All about the people

The ride is over and I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home. In a little more than 24 hours I’ll be having Tim Hortons coffee with my wife by my side. The things I missed the most were without a doubt my family and Canadian coffee.

As I think about going home I can’t help but remember and thank all those who have made this more than just a bike trip. First and foremost I can’t thank my wife enough for being such a good sport about this. Most guys I talk to ask how I convinced her to β€œlet” me go. Well she never once gave me any negative signals despite making some big sacrifices over the last 6 months. Wanitta is my hero.

My whole family has been wonderful with their support. My kids with encouragement, my Mom lent us her house for 6 months, and my siblings have all been so great with their enthusiasm.

To my Brother in Law Barry, who inspired me to make the trip a fund raiser. I wish he hadn’t been injured in the first place but thanks to him I made the trip count for something more.

Thank you Louise Miller and SCITCS for allowing me to briefly be a part of your organization and helping me do what I needed to do. We have raised over $14,000 and still counting. Thank you to all my donors.

To Chuck for his generous help with all the publicity and fund raising. Without him I would have been lost.
To Cindi for whom Skelly wears pink, thank you for your hard work at the fund raiser,the Costa Rican resort stay and connecting me with your Cabo friends.

Tim Der and Sign Source for the great graphics on my truck and the bike.

Claysmore Spring Water
Swift Media
The UPS Store
Glenn Cook of the St. Albert Leader
Scott Hayes of the St. Albert Gazette
Marty Forbes

Riverside Motosports came through big time with a donation to SCITCS and hosting the big send off event. Thanks Greg, Danny, Chad and the gang.

Parts Canada who donated my Alpinestar Scout riding boots, and Screens for Bikes who donated the shipping cost for my windscreen.

And all the people along the way who I have met. Sorry I didn’t get all of your names but you had an impact.
The fine folks who fed me on my first night, and the biker who made a donation after only knowing me for 60 seconds. Chris in Lake Tahoe, Charles in Chetumal. Troy and Martin, awesome KLR dudes. Paul and Asli touring on a Vtsrom. Tim and his friends ziplining in Costa Rica. Toby and Sara Shannon in Huanuco, thanks for keeping Skelly safe. The whole gang from the Stahlratte, I don’t want to miss any names, you know who you are. Bart and Renata, Daniel and Sarah you guys helped make the trip so much more complete. Kyle and Trevor, I had such fun riding with you two guys.

And of Course Eran, my good pal who I spent almost 10 weeks with. I am so glad I met you and that you waited for me in Uyuni. What a pleasure it has been to know you despite your ripe boots. You taught me to look beyond the surface, and take some chances. I hope we meet again some day.

Boy I sure hope I haven’t missed anyone.

Thank you all my report readers and thanks for the comments.

It’s been great fun.

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10 Responses to People

  1. Anonymous says:

    <3 πŸ˜€

  2. Anonymous says:

    See you tomorrow! I’m as giddy as a 51 year old school girl! lol πŸ˜‰

  3. Sharon says:

    I’m proud, grateful and happy – and the tissue box is down by a few after reading this post.
    Love, Mum

  4. Scott Ranson says:

    Following you for the last 165 days, as you have followed your routes, I have come to understand you as a brave, mindful and appreciative guy with a healthy bias towards the next turn and a lovely eye for composing photographs!

    Thank you for showing us all those views of North, Central and South America we’d never otherwise know. And thank you and your family also for showing us your example of living a segment of life so very much on purpose.

  5. Matthew Martinez says:

    Dave, your road report has raised the bar on “how to do a road report”. Your report is the new standard. That is just the technical bits of it all.

    Your kindness and humbleness comes through in this epic tale. I hope that the many people who read your report share it as much as they can through their own networks, and then they do the same to inspire the next generation of adventurers.

    Congratulations and God bless you, and those who helped you along the way, for you to return home safely.



  6. Ashley says:

    I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! I’m so excited for you!

  7. Jim Briggs says:

    Dave, following your journey’s progress south while I’m snowbound in Edmonton developed into one of each days’ highlights for me. Great trip. Great reporting. Great motivation. Thank you.

  8. Safe journeying back to St. Albert. Spring is just around the corner.

  9. Barry says:

    Hey Dave ,
    You have had an amazing experience. The friendships you have formed will last a lifetime ! I am happy you have been able to fulfill a dream , and raised awareness and money for spinal cord injuries . I am proud of your accomplishments and honored to be your brother in law ! Welcome home

  10. Anonymous says:

    Heh Dave, congrats on a successful trip. Your journal and pictures were awesome and cheered me up on many a cold winter day. Certainly inspires fellow riders like me to look forward to similar adventures, though not on your scale! Here’s looking forward to a great riding season, Cam.

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