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

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ExodusRider, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Ah....Venice! Yes, the food is expensive in restaurants! If you order fish, you pay by the gram and they weigh the whole fish not just the filets! To find reasonable food you have to burrow deep into the back quarters, away from the tourists and even then maybe the best deal is to stand at a bar and have a little glass of wine and some chicchetti (Venetian tapas). It costs more if you sit at a table. You can put together a nice little lunch without mortgaging your house. You can always hit one of the open-air markets (Rialto's is awesome) for fruits and veggies, grab some cheese in a shop, bread at the bakery and you have a simple lunch. Not so simple where to eat it though! Can be difficult to find public places to sit down. I was amused by the sign on a bench that said it was reserved for residents only. France! Yes, French tolls are high, but the superhighways are excellent surfaces. It's too bad your hosts did not live in the south! Would have been much warmer on the SE Med coast. And in Croatia how did you miss Pula? Best Roman theater in the world....so says Neda @lightcycle!! Ha ha! Looking forward to the next chapter....and thanks for all the work you put into this report!
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  2. Tom48

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  3. ExodusRider

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    Apologies my fellow riders. We made it back to Houston safely Dec 18th. I owe the group a few more entries from the France, Spain, and Portugal sections. And I plan to finally put some movies together starting from Moscow toward Georgia, all the way to the end of the trip in Santiago De Compostela. There are truly some great footage, events, and narrations here that were the best times of our lives; and they need to be brought to life in a film or an interactive book I think.

    But ever since my return, I've been struggling with a deep bout of the blues: A postpartum / postride depression if you will. I can't eat nor sleep well. I wake up at odd hours of the night thinking about what gear and tasks I need to; as if I was to ride off again next morn. Having night sweats, waking up not knowing where I am. It's such an odd feeling not being comfortable in your own home / your own skin.

    I took this journey partly as way to honor my mother, but also as a trial run to see if I could be gone on an adventure ride for an extended time frame. Unfortunately, I have come to the realization that I took to it like "a duck to water" when it comes to going the distance on my adventure bike; ti's where I belong. As much as I'm happy to be home and see my family / friends, I can't help but feel empty and depressed to my core. With so much that has happened in such a short span of 4.5 months, I can't help but wonder what I would have seen, people I would have met, and places I would have visited if I was on a 12 month or 24 month trek around the world. The place I call home is so gloomy and drab now, I dread returning to the everyday life and rat race.

    I've made up my mind that I have to take this RTW trip sooner rather than later. Like Frank Morris, I have had nothing but ideas, schemes, and thoughts about escaping from Alcatraz running through my mind as of late. If all falls into place, I hope to execute the escape by end of this year. Surely I'm not the only inmate that has gone mad and suffering through this trip trauma, lol. Pennies for Thoughts? :dunno
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  4. Trekking36

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    Hey Moses,
    You had one hell of a fantastic trip and you have your next adventure to look forward too!! I am planning something very similar for 2020 and you gave me a huge insight on how to live life.
    Great job!
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  5. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I feel that way (but not as severe) when I come back from a 2 week trip. Perhaps you should plan a few short excursions to kind of ween you off of that adventure lifestyle. Or maybe it's time to consider and career change and become an outfitter/trip leader. With your open attitude/love/respect of other people and your language skills, it might not be that big of a hurdle.
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  6. Tom48

    Tom48 Been here awhile

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  7. ExodusRider

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    Bike left in Spain for Africa ride in 2018.

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  8. Gone_Ridin

    Gone_Ridin Been here awhile

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    Yup, similar feelings after a 3 week ride for me.
    Bike is also in Spain and prepped for a run to Morocco and where ever else I end up. Hopefully early spring if things go well from now til March.
    After a ride like yours, short local tours are just a distraction aren't they.
  9. vtcyclist

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    After 2 months on a bicycle I had the same feelings. The thought that about put me over the edge of post trip depression was thinking of a phone bill (pre-cell days) showing up every stinking month, month after month, ad infinitum. Welcome home (Resistance is futile, eh?) and keep planning. :-)
  10. ExodusRider

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    Lol, thanks for all the feedback and sharing. Misery DOES love company.

