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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
I've been following along since day one. Great to see you meet one of your goals
Having been on this trip for 557 Days now, it is time for a bit of reflection as I have reached a big Milestone on this Journey. Indeed it is a destination that I have planned on from the beginning of this adventure. It has been a true blessing and very exciting as I share the last 12 days on the road, and their huge accomplishment riding from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia with Dick and Diana, and Ken!!
It is the "fin del Mundo" (end of the world), but not the end of my trip! But a Milestone I will never forget!
For those of you following on Spotwalla map, it appears that the SPOT has lost connection with the satellites just south of Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fuego
Jumping for joy at the end of the world!
553 days ago was the start. Rode west with ADVrider Camogreg to the most westerly point in the US.
Then I rode across the US to see the space shuttle Launch summer 2011, and the most southern point in the US
Then North to the most easterly point in US,
Then to most Easterly point in North America. Outside St John, New Foundland
Then back across the United States covering 37 US states and 5 canadian provinces (I have ridden in 49 US states and all the Canadian Provinces on my past rides).
Then through Mexico, and Central America and now through South America to the End of the world with a side trip to Ride in the Himalayas. Including the highest Motorable road in the world at 18,380 feet!
In between my travels to ride in India I celebrated my 50th birthday with lovely friends and family
and had a few Parties to share stories and videos! (thanks Bob you are the very best Host!)
Met a beautiful woman while lobbying for more help for people and families dealing with Alzheimers Disease. Not sure where this will go in the future, but know that the meeting was a real blessing!
And my ADV rider friends in Portland!!
and some of my best friends in the world.
Through the Middle of the world
And now an milestone at the end of the world.
So much I have experienced, and so much I have gained as I have been on this journey. I shared the "destinations" above but know that they are only part of the journey. They are connected together in a way that never really can be explained. But as I have said so many times in this Ride Report, it has been the people I have met and the interactions that I have shared that are the most important part of the journey for me. and Actually everyone that has shared these pages of this Ride Report are important to me. Those that have Posted comments and encouragements, or PM and emailed me along the way, all that have helped me, and gone out of their ways to guide, share and encourage me, All the ADV riders and others who have had me stay in their homes or provided me help along the way and those that have simply read my ride report and enjoyed it! To all Thank You!!
In closing this long post. I would like to just share some of the people that I have ridden with on my ride. If I do not put you in .....The omission is not on purpose or because you were not important, but this thread is long enough and you all have lives to live, and it does not need to be a "war and peace" novel
My "guys" in the support group for Alzheimer's that are caring for their wives. What an honor and privilege to know you as you show great love and strength as you to your best to care for your wives
Hells Canyon ADV rider. What a send off!
Thanks Ladybug. Your the best!
ADV riders from Portland
My Niece and her family
My aunt and uncle
My nephew Josh and His lovely wife Susan (and baby Eli ...Now over a year old)
My step Son Jake
My Brother Bruce
My Brother Scott and Alison and the kids
My cousins (Mel and Laurel and Aunt Fran)
Oregoncoast and his lovely wife
Cuttle and Hunter
Hutch451 and his brother Pork Butt
idave and ijulie
Pam, Paul and Carsen
Cstain Craig, Meagan and Ethan (eh)
Feo y Gordo and Pansy
Brother in Law Brad, Deb, and Nephew Adam
Childhood Buddy Tad & Family
His better Half
Ramona and Krista
Miss Shrader 4th grade class.
Skip and Cathy (Idaho Sam)
Diana who did the Galapagos Islands with me
Chanderjeet and his little Sofia
Guaterider (Julio and Luisa)
Mike and Jill
Jordan and Anne
Dick and Diana and Ken.
WOW. Once I started reviewing photo from the last 553 days, it gets overwhelming .... I feel like I was presenting at the Academy Awards and I missed something in my big speech.... If I did not mention you by name or put your photo on the RR, forgive me. I have the memories in my mind and in my heart!! Thanks for understanding!
The reason for the long post is that I am grateful for this journey much more than the destination. The people I have connected with, through the ride are amazing. To me this is the real beauty of my journey and had made this experience such a rich one for me. I cannot explain in words that emotions that I feel as I look back over this ride. Gratitude is the one that seems to stand out to me! We have met as "strangers" but are now friends!!
equals "priceless" in my life. Thanks for following along!
And just a few stats on the trip so far.....
22,500 miles on my 1150 GS in 37 states and 5 provinces
23,100 on 800GS 14 coutries
3500 on Enfield in India
48,500 Miles total since June 2011 (78,053km Kilometers)
7 rear tires
1 Flat tire
1 missing glove and a pair of sunglasses
2 crashes with little to no injury to me
(But the bike sustained one hole is side case and blown from tire, one bent fork tube)
More smiles and great experiences than I can imagine! and I still have plenty of journey left to go.
Just awesome! Thanks for taking the time to take us all along on your incredible journey. Well done.
Great post Mark. Congratulations
I have followed your RR from the beginning Mark. "Fantastic Journey" you are truely living your life and taking the time to smell the roses on your way.You are so correct in saying that the people who have come into your life on this journey are the most important part of it all. I wish you safe travels as you go forward with the rest of your trip to wherever your heart desires.Thanks so much for taking us along with you.
congratulations Radioman, but I am sure your not done yet
you still have 5764 views to hit 1 Million
Super great way to end this leg of your journey Mark. Just like a good movie with all the credits at the end being in your heart.
I'm really looking forward to see how the bacon is in Antartica :)))))
Will you start a new thread for that trip?
rj from walla walla
Exceptional journey and fine, fine storytelling.
Congratulations on this next milestone--thanks for inviting me along, and for taking all of us on each step of the way.
Your's is truly an epic tale I have enjoyed from the start. I have been inspired by both the geographic distances and spiritual paths you have traveled.
I am moved by your obvious gratitude for the experience.
Thanks for letting us travel along with you.
Is that the only theft you have experienced during all of this time, all of these countries and thousands and thousands of miles on the road?? :eek1 I for one would consider that to be pretty darn lucky! I'm sure happy your wallet, ID, bank cards, and other credentials are still safe and sound! Heck Motoport would probably send you a brand new pair just for the great exposure you are giving them.....anyone know anyone at Motoport?
Again, Congrats on this accomplishment!!
My ride continues..... this thread is the whole trip until I return home one day.........
Yup only things I have lost or had stolen..... Very lucky!
Don't come home until you either can't pull the clutch or stomp that bike of yours into gear!
Craig & Natalie
Congratulations Mark! Glad to see you make it all the way down there. Truly no one deserves it more than you.
Looking forward to seeing the Antarctica pictures.
Wow, congratulations Mark, what an epic journey this has been. I've enjoyed and will continue to do so, every page of this report. I can not imagine the amount of time and effort that went into this. Thank you so much for taking us along.
Now remember Africa is calling!
Wow... Great journey
We hope you in Sao Paulo.
I've been with you since the beginning. Great report. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers, have been following since day one.............I just tried to explain to my girlfriend how amazing you are & how well I know you....she just gave me a crooked smile........like I had been drinking.....
Carpe Diem = Radioman
Thanks for the continuing inspiration. Another inmate said it best several months ago.....'you are the Dali lama of adventure riding'
ride on, and ride safe my friend & thanks for sharing your adventures
I'm sure I speak for many- you need gloves or glasses PM me & they're on the way my friend.