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Is Moto-Touring A Haiku ?

Written by Lee Wonnacott.

 

Gold Hill, NC (August 5, 2017) -  I've been planning this New England loop for a while, and I'm excited about it. Although I have been in every state there, I have never had the opportunity to really explore and appreciate those historical venues that captured my imagination as a boy. 

WooHoo - Remission Continues !

Written by Lee Wonnacott.

{July 27, 2017) - It has been over 26 months since finishing the last round of radiation and chemo. Since then I have ridden up to VAMC Durham for monitoring CT scans and blood work every three months. The most recent round of tests and consults was completed Tuesday.

Mr. Burgess and I Share A Moment

Written by Lee Wonnacott.

Tonto Basin, AZ (April 10, 2017) - When people ask if I have named my motorcycle I respond, "Mr. Burgess!" The quizzical looks require that I explain. 

On December 15, 2006 an 82 year old driver in a Lincoln Town Car pulled out in front of me at an intersection in Mint Hill, NC. The result was a destroyed Honda GL-500 Silver Wing and a major injury to my left shoulder (AC joint). As I was being loaded into an ambulance I was smiling and grinning. "I am getting a BRAND NEW motorcycle, and THAT guy is going to pay for it!" 

It probably wasn't a nice thing to say, but it was true. About 15 months later I purchased a zero mileage Honda ST1300 with the proceeds of the insurance settlement. It just seemed appropriate that the driver that nearly killed me should be remembered by naming the cycle for him. Hence, "Mr. Burgess" and I began our joint odyssey back and forth across America. 

History or Racism ?

Written by Lee Wonnacott.

How Is Civil War "Put Into Context" ?

June 21, 2017 - Yesterday, by order of the Orlando City Council, the United Daughters of The Confederacy monument at Lake Eola Park was taken down. According to press reports, it will be reassembled at a later date in a local cemetery and a marker will be placed beside the monument to put it all in context.  

This monument was erected in 1911 by the Annie Coleman Chapter #225, United Daughters of The Confederacy. The majority of the monuments dedicated to the Confederate Soldier were erected between 1880 and 1920. The south was still struggling from the economic disaster that was the Civil War. But there was burgeoning hope and optimism that individual states of the South were regaining their prosperity. 

A Leap of Faith and The Kindness of Others

Written by Lee Wonnacott.

March 29, 2017 (Stockton, CA) - I am now 4,600 miles into an 8,000 mile loop to California. This is the longest planned trip since my last entanglement with surgery, radiation and chemo. Physically I am almost fit and able, but there are some deficits that probably would keep others close to home. For me the obsession calls me and drives me into a leap of faith.  It makes me ignore the practical considerations. I think I really do meet the definition of obsessed, could that be the basis for a service connected claim of disability?

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