Putin,Kim Jong-un,& Genghis Khan Walk into a Biker Bar.. 1Day2Day European Marathon 2017 Run begins.

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  1. ExodusRider

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    Ralph,
    You have given me a lot to think about w/ this feedback. I'm now wondering if this was a self created issue.
    1) In referring to the "spacers", do you mean the middle 3-4 inch tubing that keeps the left/right bearings from moving inward ? it's not crushed but there seem bruising along certain areas of the pipe. But how could that be caused by the axle? I will get it replaced at the local KTM w /new bearings in Athens on Friday just in case. will take a picture of the bruising along the pipe length that I noticed in Armenia.

    Or do you mean the outer two aluminum spindles that caps off the hub ( between the hub and swing arm). Those had to be polished down abit from time to time as they seemed to show some scaring / wear /tear that kept it from sliding in / spinning smoothly into the bearing.

    2) The several times I watched the shop guys replaced they bearing, they would use another bearing over the new bearing, a solid cylinder tool, something else that they would use to evenly knock / distribute the force onto the bearing into place (contacting the outer race); never directly hammer to bearing so I think mostly likely not #2.

    3) I haven't thought about #3. I didn't have any issues w/ the OEM rear that had 12K miles when I first purchased the bike used (2015), I put another 12k miles on it.. so 24K miles on original OEM rear/ same bearings. Hadn't looked if the swing arm was straight or not ? Would I just use a straight edge to measure if the two mounting bolt points are parallel / even ? In truth, the first time I started feeling if something was wrong was when the custom 18" excel wheel was sealed, new bearings replaced (KOYOs), and new Mitas tire E-07s, it would make oscillating humming noise between 50-65 miles every 3-5 minutes. I was hoping it was the tire but now believe it's related to bearings as it was still there somewhat w/ the 2nd new tire.. only disappeared w/ new bearing replacement.

    4) Now this point might be something to consider. I don't carry a torque wrench but the rear bolt is suppose to be tightened 100 nm of torque. Somewhere during the trip, when I was adjusting the chain, when I released the nut one time, it felt a bit loose, that it didn't hardly need any pressure to release. Started to worry I wasn't hand tighten enough to 100 nm. From that point forward, I would hand tighten then use my foot to push down a quarter turn or so. I do now recall hearing a metal popping noise on two occasions where when making final tightening w/ my foot. So perhaps, we might be on to something??? LOL I do recall cringing abit when it popped... ha.. could that be it.

    In referring to the left bearing being loose during the install, that was only witnessed that one time in Armenia. The other two times ( once in Mongolia, once in Russia), it was difficult / tight to install so not sure how it would have gotten lose / widened out permanently like that.

    I keep thinking I should've taken the 1200GS w/ shaft final drive, but of course, that has it's own set of issues that would probably be harder to address..
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    and to you and Lala, sir !!
  3. CJones10

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    With you Moses... hope y’all are having a Happy Thanksgiving along the sea in Greece. Figure you’re more likely eating Moussaka instead of Turkey this year! Great that Lala is with you.
  4. ExodusRider

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    Bulgaria in a Heartbeat: Monday, Nov 20th.

    We actually pull into Varna, Bulgaria at 10:00am Monday morning, not Sunday evening as original thought. It takes us til 1:30pm to dock, clear passport and customs control.
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    The custom control building was creepy as crap. Pulled straight out of a Russian human trafficking movie where the Armenians are invading and moving Russian prostitutes between abandoned building….. but I digress..
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    Weather was a cold ugly day w/ drizzle that made riding in 38F feel like 32F. I felt really bad / guilty for dragging Lala w/ me through this weather but she perseveres like a true adv pillion gal.

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    She’s a petite gal and must shiver like a little sparrow to kept warm. Reminds me of the mining canary. Back in the olden days, before instrumentation and advance censors, coal miners would bring with them canaries in bird cages down into the mines.

    As soon as the birds stop singing / or fell off the little swings, you knew it was time to get the hell out of dodge. In the same fashion, if Lala dropped dead from the cold, it would be time for me to stop riding or camping outside and check into a nice bed & breakfast / spa. So yeah, I guess it was a good idea to bring her along..



