The 2014 year end is upon us and a new year starts in a few days, it seems the year went by in a blink of an eye. I managed to add five new states to my map, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. I have now ridden in 47 states and hope to add two more this year.
2014 started cold with lots of snow but by the fall I had experienced some of the best weather I could have hoped for. In Texas I saw some of the most amazing sunsets I had ever experienced.
It's hard to believe that not too long ago everyone was concerned with the end of the world and all the computer problems the year 2000 would bring. Some people were afraid to fly or use elevators, others stayed home just in case. We are now almost 15 years past that point, time went by in a blink of an eye, we are all going to be 15 years older soon. This year my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary, it has been an amazing adventure and I can only hope that in another 30 years we will be celebrating again.
It seems it was only yesterday when I rode my Yamaha XT250 home, now a little over 30 years later I'm riding a Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere.
I had a good 2014, good health, a good job and my photography business moving along. My whole family is healthy, my son graduated college and my daughter is a senior in high school. I can't complain about anything. Yes, there were a few problems but those were just little annoyances in the daily grind of life. If anything bothers me, I only have to look at this map to feel happy about life again.
2015 will be here soon, another year, another 365 days to live life and make the most of it. We all get the exact same 365 days, the only difference is what we do with them. I'm looking forward to 2015, there will be new people to meet, new places to visit and new adventures to make.
As we come to the end of 2014, I wish all my readers and friends a Happy New Year and may 2015 bring all your wishes and even longer motorcycle adventures. I wish safe travels to all my friends on the road and may your return home be even better and more adventurous.
The Ferreira family wishes everyone a very Happy New Year
I will end 2014 with a quote by Victor Hugo, all you need is a dream and the will.