Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Neda and I got our motorcycle licenses together in spring of 2004, as an engagement present to ourselves. We thought it would be a neat thing to do.

    We took day trips, hung out at motorcycle meets, rode on group rides, did track days, took longer motorcycle trips, rode dirt bikes, became motorcycle instructors, took even longer trips, and then dealt with the aftermath, the ensuing ennui of "real life" - the anchor of a home, the jobs and the bills; the maintenance of everything we've accumulated in our collective seven decades on earth.

    So the solution seemed logical to us: quit the jobs, sell our home and everything in it, and set out on THE motorcycle journey with no route planned, no end in sight and no return date in mind.

    Here are some pics from our blog: http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw

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    It all starts with a bike... Actually, this was one of the last things we did to prepare for our trip!

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    This is what's left of our earthly possessions after a few rounds of Keep, Sell, Throw Away, Give Away. Now to get it all on our bikes...!

    The preparations were long and tedious, possibly the content of another blog entry, and we did manage to finally leave Toronto two days later than we had planned - See! We're already sticking to our "No Plan" resolution.

    Our early Sunday morning ride out of Ontario was a breath of fresh air, after the stifling, hectic bustle of the previous few weeks. No responsibility but to ride and ride and ride. A few things still lingered on my mind, one motorcycle, one SUV still left to sell, and the turnover of keys for the condo when we returned in 2 1/2 weeks. And the weather was beautiful! So unlike all of our other motorcycle trips.

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    I've left just enough space for myself between the tank bag and the stuff piled on the rear seat. Hopefully I don't gain any weight on this trip...

    'm taking my trusty R1200GS. It does handle like a pig now with all the weight in the back, the front end feels so light and I have to push the bars a lot harder so I don't run wide in turns. Ack!

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    First day's ride

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    Picked up some yummy strawberries at Flynn's Corners before hitting the 507

    We rode all our favorite back roads out of Ontario and knocked on the door of our very good friends in Ottawa, Kevin and Manon, who generously fed us with ice cream in the garage and let us set up our tent in their back yard. Just in case you are thinking they aren't very good friends at all, I am deathly allergic to their two cats who glared at me with knowing malintent through the screen door of the back porch.

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    Coming off the R1200ST's shaft drive, Neda has to get used to lubing her chain drive every evening now. Haha!

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    Cooling off with a little ice cream in the garage

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    Easing me into camping, backyard-style. Just like a kid.

    I'm not a camping-kinda guy. My idea of roughing it means no fluffy white robe hanging on the back of the bathroom door and no mints on the pillow. Neda, on the other hand, is NatureGirl, so she was really looking forward to getting a lot of outdoor-time.

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    Neda and Manon prepare breakfast, while I watch from the back porch.

    Leaving Kevin and Manon's place, I accidentally left my GPS case lying on the top of one of my saddlebags. The rear is so crowded with all the dry bags, extra fuel tank, toolkit and backpack that it's easy to misplace something back there. By the time I had realized it was missing, it had already been sacrificed to the highway gods. :(

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    Kevin: "The only thing this driveway needs is more GSes...!"


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    GS convention in Kevin and Manon's driveway
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  2. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Gonna try to update this thread regularly from our blog.

    But I'm in a tent right now...
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  3. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great time! I'm looking forward to reading as you go along.
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  4. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Be careful, God's speed.
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  5. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

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    This sounds like it will be a great ride, I'm in. :lurk

    You can never have too many GSes...! :beer
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  6. BullShatter

    BullShatter Been here awhile

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    Ride Safely guys...I look forward to your journey.
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  7. 2wheelherman

    2wheelherman 2wheelherman

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    Subscribed!! :clap
    Have fun and be save.
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  8. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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  9. Sbeau

    Sbeau newoldguy

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    Outstanding! Can't wait to follow along!
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  10. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    :lurk Subscribed!

    My wife and I have talked about this ourselves so really looking forward to watching your travels!
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  11. Sojourner2005

    Sojourner2005 Been here awhile

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    :clap Subscribed. Good luck on your trip!
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  12. GypsyWriter

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    Oooh!! I'm totally IN! :lurk I hope to do this very soon myself so a list of places to go and more tips for the road would be greatly appreciated. :freaky
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  13. GB

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    Hey Gene,

    Good luck and best wishes for a great adventure!! Keep us posted :thumb
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  14. DEIYIAN

    DEIYIAN n00b

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    :clapIt sounds romantic just like the traditional Balkan (serbian) song "Ajde, Jano!", that goes like this:

    Come on, Jana, let's dance the kolo.
    Come on, Jana, let's sell the horses.
    We'll sell them just so we can dance.
    Come on Jana, let's sell the house.
    We'll sell it just so we can dance.

    Have a great time!!!:wave
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  15. Maverick75

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    I'm in. Good luck.
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  16. Mike_drz

    Mike_drz Banned

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    being honest is the best way, that's what our rider keep tracing after, freedom. bussiness been really bad go see it yourself...
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  17. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Wishing you the best! Looking forward to your adventures.
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  18. bomose

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    WOW ! What a concept. Wish I had done this 30 years ago. It's what we all dream of. Good luck on your travels.:clap
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  19. chelo5sur

    chelo5sur Been here awhile

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    I m in , following from Chile.
    Hope you find whta you are looking for ...
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  20. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Im in as well! Good luck out there!!!
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