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Old 02-10-2013, 08:05 AM   #4561
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Back in the USA.

Flew of Buenos Aires. Night Flight. 9 Hours to Houston. Then transfer to PDX.

Strange being on United Airlines as the cabin crew is all speaking English. No more greetings like in Argentina. Kiss, Kiss, No Buen Dia, Gracias etc. Will miss it!!

Long flight. Hard to get much rest. Was very interesting walking through First and Business class with sleeper seats and larger flat plan screens at each seat, until I arrive at my seat "steerage" . It seems like luxury for the “rich” is getting more plush, while regular travel is the same or worse. Much like the changes in our countries as the disparity of poor vs. wealth grows..

Reading the book by Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum about America. Called That Used To Be

As I travel my mind wanders to now that I am well into my Adventure, How will I perceive this world differently? How much have I changed during the past 19 months of my trip? What are my expectations? Should be interesting as I get back to all the familiar of home.

Seeing other cultures and places makes you see your life differently.

Fortunately. I grew up in the US at an amazing time in history. I had great parents, and had opportunities that few have. Was taught to work hard, was fortunate that I did well in business, Married the love of my life, cared for her to her end, and now living a dream of riding the world on a motorcycle. Grateful for this time, the experiences I am having all along the way.

This little stop over at home will be fun, but I did not tell too many as I had lots of details to get taken care of and limited time. Typically I pack my schedule as I to make the most of it! But this time I did not :)

But I was able to go to the Local BMW dealer for a movie of riding the Backcountry of Colorado which was fun,as I have ridden some of these roads!! Also got to stop at the ONE motorcycle show in Portland, and meet up with some ADV riders as well! Was great to see you, missed others. Sorry!

Had a conversation with a few riders that really touched me. Putting my ride and my life out on the internet has been really amazing. It has connected me to so many people around the world. And having people tell you that they follow along, and that what I am sharing is meaningful and impacting their lives positively is really amazing. Just a simple guy out making the most of life. But it is with great satisfaction that you realize how cool it is to share! Thank You all that took the time to tell me what this thread has meant to you!

Thank You. Stay tuned as there is more adventure to come !
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #4562
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Stay tuned as there is more adventure to come !
That's what I'm talkin' about, Mark.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #4563
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Thank You all that took the time to tell me what this thread has meant to you!
No Mark....

THANK YOU for sharing your life and your ADVentures with US!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:11 AM   #4564
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This little stop over at home will be fun, but I did not tell too many....
This is what happens when not many of Marks friends know he is in town.



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Old 02-10-2013, 12:36 PM   #4565
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Had lunch with Mark today, He is looking great and a man on the move...




It was real good seeing you again amigo.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:05 PM   #4566
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Hey that's Idaho Sam and Radio men togheter again last time they where togheter was at Playa del Carmen almost a year and a half ago !!!cheers guys !!!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:41 PM   #4567
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As always Mark thanks for taking us along on your journey. I will be following as you post more of your adventures.
are you going to make it to Invercargill, New Zealand? Burt Munro of "Worlds Fastest Indian" is a hero of mine and was from there. Have another great chapter in your life. Happy trails to you, untill we meet again!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:17 AM   #4568
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It was real good seeing you again amigo.

It is good to see the two of you together again. Best of wishes to you, Mark, as you continue your epic journey next to New Zealand.




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Old 02-11-2013, 10:44 AM   #4569
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"Seeing other cultures and places makes you see your life differently. "

No kidding, having arrived FROM another culture I used to think it'd be a great idea if every kid could spend a year abroad. Anywhere but here. Just to be able to put themselves into perspective in relation to "the rest of the planet", realize that this country is not all there is (no offense to anyone I hope).

Ride safe, Mark!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:16 AM   #4570
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"Seeing other cultures and places makes you see your life differently. "

No kidding, having arrived FROM another culture I used to think it'd be a great idea if every kid could spend a year abroad. Anywhere but here. Just to be able to put themselves into perspective in relation to "the rest of the planet", realize that this country is not all there is (no offense to anyone I hope).

Ride safe, Mark!
I couldn't agree more.

And we don't even have to leave the country. If our urban children could swap places with out rural children in the Summers they both would benefit from viewing how the other lives.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:18 PM   #4571
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I couldn't agree more.

And we don't even have to leave the country. If our urban children could swap places with out rural children in the Summers they both would benefit from viewing how the other lives.
Right!!! ................ and your signature line reads "ban the metric"! while the whole planet went metric, even the U.S. went metric officially....these funky fractions of 2.54 cm still rule!!! WTF !!!
I know, I know....in good fun, I am teasing!

And you are right, even within the country it helps to get out of one's comfort zone.

Amazing what you find when you leave judgement (not good common sense) behind and open the eyes.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #4572
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Right!!! ................ and your signature line reads "ban the metric"! while the whole planet went metric, even the U.S. went metric officially....these funky fractions of 2.54 cm still rule!!! WTF !!!
I know, I know....in good fun, I am teasing!

Don't tell the proponents of the Imperial system that! Or Burma, Liberia, the USA or.......

The truth is we CAN'T adopt it. It was promoted by the French... the french!
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:02 PM   #4573
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Well fellows about all I know is what I read,I weigh the views both for & against one subject or the other and make decisions for truth when it can be found.

The one truth and epiphany that strikes each & every RTW ADV rider that I have read the past five years (these include, Striking Viking, Lisa & Simon Thomas, Tiffiny Coats, Crashmaster, RTW Doug, Walter Colebatch & Co. plus countless others) have all said the same thing at one time or another, I now believe this to be a universal truth.

People the world over are GOOD, HONEST, DECENT folk who only want to be left to care for their own.----- and that

Governments are what the main cause of the world in such strife
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:07 PM   #4574
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People the world over are GOOD, HONEST, DECENT folk who only want to be left to care for their own.----- and that Governments are what the main cause of the world in such strife
There are certainly "bad" people all over the world as well, but they are not the majority just a small fraction of people. It is why we love to travel and interact with people in the world. Gives us perspectives and appreciation for the similarities of the human race and the cultural differences!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:58 PM   #4575
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Right!!! ................ and your signature line reads "ban the metric"! while the whole planet went metric, even the U.S. went metric officially....these funky fractions of 2.54 cm still rule!!! WTF !!!
I know, I know....in good fun, I am teasing!

And you are right, even within the country it helps to get out of one's comfort zone.

Amazing what you find when you leave judgement (not good common sense) behind and open the eyes.

If God intended for us to use the metric system he would have given us 10 fingers ------- errr, ummm......
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