Back In The US, Sorting it Out
I'm lost. Here I am, back in the US, third day, and I'm
totally lost. Honey went to the doctor, found out, as I
suspected, that she has damage in her shoulder from the broken wrist
incident, so they gave her some exercises to do. Hopefully by
the time she comes back from Bosnia her shoulder motion will be
better. The other thing is that her wrist still hurts because
of the hardware. Doctor touched it in one spot and he knew
exactly where, and said, yeah it has to come out. So, she's
going to have surgery when she comes back. That means I won't
be seeing her again until late October. I guess at which point
we'll be looking for housing unless we end up staying with my older
daughter and family.
I had a plan, that would have taken years, and now the plan is
gone. I'm back in the US earlier than I wanted to be, and I
have nothing to do. I guess that's no different than when I
retired, but at that point I did have things to do. I was
planning and preparing. Now I have nothing to plan or prepare
The short term picture is I'm with my daughter in CO until they
move. I'm going to put the motorcycle on the truck and drive
it to TN for them. Hopefully they find a place that's big
enough. But regardless, I'm going to ride my bike to IL to
family, spend almost two months there, then ride back to TN, and
take a flight out to Denver, meet Honey there and we'll drive the
car back to TN, where we'll go house hunting. If we can find
something big enough and we (meaning us and my older daughter's
family) decide we can get along, then it's for all of us, if not,
then it's just for us. But we'll be in that same area.
It's a nice area to be in.
Well, we are four days from leaving CO and heading for TN. I
just got done with a two week regiment of two different antibiotics,
because it turned out I had H-pylori, a gut bacterial
infection/overpopulation that exactly fits all the symptoms I've
been struggling with. It is associated with ulcers and cancer
of the stomach. The treatment seems to have helped, now I have
some healing to do.
Also, I'm looking at houses in TN, NC, GA corners. That seems
to be the path that lies before me. Honey is still in Europe
and having surgery on her wrist early October to have the metal
removed from her wrist, which is causing issues. She's also
doing some therapy for her shoulder range of motion, which appears
to be related to the wrist injury; her shoulder was hurt in the fall
and has scared up. I've scheduled a followup appointment with
my gastroenterologist for the 19th. Most likely will be my
last appointment in CO, if I go to it, because I'm leaving the
state. So, since I'm not traveling, and can't use Nomad insurance,
I'll have to do something to get insurance; an expensive
What the heck is going on? I'm just beside myself. Over a year since
this whole COVID thing went down and we're still here. It's like the
twilight zone. The fear mongering is still going strong, our
southern border is being overrun, there's talk of the Great Reset,
Bill Gates is the devil incarnate, everybody is getting censored,
the government is spending trillions like they are going out of
style, Texas froze and ran out of energy, and we got cancel culture,
and it's killing Dr. Seuss and curious George!!! Dr. Seuss?!!!
Really?!!! We have a president that can't string together a coherent
paragraph and is afraid of the press and other world leaders... They
don't even trust him with the nuke button (ok, maybe I agree with
that one). Seriously... I thought 2020 was bad...
On the bright side, I do see that there are still some people
traveling the world. Good for them! I'm just not one of them... will
that change? I don't know. I don't want to hope because I'm just
getting over the fact that I had to stop. And every time I turn
around the WHO and CDC are changing the rules on when things will be
back to normal... the latest estimate is NEVER! So, I'm just keeping
myself occupied, secretly looking for an opening. Opening for what?
Who said that? Don't know, never mind, wasn't me. Go AWAY COVID!
What? Who said that?...
So, honey and I bought a place in the rolling hills of Northeast
Alabama and been hunkered down here since last November. Tell you
what, this entire area of South central TN, Northwestern GA,
Northeastern Alabama is just beautiful. Waterfalls, babbling brooks,
twisty mountain roads, beautiful views... All I'm saying is that if
I had to land somewhere, this is not a bad place to be... If you
like any of the photos I'ma gona show ya, drop me a line, I will set
What does hunkering down mean. Oh, you know, all the usual stuff
when you buy a place... fixing stuff, preparing gardens to grow some
food, if we can keep those frikin squires, moles and rabbits out of
them. Oh, yeah, the deer too. I've become adapt at drilling holes
through brick walls, moving car ports (take it down here, put it up
there), making keyhole gardens (yeah, that's a thing), crawling
through dark crawl spaces, knocking down spider webs and hornets
nests, digging big holes and ditches, and filling them up again...
(did you ever see Cool Hand Luke... I'm digging the hole boss)...
scraping black dirt out of the forest area, dumping it in holes...
moving dirt around in wheel barrows, planting fruit and nut trees...
All this digging is either going to keep me in shape or kill me, but
it's quickly becoming one of my favorite activities... like Zen and
the art of digging holes.
Honey is like a forest pixy, everything she touches grows. Gives my
joy just to watch her sprinkle fairy dust as she flits about
about... (look it up)
Sometimes I just go sit in the grass on the hill in front of the
house, look around, listen to birds chirping, watch the wind blow
the trees around, feel the sunshine beating down on my bald head. I
look down and within a few square inches of field I can see a dozen
different kinds of green things... most people would call them
weeds, but it's a blend of tiny plants that cover acres, all
existing in harmony with each other. The world could learn something
from these weeds! And they're not bothered by COVID.
Ok, some pics and then more interesting blabbing (I'm building
here... stay with me)... in no particular order, all this is within
two hours or less from the homestead.
Honey, the moles are using wheelbarrows now!
So, yeah, I am not complaining. Consider myself blessed to have
landed as I have.
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless of course you
buy something in Vegas and then fly there to ride it home...