    We ride into Varna for a quick bite, get 166 Bulgarian Lev for 100USD. Food is about 40% cheaper but gas is expensive at $4.50/gal. I’m certain it will start getting more expensive as we get to Greece and rest of Europe.. $5-$6/ gal, I suspect.



    We ride off at the port city of Varna south westly from 2:30pm til 7:30 through small roads, finally pulling into a little city called Yambol.


    Stopped by a café for quick dinner of nice stuffed bell pepper with grilled chicken for $10 usd. A couple next table wanted to hear about the trip, the girl was cute enough for me to repeat the song/dance and a photo op . The guy was Mckenziely unimpressed.
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    We then check into the Mercury hotel ($30/night), pretty much crashed out not too soon after getting settled in as the long day riding in the cold wet rain takes its toll.

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    I wake up early the next morn, went to load the bike at 8:00am. I see a few guys hanging around the bike; as I step up to cock-block Amelia, a guy in perfect English sticks out his hand w/ a big smile and shakes my hand. He and friends had pulled over when he saw the Texas plates and stickers from Vladivostok. “You are my hero” he says in a deep Bulgarian voice. I just chuckle, saying hello to all the guys. We take some photos, they wish me good luck on my journey and off we went..
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    In chatting w/ Arkadios (our gracious host in Athens-advrider member arkastt) in the recent days, he managed to setup an adhoc meeting with the Athens BMW club where I could visit and talk about the trip. Meeting was set for Wed 7:00pm, meaning we needed to do as much of the 800 miles left as we could on Tuesday.



    Outside the regular breaks and fuel stop, we pretty much did an iron butt for 11 hours (9:00am – 8:00pm) before crying uncle. For 2up, that’s pretty good. She didn’t complain once. So proud, so proud. The ride through south mountain passes of Bulgaria was scenic. Colors were still there, a deep orange red throughout the valley.
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    Most of the roads were small, we averaged only 50mph until we got to Greece border.
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    Actually, the BMW Nav took us to the Turkey border toward Istanbul.
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    I had to verify at the border crossing that we were still heading toward Greece. He chuckles and tells us to back track 10 miles and head south, not east. I reckon the BMW Nav thought passing through Turkey would be the shortest route??

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    There was only a single border control point leaving Bulgaria, no Greece border control point it seemed between the two countries. Our first experience through the EU shared passport controlled region methodology I reckon. No stamp for Greece??? Disappointing, I want my stamp!!

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    We do about 500 miles before it gets too dark. Arrive at the beachfront / bay city town of Thessaloniki and check into a seaside motel called Noni’s Room. Perfect little spot off the beach ($30USD) around 9:00pm after having a big ass lamb dinner at the nice restaurant in Thessaloniki.
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    It’s a fabulous scenic city by the bay but we were short on time so the next morning, were back on the road w/not much time to explore. Next time, I promise .

    Wednesday morning, we got up early, watched the sunrise off the dock, had nice tea/cakes and back on the road by 9:30am.
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    We would do the last 300 miles in easy cruising speed, enjoying the nice paved roads down to Athens. It did take about $25 USD worth of tolls for those paved roads, lol. Like butter on a roll, the road spread out nicely.. bearing issues ? what issues?



    We pulled into a mountain top subdivision with beautiful homes, I thought we were at the Fresh Prince of Bellaire. I text Ark to tell him we are lost but definitely in his town, and out comes his amazingly kind wife to welcome us in, so no.. we were NOT lost. 10 mins later, Ark pulls up in his scooter.


    Everyone in Athens ride scooters/motorbikes. It’s SouthEast Asia all over again, but with prettier people, ha. We are invited into his wonderful and cozy home. The house is multi-tiered (maybe 4 levels) and each floor lived a full part of his family. Mother-in-law on first floor, sister-in-law on 3rd floor, brother-in-law on 4th floor. The distribution is something like that, but I can image family dinner would be thanksgiving every night.

    To say the Greeks are family oriented is an understatement?? And I thought they were just kidding in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. They feed us Greek style and off to an nice apartment he had setup right in town square for the next two days.


