14 December 2009
I know it's very early in my motorcycling career to be doing a solo trip, but I am a solo kind of guy. I want to experience some serious introspection. I want to learn more about myself. I want to push and be pushed. I've heard there are only 4 basic plots to a story and I want to experience the whole man -vs- machine part, I also want the man -vs- environment part, then there is the man -vs- himself aspect. The only plot line I want to ignore is the man -vs-man portion. I deal with this everyday and want a break from it.
To me, life has been always me against everyone else. I've never been a team player, I've never accepted common practice easily. I have always struggled with getting along with the world around me. What I need is a break from the world around me. I need some freedom, I need to roam, I need not to have to explain my actions to someone else.
Wow, that got heavy rather quickly. Sorry. Let's hope I can get my junk together so I can make that solo ride up to the Yukon for June 21st.
The Solo Solstice.
24 November 2009
I'd really like to do an adventure solo trip one day. I am mulling over the idea of going up there for the summer solstice in 2010. Wouldn't it be cool to see the sun be up for 24 hours straight?? I have just read a thread about a guy who rode a moped from Sydney Australia to London England. That's crazy! I would really like to experience some of that freedom, isolation, and just plain riding. I'm going to start researching right now!
17 November 2009
Name: WWII trenches
Date: 2009-11-17 4:30 pm
Latitude: 50.985321º N
Longitude: 114.194635º W
Altitude: 1,159 m
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Name: Adversity and me Date: 2009-11-17 4:03 pm Distance: 40.0 kilometers Elapsed Time: 54:55.3 Avg Speed: 43.7 km/h Max Speed: 97.2 km/h Avg Pace: 01' 22" per km Min Altitude: 1,031 m Max Altitude: 1,194 m
Start Time: 2009-11-17T23:03:32Z Start Location: Latitude: 50.950630º N Longitude: 114.268493º W
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10 November 2009
I was just way too lazy this morning.
09 November 2009
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06 November 2009
Right there... it hit. I was panicked! What was I going to do? I live 35km away from my school. I would have to call my wife to come pick me up, and leave my bike unattended for the weekend? Not a chance.
Luckily the weather cleared up and it turned out to be a pretty nice afternoon. A nice little cruise into an unknown bush, and a few pictures to share...
Like the rest of the terrain, it was snowy and muddy. I knew I wouldn't be able to use the road so I took an alternate path. Isn't it just like me to choose an alternate path? Anyways, I crossed the creek and tried to climb the grass on the other side. Not likely. The tires were just too slick. I tried twice and knocked the bike over twice. Once on the way up and again on the way down.
It eventually took me 45 minutes to cross that coulee! Crossing the creek three times in total, climbing, or more correctly attempting to climb, four different hills. It was a nightmare, but exactly what I needed in my life. A physical challenge, obviously... A mental challenge, and even a few moments of dread. I thought I would be out there all night long at some points. I knew I wasn't in danger, but on the other hand, I couldn't readily get myself home.
Ultimately, I succeeded. The sense of accomplishment of succeeding at that type of challenge far exceeds the accomplishment you get from say, coaching a team to a win. I won this one. I did this myself. I raised the bar for myself.
This was a necessary addition to my life. I missed biking!
I did have a couple of friends that had bikes at one time or another, but had difficulty finding practice time. I drove around in my alley for a while to get the feel of the bike, and to my surprise, it was just like I had gotten off a bike a week ago! I went for an afternoon streets session with a friend from work and pretty much never touched the bike again until my test day.
When test day arrived, the weather was supposed to be decent. After all it was the 23rd of October. Not freezing, moderate sun. WRONG! Just as I was getting ready to leave it started snowing. Nice...
Jim escorted me to the testing center and somehow we convinced the examiner to let us go out in this crappy weather. I told him I dirt biked for years, and Jim told him that it wasn't like I was a rookie or something to that effect. I never told him I hadn't really ridden in 20 years. Well, he let me go out, and I passed with only two mistakes on the test. Oh joy! A new driver's license picture with helmet hair!
Here's the deal.
I am a pretty busy guy. I am a teacher, I am the school's Athletic Director, I have some pretty serious responsibilities at church and I have a lovely wife and baby to try to spend time with. I was always giving up my own time for others and in the process, beginning to become depressed. My wife saw this and said that I had to do something about it.
I used to dirt bike a lot when I was a kid. I used to mountain bike 'till I broke my elbow. I used to have fun... My wife bullied me into buying a bike so I could commute with it, and take it out in the dirt before I came home every night. So far, it's working. I love it. I have been reading forums and such about Adventure bike riding and would kill to go on a 3 month journey with just me and my bike. I loved how they update the forums with cool pictures of interesting places.
Well, it's my turn now. I'll try to up some interesting pictures, and perhaps even some video. Maybe my commentary will become better, as it is merely perfunctory at this point. Maybe, I'll leave a nice historical reference for my kid one day... Who knows what this is to become? Perhaps it will just be a place for me to vent...