4 Stated, 2 Provences 30 hours

I did this ride in October 2017 and earned a BunBurner Silver. It was a ride I wanted to do anyway. Canada was beautiful, but cold.

I left Beaverton with excitement and a full tank. I hadn’t been to Canada since the 2014 Klondike Road Race. But that is a different epic tale.

When I arrived for my first scheduled fuel stop I was a little nervous. I should be able to travel around 240 miles per tank and at 210 miles the light had been on for 50 miles. I put 6.1 gallons in a 6.5 gallon tank and prayed for better fuel economy.

The boarder crossing was uneventful with the exception of the warning the official gave me about snow. I would be in Montana before the snow, I thought to myself.

I ate lunch at an A&W. It was much different than what I remember of US A&W’s. It was the only meal I stopped for. I had some snacks, but that was the only meal I ate in over 30 hours.

I was supposed to stop for fuel in Lethbridge but somehow missed the gas station. I think I took a bypass instead of going through town. It was dark, I’m not sure. So here I am, miles away from a fuel stop inching my way back to the boarder. 47 miles past my scheduled fuel stop I see a sign for “Services”. I am so thankful fuel is listed. I take the exit and ride about 1/4 mile before I realized I was in a residential area. It’s dark, so I stop to see what my phone has to say about the station. Passed it? I didn’t see anything. I follow my phone to the location. The one pump station closed at 5 pm. How can you close at 5 pm and claim services. I get back on the highway at 9:40 not knowing what was next. My wife called because in an attempt to place my phone on its holder in the dark I hit the S.O.S. So she tells me 13 miles away is a gas station that closes at 10. Better hurry. Not much fuel. Not a good combination.

Now it could make a great story being out if fuel late at night in unfamiliar, sparsely populated Canada, but I don’t have that story. The story I have is I made it just in time and they even let me use their restroom. Great stop in Milk River. Sorry, I didn’t see the river.

The boarder crossing back to the U.S. was smooth. Not much I can hide on a motorcycle, I guess. I made it through without any snow, but 26 degrees was plenty cold.

Now heading towards Glacier National Park I have been riding in below freezing temps for a few hours. The heated seat and handle bars are not working. I later learn that I forgot to reconnect the heated seat when I added my heated jacket connection. Honda made the two related so neither work. I have heat from my jacket and from the heater vents. Oh yes, these Gold Wings have heater vents.

In Kalispell I get fuel and determined my ability to continue. There are hotels in Kalispell and I won’t see one for a while. While fueling, warming, and assessing a couple of people walk by. I’m wondering about them because it looks like the town rolled up it’s sidewalks hours ago. It’s about midnight. They walk by, probably as curious about me as I was of them. I determine I’m good to go and off I went into the night.

People ask if I rode non-stop. Well, other than the meal in Cranbrook, BC, I stopped for a nap. It was only a 1.5 hr stop and I slept on gravel in full gear. I even had my helmet on. I was south of Kalispell and it was below freezing. I left my heated gear on durring the nap.

This was a very restful nap. Laying next to my bike at 2 am under a starry sky would make for a nice story, but I fell asleep quickly and awoke with a start. I then knew I needed to get up and press on.

Riding between Kalispell and I-90 at 3 am was very peaceful. Hardly any cars and no precipitation, which is good because it’s 25 degrees. That’s Ferinhiet I wasn’t in Canada that long.

I should back up. Since I was working on an Iron Butt Association ride I had to have documentation. At the start and end I needed a witness. All along the way I have to keep fuel receipts and record any stops. The beginning witness was easy. The gas attendant, I’m in Oregon, we have people pump fuel, was happy to sign the form and was interested in what I was doing. The end was a different story.

I ended my ride at a different Beaverton 76 than the one I started. My ending station I have gone out of my way to avoid. Before pumping fuel I asked if he could be a witness. He agreed and I got fuel. When time came to sign, he refused and so did the guy inside. They said these days no one will sign anything. Well. This left me in a bind.

Who could I get to sign this paper so I could go home? There is a Beaverton police station nearby. I have read the police will sign such a thing. They Did, but it took a rather long time to get anyone to help me.

I took my time getting my paperwork turned in but it was accepted without question.

As I complete this writeup I am on another adventure. I am just waking up in Maud county, Texas, with lots more to write.

Enjoy the adventure!

August Update

It has been a long while since I have posted anything. Well, I’ve been busy. I started new jobs. I moved my day job to Black & Veatch, and I adding motorcycle safety instructor. I am currently an apprentice with Team Oregon. So, very busy.

I haven’t posted video in a while. I got frustrated with the limitations of my free video editing software. I did some research and found there are a lot of good editors all for about the same price, and I chose Corel VideoStudio. Below is my first video with that software.

Healthwise, my cancer has been stable for over 10 months now. Good news, but not great. I need those tumors to shrink. I have added ketogenic diet to my life. I know it can be done as a vegan, but it is really hard. I have enough hard things in my life so I am sad to say I am currently not on a vegan diet. I have always been vegan because I feel so much better, but drastic times call for drastic measures.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a ketogenic diet, it is high fat low carbs. To start carbs should be kept around 20 grams. The goal is 75% fat 25% protein. After achieving ketosis, measured using urine strips, most people can move up to 60-100 grams of carbs a day. It is important to keep the protein low or you will enter neoglucogenesis. This is frustrating because your body can take protein and create glucose. I would prefer to eat fruit for glucose rather than have my body created from protein.

If you want me to talk more about ketogenic diet and/or how much I dislike it, comment below.

Hope you enjoy this video, I’m still learning the software. Comment if you have any VideoStudio advice.

