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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Jul 13, 2012.
Life is a one-way trip!
Your ride reports are among the finest on this site, with breathtaking photos and inspiring reflections on the world and your place in it. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experiences with us.
As others have said, if you write it we'll read it.
Do I see a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign in your future? I suspect there are quite a few people here who love your writing and would be willing to help fund this epic journey... as long as you keep the updates coming!
Have you left yet?
if you haven't already checked out "the long way around" or "the long way down" you should. The two guys who made the documentary are Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Its on netflix streaming. I'm sure you'll be able to pick up on some helpful hints.
Good luck & keep us posted as to your trip. I'd be willing to bet there are a couple thousand people anxiously awaiting your next big trip.
Wish my job allowed me to work form anyplace with a network connection.
Yep, it'll be on a Panigale and yep, it'll be on the current bike.
sstorkel: I considered Kickstarter--and appreciate the reminder to consider it further.
fritzcoinc: Have not left yet. D-Day will be sometime in late April or early May.
Everyone else: Thanks, seriously, for all your confidence and support.
I can hardly wait till you get to the Ducati factory!
Woo who. it should be a grand tour.
Swing by the Guzzi factory too. lol
Maybe a little completion while you are over on the other side of the pond:
Damm! I'm going to need to learn Twitter!
Dude hope you can come through either Dubai, UAE (Where I live) or Vietnam (Where I have a house and a few bikes). I'll help all I can in both places. I'm sure the Ducati Owners Club in the UAE will be a great help.
I just got back from a ride from NC to California and, when in Death Valley, I think I met some old friends of yours:
When I got down to the Crowbar in Shoshone, I told the waitress about them and she said, "Oh, yeah, that's Ike and Mike. They hang out around there."
Not sure how I missed this, but FUCK YEAH. Can't wait to read more!
Michael, you know I'm gonna hit you up in Vietnam. Especially since it'll be unlikely I'll be able to get my bike across the border (we'll see). (Michael owns/runs Vietnam Motorcycle Tours,and is a great guy, if anyone finds themselves looking for a bike in SE Asia!) Would love to make it to Dubai, but it's doubtful I'd make it there by road.
Awesome pics, Mike! Ike and Mike, eh? They sure look smaller next to your bike than they do mine.
Tallbastid: Yes, it's on and is all coming together.
Very excited for your trip. I could almost be your younger twin--very similar personality and affinity for uncomfortable motorcycle touring (racked up 60k miles touring on a suzuki TL)
I cannot express how happy I am right now
In the unlikely event you do make it to Australia, (it is unlikely, as the quarantine regulations and expenses importing a used bike are prohibitive) a good mate of mine is the Sales manager at Fraser's Ducati. You'll be taken care of. Not to mention when you're in Sydney you'll not pay for drinks, food, or accomodation if we can help it.
I think I'm going to have to figure out some fundraising ideas. I'm so fuckin' proud of you dude. I might also have to head Europe-ward and grab a bike again.
Read the full RR starting a few days back, and like many others, amazed and inspired enough to register just to say thanks, AH!
I live in NH, traded in for a '13 Ninja 1k last year and this story has moved my "ride this thing out to NV this summer to visit dad" idea from "maybe not such a bright idea" to "maybe, just maybe, a brilliant idea!"
Done plenty of cross country trips in a cage, maybe it's time to do it on two wheels after all.
So thanks again, looking forward to more.
Just read your entire RR in less than 16 hours. I'm currently sitting here entirely jealous of all your adventures, and you are 100% correct that we control our own destiny and that everyone has to overcome adversity. I've always had the dream to ride coast to coast and like yourself, I'm not one to sit idle and let my dreams just be dreams. Your story has inspired me to speed up my plans on the coast to coast trip.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
I really enjoyed your writing style. The commentary was funny, interesting, and honest. I can't wait to read your RR for your global trip. I applaud your choice to bring the same bike. The bike is now your soul mate and it would be so unfitting of you to not bring it. I look forward to the day of your Panigale with 100k on the odometer.<o></o>
Best of luck on your journey! As you already know, you have tons of people routing for you.<o></o>
BikePilot: for your sake I hope you're not my twin! But if so, ya might want to get an MRI....
Hey Joe, I'd visit Australia just to meet you in person and hear more of your f'in jaw-dropping stories. Didn't know it was so cost-prohibitive to get a bike in and out, though....I'll have to figure something out when I make it a little closer. Course if you can make it to Europe....
Ruin: glad you enjoyed. Welcome to the addiction that is ADV.
Trek: Thanks for the feedback. You're a madman to read the whole thing in 16 hours. Good luck with your own C2C adventure. Stay tuned for more.