Yup... It's my early 60th birthday gift to myself! It's a used 2018,
with 58k miles on it, and now that I've ridden it home.. 60k miles
on it!.. It's a sign. My first dilemma was do I really want to buy a
motorcycle with 58k miles on it? Thought about it and figured if it
made sense at all, it certainly made sense with a BMW, so got over
that. And well, rode it for five days from Vegas, mostly interstate,
and it didn't blow up, so that's a good start.
Yeah, riding it home. Had to think about that too. Seeing as Texas
just froze it's nuts off two weeks before, I wasn't sure what I may
run into this time of year, so I watched the weather and it looked
like I had a window, used some miles to fly out there and it turned
out pretty good. I only got a few hours of rain all five days, got
down to low 40's a couple days, but with my heated vest and the
heated grips on this thing, I was fine. I missed a five day snow
storm in Flagstaff, by a day! Whew! Didn't realize some of that area
is at 7000 ft elevation. Anyway, it cost me less to make the trip
than to ship it, and I get to have a maiden voyage with it, so
Of course, this raises more questions. If/when I continue my RTW, do
I take this bike, or do I stay with the DR? I bought the DR because
it was low profile (doesn't stick out like a sore thumb), lite,
simple, capable and any mechanic or I could work on it. This beast
is none of those things. Well, it definitely has some capability,
but it's none of the other things.
The world gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and sip it in the
sun. Because at 60, there isn't "later"... now is later. Nope, there
is no later, just now.
Well, ended up taking the BMW to my local dealer, with the hopes
that my dealer in Vegas would stick to his word and fix the few
issues, namely leaky fork seal and increased vibration at highway
speeds (feels like out of true or bad wheels/tires/something).
But no such luck.. Frustrating. So, will have to do it
myself. They did balance the rear wheel, and it's a little
better than it was, but still not right.
Next day after picking it up I went for a ride for a few
hours. Rode down to Little River Canyon and followed the road
along the Northwest rim.
The whole three hour round trip was nice. Beautiful day.
Perfect weather. The stretch of road from Little River Falls
down to Little River is pretty nice. Narrow twisty two lane
with some nice scenic stops and views of the river. Almost a
little on the slow side with 25 mph limit in some places.
Also, a big part of that road is definitely not well traveled.
The center line disappears, the road is in disrepair, gravel here
and there. Gets very tight and twisty with steep climbs and
drops. Definitely keeps you guessing!
Looking down into the valley from a couple of the view points.
This was in the less traveled section of that road along the
river. Lots of fun!
This was a really nice spot. Would have stopped for lunch
there, but there was a no parking sign... and ... well, Alabama does
like it's guns, so respect the signage.
Looped back around at Little River and stopped back up at the main
falls to have a snack before continuing home.
This last week and the week before went on some hikes in Cloudland
Canyon State Park. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Yeah, life could definitely be worse!
Seems it was just the start of March, and here we are near the end
of April. We actually had a night below freezing two nights
ago. Very unusual. But no shortage of weird stuff going
I'm continually amazed at what is going on in government, the
economy, and especially COVID because that's what's driving it
all. Recently I joined a discussion on ADV Rider regarding
health passports. You would think that motorcycle riders are a
bit of a higher risk group, independent thinkers, that don't go
along with whatever the mainstream says. Not true. Seems
that most people in that discussion can't wait to take the vaccine
and are perfectly fine with the possibility that they will have to
have health passports, because it will allow everything to get back
to normal. And really, people like myself (even though I've
had COVID and I'm probably better protected than anyone who takes a
vaccine), who don't want the vaccine, are the one's causing the
problem, prolonging the mystery, because we're selfish and thinking
only of ourselves. That's so wrong on so many levels.
And these people are also calling me names, a conspiracy theorist,
clearly getting angry that I would even have a view different than
their own. Yeah, cancel culture is getting stronger and
stronger. Fall in line or suffer the consequences.
Tolerance of opposing views is dying quickly.
First, It's hard to believe that in a free society people are
advocating that vaccines should be mandatory for everyone. I
guess that's nothing new, but on a world wide scale. And why,
because they believe the "vaccine", which it's really not, will
eliminate people getting sick or spreading it. But the
manufacturers have said from the start, it doesn't keep you from
getting sick and it doesn't keep you from spreading it, it only
lessens your symptoms. So, if I spread it whether I'm
vaccinated or not, what's the difference? And if vaccination
does protect you, and you're vaccinated, why would you care if I was
or not? Yeah, I see the argument that if we all got vaccinated
now, things might be better. Yeah, and if we treated it
like measles, and everyone just went out and socialized, even made
an effort to hand out with sick people, we'd all get it and be
immune, if there is any immunity.
The given assumption is that if we all just get the "vaccine" then
there won't be needless deaths. And what drives that
assumption, that there are a lot of people dying from it.
Let's just stop there. It is a fact that when COVID came
around, the CDC changed the guidelines for how death certificates
are supposed to be filled out, after having the same guidelines in
place for 17+ years. And even though such a guideline is
suppose to go through public discussion and official approval,
neither happened. So, now, if a person dies of anything, and
they test positive for COVID, then the cause of death is
COVID. There was actually a well publicized case of a guy
dying in a motorcycle accident and his death was listed as COVID,
until someone challenged it. Many doctors have come out
talking about these requirements and how misleading they are.
Why? Well, there's the obvious, that hospitals get a bigger payment
if someone is listed as dying from COVID as opposed to some other
cause. Then you have the Great Reset, which anyone can go read
about, papers, books, and internet. The point being that the
disruption caused by COVID and the fact that people are scared, can
be used to further an agenda to reform society into a system as
envisioned by leaders, Corporations, and the World Economic
Forum. Which, at first look seem to be a good thing.
