It's Time To Move On - A BugsOnMyFace Global Sidecar Adventure

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  1. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    2008 - Texas to the Arctic Circle by Ural

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    2011 - East Coast of the USA

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    2012 - Chile and Argentina

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    2012 - Bolivia

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    2012 - Peru

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    2012 - Ecuador

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    2012 - Colombia

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    About 6 months ago, my wife's brother passed away. He was 31 and her best friend. In an instant, our world in Texas shattered around us.

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    Move forward to 5 months ago, with the wounds of his death still fresh, my wife (Kristen) came to me with a few life changing words. "It's time for us to go", she said. We talked at length about our future for the next couple of days and both realized that her brother's death had immediately taught us that we were meant to EXPERIENCE life, not just watch it pass by. More importantly to Kristen, she now felt as if she needed to live for her and her brother. And so it was decided. A change was imminent.

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    We are not completely new to motorcycle travel. In 2008 we made our way up the Dempster Highway in Canada to the Arctic Circle and the end of the road in Inuvik by Ural and sidecar. We spent 2 months on the road and realized that for us, it was the best way to travel and one of the best memories we have as a married couple.

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    So when it came time for us to really decide what we wanted to do, traveling by motorcycle kept coming to the forefront of the conversation. And suddenly, before I even really knew what I was doing, I was writing a check for a 2011 BMW GS1200 Adventure.

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    Shortly after that, I began talking with Claude Stanley from CStanley Motorsports about having him build us a custom sidecar. It turns out that he was the perfect guy for what we needed and before long, Claude and his team were building an outfit that was designed to fit our particular needs.

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    At the end of July, Kristen and I rode our new bike up to Claude in Pennsylvania. It was a blast (even though the heat was seriously oppressive) and I have to admit that I was a little sad when we finally dropped the bike off at his shop to have the real work begin.

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    Kristen was happy because she was tired of seeing the back of my head and when I'm honest with myself, I really am like a grapefruit on a toothpick. A sidecar is much better suited for photography...
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    We then headed back home to San Antonio, TX and moved forward with what we had talked about 2 months earlier. We were going to sell it all. The house. The cars. Everything that had held us down in the past was going to go. The process was painful and long, but we eventually had a massive estate sale, moved the rest into storage and put our house on the market. We had worked extremely hard in the past couple of years and had saved enough, but with the sale of our belongings, we realized that world travel was actually possible.

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    We had to say goodbye to our dog, Bacon, who is staying with Kristen's parents while we're away. I had no idea how hard it would be to leave him but he's happy at my inlaws...

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    Eventually, we had to say goodbye to our parents, my sisters and our nephew and niece, who desperately wanted to come with us:

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    On October 3, 2011 we left San Antonio for an indefinite period of time to retrieve our sidecar rig from Claude and then move as please about the world. We have several plans written in stone but for the most part, we'll be traveling free while always having the option of staying in a location that we stumble upon for an extended period of time or heading back to Texas if we feel like it.

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    To give you a taste for what we have in mind, before we left we knew we wanted to see the NorthEast in time for the fall foliage seeing as I had never been to that area of the country and we had the opportunity to do some photography work on the side. We also knew that we wanted to make our way the Florida Keys and possibly the Bahamas to do some more photography work (underwater). We also knew that we really wanted to travel in South America and at some point, we needed to get to the island of Tonga in an attempt to swim with and photograph humpback whales. Yes, I realize that sounds random but for what we're doing, planning on the go is perfect.

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    We're already a month into our trip, so we'll have to play a little catch up:

    Our trip to Claude's shop was a success in that our new sidecar rig is unbelievably perfect for what we wanted. The quality is fantastic, the attention to detail is uncanny and it is functioning really well.

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    Back at the shop, I helped (watched) Claude and his team do some last minute wiring and fabricating.
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    And after taking up several days of Claude's time, we were off in our new rig! Thank you CSM - you guys were great and extremely hospitable.
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    ...more to come.​
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  2. Racenut

    Racenut Adventurer

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    Subscribed... Good luck on your adventure! :)
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  3. mightymatt43

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    Since we got the rig, we've seen a lot of color. Coming from Texas, where the trees are bushes, we have been blown away.

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    Lake Champlain:
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    We've had unbelievable apple cider from fruit we picked right from the tree.
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    We've enjoyed the countryside and it's animals, kind of... we've had a varying degree of success in their native environments.

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    Straight up, this turkey chased me out of our campsite. I'm embarrassed but also pissed.
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    We've been to the beach at Lake Erie:
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    The ocean in Newport, RI:
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    Speaking of Newport, this place has the best stuffed french toast - I've dreamt of it on multiple occasions already:
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    Oh, and I also bought Kristen the Vanderbilt mansion called "the Breakers" while we were there:
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    We wandered around a Renaissance Festival:
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    Ate some more good food in Boston:
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    And in Maine:
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    Pet this dog:
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    Saw a few brave folks try and use huge gourds as boats:
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    Did a bit of chilly camping in VT:
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    And spent some time in Niagara Falls:
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    All in all, we've been having a blast. I'm still way behind in this report and will try and get some more posts up as soon as I can. Life is good.​
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  4. WU7X

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    If you ever pass through Spokane, WA, look us up. Nanc and I would be happy to put you up for a night or three. We can even swap hack stories, as I am rebuilding an '82 BMW with a Squire car.
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    H8Crashin poor, and riding

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    Subscribing. Any idea when you will be passing through FL?
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  6. japslap

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    Life changing trip......im turning into a green eyed monster.......:clap
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  7. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I can't believe you were in my town and didn't stay with us! Merlot and grilled lamb wasn't enough of a draw, I guess. Maybe we should have showered... :huh

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    If you guys make it to the central California coast, Honey and I have space. Garage w/ room for another hack. Tools for maintenance.

    Good luck! Safe travels!
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  10. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    If that was the Pumpkin Regatta in Damariscotta - it's a good time! Hope you saw the outboard powered division :)
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    I'm Wicked glad that you enjoyed New England, *read Boston accent here*:deal
    Safe trip, G
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    So sorry for your loss.

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    You know we're in :D....so it's deep fall and winter is around the corner. Where ya heading..?...Ah, head south to Florida....give inmate Clearwater a ring then stay south and head west back to TEXAS...give your Family and dog another kiss; head to Big Bend Natn'l Park. Linger in Terlinqua's ghost Town for a while; see and hear a music show at the Starlight Theater:freaky. Head west to San Diego....go south to Baja.....cross the Gulf of California....travel Mexico.....see Copper Canyon...oh, Man so much to see....
    Safe travels, ride far....
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  14. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    thanks for subscribing - we'll do our best to make it worth your while...
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  15. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    thanks for the offer! i'd love to take you up on it if we do make our way through your part of the country. i don't know if we will any time soon, but you never know.
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  16. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Gorgeous photography and nice RR. Wish you both well.
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  17. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    we're not totally sure yet. we're still pretty far north (just left Philly yesterday) but we're thinking we'll be there early December.
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  18. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    i think you may be right.

    my apologies for invoking jealousy.
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  19. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    pete - i am now thoroughly depressed. i knew i should have posted this report earlier...

    ...I don't think the weather would be as friendly if we came back now!
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  20. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    thank you, sir!
    good to have you along in more ways than one.
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