Sunday, November 6, 2016

It's Official!

Woke up with an email in my inbox last week. I promptly got on PayPal and sent in my $64. Now I just wait for my package to be sent across the border...

Note from Iron Butt Association

Congratulations, your ride verification is completed and can be paid for using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or PayPal. If this is not convenient way to pay, please send a note to: xxxxx@gmail. com and Mike Kneebone will work out details with you. It is a great honor to have you on board. Below is the wording that we intend to put on your certificate. 

This is to Certify that on 26th of August 2016, Tony Fedun rode a Triumph Tiger Explorer a total of 1,660 kilometres in less than twenty-four hours starting in Toronto, Ontario; continuing on to Port Huron, Michigan; riding across the Mackinac Bridge - the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere; then on to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and North Bay, Ontario before returning to Toronto while participating in the SaddleSore 1600K. The SaddleSore 1600K was conducted under very strict guidelines set forth by the Iron Butt Association. Only a handful of riders from around the world have managed to solve the challenges such a gruelling ride involves. 

Best regards, Lena Huizenga, IBA Verification Lena. xxxxx@gmail. com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Simple Formula for Living

Found this the other day and want to share:

Simple Formula for Living
Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more; talk less.
Every day take a 30 minute walk.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time. Don't make excuses.
Don't argue. Get organized.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Cultivate good manners.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life isn't fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.
Learn from the past. Plan for the future.
Live in the present.
Don't sweat the small stuff.
It's all small stuff.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

On Sunday the 25th of September, Laura and I are going to don our finest attire and join men and women across the globe in the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to find a cure for Prostate Cancer and to help Men’s Mental Health. Over 1,300 men a day die of prostate cancer worldwide, and it’s time for that to end. Your donation will help The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride reach its goal of $5 Million to fund research into a cure for a disease that claims far too many gentlemen each year and prevent suicide.

This is the best dressed way to fight prostate cancer and help improve men’s mental health!

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Highway 17 East at 1 AM!

Paper work has been sent off and the SaddleSore 1600 is done.
Odometer reading at Start and Finish
With 20 minutes left on the clock and 50 extra kilometres on the odometer.  It was touch and go for the last two hours as I rode back towards Toronto and the Esso on Front Street where I started this little journey. Low hanging misty fog was covering the Muskoka Region. Traffic began to pick up as I neared Barrie and I was not sure that I had enough time. In the end it all worked out just as it should and everything fell into place.

It was suggested I run the lake clockwise which was a brilliant suggestion (Thank you Brett).
International Bridge, Sault Ste Marie
Both border crossings on the front end proved to be a good strategy. The Sault Sainte Marie crossing took almost an hour and I really would not have wanted to attempt Sarnia Blue Water Bridge at 6 in the morning. 

I had a little trepidation about leaving the Soo at 1 o'clock in the morning. Not one to ride at night for the obvious reasons of wildlife and human nightlife gave me a little bit of nerves. This disappeared very quickly once I got into a grove on the Trans-Canada Highway. This section of road between Sault Sainte Marie and North Bay is a perfect night ride. The tarmac is all recently paved, gentle turns with passing lanes predictably present when needed. Stars where bright and bold. Temperature was a perfect 15 degrees and the smell of pine trees and fresh cool water filled my open visor. I couldn't have asked for a better summer night in August to do this ride. 

I will change a few things up on the next IBA ride. More water, fewer borders to cross and most likely a linear route in the middle of a bigger ride. That is next time and right now this one done!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Here we go!

I am going to set out on Friday and try my best to circumnavigate Lake Huron in 24 hours. You may or may not have heard of the Iron Butt Association. Basically it is group of 50,000 riders who are most likely the "World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders". Over the years I have made many of the qualifying rides, but never documented anything. August 26th will be the day I attempt to ride and document 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) in 24 hours or less. 

Iron Butt 24 Hour Saddle Sore on Roadtrippers

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway

Shot this video as I entered the Blue Ridge Parkway from the South End at Cherokee, NC. I cannot begin to describe the colours, smells and serenity felt from this ride. Almost 500 miles of this ridge line twisty that I did not expect to be as stunning and fun as it turned out. Most of this was at over 6000 feet with the roads edge looking down thousands of feet. It was a very spiritual experience and the very reason for riding.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Gulf of Mexico

Riverside Walk on Mississippi, New Orleans
Few nights in New Orleans as Laura wrapped up a conference she was attending and we started our full trip together. Two great days strolling around the French Quarter. Based ourselves out of the Dauphine Orleans Hotel as we made our rounds. Morning walking tour with Pay What You Want - Walking Tours which was a great history lesson.  Chicory Coffee, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and jazz filtering out of every doorway you pass are just some of the memories.

Mexico Beach, FL
Packed up the panniers on Saturday morning and headed East across Lake Pontchartrain towards Mississippi Gulf Shore. Got off the interstate for a quick 40 minute thunderstorm which left us with blue sky for the rest of the bike trip around the gulf. 

From Louisiana to Mississippi then Alabama and into Florida. The scenic route on a hot sunny Saturday tried our patience. Highway 98 along the coast was filled with pickup trucks and stop lights. Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola and every white sand beach town was being overrun by inlanders. Stopped for oysters and iced tea at Flora-Bama on the Alabama/Florida State line and then made haste to get on US 20 to avoid any more traffic.

Arrived in Mexico Beach around 7 pm and quickly found our room and something to eat in a beachside bar. Long hot day that was rewarded with a quick swim in the ocean and a cool soft bed at the Buena Vista Motel. 
Sunset Mexico Beach, FL

Tomorrow we will make our way to Savannah. Back roads through Northern Florida and into Georgia. Perhaps a little BBQ and more iced tea on the way....