Talks about universal income, eliminating poverty, eliminating
capitalism in it's current form, etc.. One point is that people will
become transhuman, like cyborgs, and we'll be plugged into a system,
which is controlled by AI and manages resources equitably, so that
no one will need to own anything. I don't know, I don't really
want to be transhuman, what ever that's going to mean, and I want to
control my destiny, and if I don't own anything, who's going to own
it and control it? And there's the rub. The only thing
worse than a bunch of elitist rich controlling everything is some AI
controlling everything, based on some rules that were programmed in,
or worse yet, rules that it came up with on it's own.
So, the goal is to keep people afraid, keep them apart (divide and
conquer), and slowly erode freedoms. Of course the primary
means of doing that is the "case count". The number of people
who currently are testing positive for COVID. We know the
death count is already bogus because of the change in how cause of
death is assigned, but are the counts valid? Well, first, who
cares what the count is if the deaths are not overwhelming?
People die of all sorts of things, including flu, every year, even
though many people get the flu shot. But the other problem is
that the case counts are based on the PCR test, which can be run at
various "cycles", a sort of magnification process, and we know that
the higher the cycle count, the more likely that any positive
outcome is false. From the beginning it's been clear that the
testing is done at very high cycles, like 40+. But Fauci, head
of the NIH, had previously said that anything higher than the teens
or 20's is too much. And even the CDC had to come out with a
guideline reminding practitioners that a positive PCR test does not
mean you have the virus. You have to do the test at least
twice and also show symptoms. But of course one of the big
things being pushed is that asymptomatic people are spreading the
disease. Either way, the numbers are blown out of proportion,
and it's those "case" numbers that are being used to justify the
lockdowns, and all the economic and social hardship that are
resulting. Which the WHO even issued a memo on, that lockdowns
should not be used as the primary system of control, because of the
economic havoc they create.
But anyway, getting back to the health/vaccine passports.
Since when is it ok that everyone can ask you for your health
history and you have to show it to them, or you're faced with not
being able to shop, or go to a restaurant, or a sporting
event? Show me your papers... What happened to HIPAA? Yes, you
have to be vaccinated to enter certain countries where certain
diseases run, but this is not just at the border, or possibly to
officials, and those are not mRNA genetic experimental treatments,
they are vaccines that have a long history. The first problem is
that it opens up an avenue for discrimination, based on medical
status, which is not much different than what the Americans with
Disabilities act explicitly prohibits. The other problem is
that the passports open up an avenue to personal intrusion like
nothing else. To really be effective they will eventually
track where you are, who's around you, and then they will monitor
your other apps and what you do on them. And we already see
that big tech is actively involved in analyzing our every
move. How much more so when the justification is everyone's
safety? To fight the unseen enemy. I listened to a talk
the other day about how the Nazi's started segregating people, based
on perceived medical threat. They were "unclean" and doctors
were complicit in advancing the genocide that took place under
Hitler. And all this sorting and classification was made
possible through the use of punch cards and census data. How
much more data is available on us now, and how much faster can it be
sorted and manipulated. Clearly this plays right into the
hands of the Great Reset plans to control everything and have AI
take care of everything for us.
No, that's not something I can support. But unfortunately many
people don't see it and don't think it could ever happen in this
country. It's a lot harder to stop it once it starts than
before. I mean, China has this in place now, and they also
have a social point system. Israel has passes now, and those
that are not vaccinated are kept out of certain activities; they are
discriminated against, because they are the "unclean". There
are several states in the US that see the writing on the wall.
Florida has already passed a law against the use of health
passports, other state governors have issued orders, but they really
need to pass state laws. Because the federal government is
clearly signaling that industry developing these is OK.
Enough of that. We're working on putting up the pool, planting
stuff, and I'm riding when I can. Definitely need it now and then to
keep my sanity. Just feels better when I come back.
Waiting for my wheel balancing/truing stand to see if I can get to
the bottom of the vibration at higher speeds. Not sure how
successful I'll be. I've read that if the BMW wheels are more
than .125 out of true, they can't be straightened with the spokes,
you have to take them apart and then find someone with a machine
that can straighten them. We'll see.
Anyway, took a ride a couple days ago. It was beautiful
weather and a nice ride. The bike really is nice. The
fairing produces a relatively protected pocket. You get wind,
but it hits pretty high and smooth. Even with the vibration
that creeps in at about 60, it's just a pleasure to ride.
That silver seat is my custom job. Seems I have to do that on
every motorcycle, because even aftermarket seats are not as
comfortable as the one's I make. Granted they are not as
aesthetically well done, but they work. I cut foam off the
existing seat, built it up with new stiffer foam, made it wider and
reshaped it. Still trying to decide if it's as comfortable as
I like. It's way better than the stock seat, but it puts more
pressure than I'd like on my thigh. We'll see, it seems to get
better as I ride it.
We took down the pool and decided to even out the ground a bit
more. It was 3" lower on one side and that's the limit.
With the pool partially filled on the bottom, we could measure
exactly how much water was where so we know how much to raise
it. Worked on that most of the morning... digging up more dirt
and clay right at the edge of our forest, carting it to the pool
area, building it to the level we need it at. I will say one
thing, I'm stronger now than I was months ago when we got
here. I could barely push a wheelbarrow full of dirt all the
way from the dirt pit to the pool without stopping for a
break. Now I'm filling the barrow and doing it in one straight
shot. It will kill me or make me stronger.
After that I took the old bike for a ride. I guy is coming
tomorrow to take a look at it. Must be pretty serious, because
he's coming from North Carolina, which is a four hour drive.
After that I took the BMW out and took honey for a ride. It's
the first time she's ridden on the bike since I got it. Even
she says she notices the difference, compared to the DR650.
