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

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

  1. lightcycle

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    Val di Mello is in the Italian Alps, a couple of hours north of Milan, near the Swiss border

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    The area is world-famous for rock climbing, the sheer granite walls climbing high above the valley

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    But it's also great for hiking. Not that I would know... I'm just captioning Neda's great photos.
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    Still water in Val di Mello

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    Reflecting on the beautiful scenery around them

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    Neda bonding with her niece
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    Water is still as glass!

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    North, South, East and West. The rooster knows where we've been...

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    Sestras!
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    Tea is sharing her pictures of the day with her very proud Aunt Neda

    Although we've spent the last couple of years traveling all over this continent, we're never too far away that we can't ride back to Milan to visit the family every 3-4 months. Even in that short a time-frame, we've seen Tea grow so much in between visits. After we leave, we're not sure when the next time we'll see her. :(

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    Tea just joined a basketball team!

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    Attending one of her league games. The family drives her all over the city to play against other teams.

    So much fun cheering her on. Now I know how the soccer moms and hockey dads feel!
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    Beautiful photos, Neda. But, mmm... looks cold.
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    The beauty of hiking is that its only cold when you stop moving :rilla
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    Ha ha, very true. We have a similar issue riding in Australia. You start cooking when you stop. Sometimes a windscreen is too much interference with the cooling air flow. :kboom
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    Later on in the week, we take a road trip to Como, about an hour outside of Milan

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    Como is the halfway point between Milan and Lugano, where Bettina is riding down from to meet us!

    We haven't seen her since the BMW Enduro Course in Germany. That was over a year ago! She told us that she enjoyed the course so much that she's been back twice ever since!

    Hardcore!

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    We had lunch with Bettina and walked around Como a bit, catching up on each other's lives
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    And also sharing some ice cream!

    So good to see her again!

    The last couple of years in Europe have been so social because we have so many friends and family on this continent. It's been a delight doing a bit of touring, then resting and hanging out with people we know, then going back to touring again. Hopefully the next place we go, we can also make new friends to hang out with between moto-touring. I'm sure it will happen! :D

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    On the way back from Como, it rains on us. Of course. Europe had to give us one last proper wet sendoff before we leave.

    After a very relaxing couple of weeks in Milan, we rode over to Croatia to put the bikes away.
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    Did some last minute maintenance: a good cleaning, changed the oil and filter, poured some fuel stabilizer in the gas tank.

    Neda's family in Pula has let us store our bikes in their garage again.

    As we closed the door on the garage, we gazed upon our motorcycles one last time. There's a heaviness in the air because both of us sense that we may not see our motorcycles again for a very long time.

    There's a lot unspoken between Neda and I during the last few weeks. Even with our FOMO, we know we've thoroughly explored Europe to our satisfaction, so we've both acknowledged that this leg of our journey is over. But what's been left unsaid is how we feel about continuing the trip after our winter break in Thailand...

    This is the worst travel fatigue we've felt. Ever.

    We're not excited about motorcycle travel at all. Although we never know *exactly* where we are going to go, we've *always* had some ideas before; a few destinations in mind that we usually make a decision on at the last minute.

    This time - nothing. Nada. The only option we've actually discussed is returning back to Toronto when it becomes too hot to stay in Thailand.

    Maybe for good.

    We've been traveling for close to nine months now, non-stop. It's the longest stretch of riding we've ever done without some kind of a long break.

    In hindsight, I think it was a mistake to have gone so long without a rest.

    I think it's ended the trip for us.
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    We took an early morning bus from Pula to Zagreb, to get to the international airport. On the ride over the mountains.... SNOW!!!

    What a strange sight! We've spent so many seasons chasing the endless summer back and forth across the equator that it feels like we're seeing the white stuff for the very first time!

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    The bus stops for a snack break and we find ourselves frolicking in this winter wonderland!

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    Ok, the snow is nice and all, but we're headed for sunshine now. Ciao!
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    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! :2cryWhat does this mean? :dunno I just realised I've been following you guys for nearly 10% of my life (52). It can't end like this. You can't stop! If you do, can you please keep writing as if you are still travelling. Call it a novel, a book, fiction. So we can all still look forward to the next instalment.
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    Relax.... its a cliff hanger to the end of the season ;)
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    Oh, so just like end of season five of GAN instead of GOT? Shouldn't we get some trailers for season six then?
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    I'm heading to Thailand next month for about six weeks and my friend and I plan on renting bikes in Chiang Mai around the second week of march for a week or so - maybe we can meet?
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    Only if you have a time machine! :lol3 This last post is from Nov. 2016, Gene is catching up on his posts! Thanks for the frequent updates!
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    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    TTFN...it's been a great read!
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    Spicciani2 Been here awhile

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    Well by now they might be back in Thailand again..... Seriously someone is gonna need to placate Elsa and put an end to this Coldfront. Even the deep south is in deep freeze.... I cant imagine these snowbirds are anywhere cold....
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    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    They're not somewhere cold. Spoiler alert: They're somewhere warm, but it's not in Asia. :evil
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    Shhhhhh! No spoilers! :raindance
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