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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Idahosam, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Hi'ya all. Well I been sitting here at home either shoveling snow, watching Football or surfing this site when while watching this video it struck me. This Husband and wife team riding through Central Asia everything in the the video looked just like home. Tell me after watching this if you've not ridden someplace that looked exactly like it well except for the goose stepping. Hell! I don't need to spend a ton of money to get there... I've really always been there. Except for the culture difference's.

    I swear I have ridden those places in Nevada, SE Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and they look so much alike... or am I just losing it?:huh

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    It's a good RR though
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  2. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    world travel sounds neat and all, but i don't feel like i'm missing out on *that* much.

    the northwest is a truly beautiful place to ride in! (what isn't gated, anyways)
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  3. Apple Jam

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    Yeah, but then you couldn't be cool and tell all your plastic friends that you went someplace exotic that the regular common folk can't afford. "Oooh I went to Cabo, got a penthouse suite, and sat on a beach with 50,000 other people"

    I realize this ^^ attitude generally pertains less to riders than the Jetset crowd, but riders don't fit my Rant. Many times I feel sorry for this type of "Must go to exotic places" thought process. These people haven't seen the waterfall or beautiful river that is 50 miles from their home, but they feel better having been world travellers.

    If you go to a restaurant/bar on a busy night in downtown Hood River, you will hear the loudest person in the room tell all that will listen all about the exotic places they've been to. And where they are going next. It makes them feel better, I suppose, so whatever it takes.

    They have NO idea the most totally awesome places that we've been....within 2-300 miles from home, for about $40 a day, food and fuel. And they've NEVER slept under the stars in the forest. How sad is that?
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  4. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    yep.

    i went to moab earlier this year, and it was like being on a different planet. AND, it only took about 16 hours (nonstop) to get there.

    there is so much to see, right around here.
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  5. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Sorry about that :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  6. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    You are not losing it, (at least not because of your take on this subject). :D

    I have noticed the same thing. No matter where in the world a picture is taken, more often than not I can think of someplace in the PNWet that looks at least similar.

    I have teased Radioman with this a few times, posting a local pic that looked much like a pic he had taken in some far-off land.

    The more I see of the rest of the world, the more satisfied I am with home.
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  7. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Yep. That's all I was really trying to say. :norton
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  8. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    I've said for years, just about every type of geographic feature in the world, we have here in the PNW. Many diverse climates as well.

    I think we are missing "tropical jungle", "sea level desert", and "tundra".

    But we do have semi-temperate rain forest just north of Brookings, and the Hoh temperate rain forests. Oregon dunes does a pretty good fake sea level desert and I know that the top of Steens mountain fakes 'tundra' pretty well well much of the year DAMHIK...

    Speaking of Steens mountain, while the plant species are different, it does a REALLY good job of faking some high altitude desert in Africa. Just drive down the S. part of the loop.

    I've had friends who got back from Europe, who commented that sections of the NW Willamette Valley is a dead ringer for some areas in England.

    I've lived in S. Oregon most of my life, and there is STILL plenty places I haven't seen within a day's ride, buying a Sherpa last spring was getting the tool to remedy that.

    But yeah, there are some places in S. American, Asia, Australia and Africa that E. Oregon could be a nearly perfect stand in. I almost wanted to joke with Radioman that he could have ridden in E. Oregon and Nevada and just told people it was S. Africa :rofl
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  9. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    reminds me of the "portland to dakar" icon video that was supposed to be traveling all over the world.

    but they didn't!

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  10. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    I've thought about doing a tongue-in-cheek travelogue of visiting places like Cairo, Denmark, Norway, Lyon, Rome, etc. all in Oregon :D

    Still a bit cheesed off the highway side for Odessa was removed and not replaced.
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  11. Live2Ride

    Live2Ride Not Famous

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    You're losing it Sam. But so am I, so its good. :1drink Go south young man. :lol3
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  12. Road Rash

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    I haven't been everywhere, but have been to some pretty cool places outside of our fine state, but it wasn't until about 15 years ago that a co-worker (from California) started giving me shit for not seeing all of the cool stuff that we have right here in our backyard.........................."your a native Oregonian and you've never seen (all the places that I hadn't seen at the time)???"
    That's when I started traveling the state to see what all I had been missing, and I had been missing a lot :D
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  13. matloik