Yeah, there really is no comparison. The DR only does one
thing better, and that's serious off road, but with the right tires
the BMW can get close. Anyway, 80 degrees and sunny.
Beautiful day to just tool around.
I got my fork seals, so will start to work on that as time
permits. Focus will still be on getting the pool up and
starting to fill it. Temps hitting 80's, it's the right
time. Still waiting for my truing/balance stand, which
apparently was shipped, but there's not shipping history for
Older daughter's family and the kids and dogs were here over the
weekend. It was nice to see them. They went rock
climbing on Sunday and the kids stayed with us. Had some fun
pushing them around on the swing and feeding the neighbors cow and
goats across the fence with grass from our yard. Played "slap"
with the kids. Grandaughter won the first game, then I started
beating her in the second. She quit. We had a lot of
fun. Just being a 59 year old kid.
Played fetch with Neptune until he was dog tired! Hah.
Ah.. I have a love hate relationship with that dog. He's a
good dog, but just like all dogs, especially him because he's young,
he's annoying and demanding. The good thing is they spent the
nights in the garage. So, son-in-law didn't have to sleep out
in the yard with them, because that would have been the only
option. They are not coming in the house.
Well, almost another month has gone by and where are we? The
pool is up and basically ready to go. Today it's suppose to be
in the 80's, so honey is talking about using it. I'm not so
sure yet, I have long pants, shirt, and a hat on right now.
I took a shot at trying to eliminate that vibration on the
bike. First I did get the guys in Vegas to allow me to take it
in to the local dealer to check on everything. Unfortunately,
they couldn't find any issue besides the wheels being slightly out
of balance. Which of course is ridiculous. But without
their backing, the guys in Vegas weren't paying for anything.
They also said I didn't have a for seal leak, although I have
multiple pictures of oil around the seal and up the fork leg.
So, paid them like $90, thanks for nothing.
Since then I've replaced my own for seals, though they still seem to
leak, so I think the aftermarket seals I bought aren't quite up to
snuff. I'm trying another set, but if that doesn't work, I'm
going to spring for the BMW bits.
The bigger thing was the vibration. I decided to tackle truing
of the wheels. Found that the rear wheel really wasn't that
far off, but the front had a noticeable wobble. Now,
supposedly these wheels shouldn't be attempted by anyone but a
professional, even dealers just replace them if they are bad.
Yes, they are designed unlike any other, but they are still spokes
and adjustable. The idea that I can't adjust my own spoke
wheels is ridiculous. To make a long story short, I spent days
getting the wheels as straight as I could. After the first couple
times it was pretty clear that there was a bigger problem than just
the trueness of the wheel. So, I replaced the tire also, and
it made a world of difference. Even though the tire had only
around 3000 miles on it, there was clearly something wrong with it.
Now the bike is smooth, even past 100 mph. Just need to decide
if I'm going to press the Vegas guy and how far I'm willing to take
it, for them selling the bike to me with problems. Of course,
just like the other dealer, they probably wouldn't have known the
problem exists. Anyway, the irony is that I just gave them a
crappy review, and the owner responds to the review saying he's
sorry I had a bad experience and to call Dave and he'll take care of
me. Yeah, the same Dave who has ignored just about every email
I sent him. We'll see. The fact that I could fix the
problems goes a long way to me not caring if they reimburse me or
Anyway, after getting it all sorted out I've been starting to take
day rides. The weather here has been unbelievable; sunny and
in the 60-s to 70's. Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are
This was a loop over into GA and then back down into Alabama.
A lot of this path was labeled as the Trail of Tears. That's
Weiss Lake at the South.
This somewhere North of Graysville AL, just West of the GA border on
route 99. Seemed like the perfect spot to stop and have a
This is by a boat ram at Cedar Bluff on Weiss Lake
Few days later went Northwest into TN, up past Sawanee. There
isn't a bad road between here and there. And to either side of
Sawanee on route 156 and 41A is a climb and descent. This part
of the country seems to be motorcycle heaven. Beautiful
scenery and curvy two lane roads that go on forever.
Couple days ago went straight East about 140 miles one way.
Mostly Route 136 and then 52. That takes you past Cloudland
Canyon State Park, and other State Parks in GA. I randomly
chose a waterfall as my destination point, but ended up running into
a guy at my lunch stop, Burn Mountain overlook, and we talked for a
while, so I didn't quite make it as far as I thought. But,
again, an amazing ride, and the guy is a big motorcycle enthusiast,
so we may go riding together. Though he does live in GA, hours
away, so some multi-day ride may make more sense than a day ride.
This is a curious spot. Why have a fence? You can walk
around it. It just serves to ruin the view.
This is the Burnt Mountain overlook. Looks like graffiti
mountain, but ok... wonder why they call it Burnt Mountain. Is
this where all the burnouts hang out?
Somewhere on the way back... No, not much traffic on these roads,
especially during the week.
It's Memorial Day Weekend... For me every day is a weekend, but it
was a beautiful 68 degrees and sunny day, so pieced together a route
from Higdon out to Gurly. I definitely covered every kind of
road there is; some twisty stuff badly need of repair, a muddy
section I kind of tiptoed around, gravel, and river rock, in
addition to the usual smooth two laners meandering through the
West on CR53, past Rash, just outside of Stevenson, CR54 goes into
the Skyline Wildlife Management Area. Started out a narrow
twisty gravel road, then a muddy section going through some weeds,
then a dry river bed filled with 3-4" rocks, then into more
weeds and looked a kind of muddy up hill. Looking back a the
map, looks like I might have veered off the main road at a bend, but
anyway, turned around not to tempt fate; alone, on a big bike, with
a street tire in the rear, on a muddy uphill through the weeds,
wasn't a good plan. I'll have to go back there some day to see
if I did just miss the turn. If the rest of the road was just
gravel I'd like to take it further.
