Vietnam Marine veteran Vytautas "Vyto" Kancevicius is happiest on his 2006 Honda VTX.
"Drive by any psychiatrist's office, you'll see cars, but you'll never see bikes. This is my psychiatrist's office right here," he said as he tapped the handlebars of his motorcycle.
"I don't have to pay anyone for it, either," Kancevicius said.
Vytautas “Vyto” Kancevicius
A senior project manager for an international technology consulting firm, the Old Lycoming Township resident served several years in the Marine Corps.
"I'm getting older, and I'm just trying to enjoy life," said
the 58-year-old, who has been riding motorcycles for 30 years.
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"This is pure freedom. Riding is a way to clear your head. You think about other things
as you're traveling. It's total stress-relief for me," said Kancevicius, a father of two and grandfather of six whose wife died six years ago of cancer.
"Being on this bike is just awesome. It's great. Sure, you have to watch out for other people, but it's a nice way to clear your head. It's relaxing. It's a nice way to take it easy and just forget about things. The weather we've been having recently has been super," Kancevicius said.
On the back of his cycle he has a small American flag. Just below the speedometer, one will see the seal of the Marine Corps.
On his helmet, he has a POW-MIA (Prisoner of War-Missing in Action) decal, which reads "When one American is not worth the effort to be found, we as Americans have lost."
In addition to Vietnam, Kancevicius, who was wounded in battle, said he served in a couple other "theaters of operations. That was a long time ago, a land far far way. I've very fortunate. I'm fine, others are not. I'm proud of what I did and I'm proud of the guys who served our country."
He believes that "the young folks today sometimes just don't know how to enjoy life. They stress out too much. You've got to take time to smell the roses," he said.
"When my wife died, I changed my attitude. I used to be one of those A-type personalities, always working, always working, but after that, you know what, life is too short," Kancevicius, a Chicago, Ill., native, said.
Lowering his head and looking at his cycle, he said "This is my baby right here. This is what I take care of right now." And, in a way, his Honda is taking care of him.
No appointment necessary.