The Big Ride – Living the Dream in Real Time (New York)

Today I experienced what living life is really about.  As a personal development and leadership coach I am blessed with being able to help individuals realize their potential and most importantly to live life to its fullest. Being on this trip is allowing me to do just that.  Today I experienced it through someone I met along the way.

While riding from Lake Placid towards Lake Scanadaga I took Highway 8 which hugged the curves of a series of lakes.  I stopped in Hague, NY to take advantage of one of the beautiful lakes that was nestled in behind a park filled with ornamental fruit trees that were in full bloom.    

When I pulled into the parking lot there was another motorcycle…a red Daucati sport bike.  When I walked down to the lake I met Guenther, an older gentleman who was enjoying his lunch by the water.  What was of particular interest was that he had a motorcycle jacket on the bench next to him.  He and I introduced ourselves and I learned that he was 79 years young and had ridden his bike from Vermont to NY State for lunch…about a 250 mile round trip.  Gunther told me that he’s been riding since he was 18 years old and that this was his seventh Dacauti sports bike.  He said he just can’t stop 🙂


What an inspiration to meet a person who is living his life out loud and continues to enjoy his passion of riding motorcycles at 79 years of age.  As I rode away I was filled with a knowing that this is what life is really about.  It’s about following our dreams and doing the things that we love most.

Thank you Gunther for reaffirming what my heart has been telling me all along.  Ride on!!

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

3 thoughts on “The Big Ride – Living the Dream in Real Time (New York)

  1. Bonnie, your experience is bringing tears to my eyes. No one deserves this more than you. I love with all my heart, always have, always will. Ride safe my friend. Enjoy your journey.

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