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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by crestedbutte-rtw, Oct 20, 2011.
I remember when you only drank tequila...
I was going to be sticking around Chile for a few more weeks.. But I got terrible news last night from my sister that one of my very close close friends died in an Avalanche Yesterday.. So I am grabbing the next flight I can looks like on Tuesday and flying back to CO.... I will try and catch up on the RR while I am sitting in airports for 20+ hrs making my way home.. Thanks for following along everyone.....
I saw the headline in the news this morning. Hang in there man. Best wishes. t
Sorry to hear this!
I also heard of the avalanche because of a SplitFest posting on Facebook.
Just caught up on this ride report. Been reading off and on for like 2 months. Sorry to hear you lost a good buddy.
If and when you get to LA and decide you may want to switch to a dr650, hit me up. I may be selling my 2009. Suspension done up, big tank, but motor all stock. Doesn't burn a drop of oil.
Shit Fletch...sorry bro If I/we can do anything for you while you are home we are here man...
Whats up man. Remember me? Im the guy from the Houston airport .
Haha. Fletch and you met at the airport?
Sorry about your loss bro, but only a few of us are lucky enough to go doing what we truly love and i'm sure your friend is now in that category.
if you end up coming to L.A i'm still bumming around the area.
When the KLR was a lot more shiny and enjoyed basking in the pacific coast sun.
I just about fell taking that picture. I couldn't stop without pulling the clutch in. My left hand was holding my camera. Haha.
We need an update dude..
I heard rumors of a new business? I'm hoping this epic journey is just on hold and not over.
Is that the call of the road finally?
Just hoping for a update. It ended with a blank page.
Hopefully all is well.
Rumor is that he has opened a bar with a friend in Gunnison CO.
Did Fletch then just bail on his bike in Chile? Guess it was falling apart but still some $ left there. Having lived in Gunnison for 3 years and spending alot of time in C.B. i know how easy it is to get sucked back into the party scene (after the funeral) of those valleys. Hopefully Fletch will chime back in some time and give us an update...he's still got a bike in Chile so i'm guessing the story is not over. he could always fly back down with parts and sell it in Punta Arenas.
After flights would you make anything? My guess is it wasn't worth a ton and/or maybe his friends down there have sold it for him? Then again you'd have to do the paperwork fudging thing to get the names and paperwork switched.
Anyone know the story?? Fletch are you continuing on?!
Rode into Huaraz, Peru today and am crashing for the night at Jo's Place. Found your sticker in the dorm room. I'm following in the footsteps of legends.
I don't know where to start.. I guess I should start by apologizing to everyone who followed me while on my trip and I in return just fell off the map…
I AM TRUELY SORRY FOR JUST DROPPING THIS THREAD…
I guess I will start where I left off.. I got time since I have two weeks off from Fishing in AK.
So the question is where the hell has Fletch been for two years…..
I got a call from my sister as I sat drinking at my hostel with old friends.. She had bad news that of my very close friends had been caught in an avalanche that had caught 6 people killing 5 of them.. My best friend Ryan Novak was one of the five killed in the Loveland Avalanche on 4/20/13.. My other friend name will be withheld.. survived the only surviver..
I had already taken care of my bike… no comment…
I bought a plane ticket and flew straight home, met with my friends and family back in Crested Butte, and it quickly started drawing my back in.. we than quickly flew to NY for my friends Funeral… It was an incredible gathering and party for such an amazing human being that we were all so grateful and lucking to have spent time with.
We got back to CB and had a huge memorial party for him…
I knew deep down if i went home it was going to be hard to get back on the road..
I hadn't realized how much I had missed my friends and family.. and of course CB…. (if you haven't been to CB take the ride in from Buena Vista over Cottonwood Pass.. and leave over Kebler Pass toward Paonia.. )
Looking back.. I got sucked right back in.. so quickly and easily..
Within days of being home I got offered a chance to manager and be a partner in a famous old bar in CB.. Kochevars Saloon.. an only 1890's mining bar.. I had dreamed about it for a long time to own and bar and grill (one of the reasons I went to culinary school)
Long story short fell right back into life, loved owning and running a bar, fell in love with an amazing girl, and had all my friends and new friends.. dirt bikes, snowmobiles, guns, trucks, dog.. fell right back into it..
But the whole time there was still something missing.. (Which I didn't realize till later..)
Long Long LONGER story short.. shit didn't work out having a partner and I sold my portion of the business after 1.5 years to my partner.. and became single…
After living on the road it is really hard to go back to "normal" life….
I spent the winter snowmobiling and having fun.. (still something missing)
I put a call into one of my college friends who owns his own Commercial fishing operation in Alaska. At the time he said he was all set for the season.. I was already to move to Denver and get another kitchen job and live in Denver again (not that I really wanted to.)
I got a call in April from my buddy who asked if I still was interested in doing some fishing.. If so I needed to b in Homer by May 15th.. I said "fuck yes I am in"
Sold most of my stuff got a camper and jumped into my truck and headed North.. Drove from Colorado to Washington than through Vancouvor and up the Cassier Hwy..
As I drove up the Cassier Hwy it hit me.. I love the life on the road.. I need it.. That 1.5 years of living off my bike down to Ushuaia is the happiest and most peaceful I have ever been in my life...
Crossed into AK and through Tok AK.. Straight to Anchorage… Saw friends than headed down to Homer to meet my friend and get onto his boat.. A 32ft Bowpicker.. I just spent the last two months Gillnetting for Salmon in the Prince William Sound… I have no plans on what I will do come end of the season at the end of August..
Deep down I know I need to get back on the road again… I can go for another ride, store my bike somewhere, and come back to AK next spring and have a fishing job waiting for me.. Than repeat….
I got some money in the bank.. Now the question is Where, When, and What Bike :)
I am leaning toward AFRICA, October 2015, 2003 ktm 640
Or should I go to………?