Less Is More - Sold our home, sold our stuff.... Going on an adventure

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  1. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    We have been planning this next big trip for a long time! and have been saving up for even longer.
    NOW it is finally happening!!!! Amazing!!!

    These last few years I (Esben) have spend countless hour reading travels blogs, watching YouTube videos and daydreaming about traveling around the world.
    For some reason I always ended up on blogs about Central and South America (lots of those here on ADVrider.com
    Not that I have any special relationship with any of these countries. Never been there and don’t really know anyone who has. Slowly an idea formed……. A BIG IDEA…!!!
    This idea made us sell our apartment a few months ago and since we have been renting a room at a friends house. We have sold pretty much everything we own that could not be packet down on our parents attic. Everything of value is pretty much sold to fill our piggy bank.

    Our travel background
    We have been traveling a lot in north America. In all about 34.000 miles in USA and Canada, even did a trip from San Francisco to Alaska. All this we have done on our trusted DRZ’s and a tent so why not keep doing what really works for us.
    If you feel like it chack out our old RR here: advrider.com/index.php?threads/moose-and-mini-travels.483092/

    Now
    We start in California. From there ride south until we cant go any further or get sick of talking Spanish (which we can't really speak anyways [​IMG] ) If the budget holds up and we still feel like staying on the road we will ship to Australia to see the big rock in the middle and fight some kangaroos. Again if we feel like it and there is still a few pennies on our bank account our dream is to ride the bikes home to Denmark. Eat some sushi in Asia, try not to hit any cows in India and ride across the vast empty areas of the “Stans” until we finally hit Europe again. It would be REALLY REALLY cool to cross the border on two wheels.

    So... Why the name Less Is More???
    LessIsMore is an attempt to show that getting a traumatic brain injury should stop you from reaching your dreams. It should not hold you back from trying to better yourself or to reach goals that are important to you.

    It may be that the dreams you had before a is now not possible because of new lower limits, handicap or other obstacles. But it is important to find new reachable goals that can become just as important as the old ones.

    For me (Esben) my goals used to be that well paying job, a nice house and car… you know… the usual. Now things are changing. I rather strive to feel good, to have energy and live a healthy life, to not the to forget TRAVEL and gain new and exciting experiences

    To do this we need to make choices. Sometimes hard choices, to prioritize the most important things and people around us. To choose what recharges your “batteries”, what gives you joy and what you do out of duty and guilt.... what drains your energy.

    I truly believe that these choices are important for everyone to make in order to live a fulfilling life, but I also believe that the choices are even more important and sometimes harder to make if you have a handicap where some choices have been made for you.


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    Back to the plan or lack there of…….
    In California we have some amazing friends (You know who you are) and we have been storing all our camping gear and old bikes close to a city called Placerville in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
    We bought 2 almost new DRZ400S motorcycles and then stole all the good parts from the old bikes. Stuff like luggage, large gas tanks, kickstart kit and other gadgets.
    This way we have two fully equipped bikes fairly cheap since we already have much of the stuff needed.

    Why a DRZ again? We know the bike, what tools and parts to carry, how to fix most things on the bike AND its pretty much the only dual sport model where we can ride the same model due to one of us having rather short legs [​IMG] :hmmmmm

    Anyways…. we will head south to Mexico and the Baja peninsula and from there…. well…… we haven’t really planned that far but that is where our “bucket list map” comes in. Going to the mainland via the ferry from La Paz and then south again.. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

    The bucket list map is our collections of destinations we have found interesting and would like to see all over the world. Its things that we have seen on TV, heard others talk about or read about online. All that have made the list and added to a google map.
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    Many things on this map is about hiking. We LOVE hiking. So one of the things we are going to carry on our bikes is our hiking boots and our backpacks.​
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    We hope to be able to camp as much as possible. We really do love sleeping in our tent, cooking just outside and sitting around a campfire. Even though we wont say no to a warm bed and a shower....​
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    Where do you come in?
    So we will take a look on the map, see where we want to ride to. We are in no rush and want to take our time to explore and really get a chance to experience the people and the culture. One of the things that are very important to us is to meet YOU.
    We really love to learn how YOU are living you life. From how you hang out at home or how you job is. You might think its just another day at work but for us its a whole new experience. So please show us, lets us be a part of your life for a few days in all its daily routines. We think we get so much more out of our stay in any location, when having a local guide to help us really experience and appreciate a new place. We would love to see your home, see your city and spend a little time playing tourist.

    We would love to share stories from our life and our travels, or show you how we live our lives in Denmark with our family and friends. So if you think we could end up near your place and you would like us to visit then please let us know.
    The more of you that follow out adventure the more fun it is for us to spend time (and it does take A LOT of time) to write updates to share pictures and stories.
    We will do our very best to keep this threat updated.
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  2. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    Russia doesn't seem to be a destination on your map, but in case you ever think about it, we've got a lot of great places.
    Best of luck in your adventures! :)
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  3. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    You are right... there is not much in Russia on the map, but there will be... I do have a few things written down, but the map is not done yet.. ;-) it takes SOOOOOO much time to add everything on there. If there is something you would say is "a must" to see or do them please let me know.
    This map is for us, but is also meant as an inspiration for other travelers who is dreaming about seeing something new.
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    tkach Long timer

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    really depends on what you like and the style of riding you're looking for. Some people hardly get on to gravel and others lovely trails, well i'm sure you know how it is.))
    You can check my ride report, link in the signature (august '16), there's a lot of northern parts of russia. Ribachii pennisula is great, but unfortunately there is an issue with border control and apparently non russian passport bearers can't get in. At least when travelling for murmansk, but from the norwegian border everything is fine.
    The ares next to the white sea are rather beautiful, the khibin mountain range is extraordinary.
    Eastern russia is terrific, haven't been myself but am planning a huge trip for the summer. Altai, lake Baikal all those places are magnificent.

