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Old 12-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #4096
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Not having any personal experience with this, but my guess is you've been pretty lucky in this respect during your long trip. (It sucks none the less.) I don't recall you having anything else stolen during your travels, did you Mark? What kind of general precautions have you taken? How have you normally dealt with leaving your bike in town unattended? What has the experience other moto travelers you've met been? I'd be quite worried about stuff being lifted. Eh?
Hola Mat. Have not had anything Stolen anywhere along the ride. Been sort of vigilant about making sure nothing was out to take...... At border crossing in Central and south America I took my helmet, gloves, glasses etc with me. While with others One of us watched the bikes, while the other did paperwork.

While Solo, I just took the important stuff with me, and sometimes put my cover on.....

This was the last border crossing and it felt "safe" with no one else really around...... Lesson learned. It feels bad, but stuff happens and I will not let it ruin my experiences here. Just a glove and glasses. No one got hurt and I will make do. perspectives.

But if you see a guy where one left motoport glove Tell him I am missing it
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:45 PM   #4097
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:15 PM   #4098
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:05 PM   #4099
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But if you see a guy where one left motoport glove Tell him I am missing it
So you want everyone to believe it was the one-armed man that did it, eh? I think I've heard that one before!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:21 PM   #4100
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:12 AM   #4101
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:00 AM   #4102
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Congrats!

I've been following along since day one. Great to see you meet one of your goals
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:32 AM   #4103
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The Journey and Destinations

Having been on this trip for 557 Days now, it is time for a bit of reflection as I have reached a big Milestone on this Journey. Indeed it is a destination that I have planned on from the beginning of this adventure. It has been a true blessing and very exciting as I share the last 12 days on the road, and their huge accomplishment riding from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia with Dick and Diana, and Ken!!

It is the "fin del Mundo" (end of the world), but not the end of my trip! But a Milestone I will never forget!




For those of you following on Spotwalla map, it appears that the SPOT has lost connection with the satellites just south of Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fuego



Jumping for joy at the end of the world!




553 days ago was the start. Rode west with ADVrider Camogreg to the most westerly point in the US.



Then I rode across the US to see the space shuttle Launch summer 2011, and the most southern point in the US



Then North to the most easterly point in US,



Then to most Easterly point in North America. Outside St John, New Foundland



Then back across the United States covering 37 US states and 5 canadian provinces (I have ridden in 49 US states and all the Canadian Provinces on my past rides).

Then through Mexico, and Central America and now through South America to the End of the world with a side trip to Ride in the Himalayas. Including the highest Motorable road in the world at 18,380 feet!





In between my travels to ride in India I celebrated my 50th birthday with lovely friends and family





and had a few Parties to share stories and videos! (thanks Bob you are the very best Host!)





Met a beautiful woman while lobbying for more help for people and families dealing with Alzheimers Disease. Not sure where this will go in the future, but know that the meeting was a real blessing!



And my ADV rider friends in Portland!!



and some of my best friends in the world.





Through the Middle of the world



And now an milestone at the end of the world.



So much I have experienced, and so much I have gained as I have been on this journey. I shared the "destinations" above but know that they are only part of the journey. They are connected together in a way that never really can be explained. But as I have said so many times in this Ride Report, it has been the people I have met and the interactions that I have shared that are the most important part of the journey for me. and Actually everyone that has shared these pages of this Ride Report are important to me. Those that have Posted comments and encouragements, or PM and emailed me along the way, all that have helped me, and gone out of their ways to guide, share and encourage me, All the ADV riders and others who have had me stay in their homes or provided me help along the way and those that have simply read my ride report and enjoyed it! To all Thank You!!


In closing this long post. I would like to just share some of the people that I have ridden with on my ride. If I do not put you in .....The omission is not on purpose or because you were not important, but this thread is long enough and you all have lives to live, and it does not need to be a "war and peace" novel

My "guys" in the support group for Alzheimer's that are caring for their wives. What an honor and privilege to know you as you show great love and strength as you to your best to care for your wives



Camogreg



Hells Canyon ADV rider. What a send off!





