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Old 08-22-2013, 07:57 AM   #31
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Thanks NitroRoo
You are right ... I got to experience some of the most beautiful countryside and epic roads imaginable . And I made it without the major meltdown I had feared ..it was not without incident but manageable .
Believe it or not , this trip has set the wheels in motion for the next trip I have always wanted to do , Rt 50 coast to Coast and Rt 30 , Lincoln Hwy back . Next year maybe .. we'll see what happens between now and then .
Until then ... I will keep riding , keep doing whatever it takes to keep control of the anxiety , the issues with my PTSD and trudge on .
My next small goal is to maybe attend one of the events with fellow inmates , something I have tried to do and could never bring myself to go .
Thank you all , everyone that responded to this report and everyone who PMed me , it is greatly appreciated and means a hell of alot to me . Thank you ....

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:37 AM   #32
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Enjoyed reading your report. Your ride took you through some of my favorite places.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:08 AM   #33
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Completed the BRP End 2 Ender program , should recieve my packet in 2-3 weeks ! I feel like I completed something special .

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Old 08-25-2013, 03:08 PM   #34
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Completed the BRP End 2 Ender program , should recieve my packet in 2-3 weeks ! I feel like I completed something special .

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Congrats.. you get a nice certificate and a pin as I recall.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #35
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Nice work and congratulations in all respects
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #36
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Thanks...I can't stop thinking about the trip. .up amd downs. I am seriously thinking about doing it again in reverse , being familiar with it may be a little easier. Loved the experience though

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Old 08-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #37
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I can tell you from my own experiences with General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks there is no better treatment than a motorcycle. About 4 years ago I stumbled upon a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 that I had to have. I know, I know you already think I am full of shit because I ride a HD. Just remember that the other 99% of Harley owners are some pretty good people. Actually I have a Suzuki DR650 as well so I get snubbed by both distinct crowds depending on which one I am riding.

Anyway back to the situation at hand. Your goal and reaching that goal is quite an accomplishment. Having anxiety gnawing at you can really be a fucking pain. I have been there brother and I live with it each day but I know for damn sure that a bike has been the single best decision I have made in a long long time. So I am here to tell you the same as many others, keep on kicking ass, fight the demons in your head with wind in your face and twist of the throttle, and enjoy what you have been missing.

Anticipating the fear of anxiety is the worst. Fight through it and you will realize you have won. I admire your courage to just say "fuck it and ride" and at the same time I know exactly how it makes you feel when you do win.

Keep on Keepin' on. Chin up, smile and grit your teeth when necessary.

I wish you all the best!
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #38
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This showed up this morning ...I am official !

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Old 08-29-2013, 08:47 AM   #39
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Wannabee,

Can' tell you how many times I've done the BRP from end to end. I never knew such a program existed. Thanks for the info. Looks like another trip is in order to get some more goodies for the moto-room.

I second iBiker's thoughts. Motorcycle travel will cure almost anything that ails ya.

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Old 08-29-2013, 09:06 AM   #40
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I saw it posted ...figured it was a cool thing to document . I plan on doing it again backward ..just cause I liked it so much

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:19 AM   #41
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I also saw your pre-ride post.
Congrats on a great trip!
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:47 AM   #42
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Halt ! And be fricasseed !

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Old 08-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #43
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Be sure and keep a copy (or copies) of the pictures and your narrative in a non-volatile form so that you can return to it many times in the future no matter what incompatibility mayhem Microsoft may inflict on the world.

I took a post-Navy celebratory solo motorcycle ride across the country and halfway back and am SOOOO glad I put the pictures and captions into an album. Paging thru the album helps me relive the adventure. I'll treasure the memories until I die.

Facing your fears and expanding your boundaries IS the adventure.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:28 PM   #44
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Just stumbled on your thread . I have been dealing with the same problems for about 26 years myself . My motorcycles have been the key in reducing my stress . Enjoying the report , though I probably won't ever make it to that part of the country . I hated taking any of the meds I tried but a former co-firefighter / EMT told me to try a anxiety/stress reduction tape (late 80s) . I have used it many times over the years and have it on my iphone in case of a flair up . Here is a link http://www.successworld.com/stress-relief-self-hypnosis . Best $20 I ever spent . I hate the attacks that hit out of nowhere . Good job on taking your "breakthrough " ride . Looking forward to many more posts , thanks .
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:19 PM   #45
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Thanks for the advise Gripsteruser , gonna work on that .
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I struggled for years and still do , probably always will . But I plan on trying new things , not allowing my issues to beat me into submission.
Ride on ...

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