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DALLAS -- When his Harley Davidson cranks on, sure, it's loud. But to Paul Jordan, it's a lullaby; the peaceful sound of peace of mind.

"These are my wings, these are my wheels," Jordan said with a smile. "If it's time to go, I'm gonna have some fun, you know."

He is remarkably content for a man facing death.

"I'm terminal, I'm done -- it's over, clinically," he said, in a matter-of-fact way, "but y'know, it was supposed to be over 14 months ago. They gave me three-to-six weeks to live, and it's been 15 months now. I never was on time, why start now?"

He can joke about his diagnosis now, but when it came, he was nothing short of stunned.

Jordan is originally from Dallas, but in November 2011, he was working as the executive sous chef at Galveston's famous Hotel Galvez. Excruciating pain sent him to the hospital and it took several days for doctors to find the source. Jordan had stage-four pancreatic cancer.

"When I got my diagnosis, I lay in the hospital bed just floored. I had no idea. I'm 52 and this isn't supposed to happen," he recalled. "But one of the ways I got through that night was a bucket list."

"I wanted to buy a bike and go down the road, y'know," Jordan concluded.

He found serenity sitting on his Harley.

Jordan left Dallas Thursday on what he knows may be his final ride. He named it "Chef Paul's Bucket Ride for Pancreatic Cancer."

Dallas Harley Davidson helped outfit his bike to keep him safe and warm on the journey. He has a new windshield to fight the cold wind, a new headlight, and packs and bags to hold pills and bottles.

"I know that when he went to his doctor, his doctor said he should prescribe Harley Davidsons to everyone, because it made him vibrant," said Kristin Draves of Dallas Harley Davidson.

His first stop was to be Galveston for a large fundraiser this weekend. Then he's planning to travel to Florida, and maybe even further if his body allows.

There are benefits scheduled all along the way, but none of the donations are for him.

"None of this goes to me," he said. "I'm not raising a dime, even though I'm out of money and have no treatment. Cobra dropped me, Medicare, Medicaid won't pick me up."

"This is all for research," he said, "so that those coming along behind me have a little better chance."

Jordan is updating his blog and his Facebook page along his journey, and he's also taking donations online.

"The treatment of cancer, I truly believe, is 90 percent your heart and head. Heart and soul. Ten percent is this little guy," he said, pointing to a port under his skin, "where they put the medicine in. This ten percent won't work without the 90, the 90 won't without the ten. It has to come together."

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