It is now June, 2009. We are in the final stages of preparation for the Round-The-World scooter trip! All equipment has been purchased and all that remains is to work until December to ensure the money is there. The increased gas prices have extended the working by 4 months. When we get back to Oregon, I will do some welding on the framework of the bike for pannier mounts and to make Kwang Hee's safety rack more comfortable. We expect to be in Argentina in December and in Europe in late April or May.
The good looking woman who rides behind me is Kwang Hee, wife of 11 years. The above photo is at the finish of our trip to Yellowstone park. This lake is Foster Lake behind Foster dam. When I was a boy, there was no dam and we could catch untold numbers of salmon by the riffles. Now the riffles and the salmon are gone.
Our intent is to retire at the end of this year and begin an around the world trip. The notes we read here and on a couple of other travel sites are of great value.
I grew up in a small town in Oregon where the timber industry was the king. After many years in the military, I returned there, married, divorced, raised my sons, remained in the logging industry until a severe accident removed that option. Actually, it was the left arm that was removed, along with most major bones broken. The arm was reattached and the therapy (my idea of) was to get strong enough to ride my bike again. At nearly 49 years old, went to college picked up my degrees, came to Korea, found a woman who could cook better than I can, and loves to travel. Remarried. Still here in Korea but the trip is nearly planned. 36-44 months, 95-110 countries, 65 bottles of Pepto-Bismol, and 200 toothbrushes to remove the bugs from our smiling teeth. I am Native American, formerly called Indian until the politically correct hacks changed it. Next to the youngest of nine siblings, raised in poverty, I never expected to travel. I have ridden a bicycle on three trips across Europe, made two coast-to-coast rides and the round-the-world trip was originally planned for bicycles until Kwang Hee decided she didn't want to do that, so faked a stroke. She is quite a good actress, since after 10 years, she still maintains the image of a stroke victim. Bicycle gone, motorscooter in.
During my tours with the Marine Corps, I was fortunate enough to see some of S.E. Asia, Europe, and one assignment in Africa during the Leopoldville uprising. A desire to see the world was ignited then, and the lights for travel burn as brilliantly now as when I was young. Kwang Hee and I both expect to walk into the hands of God still clinging to the bars of the scooter.
I taught English grammar and composition at Dankook U. in Cheonan where we lived for 9 years until I reached the mandatory retirement "old" age of 65. I love to fish, hike, swim, scuba dive, write poetry, humorous vignettes of my growing up years, and eat. Eating is good.
Above all else after travel though, is skiing. When God had finished making the earth, He decided to squish some of it together and make mountains so that the cold, white stuff Jesus was making in an attempt keep the rain from bashing the plants Noah had moved next to the Ark would have a place to rest. One of the angels dropped a plate. It skidded down the mountain. God smiled. it was good. He put a plate under each foot. It was not good. After a time He realized the plates needed to be longer and strapped to the feet. Once more, it was good. skiing is a form of worship. I plan on worshipping on as many more mountains as possible. Old Woman can no longer worship, so I get more points than she does. We will stop in Andora, Italy, Israel, and as many other places where the mountains get snow. One of the features of my blog and the notes on this site will be places to ski. It is good.