Thanks Ladybug. Your the best!



ADV riders from Portland



My Niece and her family



My aunt and uncle



My nephew Josh and His lovely wife Susan (and baby Eli ...Now over a year old)



My step Son Jake



My Brother Bruce



My Brother Scott and Alison and the kids





My cousins (Mel and Laurel and Aunt Fran)



Walt



Don Weber



Smilin Jack



Oregoncoast and his lovely wife



RTW Paul



Cuttle and Hunter



Hutch451 and his brother Pork Butt



idave and ijulie



Dcrider



Pam, Paul and Carsen



Cstain Craig, Meagan and Ethan (eh)



Feo y Gordo and Pansy



Brother in Law Brad, Deb, and Nephew Adam



Childhood Buddy Tad & Family



Putz



Road rash



Aceralph



Mr Cob



Johny Dakar



His better Half



NOPO



wetfest 2011



Eric



Ramona and Krista



Miss Shrader 4th grade class.





Icecreamsoldier



Nixel



IdahoSam



Skip and Cathy (Idaho Sam)



Sherri Jo



Young James





Conor



Anne



Hector



Diana who did the Galapagos Islands with me



Guido



Court Rand



Chanderjeet and his little Sofia



MoBill





Guaterider (Julio and Luisa)



Larry



Mike and Jill





Mathias (Hund)



Jordan and Anne



Dick and Diana and Ken.




WOW. Once I started reviewing photo from the last 553 days, it gets overwhelming .... I feel like I was presenting at the Academy Awards and I missed something in my big speech.... If I did not mention you by name or put your photo on the RR, forgive me. I have the memories in my mind and in my heart!! Thanks for understanding!

The reason for the long post is that I am grateful for this journey much more than the destination. The people I have connected with, through the ride are amazing. To me this is the real beauty of my journey and had made this experience such a rich one for me. I cannot explain in words that emotions that I feel as I look back over this ride. Gratitude is the one that seems to stand out to me! We have met as "strangers" but are now friends!!

equals "priceless" in my life. Thanks for following along!

And just a few stats on the trip so far.....

22,500 miles on my 1150 GS in 37 states and 5 provinces

23,100 on 800GS 14 coutries

3500 on Enfield in India

48,500 Miles total since June 2011 (78,053km Kilometers)

7 rear tires

1 Flat tire

1 missing glove and a pair of sunglasses

2 crashes with little to no injury to me
(But the bike sustained one hole is side case and blown from tire, one bent fork tube)

More smiles and great experiences than I can imagine! and I still have plenty of journey left to go.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #4104
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Just awesome! Thanks for taking the time to take us all along on your incredible journey. Well done.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:55 AM   #4105
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WOW!

Great post Mark. Congratulations
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #4106
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I have followed your RR from the beginning Mark. "Fantastic Journey" you are truely living your life and taking the time to smell the roses on your way.You are so correct in saying that the people who have come into your life on this journey are the most important part of it all. I wish you safe travels as you go forward with the rest of your trip to wherever your heart desires.Thanks so much for taking us along with you.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #4107
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congratulations Radioman, but I am sure your not done yet
you still have 5764 views to hit 1 Million
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:56 AM   #4108
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Super great way to end this leg of your journey Mark. Just like a good movie with all the credits at the end being in your heart.
Now what????
I'm really looking forward to see how the bacon is in Antartica :)))))
Will you start a new thread for that trip?

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:03 AM   #4109
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Thank you so much for taking us along!

Exceptional journey and fine, fine storytelling.

Thank you


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Old 12-08-2012, 11:07 AM   #4110
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Love it!!!

Congratulations on this next milestone--thanks for inviting me along, and for taking all of us on each step of the way.

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