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... my wife and son, nothing has enriched my life so much as have my motorcycles. Such a simple machine, such rich and varied blessings.... from simple day outings of under a hundred miles, to continental crossings lasting weeks, we have enjoyed some of our best moments from the saddle of a motorcycle....

At seventy, my time on earth is drawing relatively short, and I recognize and accept it. I am at true peace with it. No false illusions of immortality in this old Vietnam Veteran! But I'm thankful for my long years.... I feel blessed to have had so many.

I'm thinking now, of a final flourish. A world's circumnavigation, on a machine befitting my years, perhaps even a Ural Sidecar motorcycle rig with a driven wheel, something of a worshipful trip, of a trip to see all of the sunrises and sunsets of different lands that I can, different climes and cultures. It can be done; it has been done; and we should do it..... we have toured the world quite a bit already....it would be a trip to dot all the i's and cross all the t's........ A Bucket List Under our wheels! Stay tuned....

 

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Go for it my friend . Please report along the way ,as the WWW allows in foreign lands . Your discriptions generally are as good a photo .
 

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Mel I know the feeling, my doctor says I'm good for about 4 more tire changes maybe 5

 

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Mel, I hear they're doing studies now to see what affect windmills have on the brain (http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/wind-rush.html). I recall feeling like I could ride forever when I took this pic a few years back:



If the urge to circumnavigate the globe subsided as you got farther from the windmill I'd just rack it up to turbulent air patterns. But I, for one, would love to read of your travels over the horizon. Would Red be invited?
 

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Go for it.

In 100 days, I will turn 60. I am riding all I can, while I can. I make no excuses for it. If she doesn't want to go, oh well. I would like to hear your story sometime.

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I wanna go, Mel! At least I can be there vicariously via your pics and comentary!
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I hope you get to fulfill your dreams. From one vet to another "thank you for your service" I was to young to go to nam in 73 but I was trained by those guys. I have nothing but deep respect for them and what they went thru.
 

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Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today I used to do it all the time saying I can do it later but early last summer that all changed. I would get so tired couldnt breath right I couldnt even walk up a small flight of stairs with out almost passing out I had to quit riding after a bad scare on the bike and actual stored it at my fathers so I wouldnt try and get on it again.
Doctors thought it was my lungs but after months of test they couldnt find anything so I was about to give up but my wife didnt she had me sent to the University of Michigan hospital were they saved her life a few years ago from pancreatic cancer.
In short after months of test it was my heart and it was bad they gave me 6 months to a year to live and at 51 years old it was a kick in the gut for me and being backwards in side (Yes all My organs are reversed from a normal person) it was going to be hard to repair and the chance of surgey helping me the odds werent in my favor lets say but I couldnt live like I was and after talking to the wife and kids I went in for surgery.
Its been 5 months and I,m feeling better every day I traded back up to a 1997 SE with low miles dressed her all up and have been already out riding with no problems even though Michigan wont give up the cold weather.

Never put things off you might never get to do them we have such a short time on this earth and we should enjoy every min we can. Like you all I,m most happy on my bike with the wife behind me cruising the back roads of the country I love and ya I,ll throw Canada in there to.
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I hope you get to fulfill your dreams. From one vet to another "thank you for your service" I was to young to go to nam in 73 but I was trained by those guys. I have nothing but deep respect for them and what they went thru.
Thank you, sir, but I have to say that I didn't enlist for altruistic reasons! Like many of the young guys of that era, I enlisted to get the hell outa Dodge, and I couldn't have shown you Vietnam on a map.....

But most of those young guys came back better than they went, and so did I, I think and hope.... Sometimes the stereotype of the drug-crazed, freaked out Vietnam Veteran makes me gnash my teeth in anger....most of us weren't that way. I had some trouble, but not much, and I got through school on the G.I. Bill, got my first serious job with my veteran's preference, and bought my first home with a veteran's guaranteed loan. I consider the government and me to be equal and even, all "faired-up." The guys to honor, of course, are the ones who weren't lucky enough to get back.... those that fill the veterans's cemeteries from coast to coast, those who molder in unmarked graves all over the earth...... And thank you for your service, sir..... a Navy Seal once told me, "all service is honorable," and if anyone should know that -- it's a Navy Seal. Anybody who raises his right hand and pledges to protect his country with his life, whether a cook or an 11-bravo, whether a Seal or a truck driver, anyone who serves either during war or peace, is honorable, and worthy of respect. MHO only....
 

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I will be 66 in June Mel. You aren't so much older than me. We have a few more rides in us ole son! December is retirement time. From that time on belongs to me and what lies in front of me. I'll not look back; there is nothing there for me. What lies ahead is all I can concern myself with. May our paths cross many times in the time we have in front of us!
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Thank you, sir, but I have to say that I didn't enlist for altruistic reasons! Like many of the young guys of that era, I enlisted to get the hell outa Dodge, and I couldn't have shown you Vietnam on a map.....

But most of those young guys came back better than they went, and so did I, I think and hope.... Sometimes the stereotype of the drug-crazed, freaked out Vietnam Veteran makes me gnash my teeth in anger....most of us weren't that way. I had some trouble, but not much, and I got through school on the G.I. Bill, got my first serious job with my veteran's preference, and bought my first home with a veteran's guaranteed loan. I consider the government and me to be equal and even, all "faired-up." The guys to honor, of course, are the ones who weren't lucky enough to get back.... those that fill the veterans's cemeteries from coast to coast, those who molder in unmarked graves all over the earth...... And thank you for your service, sir..... a Navy Seal once told me, "all service is honorable," and if anyone should know that -- it's a Navy Seal. Anybody who raises his right hand and pledges to protect his country with his life, whether a cook or an 11-bravo, whether a Seal or a truck driver, anyone who serves either during war or peace, is honorable, and worthy of respect. MHO only....
Well said.

I served during the Vietnam Era, but didn't go there but know many who did. None of those that I know are crazed veterans.

My father, Alois Lee, served in:

WW2, 1944-47
Korea 1952
Vietnam 1966-67

He retired in 1971 and passed in 1988. I honor him every chance I get, just like this.

I also used the GI Bill to get my degree from South Dakota State University and bought a house on the GI Bill. Even up, just like you.

Military service provides a type of adversity that gives us an advantage over non vets all through life. Stress, nothing like it to aid maturity.
 

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I will be 66 in June Mel. You aren't so much older than me. We have a few more rides in us ole son! December is retirement time. From that time on belongs to me and what lies in front of me. I'll not look back; there is nothing there for me. What lies ahead is all I can concern myself with. May our paths cross many times in the time we have in front of us!
Dubs


Not too much longer!!! :applause:

Keep on riding and we will definitely have to ride together again!!
 

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I'm looking forward to it Red! Good friends need to share the adventure, the ride and the memories!
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