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Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure Back on the Road

Sat Nam Yogis!

Welcome back to the next episode and Day 5 in our #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure.

After a morning of repackage, loading the camelback with Yogi Tea and a long goodbye to Grandpa we were back on the road.

Still being on California time has its ups and downs. Downside: morning is too damn early on EST, the sun comes up too soon and well, we don’t like mornings, but I don’t guess that’s a time zone issue as much as it is that we are just night owls. So the upside is well, we can ride later into the night as our bodies tend to ignore the fact the sun has disappeared and we keep going like the energizer bunny.

Not having any concrete plans can make for  a great adventure as well as adding moments of frustration. While giving both the freedom to get up and go when you feel the need it adds a bit of uncertainty as to when you’re going to reach your destination. Bring us to today’s lesson on this adventure. Life isn’t about the destination it’s about the journey and what you experience on the way.

We had a grand plan of making 250 to 350 miles a day and that is great as a goal but sometimes we go slower than planned simply because we are enjoying the view. Then there is the problem of hitting the wall and being done for the day. Tonight was one of those nights when the only hotel in town was as good as it got. Luckily, Amy checked out the room before we lugged all the gear to that end of the hotel, because the room was far from ready and they switched our room across the building. We were so tired we pulled out the shower flops and did sadhana on cleanest spot in the room, the bed.

Come back tomorrow to learning about the trials and tribulations of our yogic diet on the road.

May Truth, Light and Love Guide Our Path

Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure a Day of Rest

Sat Nam Yogis!

Welcome back to the next episode and Day 4 in our #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure.

Since Day 3 bled into Day 4 and we were at my Grandpa’s we decided to take it as a much needed day of rest. To be honest we had not decided what we were doing when we passed out in the early morning hours of the forth day but having slept through all six of our alarms to finally arise a little after 1pm, our decision was made for us.

Groggily we both got up. Amy headed for the bathroom to get the toiletries unpacked and Chris off to get the coffee started so they could be ready to head out for a late lunch with Grandpa. Soon they were off and thus far nothing yogic happened. We both stuck to our yogic diet which wasn’t that hard at Olive Garden. We were pretty disappointed in Dick’s Sporting Goods for their complete absence of any warm base layer gear, lack of double sleeping bags that would not require its own SUV to transport it and the lack of customer service shown by several employees. Never again!

Upon returning empty handed, no warm base layers, no pads for Amy’s jacket and no double sleeping bag or blanket, I set out to make yogi tea whilst Amy began the ever illusive search for long lost photos. A few hours later after dinner had settled we moved the coffee table and completed our Stretch pose challenge and daily Sadhana with grandpa looking on. I’m pretty sure he thought us a bit nuts but he simply watched and muse quietly to himself. Done and Done!

Another late night, but aren’t they all when you don’t get to see family often. While Grandpa and I talked for hours, Amy fell fast asleep on the sofa under our newly washed blanket. “It’s so nice to see you both happy.” He said looking over at Amy, then continued, “I love that you found someone that shares your sense of adventure.” I just smiled and nodded. He’s right of course. I am a truly blessed man.

“This life is not for wasting. It is for reaching the wonderland of your own consciousness.”

~ Yogi Bhajan

Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure the Ride

Sat Nam Yogis!Welcome back to the next episode and Day 3 in our #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure.

This turned out to be our first real day of riding. After spending the day in the sun and prepping the bike yesterday we needed a good sleep and sleep we did. Waking at 9:45 am realizing we had missed our first two alarms. We quickly jumped into action, completing both our 40 Day Stretch Pose Challenge with our 40 day sadhana before starting the bike pack.

We set out to find a way to minimize the number of individual tie downs needed and make the overall pack more secure. Reviewing the supplies and a short conversation later we realized the cargo bag we used for the plane trip East was a perfect fit for the bike rack and would confine the major part of our camping gear. In one small move we reduced the time for pack up and refined the number of tie downs and the stability of the gear all in one step! Woohoo!!! That done we loaded up and head out!

In the adventure plan Day 3 was set to be the longest of the trip but it turned out to be even bigger than expected. Getting adjusted to the feel of a new bike, gauging the gas mileage of a fully loaded bike and riding two-up is a bear all alone. Added to that the trek from Gill, MA to Akron, OH, which in good traffic in a car averages 611 miles at a daunting 9 hours and 11 mins- adding stopping every 120-150 mile getting gas, walking and stretching doing some yoga. We were on the road for over 15 hrs, not arriving in Akron, OH until after 5 am. Can you say wow what a day!!! See more on our adventures tomorrow!!

