After a year of writing and enjoying the publishing of my blog it seems only right that I should comment on how much fun it has been. Fellow blogger/rider Erik and I connected online last December when he was still a Wisconsin neighbor. Though he's still a Wisconsin neighbor, he's moved a bit further away than he was when we first made contact. Erik's old photos, stories of his rides and his background inspired me to follow his lead. With a few of his kind suggestions, I was off and Posting.
As rewarding as it's been to tell some stories to go along with my archived photos, the truly best part has been in 'meeting' fellow bloggers with varied shared interests. Erik and I actually did meet in person this fall, at a location that we'd teased each other with, but neither of us showed up on two wheels that day. No matter, the food and time together was worth the wait regardless of how we had arrived.
The cherry on top of everything else good has been sharing stories with my Canadian friends. I don't honestly think my affection for Canada has more than a faint connection to them being our nearest neighbors though I'm sure that's a part of it. Very possibly it has much to do with the fact that though different, we mostly get along in harmonious ways, still not always in agreement on things.
Riding along the Shenandoah Parkway one spring day long ago I met Christopher, hitch-hiking from St. John's. I pillioned him down to the Winchester Apple Blossom Festival and our two days together were rich; his tales of Puffins and life in St. John's led me to be a visiting Newfie the following summer. After a week in the bottom of the Grand Canyon mostly alone, "Lethbridge Jim" and I met while hiking back up to the rim together, one of the more memorable days of my life. The Hot Toddy we celebrated our journey with 'up top' left a buzz I can still feel if I choose to pull it out from the deep layers in my head. I listen to 990AM from Winnipeg when the atmosphere allows for proper bouncing of the waves and our local public radio affiliate makes As It Happens a joy if I can stay awake long enough to listen. Red Green has given me uncountable hints in my R&D fabrication career. The points of 'foreign' connection spread inward from both coasts.
New friends from everywhere are gifts, new Canadian friends have a special sparkle all their own. So there you have it, an affinity with the country to the north and some sort of kindred spirit we must share.
This blogging thing has been very rewarding and I expect to partake at the very least, for one more year. Warm friends, interesting places and cool machines make a very fine recipe.
Thanks to all of you that have shared your time and thoughts with me. Here's hoping that continues......