New Camera

When I first started my YouTube channel I purchased an inexpensive camera, the SJ4000. It was a good camera for the money, but nowhere near the quality of a Gopro. Of course I did not know the quality difference until I received the Hero 3+ Wifi.

I’ve used this SJ4000 for many hours. I’ve gone from Coos Bay, Oregon all the way to the Washington end of Highway 101. I have some footage from my Olympic Penninsula trip a couple of weeks ago I will put together soon. It was a great 600 mile ride.

I also have some footage from today’s Rider Skills Practice I completed.

Here is some video of me trying out the camera. The images do seem crisper to me. Let me know what you think.

Some Changes Here

I am making changes. Joshua Smith Fitness does not fit what I am doing now.

I started Joshua Smith Fitness when I was a Beachbody Coach. I liked the company and what they were trying to do, but the product, Shakeology, does not treat my body well. I have hyperthyroidism and the super herbs in Shakeology is bad for me.

I am treating my conditions not with lots of exercise and one-size-fits-all nutritional supplements, but with two wheels and doctor regulated supplements. I’m still exercising, but its not the same and for another post.

So, Joshua Smith Fitness is fading and Adventures With Redbeard is here. This is also the name of my YouTube channel and Facebook page. YouTube has some traction, but the Facebook page is brand new.

There may be more changes, but this is the start.

A Little Happy a Little Sad

Today I sold my truck. Now you should really understand something about me before I go on. Vehicles to me are more than something to get you from one place to another. Vehicles become an extension of myself. I often can better recognize someone by their car than their face. I know, I’m weird. I’ve had this truck for close to 7 years. That’s a long time to be part of the family.

I’ve done a lot with this truck. I camped with my oldest in it.

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I purchased this tent off craigslist and used it as many times as the previous owner, twice times. It worked well, but a little tight for two of us.

I’ve done some off-roading with the kids.

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Wow, that is an old picture.

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She even moved our trailer around a time or two.

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Don’t worry, I only moved it around, I never took hauled the trailer on the road.

I’ve driven this truck to Missoula, Montana and Temecula, California. What wonderful times I have had with this truck.

In October, when Sonus entered my life, I stopped driving this truck. There was no need. I don’t need a truck on a daily basis, and 18-20 mpg, although not bad, is a little tough for my 40+ mile commute. Sonus gets around 70 mpg and is…well you can see my videos and other posts for that. This post is about my Purple Truck.

I had dreams of putting a 302 in this truck, but settled for a mild rebuild of the engine. I’ve lifted it, put oversized tires on it, fog lights, LED flashers. I’ve hauled sand, firewood, home repair items, garbage, you name it. This has been a great truck for me.

I have been considering selling this truck, but haven’t had the nerve to place her on the market. A few weeks ago I mentioned I had some vehicles I needed to sell to a coworker and he asked. I have a 1971 AMC Javelin, a 1996 Ford Explorer, and this truck. I’ve had the Javelin longer, but I’ve driven the truck more.

I’ve been needing to get rid of some vehicles and with the addition of my motorcycle, I feel it is time to let go of the four wheeled adventures and embrace the two wheeled ones.

It is a sad parting, but I will see her in my office parking lot from time to time. I trust she will be as good a truck to the new owner as she was to me. Goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refresh 2017

This weekend I was with about 1,600 crazy people. We all share some very hard things in common. We are all foster/adoptive parents. This is the Refresh ConferenceThere are lots of “Me Too” moments at this conference. It is great to see we are not alone.

My wife and I skipped the Thursday morning and afternoon sessions, choosing instead to spend the time with some great friends we rarely see. They moved to Kent, Washington about 5 years ago and we haven’t connected very often since they moved. It was great to see them. We did attend the Thursday evening marriage talk by Mike and Kristen Berry from Confessions of an Adoptive Parent.

The opening general session was something else. Being in the same room with 1,600 caring adults all praising the Creator was overwhelming. Then hearing people’s stories and Mike and Kristen speak again it was all I could take. I needed some time to absorb it all and get ready for more. I sat out the first breakout session, then there was lunch, then I skipped the next two breakout sessions. I did make it to Ducati Redmond, but that for a different post.

I attended two breakout sessions on Saturday, A field Guide to Fathering Foster & Adoptive Children, and Raising a Child with FAS. Both were what I needed, reminders of things to do to help my kids. It boils down to things which would help every child, patience, understanding, structure, and love. How these play out are different for each child. It is our job as parents to learn what best helps a kid thrive.

I was introduced to a new name, Dr. Ira Chasnoff with NTI Upstream. I will be looking him up and studying his material. On his website is a video about teens with FASD. I have not watched it yet, but I will.

This was my weekend in a nutshell. If you are or are thinking about becoming a foster/adoptive parent you owe it to yourself to attend Refresh. They have two locations, Seattle and Chicago. Pick one and begin gaining valuable resources. It is not an easy thing, but as we learned from Jedd Medefind, in this life joy and pain are wrapped together

 

Drive-Through on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles are a lot of fun for a lot of reasons. I’ve seen some videos of motorcyclist going through drive-throughs and wondered if I would have a similar fun experience.

I think it was similar to what I have seen in other videos. I pull up and the girl taking the order says she doesn’t get motorcycles very often and states that she has seen two come through. She also mentioned my camera, that is what she is pointing at.

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 The guy at the window, pictured top, told me not to eat and drive and everyone inside started laughing . They are a happy bunch at Chick-Fil-A.

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I have a great tank bag and was able to place the order quickly inside. This bag is like a home to me. Even when I travel without my bike I take it with me, but that’s for another post.

Here is a video of the whole thing, see what you think.