These photographs were made along a motorcycle odyssey across Canada and the US. I rode alone with a Leica M3 for about a month and a half. I was never truly alone, however. My old bike had a lot of mechanical problems along the way. This meant that I broke down several times, stayed in places and met some marvelous people. On one occasion, a black bear woke me up by sniffing along the outside of my tarp. These encounters kept me company.