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

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

  1. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    WHAT? We got no list of questions!

    Now I'm nervous...! :yikes
  2. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    Gene:

    no need to be nervous, you know everything . . . you'll be just fine

    bob
  3. lightcycle

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    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/51.html

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    A few weeks ago, Mark from ADV sent us an invite, opening up his guest house to Neda and I. So we spent nearly a week with him and his family, during which time they basically adopted us!

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    Mark and I installing engine bars on my bike

    After getting the bikes powerwashed and cleaned, we got to work installing the SW-Motech crash bars that I had ordered and sent to Mark's place. My big GS has eaten more gravel in the last 5 months than in the last 6 years I've owned her. Since we're showing no aversion to dirty, gravelly, sandy roads, I thought I'd quit being such a tough guy and give her a little more protection. Mark told me he builds and fixes airplanes for a living, so I guess he's qualified to help me out.

    Actually, not being very mechanically-minded, I was quite nervous having an airplane mechanic look over my shoulder while installing something as simple as crash bars:

    "Um Mark, could you hand me one of those thingies with the C-thingie on the end?"
    "You mean a wrench, Gene?"
    "If that's what you Americans call it...!"

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    California oranges growing in Mark's back yard

    Mark lives in a small community just north of San Diego, and the weather there is perfect! We've spent so long outrunning the freezing cold, riding further and further south, and outside of Death Valley, this is perhaps the first time we've reached such an ideal climate for riding. And we've got a bed and roof to sleep under as well! We spent a lot of time with Mark and his family; they had us over for dinner, we had them over for dinner (in their own guest house) - they are a really close-knit family with a love for travel and motorsports. Exactly our kind of folks!

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    Giving Susie some tips on riding. Here I'm showing her how short fingernails facilitate in the braking process

    Susie, Mark's wife, mentioned that she was looking to do more street riding but needed to brush up on her skills. Since Neda and I were motorcycle instructors in our past life, we totally jumped on the opportunity to help her out. We borrowed a TW200 from one of Mark's friends and rode it out to the airport where Mark works for some parking lot practice.

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    After a quick lesson on push-steering, Susie slaloms like a pro!

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    I try out the TW and AHHH!!! No unbalanced panniers, bike turns too quickly!!!

    Mark invited us to stay till after Thanksgiving, telling us that the traffic would be too bad to travel over the holidays. This was our first ever American Thanksgiving, in America, with Americans, and it was such a heart (and belly) warming experience. Mark and Susie don't have a lot of family in the area, so every year they have an "Orphans' Thanksgiving", inviting all of their friends who also don't have family nearby to spend the holidays with. We definitely fell into that category!

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    Neda helped cook, I just stayed out of the way. But I did put the marshmallows on the yams!

    Mark is an excellent cook, timing all the dishes to be ready at the same time with military precision. Neda picked up some great recipes from him, and I was astounded that you could put marshmallows over potatoes and have them turn out so delicious! Copious amounts of brown sugar and pecans also help!

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    Thanksgiving with our adopted family. Neda and I had such huge grins over the whole week!

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    Susie made pumpkin pie. Sean, their youngest son in the background

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    Mike, their oldest son was celebrating his birthday as well!

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    Mark and Mike and a few of their friends took us to some of their favorite twisty roads in the area. We rode Hwy 76 around Escondido and then up the road to the Palomar observatory

    After spending a week with Mark and his family, we're leaving in much better shape (round is a shape, right?) physically and mentally for the journey ahead. The time was well spent gathering new maps, new insurance and new currency. We rode away from our temporary sanctuary waving ecstatic goodbyes. I hope we'll see Mark and Susie and their family again soon in our travels!
  4. eddyturn

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    Yay Mark and Susie!! :clap
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    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    It just get better with every installment.
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    Get there early and ASK for the list of questions. All radio interviewers make up lists of questions and give them to the guest in advance so that the show doesn't turn into dead air when the guest can't answer the question. :rofl
  7. Vato Jinete

    Vato Jinete Feo del Norte

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    How tough can it be? It's all about y'all.
    Good luck and I'll be tuning in.
  8. livewire

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    From the looks of the map, looks like you were visiting the Temecula - Murrieta area.
    Most excellent you got to ride Palomar Mountain! :thumbup
  9. JNXPILOT

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    Just listened to you guys on Sidestandup. :ear You are doing an awesome job with the RR and pics. :clap Be safe out there!
  10. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    Wish I had knew you were going to be in Winnipeg, I had a place for you to stay at our beach house. When you make it around the world and back to the Peg again, look me up. We'll make sure you'll want for nothing.
  11. DanielR

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    Love the Canada humor. :clap
  12. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Repeatedly contentious, but so damn accurate

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    Gene/Neda...I apologize for displaying attitude last night in the chatroom concerning Tom's comment that those that use a GPS when travelling are not fun people. The way he said it smacked of some kind of minimalistic elitism...and it just struck a chord.
    I do understand from others that Tom is a pretty good guy. That was my first time listening to Sidestanddown...

