Hit­ting the open road

Wilf Em­ber­ley of Marys­town mo­tor­cy­cles through North Amer­ica

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

At the age of 42, Wilf Em­ber­ley of Marys­town is do­ing some­thing that his younger self had only dreamed about.

“I was 18 when I got my first mo­tor­cy­cle,” he told The South­ern Gazette in a mes­sage through Face­book on Wed­nes­day May 16.

“Back then is when I first dreamed up tak­ing a trip around North Amer­ica on bike.”

Em­ber­ley, who works as a pro­fes­sional truck driver, said, “Driv­ing back and forth to St. John’s five days a week for the past seven and a half years, I re­ally needed a change of scenery.”

A few months ago he started think­ing about tour­ing the west

The Hoover Dam.

coast of Canada.

Af­ter con­sid­er­ing sev­eral trans­porta­tion op­tions — in­clud­ing: train, car or bus — he set­tled on mo­tor­cy­cle.

“The thought of rid­ing over 10,000 kilo­me­tres on mo­tor­cy­cle was too good to ig­nore,” he said.

Em­ber­ley’s ad­ven­ture started when he flew from New­found­land to Cal­gary, where he pur­chased a 2002 Honda VTX 1800 and set out for the Rocky Moun­tains.

See SPEC­TAC­U­LAR, Page 3

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Wilf Em­ber­ley poses for a selfie with the Grand Canyon in the back­ground.

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