    I have never been addicted to anything before (expect beautiful women perhaps), but I now can understand the brutality of addiction withdrawal.

    To make matters worst, with the extreme winter this year and the bomb winter cyclone coming down the pipe, cant ride if I wanted to..even the turkeys are quiting cold..

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  11. Blader54

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    Yo, Moses! First, let me say how much I enjoyed reading your report! You have a zest for life and a positive outlook that shone through on every page. And your interactions with the people you met along the way were both touching and genuine. Awesome report.. And now your are back. I have asked a few long-distance riders how they felt when they were done. The common answer is that they find fitting back into "regular" life quite difficult. They miss the rhythm of the trip, as well, and several commented that planning the next big ride helped them get through being back in the so-called real world. A long trip seems to be a transformative experience. Wishing you the best, and looking forward to joining you in spirit on your next journey.
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  12. Vrode

    Vrode Procrastinate Now!

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    Sorry about the post-trip blues. Chalk it up to a learning experience. It'll make the next trip that much sweeter.
    As far as RTW, if you can and you want it, well......a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
    Good luck always!!
  13. _josep_

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    Awesome RR, can't wait for the Africa part.

    If you need anything (garage or place to sleep, etc) near Valencia let me know.
  14. ExodusRider

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    Movie Alert: "La La Land 2017"

    Finally getting back into the groove of things, boys.. Thanks for all the great support and feedback. The comments and suggestions really helped with the blues I tell ya.
    I've started the planning phase of the RTW ride for next year, which included a deposit on a new 2017 BMW R1200GS Raylle. Should be able to pick her in a few a months.

    I named her Aya ( Azerbaijani for Bear or... the sound I make when I fall over and hurt myself.)

    Why a BMW and why a 1200GS? I've come to realize that pretty much any modern adventure motorcycles will do for the RTW trip. You just need to be comfortable with fixing and maintaining it, and hopefully you can get parts if needed. No bike is perfect and all have their strong /weak points (big or small bikes). It really does boil down to personal taste rather than a debate. I've always liked the way the BMW bikes ride / look. I found myself wanting a bit more power than the F800GSA I was on for this 2017 European run, but don't want to carry around the extremely wide tank of the R1200GSA either.

    The new Rallye has the same suspension and clearance as the GSA LC, but w/ the standard tank. Given that I have intimate knowledge /experience of bringing a 1200 back to life from being submerged underwater 24 hrs, it's a good choice as any.

    If any credit I can exude on the BMW motorcycle bikes, I must say the documentation and service DVD are extremely helpful / detailed for maintenance and removing/installing components.

    I tried to do some maintenance on my Ducatis; puling teeth! Finally, hopefully the boxer engine sticking out during a fall will making it easier to pick up and minimize potential leg jam/pinning if I have hard panniers.

    Anywho, you're right!!, planning and having the next trip to look forward to, helps ween off the withdrawal :p.

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    I've been reviewing all the footage. Good lord, 5 Terabytes of video /photos. Tons of great ones from all the incredible stories and events that had happened.

    I spent last few days going through Adobe Premiere / Auditions Tutorials to get better at video /audio editing as well. Those two piece of software are amazing tools if you folks are looking for some thing more powerful than your basic wizard type A/V editors. Now looking forward to compiling into them into vlogs and riding movies for each countries.

    Just finished uploading a movie I've been promising Lauren I would make for her trip. Hope you guys get a kick of it, she did.


    I'm also doing a summary presentation of the 2nd half of the ride (from Moscow back to Spain) for the Houston BMW club on Thursday.
    Will upload that movie as well after the meeting. Cheers
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  15. yamalama

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    video content blocked - in Canada. ?

    edit: works now. all good.
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  17. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    hm, just a Cindy Lauper "Girls want to have fun" song.. these guys are so anal. I'm trying to see how to get it unblocked.
    Anyone?
  18. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Don't know for others, but for me, in FRANCE, vidéo is O.K.
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  19. burovaleks

    burovaleks n00b

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    В России видео показывает.
    Спасибо автору за приключение. Жалко что оно закончилось.
    Привет из Волгограда.
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  20. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Awesome video man! I loved it.