Miimii spoke broken English. She was harrassed by a student(the guy's name was Abu Hadi) at the "English as a Second Language" class she was attending to improve her English. She almost quit but I had a talk with the teacher about the situation and he assured us they would watch her and she would be safe.
My unit was up to deploy for the war, but we were not allowed to tell our families (it was classified at the time). It never happened, but all the stress, including the stress of being married took its toll at work. I was in trouble for about four months for declining job performance. I had stopped riding and went to running because it was cheaper, less dangerous, I was better at it than cycling, and I could do it anywhere. It also took less time...which made it ideal for married life. But I didn't enjoy it like I enjoyed bicycling.
Bored out of our minds, we sneaked off to Canada on January 21, 1991, which was technically illegal. Miimii had never been there, so we drove across the border down a very rural, icy road, I peed in the snow (I called it "marking my territory"), took these pictures, and headed back. The End