Epic Journey

Discussion in 'Americas' started by skysailor, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Okay, I'm 62. I must plan an epic trip before going to the corner store for strained peaches becomes epic.
    I don't want to do Alaska. too many bugs right here.
    Everybody goes to Mexico.
    Perhaps Thailand? Wrong thread. OZ? Ditto.
    TDF? That'd be pretty fucking epic!
    Maybe just central America and Panama?
    As you can tell, the "planning" is not even off the ground yet.
    Like to head out after Christmas 2013
    Must get on with it!
    How far south can I get, and return in three weeks? Four weeks? The whole stinking winter?
    Maybe I'll just do a brothel tour of NV? That'd be epic!
    Giving myself a week to pick a destination. No more. The research begins.
    I shall keep thee posted.
    Lyle
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  2. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    A suggestion....

    Start with a one month or so trip to a place or places that you've dreamed about seeing.
    Then, after that trip is in the bag, and you know the answers to many of the questions you now have, you'll be ready to really pull the curtain aside for future trips. It's a process and curve for everybody.

    If we aren't edjumacating ourselves, we quickly become boring...and bored.

    Keep the old keg/brain pumped. :deal
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  3. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    There are many epic rides. From your starting point I would recommend Mexico and Central America, and if you have the time, Colombia which is a moto paradise. I recommend this because if you have the time, you can ride the whole way, from home, and ship your moto from Panama to Colombia if you have the time to press on. Mexico and the countries of Central America offer a rich variety of experiences, and if you are so inclined, you can extend your trip to include some or all of South America. Check out my ride report and feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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  4. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Here's some info to get you rolling.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2774237#post2774237

    This site has all you need to find the Epic Journey you seek. I 1st found ADV in 2006 and 3 months later I was in Copper Canyon on my first trip into Mexico .
    Your comment " everyone goes to Mexico "
    And they go back again & again !
    There's a reason why.
    Each year my neighborhood of riding gets bigger.
    Looking forward to seeing your trip plan come to fruition.
    To search any topic type

    site:advrider .com (topic)
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  5. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Thanks for the link Hekto. On the subject, how goes your current journey? I like the idea of hitting Mexico for my first foray into long distance touring. I have the right machine (I think) in the DR. Again, thanks for the link. Much reading to be done.
    Lyle
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  6. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Things are going good.
    Copper Canyon or Baja ( or both ) will be a good place to get your feet wet.
    Start practicing some Spanish sooner the better.
    Today's ride
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  7. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    Personally, I would pick my options based on weather.

    In January, in Canada, you're pretty damn far from any nice weather.

    Fly & Ride is what I would suggest. A lot of places in the world rent motorcycles (most are expensive, but there are some cheaper countries.)
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  8. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I'm thinking the trip will start with the DR strapped into the bed of the GMC. The challenge (not a big one I hope) will be where to leave the GMC? Drive till I can ride, Then ride. Thoughts? OKC?
    Lyle
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  9. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Ride the bike down in the fall. Storage. Fly or bus back north. Fly back after winter hits. Ride a month or two. Fly home. We had a friend deliver us & our bikes to Texas. I made it worthwhile for him $$$
    I'll store a bike somewhere for seasonal use in the future. It may even be this bike I ride now
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  10. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    The DR would be perfect for that. Let me know where you store it.
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  11. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Any city has a storage facility. Vegas might have the cheapest flights. Tucson is nice and close to Mexico. ZMW Adventures in Tuscon kept my GS1000ADV for close to 4 years.
    With the crappy spring you are having you should load the DR up in the morning and drive 48 hours south. Take it out of the truck and head down to Baja or CC. Why wait any longer?
    I hear its gonna be a long cold wet spring in NWO...........
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  12. kdowell

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    Hectoglider is right. Pretty much any major city has a place you can store a bike; whether thats before you begin, during or after you finish your "epic" ride.
    With storage, you can ride for a month, park it, fly home and go back 6 months later if you want.

    Having never done this, your adventure will begin the moment you throw your leg over that bike. It wont really matter where you are. It doesnt matter that others have done Mexico, south america or mongolia. Dont convince yourself that you need to seek out somewhere others have not been. The reason so many (of us on this board) have done Mexico and SA is because it is so damn, f-ing fun!!! Its about the exploration, the roads, the scenery, the people, the smells, the food, the air, and just being away from home and out of the routine. That being said, in my opinion, being out of the country is exponentially more exciting that in your homeland.

    As far as how long you need. You wont find many on this forum that will tell you to plan a shorter trip. If I didn't have a wife, kids and decent career, I'd probably be on two wheels in some beautiful coastal town right now instead of sitting on my couch in Texas. As someone else said above. Pick a few great destinations, carve out as much time as you can, pack properly and practically, get on a bike and go for it. You'll figure the rest out along the way.
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  13. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    Hi guy..

    I have a big garage you can put a bike for as long as you wish. I am three hours north of the Baja Mex border.

    You can pm me anytime.

    Steve
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  14. QED

    QED Been here awhile

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    I like beer, you may not. But a micro -brew trip would be really cool. Oregon, Northern California. You could also do a w
    ine trip on the same ride.
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    charapa Been here awhile

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    Come with me Dec 7 to 21 riding from Cuzco, Peru to Santa Cruz Bolivia. This trip is under cost in order to stage my bikes in Bolivia to pick up the Dakar in January. Details on the website

    Cheers, Toby
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