Anyway, went to CR55 to CR42 to CR32, through Kyles then CR33 to
route 146 to CR 65 into Princeton to Gurly, where I got some gas and
turned around. Where 65 turns off 146 there was a sign for the
road, Curly Putnam Highway... It was definitely a curly road.
Saw quite a few motorcycle riders on it.
Right before the road went to gravel.
This is where the road appeared to go into the bushes and up.
Judging by the river rock everywhere, and the muddy section before
this, I was riding in the river. Yeah, took the option on that.
The whole trip was just under 5 hours. Really enjoyable.
Perfect weather, and the bike just humming beneath me. It's
meditation in motion; the feel of the motor, the road, the air
rushing past, hands feet and eyes all coordinating, there's an
ohmmmm to it all.
I got to thinking about a discussion I saw the other day about
adventuring, and when is it adventuring. There's this idea
that we have to take big risks to have an adventure. As I was
riding this mix of roads, it occurred to me that there's not much
difference between riding in Mexico vs Alabama. It's just going down
a road, enjoying the scenery and the sensory experience. Yeah,
some would argue that Mexico is more dangerous, which makes it more
of an adventure, or more beautiful. But the real difference is
when you stop... the people, the culture. An adventure takes
you places you haven't been, there's an element of
unknown. But at it's core, it is the road, that's most
appealing, that meditation time, that ballet in motion.
Back in Illinois where there was a lack of nice roads in my
metropolitan area, I did the same thing. I looked on the map
and pieced together some squiggly lines that took me to a couple
state parks. Back roads that went through farm areas, along
the liver, through some towns (they were just in the way), past some
cemeteries. I don't know how many times I did that ride.
But it never really got old. Over time I saw the roads improve
and more development happen, but that was all secondary to just
enjoying the ride.
There's definitely no lack of nice roads around here. Every
ridge has some twisty road that goes up over and down it. And
people pretty much stick to their express routes, so most of these
roads are pretty empty. Houses and farms scattered about, cows
here and there, the occasional car...
I think more about it because things are easing up regarding
COVID. In a way anyway. The CDC is saying it's ok for
vaccinated people to not wear masks, so everyone is freaking out
about how will anyone know if a person not wearing a mask is really
vaccinated or not. Which of course is ridiculous, but it will
drive the use of "health passports". So, those who have had a
vaccine will get to go back to normal life, and the rest will be
discriminated against. I really don't know what's going to
happen. The shit is hitting the fan. Its now becoming
accepted that the virus was leaked out of the Wuhan China lab, where
they were doing gain of function development... genetic
manipulation... funded by the NIH and Fauci. Also, thousands
of people have had adverse reactions to the vaccine and died; blood
clots, hemorrhaging, Bell's palsy, miscarriages. And now
renowned virologists are saying the spike proteins that the vaccines
force our bodies to make are actually toxic, attacking 28 different
bodily tissues. Others are saying that vaccination during the
Pandemic is just accelerating the variants, the mutations of the
virus. Thousands of people still ended up in hospitals even after
getting the vaccine and catching COVID. It's a frikin mess.
And up to now they've even been pushing people who have had COVID to
get vaccinated. At least one study was done to prove that it's
not needed because those people have naturally occurring immunity,
probably for life. But anyway, people are starting to travel,
consulates are opening up again. Though I don't think the
world will ever be the same.
Basically, COVID, which is nowhere near as bad as it's made out to
be, has been weaponized. It is the means by which Klaus
Schwab, the World Economic Forum, and various world leaders are
trying to usher in the Great Reset (explained in Schwab's
book). They want to restructure the world. Which would
be great if they restructured it to right the wrongs that exist, but
it will just be a restructured ruling class, but this time they will
be able to track people where every they go with "health passports"
and the like. Part of this reset is the idea of a universal
income, which sounds great, but even if there wasn't the potential
to coerce and manipulate the people getting it, we've seen that when
you give people money, like they have been doing during these
lockdowns, people don't want to go back to work, so there's no one
to make stuff, and there are shortages. And as Elon Musk stated the
obvious, if there's no one making stuff, then there will be no stuff
to buy. Which is fine by China, because they make all the
stuff anyway, and we're buying it all. I'm guilty of it
But yeah, so now I'm starting to think, do I want to continue the
journey I started. Honey definitely will not come with me,
she's had enough of traveling and staying in other peoples houses,
setting up shop, and then packing up again a few days later. I
don't think she's up for it physically either. Seems like the wrist
injury, the two surgeries, and the shoulder weakness she had, have
taken their toll on her. She hasn't returned to her previous
physical ability. She's never really been injured
before. She's also very tied into the house now, with her
gardens, and the pool, and she likes her life. I like it too.
There's a purity in walking through the grass, taking care of the
land. Listening to the birds chirp. Watching nature do
it's thing. Saw a ground hog the other day running across our
driveway. Spiders building their nests in the grass. Ants
going about their business. I was up on the roof today, had to
unclog the nets on the downspouts. When I was done I just sat
there looking over the land. Maybe when we put on the new roof
we should build a deck up there. It's a different perspective
on top of the roof.
So, why can't I just relax, enjoy what I have? Stay here and
grow old with Honey. Enjoy the motorcycling here. I mean the
rides don't have to be local, I can go for days, to whatever part of
the country I want to go to. Maybe do the trip to Alaska, or
up to Washington state. The US is a great country.
