Meet Ben

This is Ben Parker. He’s been riding bikes since he was 10. “My dirt bike was my life. If my bike was broken I just locked myself in my room and read bike magazines.”

Eventually that passion led him to become a motorcycle mechanic. He owns Coleman Speed and Cycle in Courtenay and loves building custom motorcycles; “making them look good and go fast”.

When Ben heard I was riding across Canada, he offered to handle all my pre-ride bike maintenance. It’s his dream to do that ride one day so he wanted to play a part in the adventure for me. Amazing!

Ben also connected me with his buddy in New Brunswick, who I’ll be staying and riding with when I roll through Moncton.

Ben actually built his friend’s bike. So when I meet up with him, I’ll be on my bike that was serviced by Coleman Speed and Cycle, and his friend will be riding his chopper, custom-built by Coleman.

So it’s kind of like Ben will be with us in spirit. “That’s my favorite part of the shop right there. I built that bike and you guys are meeting up. That’s cool, wow. That’s cool.”

On-Air with Terry Moore

It’s always so weird being on the receiving end of the interviewer’s questions…vs being the actual interviewer.

Thanks to Terry Moore from CFAX 1070 for having me on his show this afternoon.

We talked loud motorcycles, not letting fear get in the way of your dreams, the hospitality of strangers and my backup plan in case of any mechanical issues or bad weather.

Spoiler alert: I have no backup plan.

Meet…wait, I don’t know their name

I’m three weeks away from 2 Wheels, 2 Coasts and have been crazy busy dotting my ‘i’s and crossing my ‘t’s. Holy Sportster, it’s actually happening!

Thanks to 20+ hospitable Canadians, my accommodations in every city/town along the way are just about all taken care of. In addition, I’ve received incredible generosity from the companies I’ve partnered with; they’ve set me up with everything I’ll need for those three weeks on the road.

Reflecting on all this, my first reaction is to say ‘I can’t believe how supportive everyone’s been’, but wait…when I started the groundwork on this adventure, it was based on my thinking that people would help. So why am I now surprised that it’s actually playing out like it did in my head?

Maybe because in my head I see best-case scenarios and real life isn’t always like that. But what if it just needs a chance to be? Maybe a little more trust in people is a good thing. And a little more trust in ourselves to take risks and pursue our dreams.

All this to say, people have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of this adventure. I think that given an opportunity to share a connection with someone, most people will take it. They certainly have so far. It’s inspiring.

But then today…this. This act of kindness really threw me off because I didn’t ask for it. It came totally unsolicited…and it came anonymously.

The most generous KOOL FM listener dropped off several gift cards for me to use on my ride (Subway, Tim Hortons, Shell etc). The mystery-gifter wrote “I hope these can help on your trip. Have a wonderful time. The possibilities are endless, the adventure awaits!”

I love the gift, but those words resonate even deeper. The adventure awaits.

Full body goosebumps over this random act of kindness.

Meet Jesse

This is Jesse Jeans. He’s the founder of OM BOYS, an amazing, local apparel brand that was born first through Jesse’s illness…and then his recovery.

Jesse was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when he was 26. That’s when he made his health a priority. He saw a naturopath, changed his diet, practiced yoga and meditation and enjoyed some good ol’ fashioned throttle therapy. Jesse’s a believer in paying it forward, raising awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis and supporting others through their health journeys. OM BOYS celebrates a healthy body and mind, however you achieve it. Like maybe with a sweet bike and the twisties of Vancouver Island going from zero to zen.

Fraggle Rock Returns

Guess what’s coming back?? Fraggle Rock! Did you watch it? Dance your cares away all over again when it gets re-mastered for HBO and online streaming later this year.

What TV show makes you feel nostalgic? Punky Brewster for me. I wanted to be her so badly. Still kind of do.