    He had made all the arrangements for our accommodations. Two nights in the city so we could take in all the culture and history easily instead of having to come back down the mountain. Then 3 days with his family over the weekend on the mountain overlooking Athens. How amazing and hospitable is he and the Greeks! I’m taken aback and not sure how to react to it but Lala was ecstatic and amazed at his generosity.


    In truth, I thought the BMW club had made the arrangements for the hotel in town but it was actually Ark himself. I felt guilty about such a generous gift but he stated it was his duty as a Greek to ensure we experienced their guest treatment and I couldn’t argue with it. Now I have to find a way to reciprocal this kindness for sure. After a nice quick meal, we had to rush back down the mountain, drop off the gear and head to the BMW meeting.

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    We get there at 8:00pm and there’s about 30+ members greeting us. I believe some did not speak English on a daily basis but no matter, motorbiking is a universal language. Athens BMW club has about 100+ members but because of the ad hoc nature of the meeting, many didn’t get the invite in time; that’s too bad as I was looking forward to meeting them all.

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    They have such a kewl club / meeting place and everyone who did show up was soooo nice and enthusiastic. I think a lot were really impressed that I was doing most of the trip alone with a lot of it camping and off-roading. I myself was just impressed that they wanted to hear my story albeit in a different language from theirs..

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    We all have a great time chatting about bikes and my trip. I do a quick presentation about the neat things /awful things that happened and people I have met so far that helped me overcome them.

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    Showed a few movies and answers questions along the way. It was such a great honor to be invited and greeted so warmly. It really is so very nice that people want to hear about something you are doing, sharing the same passion, regardless of culture, language, or status in life.
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    George and Ponas, the presidents of the club hooked me/Lala with kewl swags from their club and thanked us endearingly for the visit. Ponas reached out to the club in Monaco in France to setup another presentation there when we pass through south France. I’m all in of course.

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    (Arkadios on left and Ponas prepping for meeting)

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    The more people we meet along the way just means expanding our passion and support networking of fellow bike riders. Very Kewl stuff. A break from the norm of riding and resting .
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  5. ExodusRider

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    Thanksgiving Away from home:
    Thursday, Nov 24th.

    Lala makes an amazing french toast banana Foster and salad for breakfast.
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    We spend Thursday day sightseeing and hiking the amazing Acropolis.
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    Town center is so alive, people are out and about enjoying the weather, food. Ambience is awesome here, the energy is intoxicating.. but it doesn't seem to wake up til 10am.

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    We started walking around at 9:30am.and hardly anyone around but evening came and everyone came out ..

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    Growing up, we read and hear about Greek culture / mythology all the time but to be standing in front of all this historical and gigantic structures that they built centuries ago w/out heavy machinery just boggles the mind.

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    We sit back and watch the sunset upon the horizon on top of the Acropolis.
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    I closed my eyes and tried to imagine what life was like in the olden days. Ironically, I found myself listening to voices of people around me and started counting the different languages I could make out.

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    After all, this is the apex / starting point of the modern day civilization, philosophy and culture, etc.?

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    In just 15 minutes, I picked up Greek, Russian, English, Italian, India, Chinese (both Mandurian and Cantonese), Thai, Pilipino, Spanish, American accents from north to south, Germans, French and a handful I couldn’t make out.... after 15 languages, I started losing count.



    It did occur to me how amazingly different these languages were, but somehow all the art, music, architecture, beauty, and food here, etc. transcends all that.. that THEY, were in themselves, the true universal language, the universal truths..… then out of the blue .. HOLY ARISTOTLE !! I came to the realization that seating on the marble steps of the Acropolis DOES make you more philosophical. These magic stones truly work in Greece.



    uh.. anywho..



    We have been eating out at lot on this trip. The apartment Ark found was fully furnished, including the kitchen and cookware. This is Lala’s first Thanksgiving away from home but that doesn’t stop her from making Thanksgiving dinner.
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    She is a trained pastry chef and had been itching to get into the kitchen.. Which to me, that’s where a woman belongs !! ( hmm.. another philosophical brain fart ? ), lol.

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    We buy groceries and she makes a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for us.

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    We call our family and wish them well being. We both are not even remotely sad about being away from home this Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful that our family are safe and healthy.

