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Old 07-16-2012, 08:02 AM   #826
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Someone with some skills needs to photoshop some sponsor stickes on Clif's GTL
Thanks - I will discuss this with Bill and Cindy today
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:05 AM   #827
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Cliff,
I am about to embark on an extended adventure myself. All the questions you put down to print are valid questions. It's great to read them and apply (remind) some to myself. Our adventures are as different as night and day in that you are like a brand new Wikkipedia open to gathering any and all experience on the subject whereas I am a wee bit more seasoned at this process. I will be tenting more than enough but I gotta say that in that respect, we are not dissimilar. I grew up doing the great outdoor thing but 20 years of family and child rearing put a real damper on it. Getting back into a tent took a couple of years of relearning. The biggest thing was to realise that there was really no need to buy on of these puny one man rigs to save space. With old age aches and pains setting in I found that having a modern tent that I can almost stand up in still breaks down to a package easily stored on an adventure sized bike.
But also, unlike you I have a rough game plan which will be spilled in my RR to begin in a few days. At your age, you've got to think of the future in longer terms than most. The two greatest tiedowns are jobs and family. You gotta have money to travel but when you are making money you can't travel. And, if you start a family it could be a good 20 years before you even take up motorcycling again. SO WATCH OUT!
One other small note: Think of getting rid of the big 1600 if you are serious about anywhere south of the US. There is just no way to avoid at least some nasty stuff they refer to as roads. And also, how's your Spanish?
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:06 AM   #828
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2012 jul 16 0905 @ banff canada

i'm going to eat chocolate cindy gave me for breakfast. i took a photo last night of the chocolate store she got it from.

i told myself in the shower this morning that i'll ride safe. i don't want to do anything risky.

i'm pretty much all packed up. just charging the iphone and gopro.

i know i'm behind getting back to all your messages - i'll try to catch up at some point.

i'm going to go look for that rr with the wife's 31 yr old bro that died - and the awesome pics
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:09 AM   #829
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Cliff,
I am about to embark on an extended adventure myself. All the questions you put down to print are valid questions. It's great to read them and apply (remind) some to myself. Our adventures are as different as night and day in that you are like a brand new Wikkipedia open to gathering any and all experience on the subject whereas I am a wee bit more seasoned at this process. I will be tenting more than enough but I gotta say that in that respect, we are not dissimilar. I grew up doing the great outdoor thing but 20 years of family and child rearing put a real damper on it. Getting back into a tent took a couple of years of relearning. The biggest thing was to realise that there was really no need to buy on of these puny one man rigs to save space. With old age aches and pains setting in I found that having a modern tent that I can almost stand up in still breaks down to a package easily stored on an adventure sized bike.
But also, unlike you I have a rough game plan which will be spilled in my RR to begin in a few days. At your age, you've got to think of the future in longer terms than most. The two greatest tiedowns are jobs and family. You gotta have money to travel but when you are making money you can't travel. And, if you start a family it could be a good 20 years before you even take up motorcycling again. SO WATCH OUT!
One other small note: Think of getting rid of the big 1600 if you are serious about anywhere south of the US. There is just no way to avoid at least some nasty stuff they refer to as roads. And also, how's your Spanish?
my spanish is pretty much "no spanish". But I pick up languages quick.

so... if i ride from LA to uruguay, there will be "roads" that are much worse than the Yukon?

And... could I get on a ship from LA and ship ourselves to uruguay?

another concern i have is insurance. it could cost a lot to insure the gtl through s. america. what if it gets stolen, right?

who will go with u on your tour?
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:10 AM   #830
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my spanish is pretty much "no spanish". But I pick up languages quick.

so... if i ride from LA to uruguay, there will be "roads" that are much worse than the Yukon?

And... could I get on a ship from LA and ship ourselves to uruguay?

another concern i have is insurance. it could cost a lot to insure the gtl through s. america. what if it gets stolen, right?

who will go with u on your tour?
Hi Clif,

Riding from LA to Uruguay would involve Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Peru, Chile (and/or Bolivia), Argentina and finally Uruguay

Mexico could be considered safe enough to ride on your GTL, and also the way down (South) from Peru to Uruguay.

