Freedom51; a journey of life

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by goodcat, May 27, 2016.

  1. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    You guys are cracking me up :lol3:imaposer

    I don't need advice with stuff, I pretty much have or am in the process of getting my stuff ready. I will carry camping equipment regardless, I might not camp much in Central America but will find places to camp in South A. I camped 90% of the time during my 12901 mile trip to Prudhoe Bay and back because I was alone. I only camped about 30% when I was traveling with my brother across the country because we found we could share a room and split the costs. Motels are getting expensive in the USA.

    I'm also a cheap bastard so I will most likely take a chair but not a Helinox, probably buy a copy on Amazon :lol3

    My problem is "TIME+MONEY", if I go next year I will have to do it in 6 or 7 months tops (that is already being a problem for my wife :hair)
    I have to leave my house in running order, having a big house with an inground pool and a huge yard costs money to maintain :baldy
    She's not cutting the grass or taking care of the pool :dirtdog

    If I wait until 2019, I will have saved a lot and will probably be able to take a year. I have been planning this since 2015, that's when I created my new website.
    So to recap this long explanation, next year and 6/7 months or another year of waiting and then do 1 year trip :(
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  2. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Ha ha, I tell a lot of Americans I used to sleep in a hut in Mozambique and go by elephant to school and a lot of them believe me :lol3:lol3
    I also say I used to have an outhouse and at night had to worry about the lions :imaposer
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  3. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Ha ha, I guess I won't be buying any merino stuff either, I can't stand wool on my skin, that scratchy feeling drives me nuts, more nuts than I am already :lol3
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  4. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    :lol3:jack

    Funny thing is I tell the same BS to people today and they still believe it. :lol3

    But you know it is the weirdest thing, although we have internet and media and you would think people are informed, people still believe and think Africa is now just pass the Neanderthals and Colombia is a death strip and Mexicans are backwards and Guatemala you will be hacked to death with a machete and such oddities. :D
  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Go check out Icebreaker stuff, it's not freaking Mohair, it's Merino. Mohair is the one scratching your balls. These two think some clothes are still made from Coconut fibres. :lol3
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  6. moto.phil

    moto.phil Been here awhile

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    I agree mostly to what the others said, though it is "your" ride so you have to figure out whah you like and want. Some people simply love riding. My dad for instance loved driving and seeing things from the road, while itcertaunly was a pain for me as a kid to drive 8h every single day it was what he enjoyed. So if someone just wants to ride to ushuaia why not? Not my thing but for some it gives them satisfaction.

    While going slow is what I like sometimes it's a pain in the ass too for me. Like the others said afzer some time on the road this will feel like normal life and sometimes I don't like that. I feel I might as well go back home to my bormal life and make some money too.

    I also suggest make a highlevel plan of things that interest you or you want to learn. For instance say you wanna see mexico city, ...., Macchu Picchu. Take off on you're high level route to meet those destinations but don't say no if other options come up. Someone might suggest to detour somewhere in mexico, and again and again.... it's ok as long as you feel good with it. Then maybe when time or money is up your "rtw" didn't go much further than Mexico but you did what felt right. And Macchu Picchu can be another trip if you like. Just an example.

    For me some of the best things are meeting and connecting with other people. Like goodcat, michnus and elsebie and other travellers, but also locals. If you spend more than a couple of evenings with people it will be different, well, I feel that way. Those willbe the most fond memories I will carry home with me. When I'm around people I really like I don't mind hanging around for days not doing anything other than enjoying time with friends. On my own I tend to want to move quicker and go and see things, until I feel lonely and go and meet people again. Although I am not an extrovertperson I like being sociable... And travel helped me to get there!

    Also note I said "things you want to learn". I had many things on my list and at least I learned a lot about taking better pictures. Not that I want to sell them to NatGeo level but such as I actually will take time to create a photobook and maybe be proud about the print above the couch...

    So having some sort of "task" can make travel more interesting, especially after travel saturation kicks in.

    A note on social media: I admit to have had the wrong idea/goal about it in the start. Now I barely feel like posting at all and if so I prefer facebook for the ease of use and the short term conversation type of interaction.

    I like advrider for the more community based and as such stronger connected type of interaction but I was a bit too lazy to keep up and maybe therefore not much interaction on my own RR... (so I rather highjack goodcats thread :rofl)

    I hate instagram for the damn follow me back thing. It's way to much of a race there for my taste.

