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Old 05-10-2012, 05:48 AM   #2806
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How cool is that Great Sticker !!!
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Check it from time to time as I'm always adding to it..
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:45 AM   #2807
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:40 AM   #2808
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Now that's one awesome bday wish there and 50 more toyou Mark!
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:41 AM   #2809
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Now that's one awesome bday wish there and 50 more toyou Mark!
^^^ that belongs on this thread!!
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:08 PM   #2810
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Happy Birthday, Mark! (I turned 39 yesterday....) Safe travels.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #2811
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Happy Birthday Mark!

I like "you are only as old as you feel", but having turned 50 last October, I definitely find my body can't quite keep up with the 14 year old who thinks he's running the show!
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:21 PM   #2812
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Those pictures of the kids might be the best present you could ask for when you turn 50.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #2813
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Way cool! Happy Birthday.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:28 PM   #2814
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Originally Posted by Voidrider View Post
I like "you are only as old as you feel", but having turned 50 last October, I definitely find my body can't quite keep up with the 14 year old who thinks he's running the show!
I've found that even at 28, more joints are popping and creaking than 10 years ago. By the time I turn 38 I'll need to invest in glucosamine by the pallet. :loll

Happy (belated) Birthday Mark! Vaya con Dios.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #2815
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Happy birthday!
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #2816
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Hey radioman! Just caught up on the great RR. Thanks so much for taking us along. Happy b-day and cant wait for India Congtrats on the trip and HAVE FUN!
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:20 AM   #2817
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Happy birthday Mark! India sounds like a ton of fun and it hasn't even started. Keep us posted as much as possible while on that side of the world.

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Old 05-11-2012, 07:16 PM   #2818
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Very cool

Originally Posted by IceCreamSoldier View Post

Had to repeat these photos. How cool is this? I can tell you it was the best gift I could have gotten for my birthday!!

Have been busy getting packed, seeing family and friends before I leave on Tuesday!

Will Start posting in the days ahead!!
Chapter 3 of my life...... with Faith, Hope and Courage!

Ride of my Lifetime...... Thread started 5/11/2011
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:59 AM   #2819
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Am enjoying reading each of your adventures and looking forward to the India chapter!
Cee and I are back on the road and taking inspiration from your travels to guide us.
Thank you for continuing to share!

David and Cee
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:22 AM   #2820
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Originally Posted by Radioman View Post
The journey continues........ Not always on a motorcycle but it is all part of this chapter of life for me.

As I have been back just a couple weeks stateside, it has been interesting for me. Has been great catching up with friends and other ADV riders who are following on my ride. But some of the time has been very difficult. Here are some thoughts that I wrote down lately.

I have a great loneliness of the heart. This is not loneliness in the physical sense, as I have traveled a great deal and enjoyed the company of many others. It is about losing my wife Chris and missing the relationship, love, intimacy and life we shared. I have grieved the losses but still have a void that will never go away. For me it is how to handle the pain and loss that is the issue. Wish I could say that I have always handled it by the words that have kept me focused, Faith, hope and courage, but this is not always the case. By nature I am not a "solo" traveler, being marriage to Chris was certainly the best part of my life. But for this chapterI know that I need to carry on, meeting and sharing this chapter with others, even as my life is now widowed and on my own. But down really deep inside I hope to share a great relationship and love again during my life.

As I talk with others around my age about dating and finding a good connection. This seems daunting at the very best, with all the online dating and friends "matchmaking". Have heard too many "horror" stories of meeting people these days. Of course I am on the road, so that is the current adventure that fills my life. Being home for this short time has just made this more clear to me.

Guess I am writing this here in the ride report because I think it is really relevant to the Journey of Life. We all have “stuff” to deal with and this is just some of mine. It is not always easy to share deep emotions especially for a "tough" guy (yah, tough biker guy at that ☺).


Hi Mark!

Back from my 2.5 month ride down south and getting caught up on your ride. I really identify with what you wrote here! We do things many others only dream of and they think we are so lucky, but they don't realize, while we do a lot of things that bring us joy, it is all under the veil of the loss we suffered. I am often told that I am "lucky" and all I can say is that I don't feel "lucky", I hope to some day have that feeling again, but now, I am simply doing the best I can with the circumstances I have. Good luck my friend, I will be following along!

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