But,…

Can´t say that Central America is safe…

And in Colombia they use to kidnap people… well, don’t know, but it’s strongly not recommended to make a solo trip through this country! (Your relatives should have to pay "some" money for your life)

You also can get a plane to fly from LA to Montevideo,… once in Montevideo you can rent a 1200 GS (here or at Argentina because renting is cheaper there) and trip to the South end (like Ushuaia in “Tierra del Fuego”), following the highest mountains in all Americas at “Los Andes”… After that, you could say that you have made both ends (North: Alaska and South: Tierra del Fuego)!

With Bill, we are planning to trip to Ushaia on southern summertime (by 2012 end and/or 2013 beginning), maybe you could join us!

ps: how can I insert a photograph here?
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:09 PM   #831
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day 1: Cindy gets me so drunk i pass out
day 2: Cindy runs a semi nearly off the freeway
day 2.5: Cindy brings me and Bill to a HARLEY DEALERSHIP (where we are now at 2108 Cranbrook St, Cranbrook BC Canada...

I'll show you the pics later! Bill & I gotta run!!!!
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #832
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day 1: Cindy gets me so drunk i pass out
day 2: Cindy runs a semi nearly off the freeway
day 2.5: Cindy brings me and Bill to a HARLEY DEALERSHIP (where we are now at 2108 Cranbrook St, Cranbrook BC Canada...

I'll show you the pics later! Bill & I gotta run!!!!
Get a t-shirt. that was a great dealership. stopped by there in 2009 on our way north.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:17 PM   #833
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Get a t-shirt. that was a great dealership. stopped by there in 2009 on our way north.
Cindy took ur advice and got 2!
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:22 PM   #834
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to park or not to park (in front of the harley dealership) THAT IS THE QUESTION...

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Old 07-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #835
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to park or not to park (in front of the harley dealership) THAT IS THE QUESTION...

park her RIGHT in front
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:39 PM   #836
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Clif,

You will tour on your BMW and make money as a motivational speaker.

Ride SAFE and smell the roses along the way.

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Old 07-16-2012, 09:30 PM   #837
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Do a tour ride stopping at schools giving motivational talks to the kids. You know, no drugs, no alcohol, graduate, and live your dream. You could get paid for it and tour at the same time. Heck, I'd pay to hear you.

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Old 07-16-2012, 10:38 PM   #838
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This is surreal in so many levels.

Clif, a word of advice from a fellow rider who fell in the same trap years ago (and have the scars to prove it): I detect a "change of gears" in your attitude towards riding across the thread. It changed from a healthy dose of respect towards the activity to a increasing level of arrogance in the recent posts. "I learned fast", "I'm already proficent", "I'm in total control of the machine", "my mentor/god/angel/whatever is protecting me", etc thoughts have no place in the mind of someone who is riding for less than two months (regardless the number of highway miles). You are making lots of beginner mistakes, don't fool yourself.

Your case seems like a textbook case of "I know it all" that happens at 6-12 months of riding - except that it's happening earlier. I got too cocky too soon, and fell down hard. You are in the same path.
Thanks. your "detection" is correct.

At first I was terrified of riding. Occasionally, I hated it - because it was so challenging.

There were several days of reckless passing. Then this morning I told myself in the shower to ride safe. So today I don't remember doing anything really risky.

Today we crossed back into the US. I want to ride slow now also because I can't afford insurance as it is - much less if I have to pay extra for tickets.

I think 2 days ago was when I passed two vehicles, it was a slight curve, raining... and the oncoming white truck / rv almost hit me.

wait... maybe there was one sort of close call today.

but today i also aborted one pass - so i knew when i did that it meant i was starting to be more cautious again.

your reminders and teaching does influence my driving. i'm certain you have all kept me alive. thank you !!!!!!!
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:39 PM   #839
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To bug you...
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:40 PM   #840
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Clif and Bill-- to stay cooler on the next warm day, soak your tee-shirt in the sink. Ring out some of the excess water and slip it on right before leaving. You will have your own AC for 2 hours! Repeat when necessary. Good luck.

Besure to wear your jacket over the tee to prevent rapid evaporation.
ohhh! thank you!

i never even thought of that!
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