May Truth, Light and Love Guide Our Path

Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure the bike

Sat Nam Yogis,

Sat Nam Yogis! Welcome back to the next episode in our #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure.

Day 2 had a few challenges but all in all it was a great day. We found in Dallas that the shoulder and elbow padding in Amy’s jacket had disintegrated. So in addition to picking up the bike, installing the luggage rack, and lashing the bags on her, we now had to look for fix for her jacket.

We did our morning sadhana and stretch pose challenge packed up and headed over to the shop thanks to my best friend Rich. Upon arrival we found the bike was not as ready to go as we had believed it to be but it was ready enough. Next stop, Home Depot to rig the luggage rack to the bike and luckily Amy and I came up with a solution in less than an hour. Unfortunately, it took another 2 hours to implement it. In the meantime another good friend, Erin,  showed up with a loaner jacket for Amy and we had a few minutes to catch up before she flew off to a luxurious vacation on her sailboat.

After a 20 minute ride back to Rich’s, Amy wasn’t feeling well and zoned out in the house while I packed the bike, which took another hour. By the time I was done, Amy was feeling better and we headed off to a wonderful diner with Rich and Barb.

It was a little after 9pm when we finally hit the road and feeling good I was sure we would make Albany before stopping. Just before Springfiend, MA I got a wake up call. Two huge Doe were standing mere feet of the shoulder of the road as we passed at 65 mph and one spooked a little. Twenty minutes later I was sitting on the bike a little shaky and Amy was getting us a room.


Check back tomorrow for more adventures.
May Truth, Light and Love Guide Our Path

Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure Begins 

Sat Nam Yogis! Welcome back to the next episode in our #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure.

We left off yesterday having just come to the sobering reality of the enormity of this adventure and began listing out the high points we needed to grapple with in preparation. After the high points we began with the list of items we could lay our hands on and we know from experience are necessities and began laying them out in the studio. We were in trouble…there was no way this was all going to fit in the new bike and we had some gear that was either, missing, broken, or “Waaaay too Big for this trip!” I sighed dejectedly over the studio loft wall down to Amy. “Just start a list Hun. The universe will provide.” She responded. “Can you tell what I’m doing down here?”, she asked. I didn’t have to get up on the floor where I had collapsed in despair. Her exuberant excitement about the trip oozed out of her voice much like the southern drawl whe she gets like this, “I know…you’re doing the Snoopy Dance. Only because you haven’t seen the pile and the obvious holes, yet.”
Moments later Amy appeared at the top of the steps, “Holy Mackerel! That’s supposed to fit on the bike?” She was stunned to say the least.

Once we collected ourselves I began the “New Gear” list, to identify those items we either replace, buy new for this trip or need to be downsized to fit on the bike. The list included things like: a backpacking size tent (replacement for the 4 man, two bike garage tent we have been using), new stove, pots, dishes, coffee press, new day pack (old one fell apart this spring), hiking boots (to minimize space they double as bike boots), head lamps (old one died over the winter), new riding pants (Amy’s where winter pants and way too hot for this trip), an army duffle to hold it all.
The next couple of weeks were full, I had begun teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation on Monday evenings from 7-9pm in Irvine, Amy was pulling extra shifts and we we spending our down time prepping for the trip, starting our business, Soul Clann and Soul Clann Yoga, spending as much time as possible with our family, even snuck in an overnight trip to Yosemite with our visiting son Devon and occasionally sleeping for a few hours.

 I stayed up all night Thursday August 4-5 packing and relaxing until I got it all packed in the following:

– Icon Tank Bag (hold over from my first Goose I purchased in 2006)

 – gloves

 – Electronics

 – Snacks

– Amy’s Backpack

 – gloves

 – warm and rain gear

 – Snacks

 – hydration packs

– 2 Helmet bags

 – books

 – 2 pair jeans

 – Hats

 – Jewelry

 – Gems

 – Oracle Deck

 – 2 reading glasses

– Soul Clann 60 Liter Canvas Duffle

 – 2 yoga mats

 – blankets

 – sheep skin

 – roll top food case

 – cooler (snacks, yogi tea packs and meds)

