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Old 05-30-2011, 06:59 AM   #61
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I like that you are including all the prepwork in this trip.
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:54 AM   #62
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:22 AM   #63
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This is gonna be good.

Kingston, Ontario has lots of room for ya, and a full service shop, anytime.
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:58 PM   #64
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I like that you are including all the prepwork in this trip.
Thanks for this comment, as it is all part of the adventure. Will be filling in many more details on the pre-ride planning, and updates as I move into the Actual riding which starts at the en of this week! .

Been swamped with packing up my house completely after 19 years of living here, finishing my last days of work....only three days to go! so it has been hard to get time to sit and write! Soon....


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Old 05-30-2011, 03:23 PM   #65
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Thanks for this comment, as it is all part of the adventure. Will be filling in many more details on the pre-ride planning, and updates as I move into the Actual riding which starts at the en of this week! .

Been swamped with packing up my house completely after 19 years of living here, finishing my last days of work....only three days to go! so it has been hard to get time to sit and write! Soon....


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good luck with everything that is LEADING UP TO THE RIDING
can't wait for your adventure to begin
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:28 PM   #66
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:36 PM   #67
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I'm assuming you're taking the '06 . You have a wonderful writing style. I will be cheering for you all the way. If "X" cramento is on your flight path now or ever, be glad to put you up.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:09 PM   #68
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Mark, you're an inspiration and I hope your trip is wonderful!

If you find yourself needing shelter in NW NJ, you're welcome to stay with me and the missus.

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Old 05-30-2011, 06:30 PM   #69
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Good luck and safe journey- I will sit here at my desk being jealous all day long... If you are ever in Thailand, give a shout out and I'll set you up for a few nights...

Have fun..
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:11 PM   #70
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Excited for you!

Chapter 3 should be an exciting adventure. Looking forward to following along ... have a wonderful journey.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:35 AM   #71
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:06 AM   #72
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Memorial day weekend. Final packing

It was a long weekend here as we honor our Veterans who sacrificed their lives for us. Always been a time for me to reflect on life and what others sacrifice on a daily basis. I always come away humble, grateful and thankful.



As I approach the end of the planning stage of my ride, still lots of hanging details. Mostly the packing and moving after 18 years in one home. Trying to realistically simplify and reduce "things", but not knowing when I will be back.

Finally made the final move out of our master bedroom. Has had many bittersweet emotions as I prepare for this new Adventure. Still grieving the loss of my wife, Chris which will be a lifetime of knowing she is gone but I hold onto the fact that she has made my life richer and better and for this I an thankful.

At the same time, Chapter three is under way for me.... Will talk more about this in another post later in the week.

Decided that it is time to start to make the changes. Started by completely clearing the bathroom and cleaning it top to bottom. Looks like the days after I finished putting in all the tile, painting the walls, refinishing the claw footed tub. Just wanted to leave it in great shape for my house renters. Even removed all the silicon caulking in the shower and redid it all. Looks great.



showers done!


Then emptied the closet..... Wow why do we have so much stuff?



Then needed to get all the linens, pillows and personal stuff out of the room. Where to we get all this stuff? Also decided to clean the carpets....



All cleaned out. That is the house renters bed...



I moved into a small bedroom, and boxed up the few cloths to make it through the final time at home.




and packed the rest of my belongings into my workshop area. Still organizing and will have some additional bike set up.

Downstairs of my shop.



upstairs





And one box that I used in my grief class to help in the process of coming to terms with the death of Chris. You presented to the class your process and part of letting go. Mine was a combination or videos done previously, packing my box of goodbyes (just like I had been doing a home to get ready) and then a quick part about my chapter three!



Feels like I an scaling back, so that I am ready to reduce down to the bike ..... My rolling home starting very soon!

Also have been getting ready for my trip. Took sometime Monday night to scan all my critical documents, and they will be on a micro USB flash drive that will be with me, in case I lose everything else... Would be able to prove who I am, copies of passport, credit cards, Drivers ID, immunizations etc.

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:33 AM   #73
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Hey Mark, nice job with the bathroom remodel, looks good. Appreciate all the extra details you're providing with the trip planning, really helps make it feel like we're along for the ride too. Keep up the good work, looking forward to more.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:31 AM   #74
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Good luck on the trip. I’ll be following along.

If you get to New England drop me a PM.

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:26 AM   #75
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Hey Mark, nice job with the bathroom remodel, looks good. Appreciate all the extra details you're providing with the trip planning, really helps make it feel like we're along for the ride too.
The remodel was years ago, I was just getting things all cleaned up for my renter. Wanted to leave it in very good shape!

Put a great deal of sweat into every part of the house. Have always been handy and it helped to feel like I was adding value and using my skills!


Thanks for your comments on my "ride report" so far. It has been good to share my journey and I personally like to hear all the stuff that goes into getting ready. I will post of pre-ride costs and considerations once I get time.
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