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    However, this amazing trip I have been on and that Lala has timely joined has been such a blessing and life inspiring experience with all the wonderful people we have met along the way, including Arkadios and his family here in Athens just reminds me how universally the same people are throughout the world.

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    The need to connect and share our culture, values, and generous nature with others. THAT… THAT seems to be the universal truth. Happy Thanksgiving my adv Brothers (& sisters)!
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    PHilosophical indeed. You wear it well, Moses.

    BTW, your haircut is growing on me. Kinda cute on a philosopher.

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    LOL, it's surely growing on me.. too quickly at times!
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    Brilliant! Thank you for the sound advice...

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    Nice report!
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    Welcome my friend, and thanks for the "highlights"

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    I didn't know the road was so long between Greece and France...
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    The Greek Hospitality

    Friday morning after Thanksgiving, we hit the city center again, taking in the sites and enjoying some of the foods before checking out of hotel at noon.

    I head off to local KTM shop to talk with service / parts guys. Service department was out in training for entire weekend. No luck in talking with parts guy either, he needed the exact KTM model bike.. which ha, it’s a BMW w/ rear custom 18” w/ KTM sprocket, hub configuration for 990/1190. I guess they only carried KTM branded parts so having standard measurements / sizes was too difficult to figure out.

    I just wanted the rear bearings 1x6205-2RS, 3x6008-2RS, the spacer and maybe the aluminum spindles. No luck, it’s as if I was the one speaking GREEK!


    Arkadios recommended an extremely nice / knowledgeable guy who specialized in restoring vintage BMW.

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    Theo owns a full fledge restoration shop with all the tools and machinery to make parts, etc... Very kewl .

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    Theo measured and found that the length of spacer tube wasn’t quit right. He added the right size washer to raise the height so the other side of spacer would now be flush with the hub lip, relieving the side pressure I was exerting on the left bearing.

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    The spacer bruising turned out to be me riding /hobbling back to town in Mongolia .


    In summary, we 1) added washer to right side (wide end of spacer tube) to flush out left end of spacer to hub lip 2) added green Loctite to left side of hub opening 3) no more foot tightening.


    Let’s see how she does the rest of the trip. Theo only charged me about $15 USD for all the work, the rest were in spare bearing parts (which of course I learned the -2RS are elastic / rubber sealed ones which are more water proof than the -Z designation which has the metal seal.. which is not so water proof). They only had Z ones the last time we changed them out in Armenia. Got the bike washed and headed over to Ark’s place for the weekend. Thank you Theo sir for the incredible help and insight.


    What can I say about Ark and his family. They had a guest room downstairs which had a couch and a rug. I said it was perfect, that Lala could sleep on couch and I can roll around on the rug.
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    They insisted/brought their mattress downstairs for us, so they slept in the kid's room ( 2 boys – Chris 5, Philip 6) for the two days we were there. They really did go beyond to make us feel at home and good Lord, made us eat all the time (like a Grandmother would).

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    By the time Sunday evening came around, I was up to my eyeballs with homemade Greek food, fresh fruit, olives and cheese. It was fantastic!

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    On Saturday, we just relaxed at their beautiful home. I spent the day changing out the rear wheel well cover, front/ rear brakes with Ark’s help. Even though the brakes were maybe 1/3 left, was tired of carrying the spares around
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    Lala managed to do some exercise / yoga overlooking the Athens valley.
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    Bike is all fixed up so decided to take her out for a nice test drive up the mountain near the house where a small monastery was.
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    What I thought was a nice rounded pavement ride up the mountain, Ark meant a rock adventure ride up. LOL.

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    What a great time to test the new brake pads, etc!!!
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    We get 2/3 ups and La La walks down while I keep going for a bit more. It starts to get pretty hairy and I have more to go. Didn’t want to push my luck so turned around before getting to the top, as it was already 5pm and starting to get dark.

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    Saturday night, Had a wonderful dinner and we took the boys out to ice cream at the local town center. They lived outside of Athens in a charming little mountain side town, away from the city hustle bustle. We really liked their setup.

    On Sunday, Lucas (a fellow BMW member) took us on a nice ride south to Sounio (south tip of the island)..