 – clothes for the 17 days

 – luggage rack for bike

 – Cook set

– Waterproof 40 Liter Bag

 – tent

 – 2 sleeping pads

 – and various and assorted other things…including the kitchen sink.
When Amy got home from work Friday morning, we slept the best we had in months.
Saturday morning, Amy got home from work and we did the 1st day of our 40 Day Sadhana called Kriya for Elevation with Long Ek Ong Kars. We also completed the 1st Day of the 40 Day Stretch Pose Challenge issues by my dear friend and teacher Dev Shabad Singh. All in all we made it out the door with little to no fanfare. We had a list, we checked it before walking out the door, and again when we loaded up our SUV Hope.
The airport is only a few minutes from our house so we made it with plenty of time to spare as I parked. The home rang. “Hello!”, I said tentatively and the car got quiet, as it was the motorcycle shop the bike has been stored at for the summer calling. It turns out that with the bike sitting all summer, no trickle charger, the battery was dead. No fear, it’s been resolved and a new battery installed. I confirmed the bags and windshield were all set and we finished up. I hung up and we all breathes a deep sigh of relief…”the trip is still on!”, I said. Then I remembered, I have everything except a check to pay for the bike. So, as Amy and I checked in Mom races home to find the infamous checkbook. Thirty minutes later, Mom returned from her quest, having been stopped by every red light (save one), ran wildly through the Halls of Avalon and dug around my filing system in search of a single check. Wahe Guru Mom, you saved the day and at 11:11am we passed through security on our way east.


The #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure is truly begun! Check back in tomorrow to read more as we report on #Day2 as we pick up and load the bike. Spoiler…we have a problem with Amy’s jacket. #CycleGear to the rescue we hope!

Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure is Born

My wife Amy and I have explored the West Coast quite a bit in the three and a half years since moving to SoCal. On each adventure we have set out to see new places and focus on taking in as much of the landscape as we can. Since we have only small stints of time we attempt to capture the essence of the scenery in photographs, both as a lasting record for ourselves and as a means of bringing a bit of the world home to those unable to tag along.

After last year’s whirlwind tour up the Pacific Coast Highway  through California, Oregon and Washington and then inland to Seattle, Portland, and Mt. Shasta and finally back down the central corridor of California in just nine days; we weren’t sure if we could top that adventure this year. Over this past winter, or what passes for winter in SoCal, we toyed with the idea of a Yellowstone trip for a week or more. I woke up one morning and thought, “Grizzly Bears!” So, that is out until we can either procure a travel trailer or rent one inexpensively. Next we started exploring the idea of a backpacking trip into the Sierras, Joshua Tree or perhaps the first leg of the Pacific Coast Trail, just to get away from the electronic world for a while and recharge ourselves instead of our peripherals. This seemed like an amazing idea. Ok, so reality crept in. Although, Kundalini Yoga has changed our lives and personally, I have lost forty pounds, we still have a way to go physically and need more than a few training hikes before tackling remote locations like those. “Hmmm…what will this year bring? Surely there is an adventure out there with our name on it.”, I thought and resigned myself to allow the universe to show us the way and bring us the big adventure we wanted.

In April the universe answered, giving us a catalyst and the latest adventure immediately began to take shape. In the midst of a rare phone conversation my best friend Rich, he asked, “Would you be interested in buying my goose?” My first thought was, “I’ve been waiting for you to sell your motorcycle for years now. Of course!” But I held my tongue and turned to Amy. Before I completed the query to her, I got my response and much to my surprise she said eagerly, “Yeah, Hell Yeah Even!” So within minutes we agreed on a price and a rough timeline to pick up the motorcycle or goose, as Moto Guzzi’s are referenced. Hanging up I heard my spirit guide chuckle a bit and distinctly say, “You asked for Big Adventure…now you got it.”
Well, that was it, we were destined to a new adventure incorporating our yogic lifestyle, motorcycling two up and our return to travel without defined plans, simply allowing the Universe to guide us day-to-day.

A couple of months passed and although we had discussed the trip a few times we never really nailed down an itinerary to ensure we got home in time to start back to work. Letting the universe guide us is great but there is no reason to get to the end of our time off and be in the middle of nowhere. We needed to start laying out at least the major arcs of our route and in early July we began that part of the planning process. Minutes into pulling up the google map we came to a sobering reality…all of our previous adventures pale in comparison to this one, and it will require us to reevaluate how we travel, in order to make this a successful enjoyable trip.

