Sunday, May 31, 2009

One Year in Nam

I returned from the first leg of my trip. I put on over 3700 miles riding from my home in Wisconsin out to Oregon. I returned along with a great friend from Northern California who met me. I removed the main body of this post as the story was personal, and although I felt the need to share it, I didn't feel that it should be out in cyberspace forever.

I want to thank all that came here to read and post comments. I'll be leaving again in a day or so and will be away from the computer and e-mail until sometime in Late June or early July.

Thank you again for coming here to the Round Circle.

Please feel free to comment if you do read it. Hopefully, you'll read a little and move on and come back and read a little more. Hey, I'll be gone a while. "What's yer hurry?"

.........I also know I learned a few valuable lessons. One is that I will never let anyone ever tell me who my enemies are and another is that war is never an answer to attain peace.

If you've read this far, I thank you for allowing me to share this part of my life with you. I pray and work for peace in this world. I start at home,in my own heart, and I am learning the way to do this slowly and surely. It's called healing, and I am fortunately on a healing path.

Namaste' and Peace and Healing to all


katherine. said...

I'll come back to read the story...but wanted to wish you a great time on the ride. You'll be in some great country...and sounds like with a great friend.

ride safe.

Whimsy said...

Just finished part one. I'm going to piece this out and do the parts one by one. Thank you for sharing this huge part of your life, of who you are.

And have a FANTASTIC ride!!!!

Mel said...

Safe journey!!

Like those before me, I wanted to wish you wonderful times on your adventure (and know I'll read...)

Enjoy your time zigzagging your way through some of the most beautiful countryside there is.
Be safe, stay well. And happytimes to you and your buddy!

Fran said...

I had no idea this was a long long post.... and now it;s midnight!
But it was compelling to read. Lots of soldiers don;t want to reminisce about the bad old days- those are tough memories- especially for a kid of age 19.

Still it was a rare glimpse into what it is like being in the thick of a war zone.

I hope you can leave that part of your life, and journey into something more safe and peaceful.

Ahhh nothing like the great outdoors to help clear your head & soul.

Coffee Messiah said...

Having heard so many oral histories about this and previous wars, each individuals story is unique.

Have you recorded yours yet?

Safe travels on the ride ; )

Cheers 2 U and yours!!!!

Mel said...

((((((( Spadoman ))))))))

Walking away to tell the story, to live different, to determine that no one shall ever name your enemy for you--I'm grateful for the wisedom and the chance you got to be exactly where your feet are today.

Blessings to you and yours.
It's a good thing to tell the truth--for you, for them, for us.

(((((((( Spadoman ))))))))

Thank you for sharing these bits of your story. (I mean that hugely....)

fjb said...

Thank you for sharing this part of your life, Joe.

Everything we do in life, good and bad, make up who we are. It's what we learn from these events that's important. You've taken this hideous experience and turned it into a quest for peace and understanding. I think you learned well.:) Namaste, friend.

Unknown said...

God bless you Joe, and have a wonderful ride!! Coming back for part II.