    You should definitely go to Georgia, i've been then this october, the mountains the roads up them are amazing, but as everything spectacular a few weeks minimum are needed.))
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  6. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Wish you two the best of luck.. Will not be following as I feel ADVRider ride reports should not have to be feeders to social media.

    But, thanks for telling us this up front and sincerely, best of luck and safe travels.
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  8. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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  9. Bob

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    The journey continues, thanks for the new link.
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  10. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    The Motorcycle Hunt is ON

    For some time, we have been looking after two slightly used Suzuki DRZ400S motorcycles, but we could not find any nearby that had a maximum of 1500 miles on the clock.
    So I decided to try this custom made Harley Davidson – the best thing was the low seat height! But I think it lacks suspension at the rear and my saddle bags would never fit on it.

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    Esben had finally found a DRZ400S with only 850 miles on the clock, waiting for us in a town called American Canyon northeast of San Francisco. We had to kill 4 hours before we could check out the DRZ, and headed for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

    Went for a nice walk:

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    Played game of tag with the waves (I won [​IMG]):

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    We finally got to American Canyon – The bike looked great and we made a deal with the owner Nathan, that we would pick it up during the next week.

    And after talking with the owner of Motopia, we made a deal on a DRZ400s with 1500 miles on the clock. A couple of days later we went with our good friend Douglas to pick up the two motorcycles. Esben was the new owner of the DRZ.

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    We got stuck in the heavy traffic to American Canyon and it was dark before we got there. In cooperation with Nathan and a lot of research on the internet we decided to make a money gram (money transfer) at Walmart. The lady at the counter really tried to help us, but she kept asking with State we lived in… we tried to explain that we live in Denmark a country in Europe, and that Denmark is not divided into States. She read my passport several times, kept asking for an international ID and which country I was from. At the end… they could not take my credit card, because it had to be a debit card. Online to guideline sad that both should work… one way or the other… we had to find a way to transfer the money.

    Thanks to Nathan, his internet and the fact that our Danish bank has a 24/7 hotline service… an hour later the money was transferred. The money would not show on Nathans account before 2-5 days later, but we could still take the DRZ with us. Thanks Nathan [​IMG] you made our day.

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    Back in the garage we brought the old and new DRZ’s together. A big happy family:

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    Next project is to switch parts and plastic to built two travel DRZ’s for our adventure…
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    looking great!)
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  12. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    What a great adventure! Safe travels to you both.
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  13. tkach

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    yeeks! is that your truck? everyone okay?
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  14. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    No not us.. Someone down the road.
    We have not heard anything about someone getting Hurt so I hope they are ok
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  15. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    “What Happens in the Garage… doesn’t stay in the Garage” (Placerville, CA)

    Working on the new motorcycles…

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    Esben is making a list of what as to bee fixed on the motorcycles (Suzuki DRZ400S). He is still on it and taking pictures. The list has formed since our first adventure in 2009. We have had some repairs on both the motorcycle during the years. This it just one of the important details – reinforcing the engine case with case savers

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    Our good friend Douglas Osterkamp is helping us out in the garage. His skills and experience during the years is of great value to us and our motorcycles. Douglas has been a part time mechanic for Cody Webb, the number 1 endurocross rider in 2015.

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    Before we go on this adventure, we want to make sure, that everything is in order with the motorcycles.

    So why riding the same motorcycles? – by having two of the same motorcycles gives us several advantages:

      1. We can switch parts between the motorcycles, to find out where the problem is.
      2. We only have to carry spare parts for one motorcycle, because we have never experienced the motorcycles to break down at the same time.
      3. One set of spare tubes (We recommend the Michelin ultra heavy duty). We have only had one flat tire after more than 34.000 miles on each motorcycle.
      4. We only have to carry one set of tools for the motorcycles.
      5. Oil change: 1 gallon is cheaper and will fill up both motorcycles.
      6. Try to negotiate a discount one tires, because we have to by two sets of tires.
    Back to the motorcycles – the old ones are ready for sale

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    And now you are thinking – they look like the new ones that we just bought! You are right! We have put plastic, gas tanks, handlebars ect. from the new bikes on the old bikes… well the speedometer is still the same – 34,000 mile on each.

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    We put them for sale Monday – and Tuesday morning a guy came by and bought both. One for him and one for his wife. Our beloved motorcycles is still gonna live together [​IMG]

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    It was great to sell the old motorcycles, but my heart was [​IMG] broken. I just hope that new love will develop between me and my new motorcycle.
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    I'm along for the ride... If your travels take you to the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada, we have somewhere for you to pitch your tent as well as a nice facility to perform maintenance if needed.
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    Let me know if you find your way to Denver, CO...
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  19. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Any idea when you hit the road?
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  20. Mini_DK

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    Hey guys... thank you for all the replies.
    Our plan is to hit the road next week - we can't wait! Right now I am waiting on the title from the DMV. I hope that it is in the mail during this week. More posts are coming up :-) with is mostly about practical stuff - but still usefull :-)
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