And so it begins...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Malindi, May 2, 2012.

  1. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Great photography, thanks a bunch.

    How did you happen to plan your early life with an eye toward travel the way you did? Was it spontaneous or did someone else plant the seed?
  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Girls are usually the ones behind the ends of long-term motorbike travelers:lol3 Maybe it's time for a LandCruiser to make the travel together easier:evil

    The balloons looked awesome.
  3. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Thanks :clap
  4. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Thanks!
  5. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Thanks for taking the time to read it all. I should do that too one of these days ... You forget things so quickly and so much gets compressed into two years on the road.
  6. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    LOL, yes ... what can I say... :lol3

    Not sure about the landcruiser. More something along the lines of this: http://www.stealthsprinter.com/
  7. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Phew .. loads of ways to answer this. I flew to Nairobi on a whim, back in 1991, and from that time I knew I was hooked and wanted to travel more. I've never been a white picket fence/dog/wife/kid kind of guy and live(d) pretty frugally. So I retired, more or less, at 43.

    I think there are a few items on my website that will give you an idea of how the thinking started.
    This is from my trip in 2006, and how that thinking started/evolved:
    http://www.nohorizons.net/Pages/restlessness.htm

    Then as I got older, I saw more and more of my friends getting "trapped" in the family/kid/wife/career thing. Especially the last one seems to be hard to shake as people want to keep up with the Jones', at all levels of society. Then people start getting divorced, start dying, even at my age from various diseases, cancer, stress .. you name it. In the end, life is short (and brutish or beautiful, depending on your stance), so you have to make the best of it.

    There are always a thousand reasons not to travel. You have to decide what you want out of life, no one is going to give it to you.
  8. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    :clap:clap:clap Loved you direct approach to life. Super loved the fantastic photos. I didn't read what you were / are using for processing. And, your thoughts on not just having an 18/250 lens for travel to pretty much cover most bases.
    Thanks for the time and efforts to share this journey with us that will never see it any way except though great reports as this. Wish you well on your future journeys. Where ever they may take your.
    Oh yes, love your web site and the pictures. Now bookmarked for when I'm in the photo mode.
  9. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    On the photo front ... I started out with a Nikon D700 and a 24-70 f2.8 plus a 105 f2.8. That proved too little and somewhere along the line, when I was back in Canada for a week, I messed the kit around and ended up with: D700, 50 1.4G, 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8. WAAAAY too much for such a long trip on a bike, but it ALL got used extensively. It did take up the entire right side of one pannier though. In the future, I MAY limit it again to the 24-70 f2.8 on the new Nikon Df body ...
  10. nachtflug

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    Jesus? :huh

    No room for a 300mm 2.8 prime? :wink:
  11. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus

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    Hi Kevin,

    Are you home in Vancouver now? Send me a PM when you can. Let's get together for dinner.

    I especially enjoyed the lens debate. I have just bought a 28-300 to see if it and a 50 mm 1.8 will be "enough" for travel.

    Bill
  12. BMurr

    BMurr Been here awhile

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    Wow, what a wonderful thread. really vibrant colours in the photos and such great technique. Thank you for going to the trouble of posting.
  13. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Thanks Hairhead, much appreciate the comments.
    Kevin
  14. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Hey, some years after your trip but thanks for the RR. I found it because I was trying to figure out if E40 in Ecuador connected from Cuenca east to E45. Your RR is the only reference I could find on the internet. Google maps says it doesn't connect but OSM maps on my Garmin says it does... I've learned not to always trust Garmin, especially with free maps....
    Someone told me today it's newly paved. Ok, screw it. Tomorrow we leave Cuenca and are riding east and hope there is a road. Thanks for being detailed as you were on your route. I try to do the same thing with mine. We are going north to Banos but may stop along the way for the night.
    Oh, just booked a week at Galapagos, loved your pictures!
    Oh... hello from another Pacific NW person....
    Donn (www.ADVdonnh(dot)com)
  15. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Enjoy the ride :-) The Galapagos was amazing. Quito is nice too, easy to spend a week or ten days there if you are into museums and culture. If you need of the GDB files in GPX, drop me an email. I found the OSM maps to be WAY better than Gamin, especially in Costa Rica and Thailand.
  16. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Malindi, thanks for the reply. For the record in case this comes up in anyone's Google search, I verified that indeed Ecuador E40 does connect from Cuenca to E45 in the east. It's a fantastic road with incredible views and should not be missed. It's paved (as much as that really means) the whole way. Unfortunately we rode it in an almost torrential downpour so we didn't get to enjoy it as much as we would have otherwise. I still cant explain why Google maps and my paper map don't show the road as going through...
    It's a long run from Cuenca to Banos to we stayed overnight in Marcas. The town has nothing to offer. We stayed at some cabanas south of town that were just ok. Riding north out of Marcas we saw places that looked much better. Nothing in the city made me want to try to stay there.
  17. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Banos is not a bad spot to stay a day and go to the baths (Banos)