Last summer my Dad and I rode our motorcycles to all four corners of the United States. This is the story of our trip.
After Mom passed away, I became aware of the limit that time places on all relationships. Growing up, Dad and I were never close. Conscious of the time I may or may not have left with him and hoping for a better relationship, I decided to take this trip with Dad.
We began the trip working and riding together. But the friction between us grew, eventually coming to a breaking point. When Dad forced me to choose between him and my wife… I left him lying in a motel bed and rode 2800 miles to home, by myself.
If you’ve ever wrestled with a thorny relationship you’ll identify with my hopes and my challenges.
This is a trip that calls to your adventurous side! And you’ll enjoy seeing the United States through the unique perspective of a motorcycle rider. I battle the weather while I approach the limits of my bike, my body, my mind and my faith.
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The blessings we ask for this season
Aren't the kind that come wrapped with a bow;
We're asking for gifts from the heart,
Ones we need and never outgrow.
May we see in these bright decorations
With their colors and lights all aglow,
The beauty and wonder of life
That God's world was created to show.
Let the peace and goodwill of this season
Be feelings that we can extend
Far into the following year
To our neighbors, our family, and friends.
Most of all, may we always remember
To open our hearts every day and share all the love and the joy
In a special and meaningful way.
I know--I can't believe how big my little boy is already! I just miss sleeping. ;)
Your book looks really interesting. It's good you got a chance to make that trip with your dad. I know my husband had wanted for a while to make a big fishing trip with his dad, but his dad died before they could make that happen. It's definitely important to make time for those moments instead of waiting for that "later" that never comes.
I understand injuries... In 1981 I fell 75 feet rockclimbing in West Virginia and I still live with those challenges. All though I continue to exercise and push my limits. When I thought I was going to need a cane, about 10 years ago, I started kickboxing instead and now have developed more flexibility in my left ankle (they had to nail that one together) than I had in years prior.
Let me know about your motorcycle page! I too have other projects. I organize a triathlon that benefits the children of fallen special operations warriors. That website is www.AmericanWarriorTriathlon.com
my bike was a Honda Magna....and it rode beautiful and was the right length for me. I had to have a heel toe shifter kit put on as my left ankle had been badly damaged years ago and finally surgery again to fuse it together...so it doesn't bend which made it almost impossible to shift.
But with the heel toe shifter on it, I could do it great. If I ever win that lottery, I will buy a trike. I know I could do one of those still. My hands and legs are full of arthritis so at times I have to use a wheel chair to get round in.
I can walk using a cane but not that far, so when shopping or things like that I have to use a wheelchair. Getting old is hard when the health goes, but like the engergizer bunny, I keep on going.
I'm working on a motorcycle page now at www.shirleysmotorcyclenews.com and it has a photo of my bike....my daughter is on the cover of that book as she looked better than I did....when I damaged my ankle thirty years ago I was in a wheel chair for two years and crutches and casts....I broke everything in it not just a bone or two...so I gained weight. When I did the cover, I just put her on it....she just turned fifty this year....