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Old 01-31-2012, 06:56 PM   #2161
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Mark, take heart that in your expression of your emotions for your late wife Chris, which flow through to your interactions with the people you are meeting, and to the readers of this thread, many of whom will be moved to get out and take their own trip and be open to loving the people they meet, that the legacy of your wife will live on far beyond her abbreviated life.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:09 PM   #2162
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Mark I hope you had a wonderful ride today with peace in your heart. The love you share for your wife is contagious. Be safe and know we are all thinking of you on a difficult day.
"Avoidance of danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:19 PM   #2163
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Mark - Make the good memories last much longer than the sorrow. Very nice tribute to your wife. Thanks for sharing. We could all learn about relationships from your story.

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Old 01-31-2012, 07:23 PM   #2164
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Vaya con Dios, mi amigo. Usted es un hombre bueno para amar a tu mujer como tú lo haces.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:38 PM   #2165
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Mark, Chris is watching over your adventure and is smiling down upon you! Thanks for sharing your wife's story
with us.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:44 PM   #2166
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A ship in a port is safe but that is not what ships are built for. - Mom

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:22 PM   #2167
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Thank you Mark.

Vide, Aude, Tace

The ultimate responsibility of the pilot is to fulfill the dreams of the countless millions of earthbound ancestors who could only stare skyward and wish

Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him - Aldous Huxley
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:30 PM   #2168
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Vaya con Dios

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.

Vaya con Dios y con la luz de vida companero.

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Old 01-31-2012, 10:02 PM   #2169
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I wish you all the strength and fortitude to feel all of your feelings along this incredible journey. That indeed might be the hardest and most rewarding part of the trip.
Thank you for your generosity.
must you stay? can't you go?
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:52 PM   #2170
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After following your story I should be prepared or accustomed to your profound ability to share your life. The last post was beautiful. Bless you.
Adventure begins when your plan falls apart.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:33 AM   #2171
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Thanks so much for all the kind and supportive comments.

It was indeed an emotional day as we rode out of Medellin toward Bucaramanga. But it was a good day as I reflected back on the many memories that i have to be thankful for!! As a guy, my emotions are not normally just under the surface like this but with losing Chris I have learned it is part of the grief process. You can either accept this or cover up the pain in many of the wrong ways. I'm not perfect, and have certainly tried to cover up the pain at times, but it never really works

The other part of this is a solo journey for me. Others around me are unaware of my personal story or my loss of Chris, so they do not really know what is going on inside me. Not their fault or responsibility, but it is strange. Sort of like having a secret to yourself. I am clear that my loss is but one, and it is certainly part of life. As the survivor, I am carrying on and will make the most of the life I have ahead of me!

Anyway, riding out of Medellin. Not sure what the big Plumb Bob is .... but rode right under it. Clouds in the mountains....

Had a laugh as we headed into Barbosa, and there was a flock or Vultures flying overhead. After Young James had added his "vulture Killer" sticker ..... we had a good laugh.

Lots of them

Nice ride out through the mountains

Look.... Ladybug is now represented on my side case. She will be watching over me .... reminding me gentle to be safe

Huge waterfall, and trucks with big pipes.

Interesting scenery and people along the way.

We are loaded like the Donkey's

There are motorbikes in ever town, and they use them to move stuff around. It is normal because that is what they have. Of course we cannot believe the one handed riding, or the carrying of big objects.

Cannot stay behind these guys...

James right before he passed the police van

Rode into Giron which is a small town near Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Parking our bikes in the hotel lobby.

We stayed right on the main square but arrived a dark, and not much was open. We ended up buying some groceries and cooking some pasta in the room as James is carrying camping gear!

Was a good long ride today and even with all the emotions was a good day. Communicated with friends from all over about Chris and that made me smile. We have the greatest friends in our lives, and that it truly important while facing difficult things.....
Chapter 3 of my life...... with Faith, Hope and Courage!

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:54 AM   #2172
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"The other part of this is a solo journey for me."

It may be a solo journey but you have all of us with you.
Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:13 AM   #2173
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"I'm not perfect, and have certainly tried to cover up the pain at times, but it never really works "


I have been following your journey and must say I been captivated by your strength. I lost my father as a fourteen your old and tried to cover up the hurt for a long time. It doesn't work. Your on a great adventure and I think it is working for you. All the best.

"He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it"
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:34 PM   #2174
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Hi Mark.
Shiny side up!
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:31 PM   #2175
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That's great and made me smile because every time you look at it you'll be reminded that I am watching ..... and you know what to do.

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