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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tsiklonaut, Jun 30, 2009.
Will deffo let you know, NZ has been our long dream, in fact it was originally planned into our RTW route, but had to be cut out because of cost reasons. So it's a "missing link" for us and would love to do a separate trip there someday!
Thanks guys & Happy holidays!
Margus & Kariina
Good to see you posting, merry xmas and happy travelling
So a few updates from us us well. Time's been quite a hectic time recently, with me & Kariina having too much work. Often we ask from ourselves if we should have gone only to part time work and dedicate more of our time to writing the book. But now that it's been more than 2 years since we finished our maiden voyage and that the book is about to be ready, actually there's a sense in us that the excessive load of information has settled much better in us.
We both agree that it took us at least a year to settle back into normal life, to get the stress levels more or less stabilized, and another year to be able to finally start picking up the real bits and bobs, the concentrated tastes of information stored in our heads and most of all - to be able to navigate around our thoughts more clearly. If we'd written the book fresh minded shortly after finishing the trip it'd probably have been predominantly a rather chaotic dash of unfocused and raw thoughts without any real direction. Often a direction, or a pursuit, a process in itself working towards the goal is more important than the ultimate destination itself. Destination is final wherheas the travel in itself is not. There're so many levels and layers merged into complex melody we know as "travelling". Of course, ultimately a simplistic view starts to dominate over small details - yet we've tried to reproduce some of those small fruits, snippets, nuances that you'd normally miss. This is what we've tried to write about in the book as well.
Kariina's working on translation and I'm about to select the final images, so the print stage should be near.
This summer Kariina finally decided the get a moto licence, she learned everything quickly and got her own bike, a DRZ. Originally I thought of a proper air-cooled Honda XR400 for her since it's a much more complete overlanding package for my oldschool thinking, but there wasn't much available and it would have cost a bit too much with e-start mod. DRZ proved to be a decent choice for her as well and get her first experiences hitting the dirt and hopefully helping her to less painfully settle in the rhythm for our next expedition. Yes, we're still dreaming! Not sure if it'll become a reality, I guess time will tell...
Meawhile riding around Estonia with a film camera:
Within space - Baltic Sea.
Dash around centuries old Estonian (cart)roads that are largely abandoned.
An addition to the family - an older DRZ 400 for Kariina.
In the end Kariina seems to be happy with the DRZ.
On typical Estonian tertiary roads.
Twin Alien Towers.
Northern Estonia, Toolse castle (German: Tolsburg) was a crusader castle belonging to the Teutonic Order. It was completed in 1471. At one point, it was the northernmost outpost of the Holy Roman Empire.
Floating on the way to Hiiumaa island.
Old believers' church in Estonia.
Abandoned USSR architecture.
Estonian winter landscape.
Merry X-Mas & Happy Holidays to everybody!!!
Margus & Kariina
Fantastic photos as usual. I forgot how rich film is. Merry Christmas from Canada.
You guys always amaze me (us) with every post. Such an inspiration always!
Congrats again to Kariina for starting to ride and I think the DRZ will suit her just fine.
You're so right about the time needed after such a trip to really express the real emotion you've been through. Looking forward for the book and will be an honor to have a signed copy.
John and Ana
It's a good news to know that your book is almost ready.
As far as I'm concerned, this thread shall never die. It's one of the most inspiring, well done and documented threads I've had the pleasure to follow.
The book coming along slowly, isn't quite surprising. Your dedication to fine art photography is surely translating into the written word. That being said, when I go back to your first post, and compare it to your most recent ones, your use of English has become nearly indistinguishable from any American/UK rider posting here. (I'm from Austria, living in the US, understanding your discrepancy with it.)
If you're considering the self-publishing route, I would check out the Amazon options, and whether you can go straight to kindle. Also, Graham Field (Flid) who wrote "In search of greener grass" may be someone to talk to. I'm not sure if he self published, but he also did his first run of 90 days on a shoestring budget.
Either way, thanks for keeping this thread going, and continuing the post images and stories, even when you're not on a RTW.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to the both of you!
Mike (FargAT| Fargo - Austria (Vienna))
Your report was loaded with fabulous pix and incredible word smithing
I'll be first in line for your book when it is finally published.
All the best to you both.
Wishing you a wonderfull New Year !!! Give your Mom a hug for me !!
Firstly-congrats to karina on passing the m/cycle test
Secondly- dam, ive missed your pics....always so good
Thirdly-when are you planning on filling that big gap on the world map that you left
Dang, how time flies. Two years already? I was on my own motorcycle sabbatical around North America while you two where RTW-ing. I read your posts whenever I had internet connections and was dreaming about heading out on my own RTW. However, life choices are just that and the one I took was the right decision. Now, I'm content with heading out during the summer months for a couple weeks at a time.
Happy to hear the book is getting closer to being finished. Will be ordering a copy as soon as it comes out. Look forward to future posts and pictures whenever you post them. Wishing you two happy and safe travels.
Sfarson, inmate here, might be some help. Hope he doesn't mind me mentioning his name.
Still following! Can't wait for the book...
every once a while I check and I am amazed, again anad again...
great photos (post#2785), not a surprise anymore though...
again fantastic - your pictures are superp
Of course I'm waiting eagerly for your book
Helping out was so worth it!
Thanks again for the greatest Ride Report I've ever seen and looking forward your published.book!
Congratulations to Kariina on the new bike! It's a great feeling
Your photos are stunning, and while I can understand your attachment to film photography, looking at the results I'm quite certain you would produce magic regardless of the camera type. I'm gonna steal that winter photo and look at it when I need to rest my mind
Epic thread.. Very jealous at your travels.