- Original poem, Brian Perich - Written - September 25, 2013
|My parents George and Cathy, and sister Christie, Beth, Nancy and|
my younger brother Steve together in Spring Lake, Michigan
|Meeting Tony Esteves, Inspirational Facilitator in Calgary|
|Zeunion family reunion in Spring Lake, Michigan|
|Chris and Nancy (my sisters), Dave Piche,George (my dad)|
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Complete route from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on the northern tier.
Inside the station, there were Amish farmers and local African Americans, other Hip Hop-styled youth, some homeless wanderers and other friendly folks like my friend (photo below) a retired automobile industry worker on his way home. He told me stories of going away for a few years and how small situations had snow-balled into a typhoon of change in his life. In short, he made it back and I had respect for the courage and openness in which he shared his recent life journey. That #good conversation, I don't write about the details here, what I discuss with people is something special, private and confidential, as are some of my own misadventures that have never hit the digital ink. I will share some of these moments though, the steps in a simple journey that transformed my life.
|A new Koga-Miyata World Traveller compliments of Commuter Bicycles, Santa Barbara, California|
|I visit my friend Dave Babcock and his family |
(first in 1997, again in 2003, again in 2013)...
(and failures before great adventures)
but always remember...
|Clear roads west Hwy 104 to Grand Haven, Michigan. Notice the wide shoulders for cyclists.|
|Friendly meetings Gary Gomer at the Coffee Grounds.|
In Grand Haven, Michigan (C-map), the lakeside city that hosts many vacationers, social coffee shops, boutiques, I met Dave, a friendly musical instrument afincando owner of The Guitar Shop and together we spoke to another customer Ashley Livingston. Ashley whom was keen on cycling and his family life as a father - was open to share some good conversation, that I appreciated very much. At The Coffee Grounds, we shared coffee and conversations - dreams of bicycles and my idea to travel with them. Michelle Rison - a Natural healer (whom received naturalist healing to cure her own troubles) and explore on two wheels - Gary Gomer, sat together for the summer sunshine that July morning in 2013.
|Keeping a paper journal was essential, a place for thoughts.|
I roamed around the city of Grand Haven, arriving one day ahead of schedule for the Zeunion family reunion, as planned meeting with my Nurse -friend Randy Thornburg had to be changed, he was called in for a double shift, so he was one link in the bicycle chain that would be missed. I traveled between Grand Rapids and Conklin, Michigan (A and B-map) with my best friend in Michigan - Dave Babcock. Later in the day, I cycled south on Highway 131 along Lakeshore Drive, and found a small forest to setup camp after dark. In the south end of Grand Haven, there is a McDonalds restaurant where I used my VEGA android smartphone and spoke to family in Canada and Korea. It was an important piece of technology with WIFI, it served as a telephone (Skype application) where I could call friends and family to keep in touch, which helped keep connected on hundreds of miles between us all.