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14 August 2009

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Oh thanks Corey - what a beautifully long post! I thought I'd just peep in for more adventures before retiring - it's 10.40pm here in NZ, but only just after lunch with you.

Life with all its joys and sorrows are contained in this post. The ones we love whether they have left us or are still with us are always in our hearts and the smallest thing can bring them back in an instant. When we can smile at the thought or memory then the journey is good. The freedom that being a passenger on a bike affords is tremendous, it allows space for reflection and with that all kinds of emotions, it's cathartic. I can feel your soul's deepest emotions in your words. I am honoured to be a part of your spiritual aswell as physical journey. I am also touched that you share the itimate moments of your journey too, a gentle touch by a loved one can say a thousand words.
love
Ana

I have read todays blog through tears. With your words I feel your emotions of sadness, freedom and joy. Thankyou for the experience. Keep safe.

I think today's post was my absolute favorite so far. The story of your father and Yann touching your knee at exactly the same time just about did me in. Isn't God good? This whole thing makes me want to ride. It makes me want to go to these amazing places and I haven't even heard about Olja and Milan yet! You live an amazingly charmed life. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. (I think my favorite part was when you laid the big ol' kiss on FH!)

Great pictures Corey-glad you're enjoying yoru adventure!

a wonderful heartwarming post corey. you are so blessed to have the opportunity to travel through Europe on the bike and experience it all up close and personal. so enjoying each and every post. hugs and good thoughts always to you and yann.

You have definitely found a friend Corey, and a lovely lady she is.

I cried at this post..very touching, it was the memory of your father...I lost my father 42 years ago, when I was 10, and the last time I saw him was in hospital...it brings back so many memories, and I miss him so much, still to this day, and always will.

Your journey is amazing, it perks me up, i wish sometimes that I had an adventurous husband, I used to have, but now that he travels the world for work, he doesn't want to go anywhere, so I think I need a travel partner!! :-)

What a wonderful story to share with us. I love hearing about your journey. I might have said this before-my husband rides small, fast roadracers. I have told him someday I want him to have a bike that my butt would fit on and ride like you are. I'm so envious. Enjoy the ride and thanks for keeping us posted.

An amazing post..experiencing such powerful memories at the same moments you are making more.
It is clear that you are having the time of your life..we are so happy for you.
It is so generous of you to allow us along on this adventure on such an intimate level. While I was truly touched by the story of your father-but it was the kiss with Yann that made me tear up. Your father will certainly always be with you--and the man who is in your present and future is so in sync with you after all this time. You are both blessed.

I'm just thrilled that you are doing as the poet Nikki Giovanni advised--to paraphrase: spending your time and money on education and food, neither of which can ever be taken away from you.

And I would go further: the wealth of memories of which, by having experienced them deeply, viserally, will only grow and be amplified like the rock thrown into the pond or starter for the original Sour Dough from San Francisco.

Peace. And continued communion with your loves whether they are walking around bumping into the furniture or riding a Harley in the Firmament.

I wanted to cry reading your story about your dad. Cleansing is wonderful. What a beautiful time you all are having!

I think all of us who are following you on this journey will be sorrier that you are when it's over. Delicious posts!

I am so glad you got to feel the release of your dad from pain... he's riding right beside you, no doubt.

Love and hugs and thanks for taking us along on this marvelous European adventure
I love you
Jeanne
ooooh La La...........

Jeanne♥

Oh, my goodness I can't wait for that part of the story. I have to tell you that this is the first year -ever - we have not taken a vacation! Long, boring story. Thank goodness my husband finally found another job and thank GOODNESS for your blog!! I have had a vacation vicariously through you! I simply can't wait to read your blog, and watch the world through your eyes. Thank you for the wonderful time!!
Kathy in Chicago

Thank you for helping me see the world!

Hi. Just want to say thanks for letting us follow your travels and 'be' in Croatia with you even though I'm actually in a hospital (being released today). Your photos are beautiful!

Wept.

Corey,
I hope you do get to dip into the sea now that you are down there, I empathize with you and the kind of heat you must be able to take!

