The Journey Back to Riding - Val in Real Life
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The Journey Back to Riding

How do you make a comeback? An epic one. I don’t have a formula for you. I can only share my experience. I do know that mine has had three […]

Life

Six Months to Life

Today marks six months since I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle. I’ve written a good bit about this ordeal so far and again I find myself […]

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Life

On Recovery

Now 24 weeks into my ordeal of being hit by a car, I’ve come to understand a lot about recovery and how it evolves. The challenges shift constantly. You reach […]

Life

On Being Timid

I recently returned from my western adventure, the trip that was to help me regain my Val-ness after January’s crash. And it did in so many ways. It was needed […]

Life

Life on Hold…

Imagine out of the blue you had to put your entire life on hold. Full stop. Not negotiable. It’s something we all dread and know can happen at any time. […]

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Life

Postcards from Real Life: A Better Story

One of the subjects much-discussed among the outdoor community is risk. And the very incorrect perception that our pursuits are often very risky, dangerous, or even downright irresponsible. As I’ve […]

Life

Postcards from Real Life: Adjustments

If you follow along on the various social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram, you know I’ve been battling a fairly significant hand injury that I sustained back in June […]

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Life

Postcards from Real Life: Setbacks and Denial

So you know how I was feeling triumphant for having returned from The Pacific Northwest Tour sans major travel catastrophes for once. Other than feeling a little worse for wear, […]

Life

Quitting

This particular topic has been on my mind enough to finally sit down and write up my thoughts and see what you all have to say. But first let me […]

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