Living Our Dream Tour

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  1. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Living Our Dream Tour (Part I)


    I have been very lucky and had the opportunity to do some long trips: 6 months in 2005 [USA, Canada, Mexico], 6 months in 2007 [Europe], and 12 months in 2009-2010 [Europe, Asia, Oceania]. I get asked if I keep a blog – I have a website (not a very good website) that is mostly pictures and really just for family and friends [www.mikesworldtour.com].


    I have never really posted much on any forums – I'm more of a reader – but; now that I and my wife have decided to do some traveling for the next couple of years, I thought I would share my experience.


    Beginning July 1, 2013, my wife (F650GS Twin/Low) and I (F800 GS) plan on traveling for the next two years.


    My wife got her first ever motorcycle license January 2011 and during the 2012 summer we took our (what she called) “Pre-” Living Our Dream Tour. It was a great trip and she did an amazing job for a new pilot.
    Pictures – [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/...073741835.160764970763110&type=1&l=11ccf47719]
    Map – [https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=62a5514fcc466dd58].


    Since that trip she got a writing job for a Japanese, women's motorcycle magazine, Girls Biker: [http://www.zokeisha.co.jp/gb/]. And, she has put together a website of her own:
    [http://samurai-rider.com/].


    We are still getting all our affairs together – vacating our apartment, putting personal belongings in storage, setting up friends to handle our mail and possible banking issues, making sure any reoccurring bills are taken care of automatically, discontinuing services that we no longer need, finalizing personal documents, getting equipment together and packed, etc. It's not difficult... just time consuming.


    I count myself very lucky that I have a wife who took an interest in my crazy hobby (adventure riding), and I am interested to see how our journey will effect the dynamics or our relationship – except for my 2009-2010 ride across Russia I have basically traveled alone.


    I look forward to your comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback.


    Ride safe, keep in touch, and – beginning July 1 – follow us at:
    [https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=6ac5519858a9cb7fe]


    -Michael and Jasmine
    [http://www.facebook.com/mikesworldtour]


    2005 [USA, Canada, Mexico]
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    2007 [Europe]
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    2009-2010 [Europe, Asia, Oceania]
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    2012 Summer [“Pre-” Living Our Dream Tour - Route 66]
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  2. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    I like your pics!

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  3. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Mike

    Andi & Ellen Delis here, Two Moto Kiwis from dodgy New Zealand.:D

    Will be following along mate and looking forward to it :clap
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  4. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Hey Kids: Sorry we did not have more of chance to meet up in the USA. I hope you are both doing well. Take care, ride safe, and stay in touch!

    -Michael and Jasmine


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  5. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Thanks Damasovi. Ride safe and keep in touch.

    -Mike and Jasmine

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    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your adventure!
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  7. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Thanks Mcgee. Both I and my wife are very excited to start. Looking forward to July 1 -- Ride safe and keep in touch.

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    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    I know the Bluff sign in New Zealand. "Good On Ya!" If you want to meet some great people in Ahipara, which is the southern tip of 90 mile beach, let me know.
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  9. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Thanks MKJ -- It will be a while before me and my wife make it to New Zealand but I will keep your offer in mind when we get there.

    Thanks and ride safe.

    -Mike and Jasmine


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    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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  11. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    This is great stuff Mike, she is doing well.

    Ellen has been writing for Chinese mags, article # 4 going to print now which is cool.

    Look forward to meeting you again and the lady who has tamed you!!!:clap
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  12. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    “Tamed (me)!!!” “Tamed” is an awfully strong word. Let's just say that she has helped me find my balance in life.

    I hope you are feeling better. Try to keep your motorbike from doing any further injury to its rider, okay!!

    Ride safe and keep in touch!

    -Mike and Jasmine


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  13. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Yes, Round The World Doug (rtwdoug - prominent underachiever) is bloody everywhere!! Wish I could ride as much as that guy. I'm trying, but it would take a lifetime; and, as I try to catch up, he keeps pulling away – adventure, after adventure, after adventure, Doug is a hard man to keep pace with.

    Ride safe and keep in touch.

    -Mike and Jasmine


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  14. Shooby

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    Awesome! S'scribed here in N. County. My wife sat on a F650 the other day @ EscoBMW. That's all, just sat on it, said "nice". Her idea of "Adventure" is to fly to wherever I'm camped, visit for awhile, then check in at the nearest Ritz. Wride on! :D
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  15. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Sorry, I can't “bottle/sell” my wife's adventurous spirit, but I can give you some suggestions -- keep in mind these are just suggestions:

    Couples are always looking for new and exciting things to do together. My suggestion (even if you have already taken the course) is to buy the both of you a gift – sign up the both of you for the “California Motorcyclist Safety Program.”

