Port Solitaire Seeks a Storm

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AteamNM, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Lakerider

    Lakerider Been here awhile

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    Just caught up today Tony. Sorry you came home to that. Somewhere in there, through this trip and what you have come home to, is positive. I just have this feeling after reading your awesome report that the Ateam is going to be just fine. You began one adventure with JoJo and now she is a part of you, just like your recent experience, including the coming home part, all is a part of who you are and you are alright. Cheers brother!
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  2. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I read this some time ago. How about bankruptcy of both?
    Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?


    A QUOTE FROM STERLING HAYDEN'S BOOK, WANDERER

    To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... "cruising" it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

    What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone. What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it.

    But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

    Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?
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  3. onto1wheel

    onto1wheel n00b

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    jeeeez ateam, I'll bet when you started this journey you had no idea it would have so many twists and turns.
    Thanks for sharing them with us, sure made for a very interesting read for those of us sitting at home!
    The ending sent a true shiver up my spine :eek1
    Sorry things didn't turn out so good, but I hope the rest of your voyage improves!
    Doug
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  4. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    May I comment about Sterling Hayden?
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  5. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    Bloody hell Ateam:huh I wasn't expecting that:huh

    It's often said women are like tornados when they come its wet and exciting and as they leave they take the house and the car with them:huh

    Chin up mate you and JoJo can prep for some bigger adventures now:wink:
    Stay safe :1drink
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  6. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Absolutely you may, please.
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  7. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Well I didn't want to stink up your thread without asking. :D

    I read his book earlier this year, based on a comment someone here made about him.

    I admired his pluck as a boy; shipping out in those days was in no way easy. By the end of the book I loathed him.

    In spite of all his lofty talk about freedom and independence he turned out to be a total failure. Defied the courts, defrauded his creditors, kidnapped his children and hauled them off to Tahiti where he proceeded to abandon them and lay up drunk pretending to write. Became a communist but when the heat got to be too much he really didn't have the strength of his convictions and ratted out his comrades. I only finished the book because I kept waiting for him to have some epiphany and become the person he supposedly aspired to be.

    Anyway, I know you're in a tough spot and it rubbed me wrong a little to see you (perhaps) using him as an example. Probably doesn't mean anything.

    I enjoyed your report; you need to stop selling yourself short, you have a lot to offer.

    Good luck!
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  8. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    He loves to preach but as Charlie Daniels said, the preacher liked to do a little walking too. He makes a few good points, the quote though rings a hollow truth. Kind of like Ed Abbey, he was awesome but such a limousine liberal.

    I call a spade a spade. I have nothing to offer. As my present day wife has reminded me more than once, the life insurance policy pays off for suicide. Nothing like being worth more dead than alive.

    Thanks for the kind comments. My ride report was pathetic but at least real. I can't bear to read it again.
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  9. FishTaco

    FishTaco urban misfit

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    Well then, keep on living, and live well just to piss her off. That'll show her.

    And keep smiling. It gets better.
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  10. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Hey Doug, thanks for the comment. The next month or two will be a test. Sell off a bunch of motorcycles and bicycles, put the house on the market and go find a nice bridge to live under :huh. We will give it a whirl.
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  11. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    AteamNM...WOW had no idea what you went through man. Very sorry to hear about coming home to an empty house. Can't even imagine what that would be like.

    At any rate I wish you the very best going forward and if you ever pass through Arkansas again please contact me. Thanks for stopping in on my route 66 ride report too.

    All the best
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  12. Polaris01

    Polaris01 Adventurer

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    Tony..
    Been there, had that done to me and you have to know that it gets much better.
    I've really enjoyed your report, you manned up and did the trip flat tires notwithstanding.
    Just like life, the journey is the adventure.
    I'm presuming that with your perseverance things will turn out for the best, as they have for me.
    Good on ya and all the best.:clap
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  13. Rockcat

    Rockcat LDA

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    Take it slow and on your terms. You didn't leave.
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  14. Polaris01

    Polaris01 Adventurer

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    Yea and the best back-at-ya to a spouse that leaves is meeting and marrying a beautiful woman 10 years younger than your ex who really appreciates you and LOVES SEX A LOT :rilla
    Trust me it can happen, you have untold opportunities now.
    Take some time and spoil yourself.
    Buy a treat for Jo Jo :ricky
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  15. onto1wheel

    onto1wheel n00b

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    What you need now is a ROADTRIP, Tony!
    Come on out to the west coast, dinner's on me.
    (we can find some KLR adventures/mototrial adventures/Biketrial adventures to do while you're here)
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  16. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    methinks you need to do a Baja trip......(just sayin')-----:lol3
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  17. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    +1.
    If you get the urge to go north, there is a spare bed available at my place :)

    Sent from my mobile
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  18. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    My wife and I split in Dec. While she didn't pack out while I was gone ( how cowardly) it was still a shock to find out how unhappy she was.
    I can tell you that things WILL get better. Everyone has much to offer and all are worth more alive than dead.
    Come to visit, come to ride, or come to recoup.
    Btw,I only have a spare bed..no bridge ;)

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  19. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Hey BikerBob.

    I want to ride up the east coast into Labrador and Nova Scotia. I will make my way to your house even if you have no bridge. Thanks for the offer. This time next year I will be doing something different for sure. :ear
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  20. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    The east coast is a beauty ride. Nova Scotia is a good ride from my place...though i'm sure you've done longer..;)
    PM me when your setting it up and I'll meet ya:beer:
    Sent from my mobile.
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