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

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

  1. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Had a dinner earlier in the week this bad-ass hombre (and fellow Ironman France competitor). I'll avoid mentioning his name because of his classified/military/G2 status, but had a great time hanging out and talking to him.

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    Clearly he'd graduated from the CIA's "how to smuggle alcohol using your stomach without getting drunk" secret-agent course and drank me way under the table (4 bottles of wine and a couple cocktails at three or four different Ossington haunts), I take comfort in knowing that at the very least I finished off that little silver bowl full of sliced birds eye chilies. (Crack, I tell you!)

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    Great guy, though, and he tolerated more than enough 'absence of free-will', Cartesian dualism and solipsism soliloquies. He must have not seen where the exit door was.

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  2. AntiHero

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    And for my final dinner? I went back to The Black Hoof to devour more delicious deliciosities:

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    ...tried their Pork Belly (faaawkkkk--it may look like a meat meteor, but it tastes like a bacon planet!):

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    ...and consumed one of my enemies: horse. Now in theory I don't have any problems with horses, but they've always had a problem with me, so fuck 'em. And besides--motorbikes make far better travel companions, don't bite, don't eat beefarino and don't poop all over the place. But the one thing the horse has going for it that the motorbike doesn't? Taste. Ya can't eat a KTM, but you CAN dine on equine (in Canada at least--in many countries it's illegal). Now the "Black Stallion" box can be checked off on my 'beasts I've consumed' spreadsheet. Now if the thought of eating horse is making your stomach churn, your tongue will probably feel nauseatingly alive upon realizing that it's also raw. ;)

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    Gargling down five blobs of "My Little Pony" sashimi ranks at the top of my list of paleo-epicurean adventures. Muhuhaahaaa! Damn it's good to be a carnivore!

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  3. nicola_a

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    That raw horse thing is the most f-ing hardcore thing you've done so far. And you're pretty hardcore.
  4. multistradadark

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    Love the pics and RR, keep it coming!!
  5. Trek68

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    Thoroughly enjoying the RR. The above had me chuckling for a bit. :rofl

    My wife is also a M-Dot (3x). While I am enjoying the photos of your Italian Super Model, she wanted to see the "action shots" of the event in Cozumel.

    Looking forward to future installments. Ride safe!
  6. AntiHero

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    Cozumel:
    Vertigo was pretty bad when I got out of the water. Arm went to stabilize myself on a step (I'm in the center w/Orange cap), but I instead do an "American History X" faceplant.

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    If you or your wife are thinking about doing Cozumel, Trek68, shoot me a PM and I'd be happy to answer any event-specific questions you guys have.
  7. cheetah_mn

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    I pictured the Model from the Fiat Commercial, but I stayed by the great writing. I agree with others you have the beginnings of a book or screenplay here.
  8. Superfuzz

    Superfuzz longtime lurker

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    I just started working my way through this thread and came across this on Page 9:

    I'm so glad I read that; it perfectly articulates what I've tried to explain to people about some of the things I've done to challenge myself.....Thank you!
  9. Lee C

    Lee C Been here awhile

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    :clap Wow 5 years your first post :1drink I agree with you
  10. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    So instead of steak tartar you had Mr. Ed tartar? I've had that when unscrupulous restaurateurs served Ed over beef in Bordeaux. Prefer the cow variety myself. Pork belly thoYUMM
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  12. natalya raven

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    very beautiful picture , just by lookin at it you can imagine all the life this building once have and now is just a quiet broken and empty one


  13. AntiHero

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    Thanks for the encouraging comments everyone. I've been struggling with a small 'essay' on the connection between man and machine....it's taking longer than I anticipated, so in the meantime I've been trying to keep the R/R interesting with pictures. :p

    Someone's never been to The Black Hoof!

    As for Montreal--I'm here! This morning I passed from Ontario into Quebec (details / pics to come). When all the signs changed from English to French, I realized just how far I've come. On the road now for more than two months and am nearing the 13,000 kilometer mark (sorry, have to practice my US Standard to Metric conversions). I've seen landscapes change from city to desert to farmland to zombieville and back to metro city and only now does it begin to sink in--this isn't an adventure: it's my life.

    Up until recently I would often wake up not knowing where I was and I'd have to perform a semi-sleep-panic survey of a dimly lit room to uncover a detail that might give me a clue to where I was (especially if I had to pee). Now I just go back to sleep and figure it'll sort itself out when the alarm goes off.

    On the road I often have a similar experience--today it was, 'how come I'm on 40 when I should be on 20?' So I keep going, figuring that it'll sort itself out. And if it doesn't, something else usually happens that makes the 'getting lost' part more than worthwhile--hell, getting lost is 4x the fun! (Whoever said it was half the fun must have really had to take really big shit.)
  14. AntiHero

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    More cool shit of the day: met up with a local Montreal inmate ('Sup Eric!) in Petite Italy. Had a great time talking about life and bikes and other shit at a cafe when his friend Natalya shows up on her Raven R6. She'd never heard of ADV or this R/R before tonight, but after hearing about Detroit responds with an enthusiastic, "I GOTTA GO!" Not quite the typical reaction, so I highly recommend pre-subscribing to whatever future ride report she has up her leather sleeve, because it's going to be good.
  15. xmonger

    xmonger Been here awhile

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    Anti, this is shaping up to be a masterpiece of a ride report. :clap You've managed to hit it out of the park from multiple angles.

    I can relate to the medical situation and will offer this advice. The emotional/mental scars from significant medical hurdles are much tougher to heal. Do your best to never let them take root. In other words, keep doing what you are doing; living not merely existing.

    Thanks for sharing and stay safe!
  16. ScootTour

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    I have always been totally transfixed by urban exploring although I have never done it illegally (going inside). An abandon building can stop me in my tracks and leave me transfix just like a beautiful woman.

    never fully understood why it affects me personally more than others,
  17. jcbertin

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    Right when I thought the thread couldn't get more crazy, you went and ate "Hi Ho Silver." Must have been a white lipizzaner.
  18. musicman

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    In the land where the Panigale was born, donkey ravioli and horse ragu are considered special treats.
  19. Platinumgrit

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    Mate, can't wait. I am really looking forward to this essay, to say the least...
  20. Blader54

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    AH, awaiting your piece on man/machine. The quote to come isn't related to the man/machine connection, except implicitly, but may connect to your earlier musings on the trip....

    "The quality of a journey depends not just upon where you go, but upon how you go and why."

    McAdow, Ron. the Concord Sudbury and Assabet Rivers