    For you it may be a refresher course (which I think is a good thing for everybody) but for your wife it is a great opportunity to pilot a motorcycle and earn her motorcycle license – a great confidence builder. Remember, even if things are not going well, constantly encourage her. Let her know that you are excited about the idea of her getting her license and excited to share the experience of the class with her. Do not make it a competition or pressure her to pass the first time.

    After she gets her motorcycle license, consider buying her a new motorcycle. On their finger or directly under their butt, women like shiny new things.

    Plan a small trip – and I mean small – under 200 miles, with plenty of stops at places where she can relax and shop. And pick a place with a good restaurant. Make your wife as comfortable as possible.

    On your next small trip you can be more adventurous. Keep it in the low 200's and maybe even make it an overnight/weekend trip. Plan to do your first night at a campground and your second night at a B&B or Spa Hotel. A B&B or Spa will have the amenities that people love, but if you select (and show off) the right campsite you can begin to introduce her to the wonders of adventure travel and camping. Once again, your wife's comfort is the key to her enjoyment of the journey and will hopefully make her interested in more and more motorcycle travel. Be sure to take the initiative when it comes to the campsite work (unless she wants to help); and, once again, share the experience – teach rather than lead and enjoy the adventure together.

    Hopefully over time this will kindle an interest in more and more adventure-style motorcycle travel for the both of you.

    If you both have the chance to attend an event like the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference (http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/womenandmotorcycling) where she can meet other women who have experienced adventure travel, do not pass it up. My wife went to the last event they had in 2012 and she loved it. She loved meeting fellow women riders and sharing their experiences.

    The above are just suggestions. Some people just don't have a interest or desire to adventure travel by motorcycle and that's fine. The trick is to balance your interest in adventure travel with the relationship you have with your spouse.

    Good luck, ride safe and keep me posted on your wife's progress.

    -Mike and Jasmine Cardwell


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  16. Shooby

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    Mike,
    Thanks for your time, input & good advice. Typical story w/ me: Rode "back in the day" gave it up for skydiving pursuits, then marriage, job, blah, blah. Time again to get a bike so went thru MSF a year ago, been to training at Motoventures in Anza and riding almost daily. Wife actually is intrigued with it but hesitant so I'll let her make the choice on her own accord. In the meantime I keep her updated with reports such as these and my own rides. And yes, showing her the new shiny bikes on the showroom floor. :D She's also showing interest in attending regional meet ups, and although she does like camping (she just likes Ritz's more..) , nice facilities will serve to grease to the skids, so to speak.

    Safe travels to you two, we'll be following.
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  17. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    So where are you starting this trip and where do you plan to go?

    :ricky Ride safe!
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  18. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    “Skydiving” – Ballsy!! Good for you! I went skydiving one time (a tandem jump with an instructor strapped to my back) and I thought to myself, “okay, that is off my list, I don’t have to do that again.” You have my respect.

    Your wife likes camping! Your half way there! Get her the license and off you go to see the world.

    Thanks for following. Take care, stay in touch and ride safe.

    -Mike and Jasmine Cardwell


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  19. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    We are starting from San Diego, CA, USA (32° 48.108'N – 117° 15.045'W).

    Here is our plan – open to change:

    My wife is a Japanese Citizen – she asked me if she can see America, so the first year we will be traveling mostly in the US (including Alaska) & Canada. We have not decided what we will do during the winter months. We have two choices: 1.) ride south into Mexico & Central America; or, 2.) spend some time with family in the southern states (North & South Carolina and/or Florida). I think we are leaning towards option #2. My wife is a fairly new rider, she has only had her motorbike license for two years, she may need a little break after so much time in the saddle.

    If we decide to go with option #2 we will make arrangements to ship our motorbikes to Europe in the Spring of 2014. We will ride in Europe until winter and then go to Morocco (maybe southern Italy or Greece) until the spring of 2015 and then ride across Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia back to her home country of Japan. I have always wanted to live in a foreign country so we will spend some time in Japan before going to Korea, Australia, New Zealand then over to either Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, and work our way back to the USA through South and Central America.

    Once again, this plan is completely open to change at any time – we will go where the good weather takes us.

    Take care and ride safe.

    -Mike and Jasmine Cardwell


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  20. mikesworldtour

    mikesworldtour MikesWorldtour.com

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    Decided to give my website (http://www.mikesworldtour.com) a facelift for this next installment of motorcycle travel. It is not live yet. I just wanted to see what kind of feedback the new look will get.

    I look forward to your suggestions.

    Ride safe and keep in touch.

    -Michael and Jasmine

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