Thursday, May 31, 2007

Trip preparation update

I have started refining the trip details. Initially I planned to travel from Denver to Albuquerque on the first day, and from there to Abilene, Texas, on the second. I have now decided to avoid Albuquerque and stop in Las Vegas, NM, instead. This will save me about 180 miles of travel, plus it will place me in a less urban setting, which I prefer.

I also know now that my brother in Christ, Don Taylor, will join me in Temple, Texas, on the third leg of the trip, and ride into Houston with me. This is such a great piece of news. I am looking forward to sharing this part of the experience with such a great friend.

I continue to chip away on the packing list, even though some delays have already become apparent. The GPS I had chosen has become unavailable, but I trust it will hit the shelves in the next week or so.

Negotiations with the bike vendor continue but we are making good progress and I trust we can button it all down by the middle of next week. Here is a picture of the bike at the shop. As it is tradition amongst many, I am looking for a name of this bike. I have considered Lucas. Luke in English, in honor of the Evangelist, as the dark color makes me think of the sky in one of my favorite bible verses written by Luke:

"24 For like the lightning, that flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His [own] day.
Luke 17:24 "

Mas Later

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Planning starts

Today the planning starts. Got pictures of the Futura last night and it looks immaculate.

I am putting together a packing list and have gotten several important planning tips from the Two Wheeled Texans and the the Adventure Riders group. Tops on that list are:
  1. Cell phone
  2. GPS
  3. Camel back, not pack
  4. maps
  5. Water
I am hoping I will he able to hook up with my brother Don Taylor and make part of the journey back together. I have also gotten letters out to friends along the route looking for lodging and help along the way.

While I wait for the day to come, I continue to put my trust on our Lord to guide me through. As dedicated a planner as I can be, I know I can only do so much.

This is a tremendously exciting time, since riding the south west was there at the onset of the dream. Making it through Colorado and New Mexico is the best way to get this whole new leg of my life going.

More to come

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Journey Will Start

This is a refocusing on my life and process. I had lost sight of the dream and given it to the machine. Now I am reclaiming the dream.

In a few weeks I will take a motorcycle trip from the Denver area to Houston. More than 1200 miles will be covered in 3 days.

During this trip I am placing myself in the hands of God, my Savior and Creator. I am stepping away from my need to control all that surrounds me and letting Him be my guide, my guard and my traveling companion.

Many details are to be worked on at this point. Lodging, travel stops, supplies, and maps are just a few.

The excitement is great; the anticipation enormous. More will follow during the next few weeks, but two verses in the bible guide this journey:

Jeremiah 12:
5If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,
Then how can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace,
How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?


John 1:4
Life itself was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone.
5The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Monday, May 21, 2007

At the end of the day

At the end of the day this is just another entry. Keep this in mind. Do not let the machine steal the dream.