    It was great hearing your voices, and hearing descriptions of your trip. I hope the two of you enjoy countless days and miles trouble free on your journey.

    Let me know if you ever are in the N Ohio area (dunno why you would be :rofl) and I'll show you around.
  13. Scootard

    Scootard Scraggle McSquarely

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    Really enjoyed sharing some time with you last evening. You neglected to post Mark and Susie's contact info, we enjoy roundness!! We will be that way later next week. I guess you are happy to have a few days off, and now happy to be back on the road. The new bars should help if you have another off. Looking fwd. to your next installments. :ricky :ricky

    http://ddo2jl.blogspot.ca http://patricia-coutts.blogspot.ca/
  14. lightcycle

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    Thanks so much for the support last night, guys! It was a fun (and slightly stressful) experience.

    Stupid Skype wasn't transmitting our keypad tones to log into the conference call! You guys were great in the chat-room: "Keep trying! They're stalling on air!" :clap
  15. Budo675

    Budo675 Been here awhile

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    Hands down one of the best ride reports I've read. I caught up to page 35 of the thread and now I'll just have to wait for more updates... :cry.


    Oh, and I hope to be able to do something similar in the future :clap
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    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Just listened to the show, good job. Did you say you were in Rosalia or Santa Rosalia in Baja? I didn't get what was said.

    Bien Vieje.
  17. 4Rider

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    Livewire- You are close. From Fallbrook we went out Highway 76 past Palomar Mountain to Lake Henshaw, up and over Mesa Grande to Santa Isabella, then up towards Julian. Outside Julian we took Winola Road around the north side of the hill to the Banner Grade. Down the Banner Grade to Scissors Crossing, then up San Felipe Road to Highway 79, back Palomar and up the hill to the Observatory. Unfortunately the Observatory closes early in the winter (I guess you call this time of year winter here) so no photos of the Hale Telescope or the big dome. Back down the Mountain and back home to Fallbrook just before dark. I'd planned on heading north around 79 to Diamond Valley and the Temecula Wine Country, or maybe taking the Palomar Divide Forest Service Roads, but we spent too long at lunch and ran out of time.

    A nice ride with everything from the coastal hills to mountain meadows, oak forest, pine forest and western desert. No freeways, just good 2-lane highways.

    It really sucks to live in So Cal! We sometimes go days without good riding weather, and it gets hard to justify having the bikes sitting in the garage gathering dust..............

    If anybody is headed this way drop me a PM and we can suggest some good routes around the area.

    Mark
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  18. 4Rider

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    Scootard-

    I'm 4Rider here on the ADV forums. We are in Fallbrook and Susie and I are always happy to make time to meet riders passing through. So Cal isn't much of a destination for adventure tourers, but we do have some very nice rides both on and off the road around the area. ADV Inmates are always welcome at our house!

    If you are still going to be in the area PM me and I'll send you my cell number so we can arrange to meet.

    Mark
  19. 4Rider

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    OK all, I gotta tell you what an incredibly great time it was having Gene and Neda stop by and stay with us for a few days. They are perfect guests, and within a short time of their arriving they felt much more like visiting family or the best of friends back for a stay rather then people we had just met.

    If you are wondering what Gene and Neda are really like, well, they really are just what they appear to be in their blog/report. Always smiling, totally relaxed and truly in their element just touring around seeing whatever comes their way.


    Their perpetual smiles on display
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    If you ever have the opportunity to meet or talk with them, don't pass that chance by. You will be richer for the experience!

    A couple of photos from their stay:

    Gene's up-armored GS
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    Clean & shiny, ready for whatever is next
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    Lots of new friends to ride with
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    Passionate about teaching- When in doubt, more throttle

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    No, really. More throttle. Like this........
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    TTFN. Headed south to warmer climes!
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    Wow. What a great pair of folks to meet and share time with!

    Mark & Susie
  20. bruceo

    bruceo Been here awhile

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    Whew! Been chasing you guys for a while now and just caught up. Thanks for all the work you put into posting your travels, it's great to be able to tag along... :D