    Buenas noches! :)





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  7. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Gee, I just checked Icebreaker "MEN'S ANATOMICA BRIEFS" and they are $35 each, holy crap, that's 3 full tanks of premium on my bike
    and "MEN'S ANATOMICA SHORT SLEEVE V" at $70 :becca

    Did I tell you I'm a cheap bastard :imaposer
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  8. moto.phil

    moto.phil Been here awhile

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    :rofl

    Let me see, on my way to school I had to fight a wasp who wanted some of my perfectly sterile food, do dangerous evasive manouvers around dog poo (while holdingmynose closed), endure the dangers of traffic in a 30 kph zone and withstand a heavy raindrizzle... :rofl

    32degrees feel nothing like poliester at all... and they've been holding up for more than a year now... tha best! :D


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  9. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Never buy at normal prices, subscribe and wait till you get 40-60% on their outgoing fashions. I am not picky, I will buy a long dress and cut it to size if need be :lol3

    :jack

    When I can I will check out this new über brand you speak off. :thumb
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  10. moto.phil

    moto.phil Been here awhile

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    You've seen it, I showed you :)



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  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    I mean I will check it out as in buy one and try it. :D

    Man we are hi-jacking Tomb Raiders thread properly now! :lol3
  12. MrKiwi

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    I've bought ice breaker stuff, quite a lot actually, over the years and it lasts and lasts and lasts.

    I'm also sensitive to wool, but I can wear ice breaker clothes quite well.

    Buy once, wear for years.
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  13. MrKiwi

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    From time to time I like to go back and read the start of threads again to remind myself what was being attempted at the outset and how much is the same or changed.
    @goodcat, 30 June 2016 you set out.

    On reflecting, what would you do more of the things you've done since then, and what would you change?

    Cheers...
  14. Vin

    Vin Hopeless Addict

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    It's not a pack mule - it's a wife bike.

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  15. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    You guys were busy today! :lol3

    Sure, that far south you don't have the cool temps of the area near the Canadian border. We were going backpacking in the Cascade and Olympia mountains in September, so needed to be ready for hot and cold, and even rain. That's short and long sleeved shirts, shorts and long pants, socks, sweatshirt, and rain jacket. For Cuba it was a couple short sleeved shirts and a couple shorts, no mas. (32° brand as it turns out Phil, for easy washing in the shower and overnight drying) That's about a 10x volume difference just for minimal clothing items. More than that by weight.

    Sure, one could purchase clothing along the way when on a motorcycle trip, but unless one disposes of it before setting in motion again, it gets carried.

    I think it would be nice if you guys detailed your Moto packing details. Maybe real estate Mogul George ;) can figure it out without any help but i think a lot of us would find it useful.

    Suspensions on older bikes worked with light guys, heavy guys, two-up, and sometimes three up. Ya dealt. Not like today, where five pounds can make a maaaajor difference in bike handling and requires half the price of the bike in extensive upgrades!


    That's a side benefit of having kids, they can take care of the mowing, dogs, etc. with house chores while we're traveling. :D
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  16. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    And let's not forget that Canadians all live in Igloos :vardy

    The internet has been down all day and yes you kids have been running rampant here :y0!
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  17. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    I was saving this answer plus many others for my conclusion thread.
    Whenever that might be is anyone's guess lol

    And it's a question I continue to ask myself now.
    Its a really tough question to answer because my trip ended up as a go which way the wind blows kind of experiences.

    The main thing I would change is the bike.
    KTM 950 is too much of a racing engine for long distance long term travel.

    What bike would I choose?
    Still don't know.

    One of the changes that might happen in the future is that I may take intermittent breaks from riding and fly to some places I really want to see. Part 2 will probably start off by flying to Egypt.

    The thing that bothers me is not going to Panama at least. But like I said, the wind blew me back to Mexico :ksteve
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  18. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Giving you advice was the best way to change the topic from social media drama.
    And then we just ran with it.
    :imaposer
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  19. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Oh, believe me, I'm taking all the advice I can and appreciate guys like you and Michnus that are doing it long term.....if only I was single :lol3
    I kept going to your Facebook page for more pics but it dried up :D

    BTW, my wife would love to visit Egypt too, I have no interest, can we make a deal? :imaposer
  20. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    That's funny, right there! I'm sure you can trust him to take good care of her :getiton while they're cavorting all over Egypt.

    Maybe trade him for the 950... I'd think that would make a great adventure touring bike.

    :D
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