Consideration:
Flight: SoCal-Boston

Timeframe: 17 days to get home

Two Yogis: Riding Gear

Camping/Hotel: 2 days/1 day

Motorcycle: Supplies loaded on bike (entire day to pack on bike)

– Clothes (hot and cold weather)

– Food (Vegetarian)

– Yogi Tea (homemade packs)

– Tent (backpacking size)

– Sleeping Pads

– Blankets (no room for sleeping bags)

– Yoga Mats

– Medications

– Towels

– Stove

– Pots

– Utensils

– Cups

– Bowls

– Phones (primary and backup)

– Power sources (solar panels/battery packs and cables)

– Hydration Packs (1 water/ 1 Yogi Tea)

– Extra gloves (waterproof/extra dry set)

– Maps (atlas for emergencies)

– Guide books (Nat’l & State Parks)

– Journals and Pens

– Warm Gear (liners for jackets)

– Head lamps

– Toiletries

– Sunscreen

– Bug Spray (homemade)

– Swim Gear (suits and ear plugs)

– Dry box (electronics & documentation)

– Bear Box (?)

Miles on Motorcycle: Gill MA – SoCal 5,346

POI and Temp:

Mohawk Trail ☀️ 82 NA

Ohio 🌩 91 NA

Iowa 🌩 84 70

Badlands Nat’l Park 🌩 93 64

Sitting Bull Marker 🌥 82 60

Glacier Nat’l Park ☀️ 72 48

Idaho ☀️ 93 61

Oregon ☀️ 90 50

Inland CA ☀️ 100+ 60

SoCal ☀️ 80 NA

Motorcycle: Moto Guzzi California V11

This is gonna be one serious adventure. Come back tomorrow to read about Our Yogic Journey Across America – A Wild Goose Adventure the Plan  #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure

Introduction to Soul Clann

Sat Nam and thank you for stopping in to check out Soul Clann and our blog where we will share our thoughts on yogic lifestyle, travel, holistic living, Kundalini Yoga, meditation, sound healing and whatever else brightens our path.

Soul Clann as an entity, is a long time in the making. It originally came to me as a young man, when I had a dream of bringing together group of individuals that collectively could make a difference in the world, through their support of each other and the environment in which we live. It wasn’t until the halfway point in my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training that I finally decided to make my dream a reality and Soul Clann was born. I began talking about the idea with fellow classmates and began developing a program around it. Although it is first and foremost about a community, my wife Amy and I decided in June 2016 to use it as a platform to launch our yoga business and website, where you can find out where we are holding classes and events. In the coming months we will be expanding our services to include: private Kundalini Yoga Instruction, Meditation and Sound Healing which can be One on One or in group settings. We will also be teaming up with other colleagues for public Sound Healing and Gong Baths, so check back often to see what we are up to.

Soul Clann is represented and managed by the founders, Chris and Amy Wood. However, there are many other yogis that contribute to the community by participating or practicing, teaching, following and/or volunteering with our classes and events as we continue to grow through the wonders of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Sound Healing, Group Consciousness and the addition of new Souls. Currently, we hold classes at the School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences each Monday 7-9pm in Irvine, California. You can RSVP via Meetup at meetup.com/SoulClann or just come on down the day of class. All experience levels are welcome. In the meantime you can follow us on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, Meetup and Tumblr.

In addition to our classes and events, we will be sharing our travels throughout the country with the community. Specifically, we will be sharing how we maintain our yogic lifestyle on the road, the journey from place to place and the amazing locations we end up. In our little community of friends Amy and I have become the couple that is followed to see where they will end up next and for several years now many have watched our adventure unfold. Now we will be sharing that adventure with this new community as well. Our adventures have taken us to some far off places on planned excursions and some occasional trips on a whim. We have been known to get in the car on a afternoon to go out for bite of dinner and end up camping in Joshua Tree National Park for a few days in August, simply because we saw a sign, “Joshua Tree 93 miles.” So many have enjoyed our pictures, sudden twists (read “what is at the next exit?”) and the crazy places we end up. They have followed along as we have gone harbor hopping along the Pacific Coast, Snapped Pics of our Las Vegas Drive-by while searching for a good cup of coffee (Dutch Bros) or our San Francisco Bridge Sunrise on $50 Adventure. This seems like a great lead-in to what we are just finishing up prep on today.

We are taking two weeks off from teaching and working to tackle a grand adventure. Come back tomorrow to find our more about this years escapade. #YogicJourneyandWildGooseAdventure

Class will still be held in our absence each Monday 7-9pm, led Deb Parker or Dev Shabad Singh, Soul Clann Members and Amazing Teachers. If you are moved to begin your journey into Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with us come on down and check it out.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Mondays
7 – 9pm
$15/pp

School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences
18271 McDurmott West
Suite H
Irvine, CA 92614

May Truth, Light and Love
Guide Our Path

Sat Nam

~Chris