at least I think I do.¬† When I was left after 17 years I had zero control over my emotions. Continue reading “Suffering in Silence”

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

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