Reading your wondrous tales of riding on the back of a motor bike, I imagine my mother could have told similar ones. My parents even spent their honeymoon on the bike, so there, you guess how much reading about your adventures mean to me.

How am I going to explain the tears running down my face at work after reading your post? I lost my Dad when I was 18, massive heart attack in front of me and he was gone before the ambulance arrived. Instead of riding a bike with him, I remember fishing all night at the camp in the fiberglass boat that made me itch...and the games of cribbage we'd play at the table.
Thanks for letting us journey with you and FH. Cheers, stay safe, keep posting!

I hope your mom is reading this post today - it will bring tears to her as it has to us, BUT she will love that you feel your Dad still so close. Loved learning the intrical things about long distance biking - you are so brave so go such a distance with so little 'stuff'............and not hitching that blue wagon to the bike must have been hard - think what treasures you could have piled in to take home, LOL!!!!
Croatia is now on my wish list - I know you wouldn't steer us wrong!

Today is my first post on Willows and the shop - hope you can take a quick peek!

Yesterday in yoga the teacher said we wish for all beings to be happy and free...

I will have to wait until Sunday before I can read your next post. God keep you safe.

oh...I am sure your family wept when they read your thoughts on your father...made me grieve again for my own father.

Wonderful post today...ride safe!

Corey,

You continue to amaze me with how you are able to plumb the depth of your emotions, and then so brilliantly write about them.

Obviously your father was a loving, caring man who made an indelible mark on your heart and your life. What a marvelous legacy!!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Corey, I read your blog regularly and rarely comment. My husband and I are planning to go to Croatia next year and I've emailed him several of your ecstatic descriptive paragraphs! We're getting pretty enthused. (And specific location recommendations?)

I love the revealing of your inner journey as you take this lovely bike journey. With the most delicious man in your life.

Reading your heart, and seeing through your eyes, is a lovely privilege. thanks. (and now I'll probably go back to "lurking" again. But I'm here.)

Oh, when you described leaving the hospital with your Dad! Very touching. What a fantastic trip this has been for you and Yann. Thank you oodles for sharing your photos, thoughts and experiences.

When you get home, I'd enjoy an assessment/comparison of what you WANTED to take, and fretted over how many things you wanted and couldn't pack, versus what you now know you could do without and what was a really good idea. (And of all the suggestions readers made, which helped especially lots?)

Would be an interesting recap!

Hey Motorcylcle Mama, You Go Girl!

I am so thrilled for you, you motorcycle mama. The pure joy, the sweat, and the healing have been a trip of a lifetime.
Marilyn
in Oregon

Every one of your posts has been deliciously beautiful and interesting but this one is the very best--in every respect.
I miss my Mother like you miss your Dad. Remembering and missing loved ones is one of life's most bittersweet moments.

corey...you put down your sorrow. i can remember the exact time and place that happened for me. now you will really start to heal and you will not have to work on finding your joy. it all becomes easier.
'you can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need'. what a journey for you. thank you for sharing with such a open heart.
bv

OHH!! yes i immediately knew that you were in rovinj! ;)) i have the same photos as you!!!
true huh..the croatian sea-side is amazing huh?!!!
next time you can go with me...;)) nema problema...;)
xx

I'm still pretty new here, but I gather that your dad was an avid motorcyclist -- right, Corey? If so, then I'd imagine this trip is something he'd be pleased you're doing in homage to his enthusiasm.

Corey, are you going to Northern California in September? Me too! Maybe we can arrange to meet up while I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

See, how what a clever teacher you are, about the "Ride of Life"...How to ride through life:

> Be prepared.
> Trust your partner.
> Lean with, not against.
> Feel your way through surfaced emotions.
> Jump start heart on the spot.
> Get back on again.

That was great to read Corey, a lovely interesting account of life on the road and so uplifting. I fancy Croatia. A wonderful moment there with your Dad. I keep hoping for something similar, perhaps I need to find a way to let my mind go. Even if I were prepared to climb on the bike it would not be possible for a while as K has broken his leg and had surgery on Wednesday (ladder not bike accident)! Has been a bit of a roller-coaster the last couple of weeks & your diary has proved a welcome distraction. Keep safe, Jx

Thank you, Corey, today's post is so utterly beautiful!

oh, it's always such a treat when I have time to read your blog! Thanks for sharing your delightful adventures with us!

