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!!
Wow…what a great first day! Despite a very chilly start to this morning’s kick off of my epic motorcycle trip to circumnavigate much of North America, today’s ride was dry and very enjoyable, thanks to having electric gear. As I pulled out of the garage this morning the “real feel” according to AccuWeather was a chilly zero degrees!
Today I headed south to the Adirondacks, with a first night stay-over in beautiful Lake Placid, New York.
The area is one of my favorite motorcycle destinations, with its majestic pine forests, pristine mountain streams and some pretty amazing roads that wind through the mountains….it is absolutely breath taking this time of year. The scenery on the ride to Keen along side of the mountain stream was spectacular. I filmed the ride but being day one and still getting used to running my new GoPro camera, I experienced an alignment issue so I won’t bother sharing with you the video of the dashboard of my bike. Hopefully my filming improves tomorrow….that or I hire a film crew 🙂
If you are in the area be sure to check out the The Adk Restaurant in Keen, a few kilometers south east of Lake Placid. Their menu is full of wonderful choices, all prepared locally, including homemade breads, soups, and more, including many healthy choices.
Tomorrow I head south towards Lake George and beyond where the real mountains are. I can hardly wait!
As the famous quote from Robert Burns so aptly states “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”.
A little wet weather has passed through the area so my plan to head out on my “epic motorcycle trip” to circumnavigate much of North America has been delayed by a day or two. That being said, I’m packed and ready to roll. Based on the forecast it looks like it will be a “go” in the morning. Yeah!! 🙂 🙂
Stay tuned. Updates to follow as the rain clouds part!