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Last leg: Tucson to LA.

I rode back to LA today. It was more than 500 miles! I stopped at Dateland for one of their famous date shakes, then pounded to Yuma for a double double cheesburger at In and Out, then slammed over to El Centro for a refill of gasoline. In this stretch of highway you can see the large fence separating Mexico and the USA. I recalled a time, i think it was back in 2007, when I was passing this way on my LA - Nova Scotia ride. I remember looking over at Mexico and feeling so enchanted by the mystery of what that country might be like. I remember feeling like Mexico would be like uncharted territory, something wild to experience, a place to go that would change me and surprise me. I kept riding on then, but the feeling that was sparked never went away. I felt a great sense of fulfillment and accomplishment as I rode this stretch of I-8 today. It was a “full circle” feeling…it made me feel self affirmed in my desires and I made thunderous noises of triumph. But nobody heard me.


Then hit the slab for almost 200 more miles without a break to past San Diego. Riding north was beautiful: the sea was there, large rainy clouds and the sun was shining down, getting ready for bed. I made the last 60 miles in what seemed like the blink of an eye, and all of a sudden I was home, where I had set off from almost 4 months ago to the day, family pouring out of the house to hug me and play with me.

A breath was let out. Life is very good. Tomorrow I fly to celebrate another man’s life in St Louis. My Grandfather.

Mike Bike Boy has officially “ridden Mexico”. Mission accomplished.

This is saying good bye to my uncle Jonathan, aunt Jennifer, Brendan, Grandma and Sugar. I spent more than a month in Tucson with these my loving family. I am so grateful for their unconditional love and hospitality. I am blessed to have extended family like this. Thank you. Deeply.

Bye Grandfather. Fly free!

April 16th, 2014

Bye Grandfather. Fly free!

April 16th, 2014

Got my bike back from Hermosillo. Back in Tucson now

Back in fuckin Hermosillo. Jaja! Met up with my

This is true, thank you Mikey

This is true, thank you Mikey

(Source: just-dreamin-chillin, via jonlarsontattoos)

Heal!

Heal!