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WABDR Meets Oregon Outback

WABDR Meets Oregon Outback

Now most everyone knows it doesn’t take much of an excuse to get me out for a good motorcycle ride, especially if it means riding in new-to-me locations with great friends – old and new alike.   Well that was the case for this past weekend.   Harold and...
On the road again to Overland Expo

On the road again to Overland Expo

Have I said how fantastic it is to be back on the road again?  It feels great. We’ve come up for breath from MotoStays for a month to go Arizona.   We have had one heck of a busy past couple weeks leading us to Mormon Lake, Arizona for our 3rd Overland Expo.   Last...
In Honor and with Respect

In Honor and with Respect

So let me start by saying that anybody willing to ride for any reason in this Seattle monsoon season gets my respect.   But today was special.  It wasn’t really about us as riders, rather the men and women previously serving our country with their most precious lives....
Engineering the Future

Engineering the Future

  It’s hard to believe we’ve been home for 9 months!  Time flies, even when you aren’t on a journey of a lifetime.  We’ve been busy trying to figure out what our next steps are.   Since Tad jumped back into working at Microsoft within 3 weeks of returning home,...
Sometimes You Get What You Need

Sometimes You Get What You Need

Contrary to the popular Rolling Stones song, sometimes you get what you need.   Considering that work has been beyond crazy, getting a bit of riding time in was just what the doctor ordered.  Equally important I was hoping for a bit of adventure too.  Guess what, I...
Cool video links & some landing updates

Cool video links & some landing updates

Landing: Well, we have been home for almost two months now and we are surviving.  Yes, we are still struggling with some First World Problems but overall things are working out quite well.  I have landed back at Microsoft working for the Project team managing the...
Getting Back to “Normal” kind of

Getting Back to “Normal” kind of

It finally feels good to be home.   Everything seems to be falling into place and not so “unnatural” anymore.  As some of you know, the first few weeks really sucked.  Not the seeing our friends part but rather the quiet moments when we were sitting quietly in the...
Hello Blog

Hello Blog

No, I haven’t forgotten about you it is just this whole “landing” business takes a lot of time and energy.  Let’s cut right to the case – I both love and hate for being home.  Pretty sure Gaila feels the same way.  The house is wonderful, but way too big.  The food is...
Returning Home

Returning Home

It is Monday morning June 3, 2013 and we are really home now.  Yes it feels strange and yes it is wonderful too.  Strange because these things are so foreign to us here at the house, wonderful because we made it!  40,368 miles safely and soundly.   13 ½ months on the...
Back in the US – we’ve been busy photos!

Back in the US – we’ve been busy photos!

Since we’ve returned to the US, we’ve been making our way back to Washington State taking advantage of seeing lots of cool places in California, Arizona, Utah and Idaho.  Early in our journey we hit the 2012 Overland Expo and were happy to bookend it again with the...
Reentry & Landing

Reentry & Landing

And so it begins… On Sunday Gaila and I uneventfully (for the most part) crossed the Mexican border back into our wonderful homeland – good old U.S. of A.   Despite my concerns the US border guards were pleasant and efficient, if not welcoming.  Once we turned the...

Anxiety Reigns

Has it really been almost six months since we have been in our own country?  Yes it has.  Nov 2012 was the last time my feet were on US soil.  Perhaps that is why I am so anxious about today – Sunday May 5th.  I have barely slept as my brain keeps tossing and turning...
3 Different Days

3 Different Days

Well my goodness, the last three days sure have been different.  Wonderful each in their own ways.  (Actually Sat, Sun & Monday.  Wifi & WordPress sketchy. Today is Friday May 3rd :-) I will begin with what started great, then turned to shit, followed by...

One Incredible Year!

April 15th means exactly one year on the road for Gaila and I. 12 months, 365 days, 525,600 minutes and what seems like a whole new lifetime spent traveling. Not to mention 35,600 or so miles of adventure. Significantly more than enough to circle the globe. Oh the...
Guatemala – a week in photos

Guatemala – a week in photos

As our overland adventure continues, we landed in Guatemala during the most celebrated holiday of the year, Semana Santa (Holy week).  This is a huge celebration in Central America, think of it on the scale of the US Christmas week. Our friends Julio and Luisa live in...
Foggy Slice of Heaven

Foggy Slice of Heaven

From Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday April 8 -10, 2013 As long term travelers we are very good at being “on the move.” Indeed, it is normal for us now. Yet, it is the quiet moments, the still moments that I often appreciate the most. Like right now. I am sitting in...
Mexico Rocks

Mexico Rocks

After finishing two days of volunteering workshops at Centro de Espranza Oaxaca Grassroots Infantil that we were leading on geography and global citizenship with 8 – 16 year olds (Thank you Muskoka Foundation) I was ready to get some lead out today. And that is...
Adventure Vacation in Costa Rica

Adventure Vacation in Costa Rica

Just a few weeks ago I was able to visit, and briefly travel by motorcycle with my Dad (Tad), and Gaila, in Costa Rica. It was an amazing time just being there, but of course they went out of their way to make my visit an especially fun time, so I wanted to share some...