Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Tandem

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    Oh my God, what a trip! :rofl

    Thank for that link, AH. You just planted a nasty seed in my mind, which I really shouldn't let germinate if I were to be responsible. We'll see.

    Cool to see your thoughts on the bike as well. Ducati was honestly never in my sights until this RR. I mean, I knew the brand, but it wasn't something prominent in my mind. Now I think I may see some red in my future. :D
  2. trust7

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    A. spent most of this year dealing with losing my best friend in a motorcycle accident and then losing another best friend to stupid drama, effectively removing nearly all my riding buddies from my repertoire'. That is not a pity or sympathy statement only one to explain why my last post was nearly a year ago.

    B. Its cute AND funny how you think cars MPG and traffic lights are related, I chuckled quite a bit.

    ok Two things:
    1. please read "The life and death of Great American cities" by Jane Jacobs, if you like to read and can make it through the book it will astound you, I mean un-BELIEVABLY astound you.
    http://www.amazon.com/Death-Life-Great-American-Cities/dp/067974195X
    2. the reasoning for this ^ will be apparent in a moment.
    Cars and mile per gallon readings economy etc are ruled on and created by law and taxation, as the fuel, fossil and otherwise, of the world become scarce and more expensive law and tax will increase and raise respectively.
    Traffic control however literally has NOTHING to do with economy of fuel and regulatory law relating to usage. It seems like it SHOULD but it does not. Traffic control does however have an immense amount to do with control simply put, it is not about making things easy to deal with its about controlling people, period.

    I designed two civil projects when I was about 12 and took them to a design firm to be told how good they were, too good to be used because there would be no stopping no "traffic" I didnt understand why until I was much older. When I was around 30 I designed a new parking lot to completely remove pedestrian vs vehicle interaction to increase safety and eliminate traffic entirely, again when I started to take these patented ideas to people I was told they were too good to use and that lack of traffic is just as bad if not worse than traffic itself. Now I would agree in small shopping centers etc but at a Wal-Mart for example there is NO reason to have the heinous types of multi-entrance bullshit going on that does, where people are LITERALLY 4 feet in their monster trucks from the doors. But people design lights, parking lots, speed bumps, service roads, highways and regular streets with the thought in mind to make people slow down and make them notice things. Simple concept shitty design, but ask anyone if they have ever been somewhere and passed by the place they were looking for 5 times trying to find it and you will understand the impact is not only silent but also infuriating for regular Joe's that need the speed slowed to accomplish the finding task.

    If you read the Life and Death book you will find yourself in AWE of the things we used to do but dont do now.

    One of my favorite items in the book is the Porch concept in urban/neighborhood areas. This concept roughly dumb down is that we used to build houses with porches and the porch and front entrances to houses were regulated to be X feet from the sidewalk and street, all distances matching. The point was to be able to be on the porch look left, look right, and see every neighbor as far left or right as you could see. To be able to communicate and regulate communication in neighborhoods, to be self-sufficient, helpful, self-reliant and communicative for support and everything else. Now if you look in any typical neighborhood you will find no porches or rarely any, no same space/distance front areas, and sunk in doors and entryways more hermit-like than anything. Think about it, if you wanted to control people and keep them afraid of each other, not communicating with each other, not making a "community" so that if/when things werent going well they would hole up and not speak to each other how would you do that. Would it be easy to create a law that made having the front entrance/areas to houses never be able to see each other or interact easily with each other ?

    I live in a nice neighborhood, what I would say is that last bastion of money for a new neighborhood without going in to mini mansions, my house is around 350k which is decently expensive for Dallas, Texas and there isnt a porch one, neither a entry way that isnt cavelike. The next step up in house prices around here is around 500-750k and above and those houses are mostly on 1 acre lots and are way too far from each other to be "community". I traveled alot the past decade and found this is basically true of all new construction all across this country, and not at all in Europe and many other countries where regularly being on someones back apartment porch would yield community parties and conversations someone frequently and easily.

    Anyone sorry for the "rant" thought you might like to know a bit more about why your frustrated about two things that don't "connect" and why they dont' :)


    Chris

  3. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    "...repetitive, monotonous existence..."

    AH: That line about sums up all that is wrong with most of our modern routines!

    Thanks for the RR and the Duc review. The perspective was great and I was able to daydream a little :D
  4. trust7

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    I have done a lot of things in my life both physical and mental and I couldn't agree more with your last statement. Desensitized to adversity and ability to engage absolutely are skills that grow from challenge, mentally and physically. I liked this post a lot, I spend a LOT of time explaining this to my peers, friends, colleagues, and people that ask me for advice, but somehow writing it and speaking it just doesn't ever get it explained properly, at least not like DOING does.
  5. AntiHero

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    Almost two years ago I set out on an open-ended journey across North America with my Panigale. This is what I learned:

    The road to enlightenment is not paved with sensible decisions. The driving force behind destiny is not reason. Habit will never lead to dreams coming true. A sequence of carefully planned events will never lead to bliss. Only one force has the power to change life: passion. Before we can live the life we imagine and before we can ever become who it is we know we truly are, we have to make a choice to pursue dreams, take risks and act on desire.

    I so firmly believe in these statements that I'm willing to risk everything for them. How you ask? By attempting to be what I've always wanted to be. It requires abandoning my career, losing all financial security, packing only what I will need into a backpack and setting out into the world to determine my own fate.

    The time has come for, “Around the World with an Italian Supermodel.” Who's in?
  6. lurw

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    Me! Yes! Please! :D:clap
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    Round the world with Antihero! Hell yes I'm in!
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    You had me at Around the World :lol3
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    Man, I'm in ........great pics, great ride report, a new slant on life..what a deal for us followers.
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    Yes please!!! :clap
    and the offer to come up here for some beers still stands :freaky
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    Yes. :clap

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    I'll pass... :hide

    :rofl

    and by pass I mean keep a browser with your RR open and continually hit F5 all day at work. Do it!
  16. AntiHero

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    You guys are the best. It's a done deal. And by done I mean I've made my decision and it's going to happen. I'm a big fan of saying yes first and then figuring out the 'how' part.
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    Can't wait to read this RR! If you find yourself in southern New Brunswick shoot me a PM. Dinner's on me.
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    :pyndI'm in.