Port Solitaire Seeks a Storm

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

  1. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Just in case anyone is wondering. My wife and i have been "dating" or whatever you want to call it. Never say never. I have some hope but also I am a realist. Not sure what will happen? If I can obtain some sort of real employment, then things will improve me thinks. They put the flag in the hole on the putting green for a purpose, to give you fucking hope (Robin Williams).

    So we shall see what happens in the new year. Put 2012 behind me, it was a crazy year. My Baja trip with Burq Magoo in February will change things and then there is the RAMAR ride that i may be able to do. There is a DR400 that I have my eye on. I have found a few killer bridges near major infrastructure in town. Plan your work and work your plan.
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  2. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    :thumb


    What DRZ are you looking at?
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  3. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    HMMM. Well, I have never seen it before. But there is this guy, who lost a friend recently and his friend left him a DR. His friend would want that DR to continue riding the great trails in the SW right? This guy needs an old trials bike to play on and see if he likes trials? So, an old Gas Gas with a bit of schwag thrown in, the Gas Gas rides on and the DR rides on? Plus I need this bike for the RAMAR 1000 this summer.......:ear The KLR would die and rattle apart and the XR250 is just a wimp for camping.
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  4. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Ahhhh.... I understand your thinking. That would be a nice bike!
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  5. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Your 1st big KLR ride and your camping for free and living the KLR lifestyle.......right-on.

    Looks like you hit some real nice rural roads...I love the pics of the road winding out in front of the photos....

    A tip for re-installing the rear wheel. 1st thing take the brake caliper off with the 2 allen bolts. It makes lining things up a lot easier. When the axle is back in, re-install the brake caliper.....
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  6. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    brilliant read, loved it all, great pictures of the US too, its 3am here now, i couldnt get to bed until i finished it all,:D

    proper employment is a drag sometimes....suppose we have to have 1 foot in the camp though.....hope it all works out.....place to stay here if you ever get to ride in the UK
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  7. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Wal2........ I love ya man.

    Thank you. I will be there next week.:huh
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  8. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    no problem:D.......coffee's on

    we have some good trials country here in the North of England, some famous events too, The Scott Trial and the Travers Trial are 2 big ones
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  9. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I was asked by a friend tonight to send him some great ride reports. Acquiring the links I went to my favorites. The top of my list is one that I enjoy sharing. This report and also a friend who ride a bicycle from Mexico to Canada at 50 years old was part of my inspiration for my trip.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=716516

    This is a report from a high school kid who rides his rebuilt Honda Cub from LA to Broadway. I think this is one of the best ride reports I have ever read. My comments on his report below.

    [QUOTE<table id="post19456961" class="dg-post" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="thead" colspan="2"> [​IMG] 08-27-2012, 12:46 PM
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    </td> <td class="dg-post-content" id="td_post_19456961"> Quote:
    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> This has been a very entertaining read. I love your minimalist writing style. You're kind of like the Honda Super Cub of writers. Tough, no nonsense. Simple, yet magnificent. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> I laughed hard for a good two minutes. Then I quieted down and just smiled. A teenager has just crossed the country on a moped. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    I must say that you did good Raphael. Great report. :clap Mark Twain of 2012. I read this report in the last 14 hours of my other life. I felt the bumps, I heard the wind and the asphalt mixed with that whine or that buzz of the Honda cub. I got cold, I was creeped out at the crazy house. There is a bit of Stephen King in your prose, your missives were adorable. I was with you in the deserts of Nevada and I saw the corn in Nebraska. I saw the tears from the child. I can hear you kicking Buddy, communicating to him, silent prayers.

    The lack of pictures made this RR better than most. You killed it over and over. Large in descriptions, yet a sparsity in words. You sir are a great American, salute and thank you.

    Thought I would share a few great quotes in your report.



    Quote:
    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> "Holy shit Buddy, we made it. We finally made it." </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    Quote:
    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> We're here Buddy. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> Well done Buddy. Well done. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    Quote:
    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> "So where would you sleep?"
    "Well I had a tarp but I didn't really trust, I slept under RVs when the thunder came out."
    "You slept under RVs? You're okay with that?"
    "Yep"
    "Weren't you concerned about the sewage?" </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    Quote:
    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> The only reason I went on was for that smile that would creep across my face every once in while. I was crossing the country on a moped :d. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> But for some reason I wanted the pain, I wanted that mind numbing, seat jumping pain that just felt so sublime. It's a complex dilemma that still plagues me today. Whenever I travel I want to head home to comfort but whenever at home I feel the need to travel. I started to call this the traveler's paradox. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>

    Quote:
    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> I looked outside the window and thought again. How did I end up here? Two months ago I was sitting in front of a computer watching porn. Today, I had just finished a moped trip across the country. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> WHY ARE YOU HERE? THERE IS AN ENTIRE WORLD OUT THERE WAITING FOR YOU, GO EXPLORE IT. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> It idea of my death bed scared me the most. Will I feel the same way? Will I feel as if the moment that I was born to be the exact same moment as the day that I die? Am I perpetually alive in this single moment?
    All I can say is bring it on fate. I'd rather face death in a shit storm of problems than in a nice clean casket. You won't get Mr. Rafael without a long drawn out fight. Cut me all you like I can take the scars. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote"> Home is just base camp for the summit push anyways. </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    PS. No need for the farkle gear, minimalistic to the extreme here.
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    I of course provided Coalbatch's link. The absolute best AD ride reports I have ever read.
    http://www.endless-highway.info/
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  10. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    I hope the Baja report is as entertaining as this one was Tony!! :thumb
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  11. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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  12. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    There may be a few who have subscribed here. Maybe Lakerider is wondering what happened to that guy in New Mexico? Did his marriage survive?