What a catharsis you've had on this trip! Good for you, Corey. I'm sure your father would be please at this trip you have taken.

Can's say enough good things about the beauty of Croatia you are sharing here. Makes me want to explore it myself.

You're probably heading south, but if not, you might want to head up to Piran on the Slovenian coast. It's a gorgeous medieval town.

Yann's hair looks cute with the hair band. You know, in the motor oil shot.

absolutely brilliant post.. I read it so fast that I know I must go back and read it again.. I kept saying, yes, yes!!

I love being on the back of the bike, I love how (dutch husband) taps my leg every now and then to reassure himself that I am still there, it brings a closeness that you cannot describe, it swells in your heart.

I don't like how there is no makeup and I hate, hate the hair.. I am always ruffling mine up as I take my helmet off so that it might at least look casually messy.. I have sobbed on the back of the bike, uncontrollably, I have sorted the world's problems out and have had such profound thoughts.. once I tried to write them down as we went along..didn't work. I have tried to record my thoughts on a little machine as we went racing along.. all I got was the roar of the Harley..so I keep those profound thoughts to myself, sometimes sighing *ahhh*...
lord this is becoming a long comment.. so I will go re-read and I am sure I will be back to comment again.
loving this sharing Corey.. we are sisters on the back of bikes xoxo
safe travels. xo

oh, oh!! I forgot to say.. I have a black helmet too... and I found a gorgeous pink butterfly to put on it.. to signify my freedom from cancer! and I have a sticker saying 'protected by angels' I will get you one xoxo

Corey, you crack me up. Are you truly as much fun in real life or do you come alive in your writing??? My bet is on you being as much fun in real life.

Croatia looks and sounds like it's delightful. Can't wait to hear about your new found friends and how they came to invite you to spend the night in their home - that's quite a leap of faith, you could have been the head Mama (and Papa) in the motorcycle mama gang! :)

Looking forward to the next chapter(s)...

Now I want to see Croatia, too. You make me want to ride along with you and Yann with your lovely writing and amazing photos. Just say the word "Medieval town" and I am drooling with desire to see it!

I can't wait to hear more about your new friends. Meeting the "natives", staying in their home, that truly makes an adventure. We should all be so lucky and so courageous!

Thank you for all your sharing.

Your dad would be so thrilled for you and your adventure! Thanks for sharing your story about him. (I got goosebumps)
I have to say, I've never thought of going to Croatia, but now you've got me curious!
Have fun, and stay safe...
Jill

Lovin' your blog, Corey--thanks! My fav pic is the one with the laundry hanging out to dry...

Lovely trip! My husband has been going to Croatia on business about once a year for the last few years. He keeps begging me to go!

d

I'm so in awe of you and FH's adventurous spirit. I couldn't imagine myself doing that, but it seems like so much fun...and a wonderful time with the one you love.

AS a life-long motorcyclist (over 50 years) I just love your infectious enthusiasm for your new-found love. I agree about how thoughts come and go whilst on the road and found your comments about your father very poignant.
I hope you keep enjoying, Corey. I am now 70 but still get the thrill of expectation every time I put on my helmet and fire up the BMW

I loved the romance you share with your husband as if twenty years that have passed never happened and even better than that..kissing him in front of a pack of young-uns like they are all that and more. LOL Rock On !

ahhhHHHHH! The chocolate coconut ice cream bars, the homemade grappa, new friends, the thundershower, your endearing thoughts about your dad, those romantic kisses,the seaside pics, the little wagon, YOU are such an inspiration! and a breath of fresh air! Loving the ride at my kitchen in WV! Happy Week-end to YOU Corey and your french husband!

Corey, I'm so happy that you had that magical moment with your Father.

You expressed wonderfully why I love to travel on a bike so much! The feelings on looking at the world this way is priceless. And I must say, I've become a pro in taking pictures while driving in the back seat!

What an interesting life you live, thank you for sharing.

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