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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    Been on the road for three days, plus a couple. It's good that I'm behind, as it's going to take me a while to figure out where I'm at. :)

    On to Vegas!
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    Vegas (and this R/R) all starts with a project I had called Six Six Twelve. When I originally got divorced, my plan was: Live in 6 states in 6 months, then go to Europe and live in 6 countries in 6 months. As I neared just as I was about to put my house up for sale, the economic meltdown hit. So I kept the house, went to Death Valley and came up with a new plan: train for and run my first marathon there--and if I didn't die--train for Ironman. (Lesson being: if one door slams in your face, go kick open another.)

    We know what happens next: compete, tumor, breakup. But in between those last two I put a deposit down on the Panigale. My house was in escrow and I figured, fuck it--I'm going to Europe. Booked a flight to London a month after the house was supposed to close and then I met this guy online who just ordered a Panigale, but was now last in line for one. Seeing as though it would be a while before I needed mine, he and I swapped spots. Right around the time he picked up his (my) bike, I the house sale started to fall through (fraud or something or other on the buyers part). Fucking nothing just goes right for me. Ended up finally closing on the house, which happened literally 2 hours before my flight to Europe.

    End result: now I had no bike and was not in Europe. Fast forward a few weeks and Newport Beach Ducati got in a huge shipment of Panigales and off I went. The dude I originally swapped bikes with seemed like a pretty awesome guy, though--and was not afraid of putting long miles on the Duc. We tried to meet up several times, but we never managed to make it work. So on my way back to CA I had to stop in Vegas. I had no idea what kind of ride awaited me, though. Holy SHIT! (*Legal disclaimer: everything I'm about to say is fictitious.)

    We met up outside of Vegas and (I'll call him Ghost Rider for now) brought some friends with some very fast bikes (ZX-14s, an R1 (R6?) and an S1000RR). As I parked/got off my bike I spun around, caught my leg on the back of his 200 rear tire and fell right there in the parking lot in front of all him and all his buddies. If I had been standing there I'd have thought--fuck this guy! I'm not riding with a total klutz--if he can't even walk how the hell is he supposed to ride in a group?

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    "My" actual bike. I kind of feel sorry for her--she didn't get to see the US and got to star in only a chapter of this R/R instead of the whole thing. Consolation, though, is the pristine condition she's still in:

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    We get onto the road and it must have been a minute or two before we were out in the middle of nowhere closer to the rev limiter in sixth than the posted speed limit. Now, when I've put my license (and life) in jeopardy, it's typically been in very remote places on deserted roads and I've only stayed there long enough to get up to a certain point before backing the fuck off. But these guys didn't know that limit. We were on relatively deserted roads in the middle of nowhere, but it was as if we were all being chased by the apocalypse and propelled by desmo demons from hell. Full throttle for what seemed like an hour. It was fucking nuts. Legal disclaimer and all, I'm not even going to discuss the actual speeds or the location. Nuts.

    Get back to Ghost Rider's house and I'll say someone has been paying attention to my vices:

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    Around this time of the trip I occasionally try to imagine settling down in a house. And I just can't. The 'state' of being a nomad is too much a part of me at this point...or so I thought. Yet another gorgeous and beautiful house to stay at for a couple nights:

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  2. Serbchaser

    Serbchaser Chasin' the Serb

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    You...just...can't...make...this...shit...UP!!!:freaky:deal
  3. AntiHero

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    I've seen a lot of very impressive things over the past six months, but have to say this one might just be the most impressive:

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    122 countries I believe? A lot of them more than once. Insane!!!!!

    The next night we went out to dinner. Ghost Rider also has a V-10 M6 and drives it like he stole it from a guy who's still chasing him. Endless fun. We ended up at one of the best sushi restaurants I've been to. Yummy Sushi. (No, I didn't make that up.) I'm guessing the chef let his 10 year old daughter name the place after vetoing her first choice (Herro Kitty Sushi!). Silly name or not, we both loved it. I only wished I'd brought my camera so I could have done what they served justice:

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    Oh yeah--I'm not a big Uni (sea urchin) fan. And there's a reason--most of the time it isn't good. But these guys had live urchins (we couldn't eat that much), and swore by its quality.

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    This is the look of questioning what's going on.

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    A squishy, flavorful and cold moment later the look of satisfaction washed over my face. MMMM. Was like fresh fois gras with a little more texture, flavored by the ocean.

