Monday, August 19, 2013

So we have been back two years now. What have we been doing???

The Intrepid Travellers on yet another Adventure
Yes, how time flys.  It is hard to believe that we have been back from our round the world trip for over two years now and one might wonder what we have been getting up too?? But let me assure you we haven't been just sitting around.

To list just a few things of what has been happening.......

Getting started
We have finished a major renovation on the house we took in trade before we left, BIG JOB! That alone has kept us busy for over a year. I went back to work with my Brother whom had been running our Construction Company while we were off playing, very successfully I might add (thanks Bro) I have managed several large construction projects since I returned. Yes I just stepped back into the business and got on with it. I wasn't sure if that was what I wanted but we had our house to do and so I thought what the hell why not!!
That worked out just fine and I think the fact that I had our Reno and addition to do really helped get my concentration back on the game.

Old and new come together

The place is really taking shape now

The finished product

The reason why we did it.... There are not to many places around with a view like this

Sunrise never seems to amaze me
Who would not want to get up to watch this.

And during the day it is hard to leave and go to work.
Now that the house is finished, of course it is for sale. We need to recoup and regroup so we can head out again.

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Chenty on the other hand had decided not to return to the family business and felt like she wanted to put pen to paper and write a book. A book! you might think maybe about our trip, but no nothing quite that simple. During our travels she had had lots of time to reflect on life and had discovered things about herself that was, how can I put it..... maybe mind blowing but I will let her fill you in on the details. After over a year sitting on her own, inside her own head the book was published in April and the title

CAN I BE ME WITHOUT LOSING YOU Yep the you is me and I am so proud of her for putting this master piece into print. We have now been married 33 years and we love every minute of every day.  She truly is A Pillion in a Million and she still to this day loves to climb on the back of the bike and head out. You can get her book on Amazon or on her own website at the last chapter is the beginning of our trip and she has another book in her it will be called "A pillion in a Million"it will continue on into our trip around the world!

Other things.

Ronnie came to visit.

 My Brother from another mother

Remember Ronnie, the guy we met in Syria, and then again in Thailand and rode with for five weeks. Well, he made Canada his 101st country to visit and as he was on his way up to the top, Dead Horse Alaska being the top, or as far as one can navigate on two wheels, we decided to saddle up and head off with him. Two weeks,13,000 km's and again one hell of an adventure. This trip we would have Mark my brother in law, whom I had talked into getting a 'proper bike' a BMW1200 GS, he also rides a Harley but I don't think it would have made it up and back again and if it had it would certainly needed a new chrome job on its return.

Mark and yours truly in Hyder Alaska

Full Alaska Blog to come.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How nice it is to wake up in our own bed

The sunrise from the comfort of our own bed is something to see

I wake up at 5 am to see the sun rise over Mount Baker

So many sunrises we have seen and I will never get tired
 of seeing them

A new day a new adventure!!
Life goes on, is this the real world now I ask my self ?
I don't know
I guess time will tell

Then we had a PARTY

We arrive of the ferry to by met by a bunch of
 rowdy biker guys that want to take us to a party :-)

This is Ian, My brother and partner in crime when it comes to our business
He has been working hard while I have been playing!!
and has got himself a brand new Triumph Tiger while we have been away 

He has also got a new house on the water front that he
 and Sharon have done a major reno on

Family and friends greet us at the party.
It is all just a bit overwhelming.

My Mum Bless her is so excited to see us that
 I nearly run her over going down the drive

Meeting all our family, Friends and dedicated Blog followers
And yes even Haley was there (sort of)

Later Lovely Lisa swaps gear with Chenty
and I take here  for a ride

Now that was something Chenty said looked really weird

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Home to see the kids

A familiar sight arriving at the ferry terminal 

The ferry drops us of in Sidney were Nigh and Rose
will head back to Saltspring and we will go into
Victoria to see the Kids

The Empress Hotel in Victoria
A little bit above or budget on this trip

The Parliament Buildings in Victoria.
What a beautiful place this is

And there she is!!
Our gorgeous  Daughter Jessica with her boy friend Scott.
Whom we have not seen for fourteen months.

This is how she looked when we left after having
 four wisdom teeth out and being a bit mad at me
 for wanting to take her Mum away from her
for such a long time

But she survived with out her mum, and how she has grown up
I do love her :-)

And Phil, so happy to see us
 and we get to meet the absolutely lovely Lisa his new girl friend
 with whom we have chatted with on Skype so many times from around the world

That evening we go for a walk along the waterfront in Victoria.
This is a absolutely gorgeous city we live by.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The last few days

The Thompson River

Into the Fraser Canyon
Always a great ride

The town of Hope
 It has always been a symbol of getting away
 from it all as we leave the crowds of
Vancouver and the lower mainland
But this time it is re entry!!!

In Hope we meet more great friends.
Nige and rose now living in Canada

Posing with one of the locals

Nige got himself an 1150 GS
so next time he is coming with us

Over the bridge into Langley

That night in the bar the beer was plentiful
Danny and dean came out to see us for dinner

What more can I say??

And Dean,
it was great to see then again after so long

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Long Ride Home

After spending the night in Vernon we turn south again and run down the west side of Okanagan Lake the weather is great and the views across the water are fantastic Riding past lots of small cottages on the lake  I can see the fascination with this type of vacation but me .. well I guess I just like to be on the move and the world is such a big place with so many interesting people to meet. 

We stop for a coffee in Greenwood
Greenwood is a small town on the Crows nest highway that is rising to the challenge of the tourist trade. Lots of people pass through here every day on their way to the lakes. It is doing a great job of getting people to stop for a break. Lots of hanging baskets and a tourist info place also.

We meet Jamie and one of his kids 
We pick up an ice cream and wonder the streets for a while and on returning to the bike I here a voice saying.. Hi there Trevor!! Well we have been out long enough now not to be to surprised about meeting people over and over again but this guy... Well Jamie used to work for me about 15 years ago.
We spent the next hour catching up and I was so pleased to here that he had followed his passion for music and had just got back from a trip to Texas where he had been playing with a blues band. He was having lunch with his son while his wife ran of to do some errands in the next town.

Looking over the lake and Osoyoos

A great road n BC
We planned to meet Mark  my brother in law in Osoyoos He was going to ride out on his Harley the night before to visit family in Nerramata then run down and meet us and  ride back to Langley together. Seeing family again after fourteen months was great and we both really appreciated him coming out.

Hi there its been a long time!!

Big Red has someone to chat to while we go for a drink
After spending the night in Merrit we cut up to the #1 Hwy in Spences Bridge and ride through the Fraser Canyon into Hope.

A common sight in BC thats the logging truck
 not the Harley

The bridge into Spences Bridge over the
Thompson River

Just an other photo OP

Mark with BIG a grin on his face
Just like us he loves to ride.