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    where the Temple of Poseidon was; which incidentally is also the location where the King of Aegean committed suicide off the cliff b/c his son,

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    Theseus had forgotten to raise the white flag after returning home from his epic successful journey to slay the Minotaur half bull/half man creature.

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    Hey dude, could have just text/called your dad from time/time like any good son. Oh dam, I need to call me dad.. .

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    We get back, have a wonderful last meal with the family and then rode toward Delphi at 4:30, getting there right at 8:00. YaYa ( the grandmother) insisted we had to see Delphi and Meteora.

    I will miss Arkadios and his family, he continued to check and watch over us as we traveled through his great country. He even gave LaLa his leg waterproof wind guard worrying she would be cold for the rest of the trip...

    My friend, Efaristo from the depth of our hearts,. We hope to ride with you next year !!

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    Your timing is impeccable! Lol

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    Delphi and its neighboring towns are awesome! Small, quaint, beautiful. Set on top of the mountain side or in the valley.

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    Once off the toll roads into the small roads up/down the mountains, everything is so picturesque.

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    We have some more Souvlaki (pita taco w/ kebab meat, veggies, and fries (fries ?? lol)). It’s tasty though and cheap.. $2USD.

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    Checked into a nice $30/night hotel w/ magnificent view of the mountain / valley in essentially a beautiful ski resort area. How cool is that?

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    It’s off season apparently, we didn’t see too many people at the resort town 7 miles from Delphi or in Delphi itself. That makes it just that much more sweet, beautiful. I surely love these towns; feels like being in one of those small friendly Colorado / Montana towns during the Christmas season, where everyone knows your name.. ”Cheers!!”

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    The plan was to wake up early, quick breakfast, hike the Archeological site/ruins of Delphi (which used to be the center of ancient commerce world, New York of the days I reckon), have a great lunch and be back on the road by 1:00 pm to arrive in Meteora 4 hours later @ 5:00pm. The day is slightly cloudy with pockets of drizzle. Nevertheless, a gorgeous location to see, even in this slight weather.

    We first visit the Museum before going across to the ruins site. Tickets for both were 6 euros per person. Museum is moderately interesting with a whole trove of artifacts and neat art to see for the civilized sophisticated in us all.

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    I’m more of a natural beauty guy, so let’s climb that mountain shall we?

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    Half way up the mountain to the site, I see this older gentleman with a cane. You can tell he was struggling to get up the steps/ slopes.

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    The first thing that always comes to mind is what grit and perseverance a person at that age must have attempting the ascension like that. It wasn’t Everest, but still, I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath.

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    Lala said hi and asked how he was doing and if he was traveling alone, which he was. We spend 20 minutes chatting with him while he caught a breath. We knew then we would spend the rest of the time walking with him up the mountain. Jim just had that kind of energy / aurora about him.

    Unfortunately, we needed to get back by 12:00pm to check out to the hotel. We reached the top at 11:45am where the Stadium was. Several times during the ascent, I had hinted it would be okay if you wanted to stop now and turn back as it was getting steeper, but he would always answer “I’ve gone this far, might as well get to the top”.. reminds me of my other Hero.. “Forest Gump”… lol “I’ve gone this far, I might as well keep running!”


    Jim would ever so often apologize for holding us up / slowing down our pace. We would reply “it’s our pleasure / honor having to meet you and enjoying the fine morning together”.

    It starts to drizzle at the top and now LaLa and I had to say good bye so we could rush back, pack / check out. But the descent would be too difficult for Jim alone, he even said the descent is always tougher for him. He had fallen once while climbing up, and that’s w/ me by his side.

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    Like the Marines, we couldn’t just leave him behind. So I tell Lauren to rush back, pack up our gear, and just bring it to café downstairs, wait for me there. I’ll walk Jim down and then meet up with her in an hour.
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    Jim keeps apologizing for interrupting our schedule. I tell him, “you would not believe the countless numbers of people that has helped me along my journey thus far, so spending the day up and down the mountain with you is not just a privilege but a duty of another decent human being."
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    He just smiles and continue on. It would take us 2 hours to descend that mountain together. On several occasions, we had people stopping to say how moved/impressed they were to see Jim taking this trek.