I've been catching myself being impatient, discontent. Feel like an
animal in a cage. A nice cage, with nice company. But
I'm not here of my free will. It was the least of evils I
could choose from. Yeah, there was a choice, there's always a
Why do people travel? To see... I went to see some ruins, but
honesty, a picture probably would have done it. People go for
the architecture, the art, the nightlife, which doesn't really
interest me. I wanted to go around the world for that challenge, to
get a sense of different cultures, and to see it. That's it.
Honey says it's a different experience if you take the vagabond
traveler cheap route, vs the money route. Well, yeah, it's
different. Personally I like the vagabond route, and the roads
not typically traveled, and seeing common people. Like I said
above, the cities are just in the way. I much prefer the small
The other issue is communication. I'd love to know every
language to have a conversation with the local folk. But at my
skill level it's just painful. The conversation gets lost in
the search for words. And even if I learn one or two
languages, I can't learn them all. Maybe I don't need the
One of the surprises was the way everyone is trying to be the United
States. Corporate America is taking over. You don't have
people on street corners making garments by hand. You have
guys selling Levis, and cheap Chinese stuff. Talking on their
cell phones and drinking their Cokes. Doing it for the
money... living in cities, where they are no longer self
sufficient, but have to exchange their services for money, to get
what they need, instead of making what they need themselves.
And this is the third world countries. The first world is all
corporatized already. No real difference anywhere. So,
the only thing different is really the scenery.
In five days, Alabama will remove the COVID state of
emergency. About time. In the mean time, there are
states and countries still trying to push it. Not the least of
which is following the CDC guidelines that anyone over 2 years old
who hasn't had the vaccine should wear a mask in certain
situations. So, in other words we're going to coerce parents
into getting their kids vaccinated. Kids, that are the lowest
risk group of any group. It's just crazy.
Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated. Doesn't even matter
if you had COVID, and the fact that natural immunity is better than
a narrow spectrum vaccine induced one. It doesn't
matter. The science doesn't matter any more. The idea of
natural being better than man made is being put into question.
There was actually a paper that challenged that breastfeeding was
not really natural, and not better than feeding kids formula.
At this point it's not just the "anti-vaxers" who are raising red
flags. Pro-vax people and doctors are saying this is a bad
idea. First, there has been more adverse reactions and deaths
reported for these vaccines than all other vaccines combined.
Then, it's becoming clear that the spike protein, which the
"vaccine" makes your body produce is actually toxic to 28 different
bodily tissues, so it's not just the key that opens the door to the
virus, it is a major part of the disease. And the vaccines,
make our bodies make it. It's also clear that the issue is
vascular; the spike protein attacks the vessels of the body, which
is why there are so many reports of blood clots, and blood clot
related deaths. And then there's the whole issue of mass
vaccination during a Pandemic, which virologists say will lead to
more rapid development of new strains of the virus, mutations, and
we could end up with one that's really dangerous, that the vaccine
will not protect against at all.
But none of this matters, because at this point people are so
scared, indoctrinated, and fed up, they'll do anything to get back
to normal. And, the problem is the people who don't want to
get vaccinated. Because we're not going along with the
program, because we're the one's that are going to continue to
spread it and get the vaccinated one's sick. Really, that's
the best that they can do? We're going to make the vaccinated
one's sick. Isn't that why they got the vaccine, so they won't
get sick? But of course not, because from the beginning it's
been made clear that the vaccine does not prevent the sickness, nor
prevent spreading it, it just reduces the symptoms. And
actually there's thousands of "breakout" cases; people who have been
vaccinated but still get sick, and some even die. And of
course, that's not really enough, is it. So, you don't blame
the pharmaceutical companies for making a vaccine that doesn't
really help you, you blame the one's who want no part of it.
Someone has to be the scapegoat, and it's not going to be the Pharma
companies, because they are indemnified.
On the other hand, the shit is starting to hit the fan. It's
now becoming more and more clear that this virus was the result of
human manipulation in the lab, and the Wuhan lab theory is now
gaining ground. More and more facts are pointing to a man
modified virus, and the fact that China hid the truth. Fauci,
the NIH and the CDC are also under fire. The question is, who
will prevail? Will people wake up, or is it too late?
Most people I know are getting the vaccine, almost begging for
it. Poorer countries who haven't had access can't wait.
But using the governments' own data, shows that in most countries
that have started vaccinating, the number of deaths has
increased. Saw a post today from a woman, who within 45 days
had four friends who had strokes and the last one died from it. And
she's looking for reassurance that everything will be fine if she
gets her second shot. Vaccine roulette, that's what people are
playing, and they don't even know how many chambers in the gun are
empty. Of course, if the four people in front of you died,
maybe someone is lying to you, and you best not play the game.
This is actually a very sad story. The woman doesn't have the
sense of self preservation to see what is happening to her friends,
and make a good decision for herself. She is so indoctrinated,
so brainwashed into thinking that the vaccine is the absolutely
necessary, that even people dying around her, that she knows
personally, is not enough to snap her out of it. Wow!
Well, now the Indian government is suing the WHO because they
stopped the Indian government from using Ivermectin, and after that
time the four states that stopped using it had significantly
increased deaths. Whereas one state that kept using it, had very low
death rates. And actually there was a video of an Indian woman
who didn't want the shot, so two people held her while a third one
gave it to her. A data analysis showed that for every three
people the shot saved, it killed two. Although the WHO did
finally come out and say that kids shouldn't be getting the shot
"for now", because it's not clear that the benefit outweighs the
risk (which is really stupid given that virtually no children have
died of COVID), countries are still coercing and pushing to give it
to them. There's reports on the Internet of young males
getting heart inflammation and dying. Women having
miscarriages. And now they're talking about new "variants" and
trying to justify more lockdowns! It is total insanity. The US
government is pushing even harder, carrying on an entire media
campaign, using celebrities, cash incentives, giving away
scholarships. Insane. All for a disease that has a
99.99% survival rate? And in the news was the fact that the
value of the vaccine companies has gone up so much that there are
now nine new billionaires. The good news is that more people
are sick and tired of it, and there are worldwide
demonstrations. Which you don't see in the mainstream news.
