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

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

  1. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    Nothing wrong with that, we are. So are people from Mexico, the USA and Greenland. Geography seems to be a lost science.

    Oh, and that's just North America - don't forget South America.

    The problem is those people from that small part of the American continent that calls itself the United States of America, don't have a distinct collective name for themselves.

    Quoting Wikipedia:

    Somehow I'm personally attached to "Colonican" and I have many Colonican friends. But that's just me. :lol3
  2. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Getting caught up again...

    Question about your "shortcut" leaving Panajachel. Did you happen to go through a little village called Chicacao?

    I took a shortcut to Panajachel through this town and it was perhaps the gnarliest road I've ever ridden.

    Looking forward to reading about South America.

    Jamie
  3. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Andi and Ellen are great! Well, Ellen is, at least. Can't understand a word that Australian guy is saying... :wink:[/QUOTE]


    Thanks Gene, yeh, love you "Chinese man"

    BTW, We are kiwis from New Zealand. You americans are all the same.:rofl

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  4. mehawley

    mehawley n00b

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    First off: haven't commented yet, but have read every post and look forward to each update.

    At the risk of being impolite, I wanted to ask about finances. I checked back to the beginning and read that you sold your home, cars and as many possessions as you could.

    Are you living off your savings? Have you created any income streams since you left Canada?

    I ask because it seems like you left the sort of life you had been living behind and are creating a whole new way of being in the World.

    Perhaps you've answered this question somewhere along the line and I have forgotten. Even so, an update on how your "financial plan" is panning out, what you've learned and what adjustments you have/will made/make would be of interest (I imagine) to many thread followers.

    Thanks in advance and Be Safe and Well.
  5. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Gene and Neda's plan is to get to Bolivia, rob banks and the payrolls from the tin mines
  6. mikecbrxx

    mikecbrxx Been here awhile

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    Damn....thats what I was going to do :evil
  7. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/117.html


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    Costa Rica is expensive!

    We left Granada and headed south to the border, stopping overnight in Liberia where we stayed at an AirBnB. The owner was quite knowledgeable about all things Costa Rican and told us that the country has successfully marketed itself to foreigners as a safe tourist destination; lots of expats bringing retirement money into the country, as well as skilled professionals moving to CR, and with them came the US chains chasing this new demographic. Unfortunately, for most of the locals, their wages stayed the same and they are suffering the high cost of living.

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    Windmill Alley on the Pan American

    Tamarindo is a great beach-side town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Beautiful sandy beaches and lots of tourists flocking to the surf lessons and snorkel tours. We stayed a couple of days here just to relax a bit and soak up the sun. It's still raining a little bit in the afternoons, and we're finding that it's difficult to predict when the precipitation will come as we travel to different regions and the Central American winter season starts to taper off.

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    Waves make fantastic shapes on the sand at Tamarindo

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    Watching the world go by

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    Neda said we needed more beefcake shots in the blog. The best I could manage was a bit of cheesecake...

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    "...enjoys long walks on the beach as well as blasting through muddy single-trail on a dirtbike..."

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    And here's the beefcake: Fabio emerges out of the forest luring women onto his stable of horses.

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    Tamarindo is a popular place for tourists

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    Dog waits patiently for his master to return from surfing

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    "Sale" in Costa Rican Spanish means mark it up 100% and then discount it 50%...

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    Surf lessons done for the day

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    Paddleboarding into the sunset

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    Sunset on the Pacific Ocean

    We say goodbye to the beach and we're heading back to the interior of Costa Rica to explore a bit more.


    Rainy ride!
  8. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Greetings! Really like your RR keep it comming :D
    Greetings from Serbia.
  9. nameless

    nameless 100% recyclable

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    So that we know that it's not always sunny when you guys ride :) nice music :clap

    Keep safe!
  10. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    I'm so miffed I didn't get all the way to Panama and back. (or cross over to S.A). Simply not enough enough time for me.

    Thanks for letting me know what I missed out on! Both sad and excited about the updates...
  11. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Nope, we took Route 1 directly heading east from Panajachel. I wouldn't call it gnarley, but it had some entertaining switchbacks and elevation changes. And the pavement was so-so (when there was pavement). Here's our route:

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    It may not be entirely new, but it's new to us! I can't speak for anyone else, but before the trip we had a lot of material possessions that while it was nice having, I found it became a bit of a hassle to upkeep. The proverbial "you don't own stuff, stuff owns you", etc. It might have been a knee-jerk reaction to get rid of everything and focus on experiences instead of possessions, and maybe there's a balance between the two that we'll eventually settle on, but right now it's such a liberating feeling not having to worry about payments, licensing, inspection, repairs, cleaning, upgrading, storage, theft/security, insurance, etc.

