Monthly Archives: July 2014

BMW Motorcycles

 

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their BMW's

Ewan Macgreggor and Charley Boorman on their BMW’s

In the past 6 months I’ve had thoughts of buying a motorcycle in my head thick. It started with a book written by Neal Peart the drummer for the band Rush. Pert lost his daughter and wife within a very short period of time in the late 90’s devastating his life. He hopped aboard is BMW R1100GS and hit the road for 14 months and 55,000 miles to gain clarity or as he describes finding a reason to live. What resulted was the terrific book called Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. 

I traveled extensively after joining the U.S. Coast Guard in 1988. I continued to travel nearly non-stop even after blasting past my retirement at 40 culminating in my 3 year sailing journey. The 24 year span of  travel left me weary. At some point I plumb burned out craving geographic stability. I wanted to stop moving and did exactly that in 2010 settling in Marin County California.

72 Sportster taken in 1992

72 Sportster taken in 1992

Now fast forward to 2014. That latent wander bug is asserting again. Nothing as grandiose as trying to sail around the world percolates, and in fact the ocean does not call to me….yet. I thought about backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail after reading Cheryl Strayed excellent book Wild or hiking the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park. These activities are still in the hopper. Bucket list stuff.

But the motorcycle thing. I owned a 1972 Harley Davidson and an old Honda that I bought when I first joined the Coast Guard. Pictured below is me and my old shipmate Christian Blanko in the Olympic State Park in Washington State in 1989. At some point I couldn’t maintain the machines and I vaguely recall I thought I might die in a wreck, so I sold the bikes.

Christian Blanko and ME

Christian Blanko and ME

Now I’m midlife right in the pocket where the typical midlife crisis presses and a man is either left to purchase a Corvette or typically a Harley. As recently as 2010 I rode some Harley’s down the open road in Arizona with my Uncle Joe. Man was it awesome!

While reading the Peart’s book I started to skulk around on the internet and came across the Ewan Mcgregor book and documentary documenting their epic journey in 2004 The Long Way Round. So this has lead me to start looking at Craigslist for BMW’s for sale. This is what happens with me. I don’t make immediate leaps when I get bit by some kind of bug thankfully. I usually need to marinate in things  and let my intuition take over and see where it all shakes out. I’m not really sure when or if I will buy a motorcycle. It certainly is a temping proposition.

Living out west in California affords numerous directions to travel…save westerly. But taking a trip to Tahoe, Bend, Oregon or cruising down Highway 1 along Big Sur on a Big Bike gets me super jazzed.

Kindly,

CA

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The Christian Allaire Refresh

The Personal Brand

The Personal Brand

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the improved Christian Allaire website which was recently moved to a WordPress plateform. My old blogger site that holds all of my blogging efforts since 2007 is still active. Please click here to check it out!

This has been a long-term project to transition my web presence to a clearner display. Maybe a metaphor for transitioning from the instability of long-term sailing and cruising? Who knows!

A blog should have a theme or a thread of some sort. I’m still struggling somewhat to figure out what that theme is for me. When I was primarily blogging while sailing the planet it was pretty straight forward chronicaling of my life afloat. Now that I’m on terra firma and I continue to evolve and grow this website will be an outgrowth of what I do and my musings on numerous topics. So a common thread? Maybe to try and live a great story and tell about it.

My life has changed so dramatically (for the better perhaps) since I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in February of 2008. Since I generally stopped updating my activities on any regular schedule since I returned to California in 2010, I intend to revisit some things I’ve accomplished since.

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Kindly,

CA