A Mere Matter of Marching

“The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us the experience for the attack on Halifax, the next and final expulsion of England from the American continent.”

Thomas Jefferson, August 4, 1812.

Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

Like 1812, it has been a hard year, especially on my pocketbook. I started renovating my basement late November early December and only now is it reaching the climax of near completion. These last few months have seen the dream of several years finally come true. A house that I bought off of someone else is now well and truly becoming my own. Its truly gratifying after having already shaped the outside the way I wanted.

With that said, it’s not cheap to do renovations. I am on my own now and I have to be mindful of where the money is going. I may not be pinching pennies (it’s not that bad) but I am pinching dimes. But I saved up for this a long time ago and even with a ton of money going out the door, it has been rewarding to see by someone else’s hand, years of sacrifice taking shape.

So with all this going on my spring and summer mechanized respite sessions will have to have their scope (measured in kilometres) scaled down. It will be all Ontario this year which in itself isn’t so bad. It is a beautiful place to do what I do.

But there is a silver lining in all this. It just so happens that this is 2012, the bicentennial of The War of 1812. As a casual history buff, I have not spent a lot of time learning about this conflict but what better year to do so than this one. And since many of its pivotal battles took place within a days ride of my home, my trips will have a decidedly 1812 theme to them.

Anyone can however, ride to a plaque, read it, survey the land or the place to which it refers and ride on. And more often than not, that is what I do and sadly that is more than most. However this year, I am going to try to live the history I chase on my mechanical steed.

Next Saturday, I am going to check out a drill session of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada with the view of joining said unit full-time. I have thought of this before and I admit, I have brought up their site only to close my browser and not bother. But this time, I actually made contact with a person there and promised to drop in.

I may not join even after my visit. Touring with work, ease of getting around (no car) and this year money may get in the way,. But if I can do it and not have to subsist on beans and wieners and keep my mortgage lender at bay, I am going to. Time to piss or get off the pot.

And I am looking forward to having some weekends where there is a purpose for my ride. Sometimes I hop on and am not really motivated to turn the key on. This doesen’t happen often but it does occure so this may help with those few occasions.

Thomas Jefferson once thought that just having his soldiers put their boots on and walking many miles and crossing a frontier would see him acquire an entire nation. He learned in 1812 as I have two hundred years later, that nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

I shall keep myself posted as no one but I reads this.


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