A couple of xt225s on the long haul.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by afewsketchymoments, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advice team.

    I think that our paths won't cross this time around John. I am north.
    But I am sure we will catch up sooner or latter.

    Beware Montanita is a mad house!
  2. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH

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    Quite the ambitious distance with such small engined bikes!:D
  3. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    I did not even realize fully the freedom I had while cruising around on my bike. Well I guess I did, but maybe it was not appreciated to the fullest joy. What I am trying to say is it became the norm, my dream had become a reality and in doing so, the romance of the road was replaced with a feeling of normality and dare I say it, even routine. We all know that not a single moment of this wonderful ride we call life should be taken for granted, but somehow, for most of us, that is exactly what it becomes. Our loved ones become familiar and we forget to tell them how much they mean to us, a hot shower becomes just that. A hot shower. Nothing more, nothing less. But lets be honest, if only for a moment. A hot shower is fucking amazing! Flicking the bathroom light switch, to somehow, as if magically light the room, is so far beyond my realm of understanding that I just take it as common place. Yet if such a thing happened a mere 200 odd years ago you would have been burned to death for sorcey.. Which I guess would light the room anyhow. But would be a huge bummer.
    This thought crossed my mind as I sat in a bus, with limited vision of the surroundings and not even the freedom or spontaneity to stop and take a wiz.
    Let me feel you in on why I am on a bus. Money, or lack of it, could be a more accurate description. So I am heading to New Jersey to help a friend paint a house.
    But don’t panic friends out there in ADV land, I will be south and continuing on before you know it.
    Matt.
  4. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Keep this thread going and let us know how things are going and where
    you are.

    Luck on 'ya.
  5. Keithert

    Keithert Long timer

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    How did I miss this thread?! Subscribed so I can find it again.
  6. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  7. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Yeah still have my bike. stored it at a friends place in Ecuador. I will be back there mid march and continuing on the southbound march.
    Missing the mighty Xt already.
  8. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Will do. Just got back from my first night shoveling snow. Oh the glamor of motorcycle touring.
  9. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Not sure how you missed, but I bet you wish you never found it. hahaha
  10. garnaro

    garnaro MotoBlunderer

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    Can't tell you how much this sentiment resonates with me right now. Hope for a speedy return to your bike and the journey! I can't motosurf the whole world by myself man!
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey Matt,

    You're on the hobo trail now. Ride, run out of money, fly to the first world to make more money doing some sketchy painting, fly back, repeat.

    It's not a bad lifestyle.

    Cheers,
    John Downs
  12. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    I am in a queue waiting for the desk to open, to clam my boarding pass, when out of nowhere comes blasting.

    “Rising up, back on the street
    Did my time, took my chances
    Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
    Just a man and his will to survive”

    What the fuck! Who in their right mind would play this song in an airport? It is impossible to listen to and not drop to the floor too pump out fifty pushups. Before I even realize what is happening, my hand, which was relaxed only seconds ago has become a fist, pumping the air, as if I am in a march for revolution. The speakers continue to pulsate.

    “So many times it happens too fast
    You change your passion for glory
    Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
    You must fight just to keep them alive”

    Oh good God the desks are open, the line is starting to move.
    When I get hit with one of those bullshit airline surcharges, there will be no diplomacy left in me, it will be nothing but Rocky vs Apollo. Why this song? Why now? Oh fuck here it comes!

    “It's the eye of the tiger
    It's the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger”

    Now in conjunction with the fist pumping, which was getting me a great deal of unwanted attention, my leg has stated to stomp the ground uncontrollably Do they want a riot? Because Jesus, Marry and Joseph I am about to give them one.

    “Face to face, out in the heat
    Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
    They stack the odds till' we take to the street
    For we kill with the skill to survive.”

    One desk, two desks, I can’t believe this shit! Five desks are open. I have seen nothing but single checkouts open, with up to 1 hour long waits since being down here. But now, every desk is open and the line is moving fast.

    “Risin' up straight to the top
    Had the guts, got the glory
    Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
    Just a man and his will to survive.”

    Wait! What is this? A men, with a family of four, is loosing his cool at desk number three. Looks like I am not the only one affected by this foot stomping little number. Oh his wife has joined in, they are pissed! Security, SECURITY!!!

    “It's the Eye of the Tiger
    It's the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And he's watching us all
    With the Eye of the Tiger.”

    Oh no! I am up next. Should I pretend that I have missed placed my passport? Yell bomb and run? Go to the bathroom, splash some water on my face? Yes, good idea. No shit idea, there is about one hundred people behind me. SHIT! What am I going to do here?

    perdon senor. Senor, SENOR!!!

    The songs over. Enya is now playing, well at least in my head. No extra surcharges, no handcuffs and escort out of the airport.
    No need to panic.

    “The Eye of the Tiger
    The Eye of the Tiger
    The Eye of the Tiger ”

    U.S.A here I come.

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  13. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Thank goodness they didn't play any AC/DC :deal I'm going crazy just thinking about it :rofl
  14. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Not a bad trail to be on at all. Back down there soon enough.
    Will be keeping an eye on your journey from up north.
  15. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Pretty sure I would have been on a highway to hell if they did.
  16. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Living though your posts at the moment friend. I will be back down there soon enough though. Until then the cold, dirty water of N.J will have to do.
  17. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    I am officially out of the tropics and questioning my sanity…

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    The writing is on the wall. I live in hope that some will take the advice.

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    Who needs waves in New Jersey?

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  18. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    awesome. sacrificing in jersey to continue to dream. it'll be worth it. plus you make the most of any place you go. cheers buddy!
  19. ex_MGB

    ex_MGB Been here awhile

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    If there's no waves, try wake boarding behind the Cape May - Cape Henlopen ferry across the mouth of Delaware Bay.:deal

    That route also makes a nice round trip sea kayak paddle. I think I'm the only person ever to do it in a day round trip. Did it two summers in a row, second time three days before a spring tide with wind out of the North-East. Solid white caps coming back to Cape Henlopen.

    I don't think it's been done in the winter.

    My kids bogey board at south side Indian River Inlet in Delaware.
  20. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Hahaha. They all sound like fun things to try. Although I don't think I will have the time. I will be doing a little trip on long Island. I will put a little piece up about that once I have done it.

    In the mean time if anyone is in Asbury park, New jersey. Come over to Glide surf co. On 520 Bangs av and say hello. I will be there until friday. watching the store. Closed tuesday.