Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. bigdog99

    bigdog99 CJ's bitch

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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.
  2. EKIN

    EKIN Just Do It

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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.
  3. fbritt5

    fbritt5 Been here awhile

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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.

    Frank
  4. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Vaya con Dios, mi amigo. Usted es un hombre bueno para amar a tu mujer como tĂș lo haces.
  5. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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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.
  6. 1P8RIOT

    1P8RIOT Been here awhile

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    Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.:gerg
  7. aclark79

    aclark79 Rotor Driver

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    Thank you Mark.
  8. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    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.
  9. Motomuffin

    Motomuffin CSMC

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    Mark...

    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.
  10. IceCreamSoldier

    IceCreamSoldier suffering somewhere

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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.
  11. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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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 :deal

    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....

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    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. :lol3

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    Lots of them

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    Nice ride out through the mountains

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

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    Huge waterfall, and trucks with big pipes.

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    Interesting scenery and people along the way.

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    We are loaded like the Donkey's

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    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.

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    Cannot stay behind these guys...

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    James right before he passed the police van :lol3

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

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    Parking our bikes in the hotel lobby.

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    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! :clap

    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.....:deal
  12. Spinalcracker

    Spinalcracker former redriderofma

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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.
  13. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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    "I'm not perfect, and have certainly tried to cover up the pain at times, but it never really works "

    Mark,

    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"
  14. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Hi Mark.
    Shiny side up!:wave
  15. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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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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  16. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Hey Bug Sister, aren't you glad he didn't put it on the windshield? :D
  17. DanielR

    DanielR Adventurer

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    Hello Radioman.

    Just want to say i've just caught up with your RR and loving all of it. It was killing me all the ColUmbia and i thought maybe it was an ongoing inside joke that i missed but am glad it is all straightened out.:rofl

    Cheers to you and i look forward to the adventures ahead.:freaky
  18. moggi1964

    moggi1964 Tiger Keeper

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  19. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Pickle, you are just wishing I was riding on the front of a windshield. :poser Isn't the front of a sidebox good enough. Give it a few weeks and I'll be that sticker is mighty dirty and bug splattered.


    About the Columbia/Colombia thing......those of us in the Pacific Northwest have taught our fingers how to spell Columbia because of that big river that runs thought the region and then there is always the Columbia basin in the area as well. It's hard to teach old fingers new tricks. :huh :lol3
  20. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    View from the hotel in El Giron.

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    Then back out riding. This is the road just south of Bucaramanga. Kind of says it all. :ricky :lol3

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    Great road to ride up this valley to the top of the hill!

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    Small glimpse of the view from the top.

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    Arrived into this cool town into Barichari which is a beautiful small colonial town.

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    James messing around.

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    Ipad out trying to find internet connection.

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    Painting of the town.

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    Staying in this little town for a few days!!:clap :clap :clap