    And this is one of the unholiest of sushi concoctions that would give Jiro nightmares:

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    (Spicy tuna over crispy rice, drizzled with unagi sauce and other deliciousness.)

    After going over some maps of epic roads in/around Death Valley, we called it a night.

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    Yet another supremely awesome guy who has worked extremely hard to live the life only a few ever dream of. Don't let his friendly, dignified, patient and seemingly reserved demeanor fool you, though. I'm not sure I've ever met such a calculated and calm TOTAL FUCKING ADRENALINE FIEND. (If my Hendrick's memory serves me, he has over 1000 jumps out of a plane and isn't a commando (that I know of)).
  4. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Epic as usual

    Feliz Navidad y Feliz Ano Nuevo a usted y todo
  5. Sgt93

    Sgt93 Adventurer

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    What point-and-shoot camera are you using? My guess would be a Canon S95 or S100? Stellar photos for a pointer camera.
  6. DRSapp

    DRSapp n00b

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    AnitHero - Been following your R/R for awhile and decided to join to drop you a line. Fantastic adventures and views on life itself - Thanks for taking the time.

    Happy Holidays!
  7. Blader54

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    Looking forward to the rest of the story. Meanwhile, AH, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!
  8. AntiHero

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    Sony RX100. My S100 broke in MA--thank god, because the replacement takes far superior pics and has a much better battery life.
  9. AntiHero

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    Thanks, everyone! Happy holidays to all of you as well. I've got a lot of updates in the pipeline and should have more time in the coming week or two to spend on documenting my favorite place on earth: Death Valley. But for now:

    Festivus for the rest of us!

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  10. prooney377

    prooney377 Pete Rooney

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    Happy Christmas and New Year fella, looking forward to more of your reports.
  11. nicola_a

    nicola_a Adventurer

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    Happy holidays AH. Your last couple of posts have been truly epic.
  12. DRSapp

    DRSapp n00b

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    Festivus indeed. :)
  13. AntiHero

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    So this didn't exactly happen on Christmas, but it was close. Once again I am blown away again by the tremendous support I've received from the motorcycling community. A fellow inmate noticed I'd had computer problems a while back--and also probably noticed that my laptop is anything but small or light (or reliable). Here was his message to me:

    "I have a Macbook Air that I would be more than willing to donate to the trip. Don't want anything for it, nor would I take anything. It is a perfect computer for what you are doing...."

    I am still blown away, as I hope you all are. Pay-it-forward-type generosity isn't just the stuff of fiction and film.

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    I've said it before, but I will say it again--six months ago I had what I thought was a very realistic view of humans: that most (nearly all?) people were were selfish, manipulative, unethical and hypocritical (all while having a good conscience none-the-less). Though I'm totally stoked to have received such an elegant, powerful and sleek MacBook Air (wow this thing would have saved 20% of the weight I have been carrying and about that much space, too!), I'm most grateful to have found like-minded souls who give and ask nothing in return; people who, in essence, fight for truth and justice in their every day lives wielding nothing more than a code of behavior. It's everyone on this forum, everyone I've met or corresponded with or been fortunate enough to share a sandwich or a Hendricks with who have completely overwritten my estimation of humanity. Merry Christmas to all of you, sincerely, from the bottom of my cold (but getting much warmer) AntiHero heart.
  14. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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  16. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    I'd guess that's how most of us come off - jaded & cynical, but you've shared with all of us a pretty cool journey, and I don't just mean the roadtrip.

    YOU have earned the trust of the inmates.:beer
  17. GP1152

    GP1152 Been here awhile

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    A well deserved and timely Christmas gift. Cheers to you and the donor!!
  18. Tgpatrsn

    Tgpatrsn Adventurer

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    This has been a great RR to read. Can't wait for the next entry. Merry Christmas!
  19. sunset_ryder

    sunset_ryder aka "toots"

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    Merry Christmas and a happy new year! I've been here since the beginning, and I am amazed by your journey. Though I had nothing to do with it, I am proud of the man you have become and proud of those who contributed to you. I have often thought "he will never be the same, he will be much better". Great report, thanks for sharing.
  20. Lloyd Christmas

    Lloyd Christmas n00b

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    This has been such a great thread to follow, thanks for inspiration, AntiHero. We're not so different, all of us, it's so easy nowadays to fall into the trap of a jaded mindset. This RR was just what I needed, to get out of a funk and to regain that sense of adventure that I feel I've lost through the years. Thank you for that. If you ever make your way up to Vancouver, Canada, feel free to give me a shout.