I was born very young. A bunch of stuff has happened since. I don’t think you’re here for that bit. Instead, You might want to know that I love travel and adventure. That I have travelled to over 30 countries. Mostly for months at a time.
After 28 years working for the same employer, I took early retirement shortly after a colleague was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer two months before he and his wife were to start travelling the world on their retirement. It made me realize how fragile and short life could be.
The day after my own retirement, I started a 36,000 mile journey from a small town on the east coast of Canada, across the USA to California, through Mexico and Central America, into Colombia, and down through South America, all the way to Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southern city in the world. Then I rode back. That epic trip took nine months on a big heavy 1200cc motorcycle. I have never looked back. That adventure changed the direction in my life. And if I was to do the trip again, it would take me much longer as I’d take more time getting to know better the different cultures.
In 2014 I did something similar. I rode the length of Vietnam on a classic-styled 110cc Honda Super Cub over 5 months, and had just as much fun. Maybe even more. Bigger is not always better.
I’ve also owned and travelled in a VW camper (fun but not reliable) and a truck camper (heavy), and I have spent months at a time visiting Cuba, Thailand, Cambodia, India, the USA, and other places.
I’m a perpetual student. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy travel. It teaches me so much. And it’s the reason I read so much. I sometimes point to and comment about the things that interest me. I don’t read comic books. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I’m over 6 feet tall, but I like small vehicles. I still drive a first generation 1993 Mazda Miata MX5. She puts a smile on my face almost every time I take her out for a spin. Some years ago I owned a Triumph Spitfire. That was fun too. But she wasn’t reliable. I prefer things (and people) I can rely on.
I’m a big fan of technology that works. I’m not tied to any particular computer brand or operating system. I am, for example, still trying to make my iPad Pro work as a laptop. Most of the time it doesn’t. Apple products might look nicer, but they aren’t necessarily better tools. Often they are the wrong tool. More so lately.
I’m a big motorsport fan, particularly Formula 1. In my younger days I raced an open wheel Formula Ford, and a 4-wheel drive Subaru in the Canadian Rally Championship. In my much younger days I dreamed of racing Gilles Villeneuve.
I like to live a healthy lifestyle. I try to be conscious of what I consume. I’ve run seven marathons, including the famous Boston Marathon on a couple of occasions. My personal best time was in Philadelphia. I stood on the Rocky Steps afterwards. My PB is a few minutes shy of the magical 3 hour mark.
I own a hyperactive Cairn Terrier. She is a spunky, determined, playful, independent, scruffy, sturdy, scrappy, wilfully stubborn, barking beast. A big dog in a small body. I’ve lovingly named Skye.
I’m a licensed ham radio operator, though I haven’t turned on the radios much in the past few years. I am changing that and rediscover this wonderful hobby.
I’m also a sailor and would like to live aboard and sail a small boat across the Atlantic some day.
I was born and grew up in Montreal. That makes me Canadian. And very fortunate. I think we have a wonderful country. True North, Strong and Free. I don’t take that for granted.
We all live on the same beautiful blue marble and have more in common with each other than most of us realize. Travel is important. The world is a better place when we take the time to get to know each other a little better.
My first language was French. I was educated in English. I also speak some Spanish.
I have visited the ten Canadian provinces and lived in half of them. I plan to see more of them. I am also planning to visit our three northern Territories. That will be another epic road trip!
There’s a whole lot more to this story. But I don’t have a more detailed résumé elsewhere. If you want to know something, ask me.
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