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By this point in my life I knew that bad things could happen, even to me. I had no definite plans, just a vague notion to head north along the Ottawa River, then turn west, maybe across Canada to Vancouver to visit my brother Danny and his family.
Or, I might head northwest through the Yukon and Northwest Territories to Alaska, where I had never travelled, then catch the ferry down the coast of British Columbia toward Vancouver. Out in the driveway, the red motorcycle sat on its centerstand, beaded with raindrops and gleaming from my careful preparation.
The motor was warming on fast idle, a plume of white vapor jetting out behind, its steady hum muffled by my earplugs and helmet. I locked the door without looking back. The proverbial deep breath gave me the illusion of commitment, to the day and to the journey, and I put my left boot onto the footpeg, swung my right leg high over the heavily laden bike, and settled into the familiar saddle.
Two hard-shell luggage cases flanked the rear wheel, while behind the saddle I had stacked a duffel bag, tent, sleeping bag, inflatable foam pad, groundsheet, tool kit, and a small red plastic gas can. I wanted to be prepared for anything, anywhere. Because I sometimes liked to travel faster than the posted speed limits, especially on the wide open roads of the west — where it was safe in terms of visible risks, but dangerous in terms of hidden enforcement — I had decided to try using a small radar detector, which I tucked into my jacket pocket, with its earpiece inside the helmet.
A few other necessities, additional tools, and my little beltpack filled the tankbag in front of me, and a roadmap faced up from a clear plastic cover on top. The rest of the baggage I would carry away with me that morning had less bulk, but more weight — the invisible burdens that had driven me to depart into what already seemed like a kind of exile. My right hand gently rolled on the throttle a little more, left hand wiped away the raindrops already collecting on my clear faceshield, then pulled in the clutch lever.
My left foot toed the shifter down into first gear, and I moved slowly up the lane between the wet trees. At the top I paused to lock the gate behind me, wiped off my faceshield again, and rode out onto the muddy gravel road, away from all that.
As night came on, the hour passed when we should have heard from her, and Jackie became increasingly worried. When I saw headlights coming down the driveway to where the house lights showed the markings of a police car, I remembered the previous summer when the provincial police came to ask about a robbery down the road, and I thought it must be something like that.
Instinctively, I took her hand as we went out to the driveway to face the local police chief, Ernie Woods. My mind was reeling in a hopeless struggle to absorb those words. At first I just stood there, paralyzed with horror and shock, and it was only when I saw Jackie start to get up that I felt afraid of what she might do, and I fell down beside her and held her. Our big white Samoyed, Nicky, was frightened and confused by all this, and he barked frantically and tried to push between us.
I held onto Jackie until she was overcome by the numbing protection of shock, and asked Chief Ernie to call our local doctor. Spunt came and tried to say comforting things, but we were unreceptive. Sometime later, Chief Ernie left, then Dr. In the gray twilight of morning we put the downcast Nicky in the car and headed for Toronto, driving through the rain to face the end of the world. And neither did the two of us, really, though I tried to do everything I could for her.
As my life suddenly forced me to learn more than anyone ever wanted to know about grief and bereavement, I learned the sad fact that most couples do not stay together after losing a child.
So wrong, so unfair, so cruel, to heap more pain and injustice on those who had suffered so much already. In my blissful ignorance, I would have imagined the opposite — that those who most shared the loss would cling to each other. But no.
We had made it through all that, and now the loss of what we each treasured most would drive us apart. During those first awful weeks in Toronto our friends and family filled the House of Mourning day and night, trying to distract us and help us deal with this unbearable reality as best they could, but Jackie remained inconsolable, pining and withering visibly into a fragile, suffering wraith.
It was as though she knew she needed me, but her tortured heart had no place in it for me, or anybody. She had to be coaxed into eating anything at all, and talked of suicide constantly. I had to keep a close watch on her sedatives and sleeping pills, and make sure she was never left alone. When she did surrender to a drugged sleep, she held a framed picture of Selena in her arms.
Brad and Rita had known great tragedy in their own lives, so they were a good choice to help Jackie and me begin our exile. After they went home, other friends came to stay with us for a week or two at a time, and eventually we moved into a small flat near Hyde Park, where we stayed for six months. It was hard for me to try to force Jackie even to take a walk, for she was tortured by everything she saw — by advertisements for back-to-school clothes Selena!