    An older man from India said to him. “ I commend your spirit and strength on this climb”.. Jim and I just chuckle. I asked him have you or do you ever ask hot / attractive ladies to help you. Without blinking an eye, “naturally!” he replies. “You old sneaky dog, you!!” I laughed out loud..

    Why is he my hero, you ask? Jim had been a policeman in Yorkshire area, England for 30 years, now retired. He found out in 2005 he had MS ( Multiple Sclerosis – like electrical wires whose PVC plastic covering is breaking down, the nerve covering deteriorates, the nerves shorts out and causes miscommunication, misfires, and a lot of timing, motor function & neurological issues in your body).

    In 2010 he decides he’s going travel the world before it gets to the point that he can no longer walk. Watching him now, you can see him struggle. In truth, when I first saw him climbing up, I estimated his age to be 70 but he’s only 60. The disease has worn him and his gait down that drastically, yet it did not touch / effect his spirit.

    He tells me a story on one of his trips. He climbed over a 1000 steps 2 years ago to a temple in Montenegro high on the mountain top. When he gets to the apex, a monk witnessed it and said to a close by group of people, “that man… that man there has unbelievable spirit!!”.

    A lady friend of his standing nearby overheard and responded.. “who, Jim ?? nah, he just plan stupid.. he doesn’t know when to stop!”.. LMAO Classic!!

    It’s all about perspective. That’s life… there’s the situation and there’s how one perceives and reacts to it..

    He's an avid diver because in water, he’s weightless and MS cant’ touch him. So he travels throughout the world and dives at some of the most exotic places. After he leaves Greece, he will be in Thailand for 2 months hiking and diving to his content.

    So let’s tally this up, he decided to be a global trekker in 2010, after finding out he has MS not too long before. Now in Nov of 2017, 7 years – 140 countries later… he’s younger then ever.

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    We make it down the mountain. Lal and I invite him to lunch so we could spend more time with him before he left on his bus @4:00 to Athens.

    He is so thankful for us sticking around for the day. Yet, we are the ones feeling blessed and honored to be in presence of such determination and perseverance.


    There’s only a few places he hasn’t been, so I made him promise to meet me in Madagascar one day.

    If / when you ever find yourself questioning the sensibility or drive to see the world because of whatever rhyme or reason, I want you to remember one name.. Jim Jones… my hero!

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    Thank you sir for your immensely young spirit!



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  15. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    This place rocks!

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    After seeing Jim J off, we venture down into the valley and find a nice bayside town for nice photo op. Great spot to raise family among the olive orchards.

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    We leave the area right at 4:30 and get into Meteora at 8:30,

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    checked into the Zozas Room motel for $30/night ($40/night w/ breakfast).

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    The room has balcony looking out into the incredible rock formations.

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    There are 6 monasteries on top of these high rock format/columns. The monks used to hoister themselves as well as supplies from large baskets up to the monasteries. Now, they just bungee jump down and take the lift up (or the stairs).

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    Only thing I can say IS “ This place rocks!!” . There are two little towns surrounding the formation. Nice clean tourist place. It was relatively cold so the large crowds weren’t here.
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    But there’s so much to see and do here. I think you could stay a week and get in some amazing hiking and riding. Food is awesome and not too expensive.

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    We stayed in town two nights and pretty much hiked / rode up and down the mountains a couple of times.
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    It was a nice break of just riding as this place was simply breathtaking.

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    There may be 6 monasteries, but my temple were those of the rock pillars..
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    We did meet a nice family (Peter and Emily)from Florida that moved to Albanian’s capital, Tirana. They were hiking here a few days so we hope to visit them in Albania while we pass through.
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  16. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile

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    Hello Moses,

    This is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing this event.
    This is a nice deposit on your kama account.
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  17. stilcrazee

    stilcrazee Adventurer

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    Moses, thank you and Lala for taking the time with Jim, incredible compassion. Thank you for this incredible report and pictures.
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  18. BayerischeMotorrad

    BayerischeMotorrad Adventurer

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    Hey hermano- thanks for your latest updates. The adventure is just getting better and better. RideON


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  19. elron

    elron Still Standing

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    Have you always had the graphics on your helmets, or am I just that unobservant?
  20. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    Lol u just blind ..

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