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”
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”
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
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
January 27th, 2015 – Day 14 (all pics in all posts can be clicked for larger versions)
January 26th 2015 – Day 13
I woke up this morning to a very cool and crisp sunny day. Compared to yesterday I immediately took a look at that flags and they were still. I thought nice….no 40-50 MPH winds to contend with for today. Little video from yesterday’s ride.
All the weather people said so and yep, that was the case. Smooth sailing all day long and I did manage to get pretty far even with riding the TALIMENA BY-WAY.
This by-way was recommended by a few FB readers and I am so glad I was able to take it. There is a very LARGE sign, of course I did not take a picture of it that says do not drive this road if there is fog, ice or snow. There is no road maintenance. No worries about that today at all. It was sunny, dry and my riding temperatures today ranged from 0 C (30F) – 18 C (66F). Continue reading “Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Back to Arkansas!”
January 23rd , 24th & 25th 2015
I woke up on Day 10 to my bike totally covered in frost. I have finally hit winter at this point to justify the name of my trip. 👍
January 22nd 2015 – Day 9
After leaving GO-AZ dealership the day before I went to another virtual hosts house for an over niter. Terry and Heather. What a nice couple. We had really good pizza, hung out with their pets, I have all ready forgotten their cat’s name but their dog? Jack. Terry and Heather take in rescues so they MUST be good people and they are. Thanks guys for the stay and Terry for input on my route for the day. Heather hope your make it to your next book club. 👍
Day 6 – January 19th 2015
UPDATE: My spider bite on my right temple swelled up last night and puss came out. I know gross eh? It’s now infected because of my helmet, etc. Put Bactine on it and it’s looking scabby but better. Other than feeling like someone punched me in my eye, I think it’s on the mend.
When I decided to take this trip, and I won’t name names, many thought I was crazy. Maybe I am when I carry on and meet the east coast but so far my plan for this winter trip is holding out. I mean I did check the regional weather reports and they have been SPOT on.
Now I don’t want to jinx myself so I will not carry on about this but I am so glad I decided to go with my gut. I needed this trip in ways not everyone can understand. Hard to explain but being between jobs, between countries literally I needed to find a place that is a constant in my life. My bike.
Some might say I am obsessed. I agree I am…I mean who wouldn’t be? I ride my bike and see Continue reading “Day 6 – All about heading into Spring?”
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.
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….”