Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Adventures

Christmas cards took a back seat this year. Each new card we opened from family and friends was placed carefully on the sideboard in the entrance way to our home. We were both grateful and filled with a little guilt and shame. It was around December 17th that we both realized we were not going to be able to sit down with the two boxes of cards we bought in early November. We had fully intended to purposefully write to everyone on our list. Life got in the way and we resorted to the lazy social media method. A picture posted with a heartfelt message addressed the entire universe as we got ready to board an airplane for New York city on December 24th. This is our amends and we will try to do things differently next year. 
Bryant Park - New York
In reflection 2016 was another great year for us both. All aspects of our lives are growing and moving forward, sometimes changing with a little more pace than expected. Travel is always a large part of our experience and it is what we love to share. This blog is something that we seem to have neglected and become more passive. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are much easier and less intentional than the blog. This once again, is something we must change as we gear up for another year of new adventures. 

New York at Christmas was very magical. Work had enveloped us both from September to mid-December and we had been looking forward to this trip with much anticipation. Walking the streets and exploring the lights and markets. Two very different dance experiences as we spent a dumbfounded afternoon enjoying the Alvin Ailey American Dance Group Christmas performance. The next night took us to the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall which covered every possible holiday theme in the two hours we squirmed in the lavish balcony seats. We took in the views from Top of the Rock and Empire State Building. Laura, in typical fashion, had researched and planned many gluten-free food stops. Jennifer's Way Bakery, Colors NYC, Senza Gluten were checked off the list with Katz's Deli rounding it out with their three meat platter. 

Early morning Christmas run up 5th Avenue, looping back around through Rockefeller Centre and Times Square.
Top of the Rock - New York
It felt like we had the entire city to ourselves for a few hours that morning. For our final holiday experience, we capped off our wonderful food explorations with a four hour, nine course lunch with our friend Martin hosting us at Per Se. My first Thomas Keller experience and Laura's second. This was a very special afternoon before we flew home to enjoy the rest of the holidays in Toronto.

Dubai, San Miguel, Boston, Costa Rica, New York and an 8,000 kilometre motorcycle tour of the Southern United States marked the personal adventures we tackled in 2016. Laura added on Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Winnipeg for her business trips. 2017 is only a week old and we are monitoring flights to San Miguel and Ljubljana on Hopper. Three week motorcycle tour of the Alps with our Australian friends looks to be another for the highlight reel and another first for countries we are going to visit. New backpacks, helmets and an updated International Drivers Licence are all in the works. One day at a time. 

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.