- I'm a thirty year old guy from Jefferson County West Virginia who still believes that you can be anything you want to be and I'm on a mission to find out what that is. A recent four month trip across the country on my motorcycle helped me get close to my goal. Feel free to share in my adventures as I travel and find ways to keep the excitement rolling.
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Here’s a quick clip from the Californian Coast north of Fort Bragg. I used a feature on Youtube that helps eliminate camera shake. It enhanced the video a little bit while making it slightly blurry. Still though, the majesty of that coastline was captured. For an eastcoast guy like myself, the west was like a whole new planet.
More videos. I know what you’re thinking. YES! Mike has saved the day. Or perhaps you were thinking, stop beating that dead horse. Who knows? Anyway, I have a ton of them. Some are worth sharing and some are to flawed or too irrelevant to post. As time allows, I hope to share all of the, half way interesting ones, to give a more complete feel to the trip. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.
Here is a quick video of Florida’s, Lake Okeechobee. Notice the lack of a huge expanse of open water. When I pulled up to the shore. I surely expected to see nothing but water and choppy little waves. I didn’t ride the entire shore, but for the miles that I saw it seemed as though there is a channel of grass-less water on the edge of the lake.
This is a clip from Pax Trax motocross park in central Florida. The fella that I’m talking to is Alan Cianciarulo, father of Adam Cianciarulo, who is riding the smaller bike on the track in the video. (not the red jersey) Adam and his dad were great folks, polite, well spoken, and respectful. It was truly a pleasure to meet them. Adam WILL be a future motocross star.
You see some weird things while traveling. I spotted this character in Key West. He was waving those arms for a minute solid before the thought of getting my camera out crossed my mind. Just as I did grab the camera his pretend flight was over. Right at the end of the video you can hear me say “damn it” in frustration over not getting the whole thing on film.
Here is a quick snippet of a funny sign that was hanging from the ceiling of Smacnallys restaurant in North Carolina’s, Outer Banks.
This is a short vid from North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island. This end of the island looked like a lunar landscape with its dunes and blinding sand.
These kids were having a bit of fun on a rocking bench in downtown Charleston South Carolina. As soon as I saw the bench I knew that some day I’ll build one.
T’was weird for me to run across these photos from day 1, last night. Brittany was scrolling through random pics and I glanced up to notice them. Now it has been over five months since that glorious day where I shifted the sticker-less Goose into first gear and took off for the unknown.The pictures took me back. Back to what feels like a lifetime ago. Back to when I was knee high to a traveling grasshopper. The video shows my cautious enthusiasm while my facial expressions hid my deep uncertainty for what I was about to endure. Looking back, I can see now, just how inexperienced I was and how much of a gamble I was taking. I’m glad to have made it home with all of my fingers and toes, but at that point losing some digits, getting seriously injured, or not making it back at all were still options on the table. Day 1 is still the mightiest day of them all. It’s the day where I began to walk the walk.
This is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina. It is the nations largest home and was built by George Vanderbilt one hundred and seventeen years ago. It has forty three bathrooms, thirty four bedrooms, and sixty five fireplaces. I paid nearly fifty dollars to do the walk through tour the day that I visited this national wonder.
This is a quick clip from Bridge Day at West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge on October 15th 2011. This gal in the video is taking the ultimate leap of faith off of the 876 foot high platform. I was on day two of my journey across the country at this point.
I found this view randomly on a side road in North Carolina after being chased off of the Blue Ridge Parkway due to a snow storm. Unfortunately my little Samsung camcorder was vibrating in the cold weather. The high temp that day was 34 degrees and the Goose and I managed a multi hour ride from Mt. Pisgah to Helen Georgia.
In this video I was traveling on interstate 64 west near Longdale Virginia when I wicked the Goose up to 110 mph before having to quickly slow down after seeing a highway patrol man. Luckily I avoided a ticket I was only 100 miles into the journey and it was already becoming action packed and exciting. How I miss the road!!
This is Ivan, the fellow that I met in a McDonalds parking lot in Ft. Stockton Texas. At the time he was venturing off on the next leg of his four corners journey after being trapped in a west Texas motel due to bad weather for almost a week. This guy was packing more gear than most military vehicles. I have no doubt that he is still traveling even though I have stopped for now. You can scope out his journey at ivansjourney.org. His bike is a Ural with a sidecar and a trailer for a tag along.
I wrote a bit about Ivan on day 123, but I wanted to say another little piece about him. Now that I’m back home and I reflect on our brief encounter that day in west Texas I remember how fantastic his spirit was. Adventuring brings out the best from the deepest parts of a person. It sure did for Ivan and I. Ones worries and priorities are no longer in line with the masses. In most cases they are narrowed down to a few, very imperative worries, like keeping the bike on two wheels, instead of a hundred small, nagging, worries like paying three credit cards bills each month without being late. Living for a short time under the umbrella of these, more instinctual, priorities felt great and healed some of my inner grief. I don’t know where Ivan is as I write this, but I know that he is becoming a better soul everyday with every mile that he conquers.
This quick video is from Christmas Day in Wilcox Arizona at a Motel 6.