    The answer is I have survived but I filed for a divorce. I have a hearing on June 19. My wife found a scuba instructor to be more fun and of course he has way more money than me. The future X wife went to Belize after I returned and has since went to Guatemala diving with this guy and has skied many weekends after, another dive trip on May 5 with Enriquee Castanada. A fat Hispanic, farkle gold chains and I knew he was a player within about 5 seconds of meeting him getting my dive certs.

    Damnit, dumped for a fat rich guy. I can't compete with that. To the victor goes the spoils. I read some graffiti in a bathroom bar that said:
    Remember that chic your with now has been fffkkked and dumped by someone before you. I may have been down, but not totally out. I have a killer dog, I have some meager employment, I rode Baja and survived. Hell I attended Rick's ADV rib fest, I am an ADV guy woona be for real now. I go camping with my dog.



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    Now to find that independently wealthy nymphomaniac who has a father that owns a beer store. :deal :clap
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  13. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    Let me know, when you find her, if she has a twin!:beer:

    Sent from my mobile.
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  14. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    Pictures of the wife and fat gold chain guy so we can really "Rip them new ones" internet style. :rofl

    Nice looking dog .... You need a sidecar on the KLR
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  15. QuestForADV

    QuestForADV BanCampLeader

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    I enjoyed the RR and was blown away at the ending. You have my empathy and sympathy. Been there and done that. Mine traded me in for a newer sportier model after 21 years. Now she's fat and looking old and unhappy and I'm loving life!

    Ride on and enjoy the journey!
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  16. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I want to fabricate a side rack/car without the wheel. My dog and I ride everything, single track and whatever. A hack just sucks. But a side mount with a roll bar type cage for the dog would be ballin"

    Well likely not a good idea to post pics of the "Player" but then who in the hell reads this shit that I know? About 3 weeks ago, skiing in Taos. Pic taken by future X wife, formerly present day wife.


    Dang. I don't do face book much. There were like a dozen or more pictures on my future X wife's FB page of here and her BF in Guatemala hanging on ech other. Now they are gone. Now why is that?

    Circle the wagons and get ready to rumble.

    But hey, in all fairness, I think that the natural order of speciation is to thrive, to seek brighter feathers, to seek what is in your best interests. To be "not be satisfied"? Don't we not upgrade bikes? Is it not natural to want more, to seek security as well as natural attraction? We all love farkles what ever that may be. I think so. As an educated geologist (I say that with jest), it is a law of nature, not a theory or a hypothesis, a law of natural order and part/partial the law of adaptive speciation. So for me to be able to not be a hypocrite, I concede. I understand. But I also know that karma is awesome and wicked. Karma has a way of raping your ass and also provides blessings. It is not really about win or loosing but how you play the game.

    Talk about off track, Jo Mamma and thread hijack; so sorry. However the ride report was about life and me - the no account looser (Super Tramp). Yea, I am a looser because I would take the future X wife back with some ground rule changes, a fantasy and nothing more. I miss her and still love her. But I also was able to turn the corner, go over and visit the other side of the brain and realized that my relationship was not good for me; hell for her as well. So as the 11 year bond is broken and the next chapter in the book of life is turned, all I can say is huba ffffkkkking huba. As my dreadlock hippy friend, Gas Gas dealer and such a beautiful human - Trevor would say, peace out.

    I will update here on the divorce, not "necessary" divorce trial (June 19th) and options in life as I consult for a geophysical company and head off to Birmingham AL next week to ramp up for a month long field project, I will see a turn in life. The future is up to me.

    On a parting note, I actually had a PM from ADVGirl in Colorado. She was supposed to come to Ricks Rib Fest but Mom issues got in the way. She said we will meet at the RMAR event in Colorado this summer. So there ya go.

    Thanks for the comments, I truly did not think there would be any responses.

    Peace out:clap
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  17. jagger_snitt

    jagger_snitt Pencil Pushing Dreamer

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    Thank You for your contribution. You are a true ADV Rider,no matter what you say.Anyone can talk a big trip but getting from behind the computer screen to the trip is what makes someones's dreams your reality! You have accomplished an awesome ride. Hell life is a ride and it ain't over for ya. I'm sorry to hear about your "loss". Less is more in ADV riding. Now you don't have anything holding you "home". God bless you in the valley,hang in there the Mountain top will be worth it.
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  18. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Jagger, God bless. I love the Chattanooga area and I have spent a lot of time at the Trials Training Center in Saquatchie/Jasper/Kimball area. We need to meet there soon, maybe the world round?

    You say I am an ADV rider, well I am a work in progress. But your comment made me think back to last October, leaving Rob (LakeRider's) house. I did not ride the bike, I just loaded it up. I left, I made a right turn and there was the postal lady. I rode up to her window, I was excited. I told her I just bought this bike from her friend Rob. I then told her I was now on my way to New Mexico. I also told her I received my motorcycle license three days ago, I told her I had no clue what I was getting into. She told me I was crazy. I smiled and said heck yea, I am a wonna be adventure rider. I can vividly remember every turn up the mountain from Robs house to the border of Virginia/W. Virginia. I will never ever forget that feeling.

    I did Baja in February, I'm still a wonna be. But thank you for the response.

    Side bar - The future X wife is diving with Enriquee this weekend.
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  19. pboulianne09

    pboulianne09 Adventurer

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    Just read your post and loved it. As far as the ending I don't think that it's nearly over yet and you'll move on to bigger and better things. :clap
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  20. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    Give us a present day update?