I would just flinch and turn away from such associations, but Jackie remained raw and vulnerable, unable to protect herself from the horror of memory. But none of it was enough. The following January, when we were finally thinking about returning from London to try to find some kind of life back in Canada, Jackie began to suffer from severe back pain and nocturnal coughing.
Deborah finally prevailed on me to make an executive decision and get a doctor anyway. On the eve of our departure, Jackie was diagnosed with terminal cancer the doctors called it cancer, but of course it was a broken heart , and a second nightmare began. Jackie, however, received the news almost gratefully — as though this was the only acceptable fate for her, the only price she could pay. To her, the illness was a terrible kind of justice. To me, however, it was simply terrible.
And unbearable. Two years previously we had enjoyed a memorable family vacation in that pleasant island-nation, and it offered sufficient medical services to allow us to continue providing home care for Jackie, even when she began to decline sharply, needing oxygen most of the time, slipping away both mentally and physically, until a series of strokes brought a relatively merciful end.
Exhausted and desolated, I flew back to Toronto, staying there just long enough to organize the house and put it on the market, with more help from family and friends, then got away to the house on the lake, still not knowing what I was going to do. But as the long, empty days and nights of that dark summer slowly passed, it began to seem like the only thing to do. And if they do, what kind of person comes out the other end?
Something would come up. Tense and shivering, peering through the turbulent wash of spray behind a lumber truck for a chance to pass, more than once I thought about packing it in. Why not turn around and go back to the house by the lake, hide there a little longer? That too would be a perilous road.
Between concert tours I had travelled the roads of China, Africa, Europe, and North America, at first by bicycle, and later by motorcycle, and that kind of self-contained journeying had fired my imagination with curiosity and challenge. From the beginning, I kept daily journals during my travels, and when I returned home I used them to exercise my interest in prose writing, experimenting with different approaches to telling the story of a journey. My interest in writing had begun with composing lyrics for the band, and had grown from a taste for writing letters into a serious love of stringing words together on the page.
Cold and wet. Lunch in Cadillac, Que. Heavy rain last few hours, surprisingly heavy traffic. Trucks roaring in spray plume.
Dark, wet, gloomy — like me. As I crossed into Ontario the rain let up at last, but the day remained chilly, and I finally sought refuge at the Northern Lites Motel, in Cochrane. Pouring a measure of The Macallan from my little flask into a plastic cup, I felt its warmth inside as I hung my wet riding gear around the room.
He said the agent had promised him we would. The audience was waiting quietly, we played another song, and everyone went home. No one seemed excited, but everyone seemed satisfied. We knew that everyone in town knew how much we were getting paid probably a thousand dollars , and that the agent had promised Hunk an encore.
After the gear was packed up and loaded into the truck, seven of us from the band and crew piled into a rented station wagon and drove all night back to Toronto. All that seemed so far away and long ago, part of another life.
Now that I was trying to carry the weight of yet another unbearable tragedy, I had even less reason to care about the future — or even if I had a future. Certainly I had no interest in playing the drums, or writing lyrics for rock songs. That night in Cochrane, I took refuge in my journal notes once more, as I sat in the Northern Lites dining room after my fried pickerel usually the tastiest of freshwater fish, but not this specimen.
The only other diners were a pair of retired couples, and I heard them marvelling to discover that they hailed from two Ontario towns, Brantford and Peterborough, that were all of a two-hour drive apart. Just kept moving, afraid to stop for too long, afraid to give myself time to think. Riding a motorcycle with total concentration, devoting infinite attention to the ever-changing road and other traffic; that was sufficient to keep most of my little brain busy.
My mind was also lulled into tranquility by the motion, the trance-like effect of steady vibration, occasional bumps and curves, and the world coming at me mile after mile, hour after hour. Earlier that summer, contemplating the wreckage of my life, I had determined that my mission now was to protect a certain essence inside me, a sputtering life force, a meager spirit, as though I held my cupped hands around a guttering candle.
My little baby soul was not a happy infant, of course, with much to complain about, but as every parent learns, a restless baby often calms down if you take it for a ride. I had learned my squalling spirit could be soothed the same way, by motion, and so I had decided to set off on this journey into the unknown.
