Back to reality

August 10, 2017

The next morning I am again up early but its due to the cold and not by choice. I get myself cleaned up and go into the kitchen area to do a few things on the laptop.

My new found friends, Dave, Sonia, Teddy and Stan are also up and getting themselves sorted as they are leaving to head home back to Colorado Springs. Now these guys have been a joy to be around the last few days. Teddy is a crazy psycho (in a nice way) German chick that rides Harleys; Stan is a gentle giant and ex-armed forces, Dave is ex-armed forces and now employed to help veterans back into ‘normal’ life.

Now I need to spend a bit more time describing Sonia. All I can say is what a unique person that I have had the greatest of pleasures meeting. Sonia is a nurse who works in a Military Hospital. She had a boy who was born with a heart defect and required a heart transplant at 5 months – during the operation there was an issue and he suffered a permanent disability. She cared for her boy for 19yrs before he passed away only in recent times due to a kidney disease. Also I should mention that the father of the child left her when they found out about the disability as he didn’t want a child like that. Dave comes into her life and he basically makes the sun shine again for her.

Now I started feeling sorry for her and no way did she want that! She told me it was a blessing to have her boy for as long as they did given they nearly lost him at the start. She also describes his personality and how much fun he was. I have had a lot of jobs over the years where parents have lost their child and they have all been the most heart wrenching difficult ones to do.

Sonia is what I call a rough diamond. She has tats, rides a Harley but has one of the biggest and kindest hearts that I have come across. Dave and her are a great couple and I look forward to catching up with them in Colorado Springs. Bloody inspirational and gives some real perspective on life.

So I bum around for a while until my tent gets dried out from the overnight dew and I pack up. It was nice to get going and there were still plenty of Harleys around me to give me a headache;

I get far enough down the road that the Harley traffic goes back to normal. I stop at a one horse town, Pringle, and have lunch. To my surprise they had wi-fi! I have no idea what the bicycle sculpture is all about but I do know that I wish it was Friday!

I get back on Fred and get only about 15klms further down the road and the heavens open up with a thunderstorm – I managed to only get half drowned and ride thru it to Hot Springs;

Just as I am coming into the township another heavy downpour starts so Fred and I take shelter under the local Safeway veranda. 20mins later the rain stopped and we were on our way again cross in to Nebraska;

I arrive at Chadron and book into a Motel – no apologies for being soft but I needed a decent sleep which meant a real bed. I unload Fred and go on a tour of the town;

I find that the buildings are just what I had seen on TV;

I swing by Safeway and get sorted for dinner. I noted that there was a motorbike dealership in town and would check it out tomorrow as I have to change Fred’s oil. I head back to the motel and hope that I have a good sleep!


  1. Comment by Sonia Tiner

    Sonia Tiner Reply August 10, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for your kind comments Noel. Our boys have heard a lot about you and hope they get to meet you in Colorado Springs soon!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply August 11, 2017 at 12:12 am

      Real heroes don’t wear capes…ha.

  2. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply August 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Hey and I noticed Pink was obviously doing a concert in Chadron as I saw the banner on the shop.
    Hope u had a good sleep.

  3. Comment by Garry Rivett

    Garry Rivett Reply August 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Mate love the vest and the deadwood photos. Garry

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply August 11, 2017 at 12:16 am

      The history in Deadwood is sensational if you like anything to do with the wild west.

  4. Comment by Mark

    Mark Reply August 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Noel, I have certainly enjoyed reading your blog since returning home to Iowa last Saturday night! My friend Jack and I met you while you were at Carsten’s Cabins under the shelter by the kitchen the other night! Safe travels and it was a pleasure to meet you and have the opportunity to visit with you!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply August 11, 2017 at 12:15 am

      I was wondering what happened to the pair you trouble makers. I am doing Route 66 starting in Chicago as the final highlight before I go home. I might be close enough then to drop in and catch up with you both.

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