Really, you couldn't make this up. It's a sci-fi tragedy of
the worst kind.
In the midst of all this, our lives go on. Been riding the
motorcycle around the area. Went down to Florida to spend some
time with the family. Growing some of our own foods. The
wild blackberries are starting to ripen so we're making blackberry
crisps, and berry pies, and freezing a lot of them.
This is route 117. Downhill truck is always a good sign,
usually means a steep twisty road! All the motorcycle images
below were from a single three hour ride. The variation in
scenery and terrain is just beautiful.
This guy, having fun with his the rocks in his front yard. The
white one is painted like a chicken, the brown one is the back off a
cow, there's a giraffe in there.
More squiggly lines. I ran across some roads where you had to
slow down to a crawl because the hairpin was so tight.
This is part of the Curly Putnam, or is it Putman, highway, heading
north across the TN AL border. Named after an Alabama born
And then a few days in Florida with the family. Helping my
grandson boogy on his boogy board.
And the blackberries growing along the edge of the forest on the
land, just one part of two big patches. We're eating
blackberry crisps and pies!
Also got the pool operational and enjoying that a lot with the heat
of summer. Do some work, sweat like a pig, the water feels
I've also started writing a book, a sci-fi novel. We'll see
how that goes. In general getting use to the time on my hands
and enjoying it.
Well, who would have thought, over a year now since we got back to
the states and the whole COVID thing is still in full swing.
Countries still in lockdowns, people demonstrating, getting
arrested, push to vaccinate kids and keep them in masks with parents
speaking up against it, Instagram still in full swing with the
censorship. Biden is the biggest idiot on the face of the
earth. The Democrats just passed a 3.5 Trillion infrastructure
bill that has over 2600 pages in it, 50 to 49. Seems to have
little to do with infrastructure though. It's becoming clear
that the vaccines are not working, and there are lot of people
getting sick from them, even dying, but they don't want to admit it,
so just keep pushing and suggesting booster shots. Medical
workers are now "mandatory" and the department of defense it about
to make it mandatory to have the vaccine... blah blah blah for the
common good. There are 7.7 billion people in the world and
let's say 1 million dies from COVID, which they didn't because the
numbers are jacked up, but let's just say. So, a grand total
of .01% of the population has died from it. And the other
99.9999% have to suffer for it. Not to mention that the world
population is up something like 45 million people so far this
It's all about the agenda. Agenda 2030, The Great Reset, The
Fourth Industrial Revolution, The World Economic Forum. The
goals are, one world government, a centralized digital currency, not
to be confused with a decentralized crypto concurrency, we'll own
nothing and be happy, we'll be inventoried and studied and tracked
in a surveillance state.
The good thing is that Alabama passed a law strictly forbidding
government agencies and and businesses discriminating, or even
asking, about vaccine status. And I just left Instagram and
WhatsApp, so that's my last link to Facebook. I can get my
information elsewhere, and I'm done supporting a company that is
making billions of dollars on people and then censoring the one's
they don't agree with. So, I'm good.
Well, life has been surreal. Basically at this point:
- The mainstream media is totally not covering what is going on in
the world. It is conspiracy reality, not theory any more, and
media is complicit and promotes the false narrative.
- Based on the most highly vaccinated countries, and states in the
US, the vaccines do not work and actually vaccinated people spread
the virus more.
- Death rates among teens taking the vaccine in UK are up
- High profile deaths in the European soccer industry are
happening. People are dying of heart attacks, blood clots, and
- Majority of hospitalizations and deaths are vaccinated people.
- Health passes are now implemented or being implemented in various
countries. But clearly it's not about health because the
vaccinated are dying at higher rates.
- Australia and New Zealand are segregated police states.
- Coercion and threats by governments, including a mandate by
Biden... get the jab or lose your job.
- I'm glad to say Alabama has passed another law. This one to
prevent vaccine mandates, and a few other states as well, but in
general it's not going in a good direction.
- Fauci has been lying about the gain of research work. The
NIH did fund it.
- Article came out in NPR, mainstream media, that hospitals across
the country are packed with patients who have COVID like symptoms,
and just weird stuff going on, but they don't have COVID.
- The fertilizer supply just got scarce and they project food prices
will shoot up and there may be shortages next spring, of food.
- Cargo ships are floundering in the SF area. They're not
getting unloaded, and the one's that are unloaded aren't being taken
- The Biden administration just approved $450,000 payments to
migrants who were separated at the border under Trump.
- They also just issued a mandate that all employers with 100 or
more employees must have people vaccinated. There are over 24
states that will now be suing the Biden over this.
- There is another migrant train headed for the Texas border.
Patriots and National Guard are lining up.
- There's a huge undercurrent of Ivermectin use in the US.
But, it and HCQ are basically being blocked by the CDC. They
still wont make it part of the official treatment. Even though
countries like parts of India and Japan, who pushed it and made it
available have basically gotten rid of their COVID.
I'm reading Klaus Schwab's COVID-19 The Great Reset. Got
distracted by other things I'm reading, but this is all very
clear. In the document he talks about needing to stop the
economy in order to reset it. Like hitting the power button on
the computer. You have to stop it before you can restart it.
