JadeRider Journeys

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The night before

by on Sep.18, 2009, under 2009, Adventure

It is the eve of the journey.  This entry will be short.  The last two days have been hectic.  While everything was going according to plan, things got complicated when my shoe lace got stuck on a screw on the side of the engine at a stop sign amd, failing to put my left foot down I tipped the bike down on the left.  The crash bars saved the bike, with only minimum damage sustained.  Yet, I had to replace a clutch lever, fix a bar end, and a turn signal.  Parts were ordered overnight, and by 3 today, Bucefalo looked like new.  I God’s mercy, while I fell at a very hectic time in traffic, I fell over to the side walk side, away from passing cars.

Last night, Matt cut my hair, mohawk style, while we sat in his garage, talked politics, life and kids, heard the neighbors fighting, and listened the TSU band practice in the background.  This, after Matt read another chapter of Little House on the Prairie to his wonderful kids, and I told them Guatemalan stories of my youth.

Tonight, we met with friends for a potluck dinner, and prayed for a safe journey, and fruitful testimony, after home made pizza, Mexican Lasagna, salads, Greek dip, ice cream, ginger bread, beer, wine, and chicory coffee.  Wow

I am essentially packed, and in eight hours should be on my way.  On September 19th, 2009, I put the first miles down of a life long dream, and my wonderful daughter turns 21, having grown to be one of God’s most wonderful children.

I am blessed with a caring, supporting, and understanding wife. God’s light shines in our lives indeed.

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Back on track

by on Sep.11, 2009, under 2009, Adventure, Motorcycle

I am so thankful to be able to write today, that the worries about the H1N1 infection did not materialize.  I was feeling crabby yesterday.  I finally made it to the doctor’s office in the afternoon.  After she listened to my lungs, checked temperature, and took a sample of my snot to run some tests, she confirmed that swine flu virus was not in me.  Praise His name.

The deadline for shopping for equipment has now passed, with the last bits of equipment and gear now being on their way.  The tire plugging system arrived yesterday in the afternoon.  It contained a very valuable nugget of wisdom.  “Pour liquid over the tire to identify the puncture site by the bubbles.  Be careful not use a carbonated liquid.”  Wow!  When looking for bubbles, do not use a bubbly liquid to identify them.  Amazing.  Gotta love it.

Day2 Post to ALBQRQThe map for the second day has been set for a while, but it may be subject to last minute changes.  The current map has me going West, through Roswell, NM, and into the Valley of Fires, before turning North to Corona, and North West to Laguna de los Perros and Estancia, and finally into the Albuquerque area, for about 425-460 miles of riding, in about 9 hours.  Roswell is a special place in this route, not because of the whole Alien thing, which I still is cool, but because I stopped here with my daughter when we rode out to drop her off at college a couple of years ago.

Laguna del Perro just sounds like a really cool place, and looking at the landscape photographs on the Internet, it looks like the kind of horizon I really enjoy and brings peace to me.

Today, I want to close by sharing a note I got from a fellow believer in response to my request for prayer during this trip.  Terry, Buddy is lucky to have a person like you in his life.

“Carlos – Know beyond all else that prayers will be lifted up for you each and every day of your trip.  We will also pray for peace for your family to know that God will be protecting you and for your safety while you are apart.

What an adventure!  We know you will go out and and be a glorious witness to our Lord!  Knowing that any trip of this length may bring trials and requires perseverance, remember James 1:2-4, 12:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.   Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Consider each day pure joy!  Remember joy every day!
We will keep you and your family in our prayers.”

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Laying down the tracks

by on Sep.08, 2009, under 2009, Adventure, Motorcycle, Uncategorized

A few days ago I read that a large percentage of the joy of the journey is the planning, and the anticipation that comes with it. Gazing over paper maps, old books, online maps, satellite, and aerial photographs can create an intoxicating level of anticipation. Careful navigation of all these resources is in itself a journey into discovery, and, in a good way for me, a virtual trekking adventure. I confess that I have spent countless hours sitting in front of my large dual-screen computer, laying down possible tracks, calculating distances, and travel time, imagining. Route selection is guided by just a few parameters. The most important one is the avoidance of interstates. The others are the combination of traveling through spots that have had a special meaning in my life, with spots I have never been through, but have captured my mind in books, movies, or other tales.

The reason to avoid interstates is quite simple. They are designed to take travelers from point A to point B as quickly as possible. In this process, engineers create as many straight lines as possible, nullify the landscape, and avoid towns. Why would a journeyman want to travel this way? Add to this, the dangers of trucks and cars, traveling at a high rate of speed, with drivers that are often exhausted, and that have a weight advantage of thousands of pounds over even the largest motorcycle, and it becomes self evident why a biker will stick to back-roads.

For the upcoming trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats, a number of maps are now ready to guide the initial stages of the trip.  Half the trip has been planned and layer down.  It will start on September 19, 2009, from my house.  DT2.0, my favorite Cherokee riding buddy, will hang with me on that day.  This leg is one of the most feared by any South-East Texas traveller; the vast expanse of territory to be covered as you head due West, and known as Texas.  Feared?  Well, yes, to many it is a daunting thought.  Traveling for miles on end before you reach New Mexico.  For me, on the other hand, crossing state borders is just like crossing another road sign along the way.  Granted, it is a rather unique one, and some kind of milestone, but what really matters is the topography, the architecture, and the people.  Of all the latter, you get plenty along the way, no matter which direction you follow.

We will go through better know towns such as Brenham, Temple, Killeen, and Abiline.  But I am willing to bet that many a jewel will be found in Cameron, Copperas Cove, Lometa, and Tuscola.  At the end of that day, we will stop in Post, just South East of Lubbock.  We will have put in about 502 miles, and our route will look more or less like this.  Why Post?  Well, for one, I could say that it is because it is a town founded as a Utopian colonizing venture of Charles William (C. W.) Post, the breakfast cereal manufacturer.  That is a a half truth, the other half truth would be that it is because I just plain curious.  The final half truth, it found on a map by chance, and a small town always looks better to me than a big city.

This entry would not be complete without mentioning that the links you see here are to the Handbook of Texas, a digitizing effort spearheaded by my long time friend, Donal Perkins.

More on the tracks, tomorrow

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