|Me and My Bo - Dressed For The Slide....|
Going through our STUFF!!! It made me crazy - truly! We moved to Cuenca in December with eight suitcases, and here I was back home loading eight more suitcases to bring back to Cuenca with more STUFF! It took me a couple of days of going through every stored box and carefully deciding what to choose and how to pack it. Finally, the suitcases were loaded with clothes (Oh, did I have fun shopping and getting my St. Vinnie's fix!!!), and lots of other STUFF!!! True story - That night, I had an anxiety attack about all the STUFF I had so painstakingly packed, and all that weight we would be dealing with. We were Fed-Exing all of these suitcases to Florida where we would end up on our motorcycle trip before flying with them back to Cuenca.
I woke up the next morning almost in tears and said to Bo, "I think I just wasted precious hours and days sorting through our STUFF, and I think I made a big mistake!" As usual, his reply was encouraging, "It's okay, Hon. We'll just take it all back and unpack it! It's not a problem...." Yikes! The thought of going through the whole packing process in reverse made me even crazier, but that's exactly what I did. Back at the house (our renters were away on vacation so we wouldn't disturb them), Bo set up some large tables, hoisted up these crazy HEAVY bags, and I began hours of unpacking every suitcase and putting STUFF back in their appropriate storage boxes. Hours later, I felt free again - free from all the wants I continue to struggle with, and we now left our property with lighter bags filled with only the needs. Another letting go for me. What a process it continues to be in learning how to simplify my life.
|The bags are finally ready for Fed-Ex to Florida!|
Our time here at Ben Israel has been restful and a blessing. How wonderful our friendship is, yet we're sad to know that we won't have Inger here for many more days or weeks. It was our desire to get here while she is still coherent and able to spend time with us. We're thankful that God's timing is perfect and we have this sweet time with our precious friend.
We also have internet access here, so I am happy to be able to update our family, friends, and faithful blog followers who have written to us and asked, "How are you?" and "Where are you???" Riding has been absolutely wonderful but also tiring, so by the time we get to our daily evening destinations, we're exhausted, hungry, and ready for showers, and I'm too tired to blog! How great it's been to stop and refresh ourselves here at Inger-Hava's home before going back on the road again, and also to be able to update everyone about our journey.
For now, thank you to everyone who has stayed in touch with us. I especially want to thank those who are faithfully praying for God's protection us. The day before arriving to Bemidji, our bike stalled and fell over, and down we went with the bike landing on top of both of us. We fell hard, and if not for our helmets and "Dress For The Slide" gear, we would have been severely injured. Help came, the bike was lifted off of us, and the only damage was to Bo's computer (smashed), and his ego!!! We were back on the bike and off we went...... I'm a firm believer in riding a motorcycle with the best of helmets!
Here are a few photos so far of our trip of a lifetime....
More stories and photos to come.
Pictures Tell The Story!
|The happiest day for me in Oregon was seeing my precious mom and knowing she still remembers Bo and me.|
|One of our greatest memories on this trip was staying at Talus Rock in Sandpoint, Idaho. What an amazing lodge run by an amazing and generous family. Thank you, Heather for your kindness and generosity!|
|If you find yourself in this area of Idaho, you must stay here!!|
|We sat on the terrace overlooking the amazing grounds, sipping our coffee and tea before heading over to see our "Cuenca Friends" Andrea and Michael.|
|We had a fabulous organic breakfast together, sharing their future plans that will bring Andrea and Michael back to Cuenca, where we originally met. Yes, I had my long hair chopped off in Oregon before heading out on this long journey - an easy do!|
|Our breakfast together was colorful and delicious - but food prices in the USA continue to shock us after being in Ecuador and paying Ecuadorian food prices.|
|GLACIER Rocks!!! What a fabulous "Ride to the Sun" it was.|
|The weather was perfect - not too hot and clear blue skies.|
|It's a blast meeting other bikers along the way and sharing our journeys. Bo, at the motorcycle parking area at Glacier's Visitor Lodge.|
|I couldn't get enough photos of these amazing rock formations.|
|I loved being able to pay only $10 for Bo and me to enter Glacier and for my free lifetime pass to any National Park in the USA because I'm over 62. Otherwise, it would have cost us $25 for two on a motorcycle just for this park visit.|
|Busted! This is what my Bo does while I take photos!|
|Seeing the country via motorcycle is breathtaking - riding in the wind is exhilarating! I'm especially loving it more than I though I would.|
|We've been with Inger-Hava for three days, and we're not sure when we'll leave. Our journey will continue in the next few days. For now, we continue to rest and enjoy our blessed time together. Soon we'll be "On The Road Again" traveling the USA.|