Full of Grace

Sunday morning I loaded my stuff up again and headed north to San Francisco. I’d thought about going over to the beach, but Half Moon Bay (the nearest one) would be jammed with 18,000 extra people watching The Maverick surfing competition. Plus there was a special art installation I’d love to see at my alma mater. I’m proud to say that upon encountering a traffic jam near South San Francisco, I actually did some lane splitting! And I’m proud to say that when my heart rate got too high, I stopped and settled back into a lane. I know the way to Grace Cathedral by...

Get In the Flow: Rogue Insights

I’d been dreaming of rafting the Rogue River for a long time, but always the logistics got in the way. Finally it was time to”just do this.” Self-Nurturing or Over-Protection? After a summer of health challenges, I was concerned that rafting (and cold water) would take more of a toll on my available energy than “just sitting” on a motorcycle. I wanted to protect my fragile self. So rather than do the sequential and more difficult Wild and Scenic section, we opted for a base camp and day trips in the recreational section of the Rogue. (Map from...

Ocean of Surrender

“The mass is more complex than that. We want to run some blood work to check for cancer.” Thunk. This is not what I was expecting to hear at all. I was expecting something about 50+ year old bodies no longer functioning the way they used to. Maybe a list of possible procedures. Maybe “let’s watch it and see what it does.” Cancer is a very big two-syllable word. I let myself have the reaction. Watched as my thoughts flew to the last year of my dad’s life, with daily trips to the center. He was 84, and this isn’t even a related issue. But chemo? What a huge...

Baggage Left in Maui

Inner transformation doesn’t have to be a big dramatic production filled with tears. Sometimes it’s easy and gentle. It’s always an adventure! The first question of the Awaken Your True Calling retreat was the customary, “What is your intention for this retreat?” I answered honestly, “I don’t know yet, but I’m open to its intention for me.”   Day 3: Driving up to view the sunset from Haleakala, I heard my daddy’s voice from when I was in third grade, “Do what you know is right, no matter what people think.” At that age, I was a Great Protector of...

Do You Know How to Stop?

I remember when I used to ski. I’d be fine as long as I was arc-ing down the hill. The only time I had trouble was when I tried to slow down. Or worse, stop. That’s when something would catch, balance wouldn’t recover, and over I’d go. The worst was when I’d be standing in the lift line… just standin’ there, and ooo wooop, crash. Just fall over. It’s been pretty much the same on the motorcycle. When I’m goin’, I’m fine. It’s when I want to stop that something catches, and over the bike goes. Or just stopped at an intersection and ooo wooop, gak!...

What stops you?

Getting ready for a big ride from Phoenix, AZ to Leakey, TX to meet friends from an online motorcycle-philosopher forum. I’ve been looking forward to this for months. Purposely had the Tiger delivered to Phoenix so it would be south of the snow line and ready to go. But am I ready to go? The shortest route is 940 miles each way, plus a couple days riding with my “gang.” I’ve tried to anticipate all that I would need. Then put half of it back away again. That’s standard packing procedure, and doubly important when you’re traveling by motorcycle. Truth is, once I...