Category: Ancestor Trail

For the past four nights I’ve slept in my own bed, yet keep waking up wondering where I am. It’s odd this happens now, but never during the past eleven weeks of camping, staying with friends, and some motelling! In …

Time to Hibernate: Home and Taking a Break Read More »

Winter winds pushed me east towards Winnipeg and my next stop on the Long Road Home moto-book tour. I anticipated a cosmopolitan* audience at McNally Robinson Books—different from the mainly motorcycle crowd I’d met with during the first two-thirds of …

Motorcycles, Mennonites, and Métis…and More Read More »

One of the greatest joys during this Long Road Home moto-book tour has come not from sharing my story, but from listening to the stories of others. We’ve all got them and we share universal themes. They’re passed down through …

The Stories We Carry: Unlocking and Liberating The Message Read More »

August 27 went as planned with a group of Reimer cousins meeting for lunch. Within moments of the shutter snapping for the après-lunch photo, everything changed. I’m in Vancouver on the Long Road Home Moto-Book Tour. The nearby city of …

Family and Fate: Honoring the Reimer Ancestors Read More »

Even I get caught up in the romantic notion of riding a motorcycle across the open landscape under sunny blue skies with the wind in my face. The reality of the road brings me back to earth. Every time. Last …

Reality of the Road: The Landscape of Travel Read More »

It’s a familiar feeling – leaving the port of Tobermory for Manitoulin Island on the Chi Cheemaun (Big Canoe), headed for parts unknown. It wasn’t my maiden voyage but it imight have been. Yesterday, the sailing marked the beginning of …

The Long Road Home Tour and Another Crossing Read More »

by Liz Jansen Winter in small-town Ontario isn’t typically the time to experiment with going carless. Not when motorcycle transportation is generally out of the question for at least a few months. But I’ve decided to try it. Now that …

Going Carless Read More »

by Liz Jansen This week I arrived back in Orangeville, Ontario, after a four-day road trip across much of Canada, from Calgary, Alberta. I’ve settled into temporary quarters in a cozy cabin while I search for somewhere to overwinter and heal. …

Looping Back to Ontario Read More »

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by Liz Jansen Two weeks and two days ago, while riding through rural Alberta on a lovely late summer day, my plans changed. I was headed for Blackfoot Crossing and Namaka, the farming community where my dad spent most of …

10 Gifts for Healing Read More »

My office view for six days—the majestic Rocky Mountains—from a hospital bed in Calgary. A change in plans. I know that there are two plans for each day: my plan and Spirit’s plan. Sometimes they match; sometimes they don’t. This …

Change in Plans Read More »