    It used to take me forever to fall asleep at night. My mind would be racing, preoccupied with planning all the things I needed to take care of the next day, the next week, the next month, etc. For the last year and a half, I only think about the things I've seen during the day. And I fall asleep immediately.

    But that may be because I'm so tired from constantly picking that R1200GS up off of me... :lol3

    There really isn't a plan for anything. What we're finding out is that every place we go to has its own costs so it's not possible to plan for things we don't know first-hand yet. We can do a bit of research to minimize the expenses: try to find cheap hostels, eat and shop where the locals do (which we like to do anyway because it's more enriching that way).

    Having transportation is a bonus to finding cheap accommodations. While we were in Costa Rica, we found a super cheap hotel in a smaller town, and we'd just ride to the attractions we wanted to see instead of staying close-by and paying a premium. Speaking the language also helps, Neda is constantly asking locals for recommendations for places to eat and sleep. It costs money to advertise on TripAdvisor, hotels.com, etc. So if only the locals know about a place, then chances are it's probably going to be a lot cheaper.

    We're finding that the slower we go, the less expensive our travel becomes (on a per day basis). If we stay longer in a place, we're able to secure cheaper accommodations, buy food in bulk that lasts us a few days instead of meals on the go, and not spend as much on gas that particular day.

    Central America has been very kind to our budget, but I've heard South America gets a bit more expensive as you travel south. But in that case, we'll just do what we did in North America - camp more, grocery-shop more.

    We're just taking each day as it comes.
  12. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    That's the secret to a happy life, mate. :D
  13. junkyardroad

    junkyardroad Been here awhile

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    Indeed. Words to live by. As my turn gets closer, I have less and less to be rid of, and it truly feels good.
  14. MKJ

    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    Many Down Under refer to us as Yanks or Seppos (septic tank rhymes with yank). Just not the classy folks on this site, unless they know you well.:lol3
  15. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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    Thank you so much for sharing your journey Gene and Neda!!
    Have anticipated and enjoyed every post. Well done.

    This is breathtakingly beautiful!! And the beach ain't bad either...:D
    MORE!!
  16. Balanda

    Balanda on any sunday

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    Thems that don't the good folk of the US often perceive them by the media through the prism of Govt, mainly foreign policy. Those that do get to know the people have nothing but warm regard for the citizens of the US, seeing them as honest, open, unpretentious people. God bless America.
  17. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    This is why I stay glued to this thread. (this, and your outstanding travel companion! :evil :deal)

    Seriously, I believe this attitue you have is one of the cornerstones to having a simple, happy life. Well done Sir, you've earned it!! :clap
    I've been working on inplementing it into my own life as well...but alas, this is much easier said than done!! :becca


    GodSpeed Kids!! :norton
  18. mehawley

    mehawley n00b

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    Thanks Gene (and Neda!). I don't have any trouble falling asleep, but I feel "lighter" with less stuff.

    I appreciate your reply; thank you.

    Be Safe and Well and Enjoy!
  19. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    :D I wouldn't beat myself up too much over it.

    Living like a nomad lends itself well to an ascetic lifestyle. The tricky part is when you're settled down, and social and recreational pursuits start to require equipment and gear. I'm very cognizant that our minimalism may be an extreme pendulum swing away from the excess of our past life.

    If we ever put down roots, would I deny myself a snowboard, a dirtbike and a guitar? If I can afford it, probably not... :hmmmmm
  20. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Dearest Gene and Neda,

    If you enjoyed Guatemala, I imagine Colombia won't disappoint. Rio Sereno is a nice border crossing from CR to Panama.

    While in Costa Rica, I certainly enjoyed staying in a cabina at Rancho Diandrew just north of Uvita. Waterfall massages are great therapy for ADVriders. Kind of off the beaten track, but you might like it.

    Hope to see you down the road. Really enjoying your wit and ride reporting chops. Keep up the good work amigos.


    Kindest regards,
    John Downs