Take my little baby soul for a ride.
The first hint of a possible upturn came one afternoon when I was sitting on the dock with a glass of The Macallan in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Riding out there is awesome, so many places to explore. There's lots of trails and I still find new things to this day.
Everyone is so nice there and willing to lend a hand if you need help.
I dig it, love the unity. If you get lost on your way to pumpkin patch you might find something cool The GOOD: Showers and trash bins are great.
Trail signage is pretty good. Abundance of trails and space for CA The overwhelming majority of people who come out here are respectful of others and just want to have fun and play with their toys. The BAD: Pricks still burn pallets out here and break glass by campsites.
BLM can be real dicks out here and are experts at overstepping their purpose and authority. Good BLM staff are directed to enforce a dictionary-size book of laws and regs.
You can't fly drones out here anymore! I don't own a drone, but it you can't fly a drone in the middle of the desert over your own camp, where the hell can you fly it?! That is the definition of a bloated and ineffective CA government! That someone employed by the state can't take 1 copy of the tens of thousands of maps they go through each year and scan one at a Staples to put on their website is proof this state is doomed.
Someone's brother must own a printer ink and paper company. CA will ruin this area in the coming years, either by shrinking it in size or turning everyone off to making the trek out here, so enjoy while you can.
If you like riding dirt bikes, then don't waste your time at Ocotillo Wells. I started coming to Ocotillo with my boys about 15 years ago, and the trails were packed dirt and the trails were awesome.
Several years ago, more 4X4's started showing up and they have completely ruined the trails and terrain. All the trails, at least on the north side of the park, have been turned into sand. I can't even ride up one of my favorite hill climbs because the base of the hill has been turned into sand. You almost need paddle tires to get through the trails.
They turned one of the best dirt bike hills into Truckhaven. It's really a 4X4 park now. First time at the campground not bad for my first real camping trip. Bathrooms were clean and loaded with soap, sanitizer and paper. There's also a place for your trash tons of open spaces for groups. Smaller cars not recommended only cause its softer sand in some places but if you got 4 wheel drive and a big truck and what not you're good. Ocotillo Wells is so beautiful and there is so much to do I highly recommend stopping by the ranger station picking up a map and checking out the sites out in the beautiful desert can't wait to head back out Pretty awesome place for any kind of off-roading activities.
There's a wide variety of terrain to enjoy, from high-speed washes to dunes to slow and challenging four-wheeling. And not just all the natural terrain, but there's also a man-made challenge area where you can test your skills and vehicle in a more controlled environment. Bring lots of water, it can get a bit dusty sometimes.
Fantastic place to rendezvous with friends and family for any occasion. Whether you ride or not, the experience is something for everyone to enjoy. Camping, cooking, sitting around the fire or blazing the trails, Ocotillo Wells is legit.
See you there. I was a great place to get away eith the family little bit wind but overall great place. Indigenous peoples under early American administration Group of California indigenous people Under earlier Spanish and Mexican rule, California's original native population had precipitously declined, above all, from Eurasian diseases to which the indigenous people of California had not yet developed a natural immunity.
As in other American states, many of the native inhabitants were soon forcibly removed from their lands by incoming American settlers such as miners, ranchers, and farmers. Although California had entered the American union as a free state, the "loitering or orphaned Indians" were de facto enslaved by their new Anglo-American masters under the Act for the Government and Protection of Indians.
Between and , the California state government paid around 1. In later decades, the native population was placed in reservations and rancherias, which were often small and isolated and without enough natural resources or funding from the government to sustain the populations living on them. Several scholars and Native American activists, including Benjamin Madley and Ed Castillo , have described the actions of the California government as a genocide.
In the period from to , the population grew from fewer than one million to the greatest in the Union. In , the Census Bureau reported California's population as 6. The state government also adopted the California Master Plan for Higher Education in to develop a highly efficient system of public education. Meanwhile, attracted to the mild Mediterranean climate, cheap land, and the state's wide variety of geography, filmmakers established the studio system in Hollywood in the s.
California manufactured 8. This is often referred to by the media as the California exodus. The San Francisco earthquake and St. Francis Dam flood remain the deadliest in U. S history.