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    • Geez... I don't know exactly what to say I just know I had to say something. Your response to this is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking things I've ever read.

      I can also relate. I'll spare you the details but in the last 15 months I've experienced more loss and trauma than most people should have to in a lifetime. I lost my home in a fire and my son was born with a heart defect and has suffered through multiple surgeries and complications.

      What I can say beyond all certainty is that we learn more about ourselves and the world when we have little to nothing than we do when we are content and comfortable. And coming out of it is the most important and critical time - it's when you should figure out how to pay it forward and contribute something meaningful to the world.

      I believe you are like many other great people, you're making the world around you a better and more beautiful place. Follow your passion and the money will follow. Things usually have a way of working out.

      Best to you <3

    • I sat watching the sunset with my wife last night. A sliver of a moon appeared and then disappeared again. Mars rose in all it’s splendor and I started rattling the speeds of things moving around us to my wife. The rotation of the earth, the speed we are traveling around the sun, the speed the our galaxy is turning.

      I told her I cannot keep the speeds that things happen twirling in my head. Because it is the same types of things that we experience individually and in our daily lives. I asked her if we could remember the past and could we please just focus on the future.

      Bless you and your future. Thank you for your kind words.

    • Thanks for sharing. Bikes are my life too. The bikes though aren't just motorbikes but include a wide assortment of non powered bicycles. Something about being on a bike and out in nature that makes me happy. I'm not the adventurer you are but it can still be an adventure for me when I'm only 15 minutes ride from home. Ride on!

    • Motorcycle riding and camping have been my life and will continue to be. This takes me to nature and lets me be me while having some great alone time in my helmet to think of things I normally don't take to think about.

      I'm entering retirement age which is frightening to me because I can't see the future and find where my place is in it. Last summer I decided not to ride and try to focus on other things. I didn't accomplish much, I still camped some and I experienced a first. I have been trying to do at least one new thing a year.

      Even with the plan of not riding for the season I ended up doing one "ride". I participated in a minibike race which was a lot of fun and so many laughs. I am not competitive and have never raced and my only goal was to stay up right and not crash. Our 5 member team rode that mini bike 100 miles on trails and was 10th out of 100 teams. Only about half the teams finished. It made me feel good that at 63 years old I still had enough in me to be able to do this.

      Taking a season off from riding told me that I need to continue riding and camping to keep enjoying life. I also know if I can't do that when I ride because of financial reason there is no reason to retire.

    • You inspire me. My heroes are people who stay engaged and passionate in whatever they love, into their 80s & 90s. From that perspective, you're young and have so much to do. In your helmet time you can map out your next 30 years and inspire a lot of people.

      This image made the New York Times and I got a kick out of it. Maybe it'll give you a smile too: