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Old 11-03-2010, 07:43 PM   #16
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:18 AM   #17
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Enjoy every minute. A wise man once told me to "enjoy every mile" but I think that applies to every minute of the day.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:33 AM   #18
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Dave, you never cease to have some of the best words and photos around!



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Old 11-04-2010, 04:36 AM   #19
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Back in 1987, I spent 3 months working in Waynesboro all week, with weekends spent with my fiance back in the Richmond area. I was so looking forward to our future life together, that I missed the beauty that surrounded me.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:09 AM   #20
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Wow. As always - thanks.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:30 AM   #21
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I'm here Dave......



Very wise words indeed and what I've been pondering myself the last year or so:

""Developing the thought further, I pondered how much time we waste spending our lives living in the future, or the past, and missing the present. What would I miss this day, if I had the power to fast forward through a tough day on the ladder?

About that time, my thought led to a decision:

I’m going to live every moment this day, good or bad, easy or hard, cold or warm, and wait with great anticipation to discover everything I would have missed if I had the power to snap my fingers." "


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Old 11-04-2010, 09:23 AM   #22
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Developing the thought further, I pondered how much time we waste spending our lives living in the future, or the past, and missing the present. What would I miss this day, if I had the power to fast forward through a tough day on the ladder?
Or as a friend from my Atlanta days once said, "Don't wish the time away!"

I knew your words would mean something. Five stars from me.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:46 AM   #23
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Great post again, Dave.

Regarding living in the present and savoring each moment; I found this article once by another motorcyclist on "time dilation" and saved it. Unfortunately, I did not save the source so I cannot tell you who wrote it. Someone with more time could probably research it so credit is given where it is due. Until then, I'll just provide the quote. Others, such as yourself and those drawn to your reports have discovered the same principle, merely stating it in a different way.

"In the spring of 1998 I found 751 dollars in a puddle.

I turned the money over to the police who held it for several months, but when no one claimed it the money became mine for real- a thin stack of hundreds and fifties still sandy from the dirty puddle water.

For a long time I didn't know what to do with it. I didn't want it to just disappear under my bills; I wanted to use it in a way that was worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime stroke of luck.

So a year later I fired up my motorcycle with the intention of riding until the money was gone, and maybe then some.

Although it was a two-week trip, we were only actually in Newfoundland and Labrador for five days. That boggles my mind- those five days seem somehow bigger than the whole previous year. When I try to remember 1998 there are whole months missing- not amnesia, it's just that when every day is the same there's nothing to remember. I had a couple jobs but I really only remember a day or two from each- and that day repeated X times, over and over. Even when I look at the calendar to jog my memory all I see are empty spaces, a blank grid signifying idleness and distraction, a wasteland of lost time. I lost almost an entire year and it makes me want to weep.

Of those five days in Newfoundland, though, I remember every minute, from strapping the motorcycles down on the ferry to eating french fries soaked in gravy and cheese. Because everything was constantly changing- the land, the people, the price of gas- every moment was stamped and marked in my memory. It's got something to do with the way brains work, the way they compress data; if you have a routine, if one day is just like the day before, then the brain says, "Hey, I've already got this memory- I don't need another copy." That's how weeks of my life seem to disappear.

Anything different, though, gets remembered. It can be painful to live without a routine, exhausting to make countless small decisions when you don't have a template to follow, and frightening to not have the reassurance that what you're doing must be O.K. because it worked yesterday- but times of flux get remembered, so that when you look back in your mind there's at least something there. This is one of the secret magics of travelling, a kind of time dilation that stretches minutes and hours out until you have to find another way to measure time; with miles, maybe.

So that's what I'm going to do: I'm going to buy memories. I'm going to get back on my motorcycle and ride until that money is gone and I've ridden across 751 dollars' worth of North America. Instead of watching time erase behind me on a mnemonic whim, I'm going to build a linked chain of places visited and people met and then polish each one in my mind like a jewel."
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:56 AM   #24
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:36 AM   #25
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Great post again, Dave.

Regarding living in the present and savoring each moment; I found this article once by another motorcyclist on "time dilation" and saved it. Unfortunately, I did not save the source so I cannot tell you who wrote it. Someone with more time could probably research it so credit is given where it is due.
A couple of minutes with google...

The source seems to be this, evidently created by the author. I saw his email address there but not his name.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:46 AM   #26
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:15 PM   #27
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Great, Dave and Loveshack on the road again.
Beautiful Pics and wise words.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:44 AM   #28
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:09 AM   #29
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Old 11-06-2010, 10:35 AM   #30
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Don't you just love it when stuff like that happens????
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