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

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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