Of course the excuse they are using is that COVID did all this to
the economy and now it can't go back to normal, and we have to
"build back better". But in fact, this is all because the
financial system basically collapsed back in 2008 during the bank
bailouts, and it can only be kept running in it's current form for
so long. They are re-imagining it, and part of that is they
want more control over people. The vaccine is the excuse,
particularly for the "green pass" which will eventually be the
system of controlling where we go and how we spend our money.
Just like China's social credit system.
The most ridiculous thing is the "you'll own nothing and be happy"
slogan that Schwab and the WEF have used. So, they plan to
take away all property right, and they want to move people into
cities so they can control and herd them more easily.
Supposedly there is this billionaire guy, a Frenchmen, who owns a
bunch of databases that have damning information on the entire elite
structure. But he's trying to use it as a bargaining chip, to
get them to change their minds, and see the error of their
ways. He also says if it was revealed it would be havoc.
Governments would fall. Entire nations. He says he
doesn't want to start a war by revealing it... but he doesn't see
that we are already at war. What he means is he doesn't want
to arm those who are being killed, because it's more peaceful that
way. Peace at the cost of liberty and innocent people dying is
Of course, what are the odds that the people that caused this entire
collapse are going to come up with a better solution? Zero. We end
up with more of the same, but with more propaganda and control,
because technology enables it. The US is the world's only
hope. The power given to the states can hold back the tide and
possibly reverse it. If that fails, it will fall.
Saw a video yesterday from a woman who was previously arrested for
incitement, in Australia. She was let go after legal
proceedings, but in this video she's asking for help from the
international community and for sanctions. Who is going to
help Australia? Everyone is fighting their own battle.
US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, all of EU. And you definitely
don't want the UN's help because they are the one's promoting the
one world government that this is all moving toward. Peaceful
protests have only resulted in more pressure and riot control from
the police, and the agenda still moves forward. It's going to
be pitchfork and knives soon, if they want their freedom back,
because the government is not listening to them, at all. And
they laugh about it.
Not only did I get off all the mainline social networks, I got rid
of Windows off my computer (Running Ubuntu), and I got rid of gmail
as my mail service. I'm so done with supporting anything that
There are actually people saying that we need to do away with the
Nuremberg code and just force vaccinate everyone. Australia
has quarantine camps. There's places where you can't buy food unless
you're vaccinated. The world demonstrations are getting
bigger; hundreds of thousands of people marching against the vaccine
passports, which are being used in some places already. There
are surges of miscarriages and still births. There's no way I
could list everything that's going on.
It's also estimated that in the US the vaccines have killed up to
800,000 people. The official count in VAERS is only about 20,000+,
but everyone knows that events are grossly under reported. And
now they are pushing it harder on the young kids in various
countries, and in California.
The biggest thing now is that it's becoming clear that vaccinated
people's immune systems are permanently altered, degraded.
There's even talk of VAIDS; vaccine induced AIDS. And now
there is a new Omnicron variant which was first seen in South
Africa, and there is no worse than a mild flue. But the
symptoms listed for are are all the side effects of the
vaccines! Well, that's convenient. South Africa keeps
saying it's no big deal, but all the highly vaccinated countries,
which are seeing surges in hospitalizations and deaths, are locking
everything down again and blaming Omnicron.
Honestly, it is getting really old. I don't even read most of
the articles I come across. It's just more of the same.
What I am doing is signing every petition that I come across
demanding that this all be stopped. Biden's no jab no job
mandate was stayed nation wide, but then an appeal court reinstated
it. So, I'm sure now it will go to the Supreme Court, which is
probably a good thing, because there is no way Biden and OSHA have
the authority to make the mandate, and hopefully the Supreme Court
will support the original decision to stop it.
I also bought an AR-60 to go along with the 9mm handgun, and a stack
of non perishable food, just in case. Because now more cargo
is stuck in the California bay, the fertilizer shortage has got
manure prices way up, grain production is down, producer index is up
double digits, some foods have doubled or tripled in price.
But there's a huge project starting which will build a Co2 pipeline
to capture Co2 across mostly Iowa, but four other states as
well. In other words, it's anyone's guess what's going to
I haven't gotten back to writing that sci-fi book. Got to a point
where I was looking at solving the worlds issues, and as I started
looking at everything that's wrong, I realized that this has been
going on for millennia, and even if I could go back in time and
alter some events, it would never solve the problem. So, I
guess the problem needs to be solved now, and the solution may be
worse than what's going on now, meaning a total dismantling of the
system, but then what to replace it with.
I've been messing around with Ubuntu, learning it, and also learning
more about cryptocurrency. It interests me because of what it
could mean, what it means. It's an independent form of money;
not government controlled. So, maybe the government couldn't
mess it up. Failing currencies-- oh yeah, that's the other
thing going on, looks like the dollar is going to lose it's status
as the world's reserve currency, if Russia and China have their way
-- have been around for millennia. You would thing we'd learn
something from that.
The problem is that crypto is here now. And as I've written
recently, whether decentralized, people controlled, currency will be
allowed to exist, or if it's even a good idea, or whether the
governments will squash it, is yet to be seen. Either way,
governments will start issuing their own crypto, centrally
controlled, because now the technology is maturing. But there's no
going back now. Pandora's box has been opened, and there will be a
crypto war coming. Personally, I'm trying to understand what
it takes to run a node on a network, getting into the code of it to
understand it, and if that's the place to be in the future. Is
it even worth the trouble?
The issue that I'm having with it is that what it really brings to
the table is fast exchange with no middlemen. Not sure how
much that's worth to the average person, who could use cash or
credit just easily, as we have for years. The fact that
government can use it to set up a control system over our finances,
far outweighs any advantages it might have. The problem is not
our technology, the problem is the way we elect, and hold
accountable, the people that manipulate our money, and the
corruption in government. Crypto is not going to solve that.