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    While I generally agree with the sentiment and observations regarding our PNW--out of all the countries and states I've lived in, I like it here the best, and plan to keep this my home base for the long run--there is another dimension to traveling abroad and visiting and experiencing other cultures. It's not just about the terrain. Sure, from the inside that pub in Estonia could have been in N Portland, but the experience was far beyond the wooden bench seat I sat on. I for one enjoy the experience of being out of my accustomed element in everyday matters. I don't particularly like to go to the 'touristy' attractions when in another country, but rather seek to find the ground-floor culture of everyday life there. Doing that on a motorcycle, which I have not yet but plan to at some point, adds that other dimension to the enjoyment of being on a bike.
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  14. cbmma1969

    cbmma1969 Been here awhile

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    You're not losing it, you had to have it to lose it... :D


    Actually I think I've followed you through some of those places.:clap
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  15. Mr Dual Sport

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    We DO have some of the best riding in the world in our backyard. I truly believe that. That's why I hardly ever leave here. That said, there are different cultures to be experienced. Even right here in our own country.
    We're taking 30 days this June and going cross country. There will be lots to see. When we get back, all of what we love about HERE will still be here.
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  16. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    I completely understand what the OP is stating but I would like to chime in and say that riding in a foreign country is completely different no matter how similar the terrain. Yeah, PNW has just about everything but when you are travelling you are typically hundreds of miles from parts, thousands of miles from anyone that speaks your language, etc&#8230;.which adds this Holy Sh*t kind of wanderlust feeling and epic sense of freedom that you don&#8217;t get in the states (or home country). If you strictly have an interest for riding differing terrains then long distance travel might not be for you.

    When I started my ride south I was more interested in riding and camping and eating Mexican food than anything else but it is so much more than that once you start meeting the locals and absorbing some culture. One of the greatest things that I think all of you can appreciate is the lack of rules and regulations in other countries as far as riding is concerned. You can pull off the road/trail wherever you want onto a pristine secluded beach with no concerns whatsoever. Not to tear up the beach but just to hang out up close to the lapping blue waters with a cerveza in your hand and your stead by your side is awesome. Riding on the sidewalk in some parts to get around traffic is totally legit. I got a high-five from a cop in Nicaragua for doing a wheelie. Hell, I bought dynamite in Bolivia. I guess Darwinism still exists in some areas. :D

    At the end of my trip I was actually quite excited to come back to the states and just ride around for a couple months. When I got here everything seemed so orderly and regulated and efficient that it was rather mundane. I got a ticket within the first week for passing over a double yellow (not a risky pass by any means). So many fences and &#8220;Keep Out&#8221; &#8220;No Parking&#8221; &#8220;Bicylces Only&#8221; etc&#8230; don&#8217;t get me wrong, I love riding here, and we live in a beautiful area but it really is not the same.

    It is an experience that you will never forget. It was the greatest thing I have ever done and am now planning on another extended trip when I can afford it. I don&#8217;t have much money and leaving a good job to travel is a tough decision (and &#8220;irresponsible&#8221; by our societal standards) but now that I have done it I wouldn&#8217;t have it any other way.

    I will now wait for the guy who has travelled the world via bike, and thought it was a waste of money, to tell me to F off. :norton

    And anyone that touts there travels and makes themselves out to be better than someone who hasn&#8217;t is a F* Head. Okay, carry on now&#8230;.
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  17. Rambo1

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    :rofl try to keep it down at the restaurant!!!!
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  18. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    WOW :eek1 I can see many of my PNwet family have have similar epiphany's. Seems there is a chord struck here. It was just as I was mulling through videos and reading RR's (winter past time) did it strike me. I must agree that we are truly blessed with some of the best riding anywhere, be it single track, jeep trails paved twisty back roads, etc. As a whole we can camp anywhere we like under the stars. Our Topography is diverse indeed.

    True we may not have tropical climates, with warm ocean waters lapping upon shore, but we have beautiful beaches none the less. We have the lost coast, Death Valley, Steens, The wonderful OUTBACK of south East Oregon and Nevada. Another great place to discover is Wyoming.. I could just keep going on, but I believe we are all in sync here and I've not lost it.

    Now I must admit that one of the draws to travel is culturally, While we share a common earth we have some distinct differences, that too can be an adventure. These differences are not relegated to just out laying countries as we have plenty right here in the good ole US of A.

    I followed Radioman on his around the world travel and of all the places I was really intrigued with was his last stop....... Africa, now that place may have had topography similar at times to home the fauna and flora are truly unique to that place!
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  19. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    I do believe I was mentioning topography similarities. My military career has taken me around the world several times exposing me to a plenitude of culture....... wouldn't change it for the world.

    Very Well stated... I so miss south of the border. Did anyone every see my video of lane splitting up the middle of tractor-trailers in Mexico? OH the Joy!

    I do enjoy traveling mainly to be immersed in the aforementioned statement.

    Although, World travel isn't for everyone.
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  20. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Well you can tease him some more pretty soon. I'll be in Portland hope to see you.
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