Last updated: May, 2016
When I originally conceived this website/blog I was preparing for a motorcycle trip around the United States not knowing when I would be returning, or if I would at all. That was in April of 2013. I had returned from Afghanistan where I had been working with the U.S. Agency for International Development doing economic development and agriculture trade work with melon and pomegranate farmers on the Pakistan border. Vermont was my home since 1986 while I periodically galloped around the world. Now I was questioning whether I belonged here anymore after weathering a long winter and looking for land to build a home in the northern part of the state.
By the end of March I still had not found the land I wanted. So by the beginning of April I started to plan a trip around the U.S. on my motorbike to explore whether I belonged elsewhere. And explore I did – 12,503 miles, 26 states and 72 days. That was one of the best travel experiences of my life. You can read more about it by clicking on the Blog item on my web page and selecting Motorcycle Trip Across America. I rode, visited friends, rode some more, wrote, photographed, photographed some more, and slept in my one-person tent in some of the most serene locations I have ever camped in: cemeteries. I guarantee you, they are the quietest, most undisturbed locations to pitch a tent. I guarantee it! 🙂
Oh, and if you want to explore some fun swim holes in Vermont and southern New Hampshire, or you are an avid open water swimmer and want to turn out some big miles in pristine New England water, check out my swim book at the Buy My Book link! I wrote that book upon my return from my motorcycle trip. I swam upwards of 30-40 miles a month on some of those lakes while training for the open water swim races noted in my book.
And to my friends and family to whom I promised my photography book from my trip around the U.S., I am working on it. I guarantee it! 😉
Anyway, I am already dreaming about my next motorcycle trip. I am always in the planning stages of my next motorcycle trip, it seems. But I seemed to have gotten waylaid in Myanmar and the Republic of Georgia along the way. I returned from Georgia in March of 2016 and am considering my next steps while I work on a new photography book, plan for a couple photographic exhibits and add some short stories to another book I hope to publish some day.
In between all of that I will be tending to my large vegetable garden that feeds me and my partner during the summer and will try to continue to post new work on this blog. Thank you for visiting and do not hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.
I will leave you with this before you hopefully start clicking around my website:
Life is short. “This is not a dress rehearsal!” as the saying goes. I try to live by these five statements, or axioms:
- Never take life for granted!
- Follow your dreams and don’t allow anyone to convince you your dreams are foolish.
- Love. Love more. And love even more.
- (I am learning this one) God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
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