New Zealand to Oregon then Alaska on a KTM 500exc and now.....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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  2. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I've had some long days on the bike and have been away from cell and wifi so I've been a slacker on here.
    From Moab I went up the UTBDR which took a couple days to Garden city.
    There was once again some awesome views and some really fun riding.
    One of the stretches was pretty remote and it was damn hot and my mind starts with the old .... what are you going to now if you break down? How much water do you have? It's too far to walk back. I tell that voice to shutup and keep riding.
    It is these moments that it makes a huge difference been solo in my opinion. If I was riding with another person it would hardly cross my mind or worry me about breaking down.
    I wasn't sure what to do after the BDR then I thought I'll head into Nevada and work it out from there. 20170829_114522.jpg 20170830_094835.jpg 20170829_152413.jpg 20170829_152449.jpg
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    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Another great camping spot along the way. 20170830_071616.jpg
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  4. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Hey, are you using any web or satelitte trackers so we could see your tracks or routes...

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  5. Aaron.S

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    Nope. All I have had is a Samsung s5 . I had a trail tech given to me to use for the last few weeks but I didn't use.
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    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I for one wasn't getting uptight about the soil issue, just trying to open the discussion for a little education for people who don't know about that issue in that little part of the world. Where I live the general population likes to leave ATV ruts everywhere much to the detriment of our landscape. Sorry for the hijack. Ride on.
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  7. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I had a long days ride from Jackpot Nevada to the Alvord desert in Oregon.
    I had one guy pull out of a dirt road to cross the little road I was on to the dirt road on the other side and he didn't even look or see me I had the bike locked up for a second then managed to just slide in behind him. It was a really close call and I turned around to give him a little bit of adrenaline fueled shit.
    It was another hot day which I'll take but it was getting late and I wasn't sure where I was going to stay until I saw the Alvord and I knew right away I would just ride out and camp in the middle of it. ( Yes you are allowed to ride on it so don't get your knickers in a twist)
    Right away it brought back memories of the salt flats in Bolivia and what made it really cool was that I was the only one there.
    The stars came out and I opened up the tent sipped on a warm beer and thought about how lucky I was to be there and how my journey is coming to an end.
    The next day I rode Oregons highest road at around 9700ft up to the top of the Steens mountains.
    Once again there were some great views and it was nice to be a little cooler up there.
    I started talking to a guy who wanted to take a picture of my bike up there and he was very quick to tell me weed is legal in Oregon and insisted on giving me some of his to have for later.
    This week a year ago I left New Zealand and I have covered 58000k over that year through 15 countries.
    It has been one hell of a ride and I still don't want it to end but we don't always get what we want now do we.
    It's the little things that make some big impressions at times just like the other morning were someone camping close by came over gave me a can of soup and some fruit just because he felt like he wanted to help me in some way. Later that day a lady gave me a Klondike bar for the same reason.
    Travelling has helped restore my faith in the kindness of people for sure. 20170901_185719.jpg 20170901_195205.jpg 20170902_115651.jpg

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    Chup Namaste...Bitches

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    Aaron - you remind me of this guy

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    Duzitall old dude

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    Pardon my French. Fucking awesome last few posts.
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    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    nice work mate...58K is amazing, and agree with the kindness of strangers really does help towards thinking that the world isn't totally screwed.
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  12. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Thank you I'm flattered I'm not even in the same ball park. :)
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    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    I don't know if they are little things or the most important things on earth. To me there are three things that stand out on a major motorcycle endeavor.

    The ride. There are times when the road, machine, and mood all align to create a perfect memorable experience that will stay in your memory for the rest of your life.

    The place. The world is an amazing place and getting to experience it all from the seat of a motorcycle is awesome.

    The people. There is something about travelling solo on a motorcycle that makes you both interesting and approachable. You'll never have the same kinds of interactions in a car, train, or when travelling with others. You get an opportunity to experience humanity at its most basic level and at its best.

    We appreciate you sharing the stories. Epic!
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    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Agree 100%.

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    Duzitall old dude

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    You need one of these Garmin InReach Explorer +, Aaron: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/garmin-inreach-se-and-explorer.1253940/#post-33145890

    I really like mine. Works great. Nice to know someone will save you as long as you can push the SOS button.
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    Out in the middle of nowhere you seem to find better quality people than in urban areas
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    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I always butcher the quote from Mama Espinoza of Baja fame but the gist of it is good roads bring all people but bad roads bring good people

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    Now that your coming to the end of the ride whats the plan for the bike? keep riding it until it finally dies or ear into it when you get home?
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    Downhill502 Been here awhile

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    Hey buddy, where is your next destination? We are on the Oregon coast dodging fires heading east. It would be killer to meet you, "The KTM500 Legend", in person!

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