Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    We often resist the turning of the pages of life because of the comfort we have in staying in the same chapter. But that is not how a book gets read or a life lived. I know when college ends, children are born, loved ones lost, that we are sometimes forced into the next chapter.

    Most of the time, we would prefer the comfort of no change. I can't tell you how much I have grown as a person when I had to deal with "forced" change. Much like when it's time for eaglets to fly the Momma eagle actually brings rocks and sticks into the nest purposely making it uncomfortable for them to stay.

    Mark, you have shown me (and us in ADV community) that turning the pages to the next chapter is life and to embrace it! The safe move would have been to stay in the nest back home, but somehow or someway your nest was stirred to enable you to fly off for adventure. You my friend are a true adventurer............... :clap

    ps - pm me whenever you head through AZ, let's ride!
  2. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Been here awhile

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    There is hardly anything that I enjoy more than a well told story. Thank you.
  3. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Awesome! Inspirational! Motivational! Splendid! Emotional! Wonderful!...
    Too many superlatives to describe your ride report! WELL DONE!!! :clap
  4. KLR 41B

    KLR 41B Been here awhile

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    Thanks for letting us tag along on your journey. It's been a great ride!
  5. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Adventurer

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    Thanks for allowing us to follow along with you on this chapter of your life. The friends you have made, the lives you have touched, across the globe, priceless. Owing you so much more then a handshake and a pat on the back for a job (chapter) well done. Mark when in Los Angeles, please contact me, my offer still stands, if a dinner, a bed, or airport pickup, suits you. Or any level of assistance, just ask.

    Onwards & upwards!
    Mike B
    Downey, CA
    lapopular@aol.com
  6. Jibby

    Jibby Adventurer

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    Radioman (Mark),

    Thanks for letting us come along on your journey. I have been following almost from the beginning. Your's is an inspiring tale.

    I hope you can let us know when you are in the Los Angeles area. I would love to meet you for part of the ride and buy you an adult beverage or two.

    Jibby
  7. anglyn

    anglyn Adventurer

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    Thanks mark
    Enjoyed your report greatly. All the best for the future
    Regards angus
  8. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    Here here, I'm in for that! :beer
  9. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Jibby. Will PM you next week, once I get back from riding...... Thanks for the offer. I arrive LAX 11/21 PM. Will try to pick my bike up that day or the next morning....

    Depending on picking up the bike timing ...... Meet up might be in order.
  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    WOW Thanks for all the kind comments. I will reply to them in the week ahead.... But I am out the door to go ride :ricky making the most of my time here. off to the north of Cape Town to the Cederberg. Should be a great ride and big Braai!

    Quick Update but lots more for early next week!

    More of this. Love the signs.....

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    Last few days exploring the coast.

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    Last weekend we rode down to the most Southernly point of Africa at Cape Agulhas. It is always fun to get to these kinds of "destinations" .... And love fantastic photos from LILY!! So great to have these pics!

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    Had to ride past the barricades to ride the last 150M down the past, over the rocks to the Sign.... Just must be done.

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    Had to wait in line..... :lol3 chatting with the other visitors!

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    Made it to the most southernly point of Africa!!

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    with Jorg and Lily! What a treat they booth have been!

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    A jump you say!! Two women from Mussell bay were laughing hard as I did my jumps!!


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    where Radioman now? Lots of giggles from the crowd!

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    Then to celebrate arriving at this southern point.......... Why not! a jump of all jumps!! (Jorg says " Front Page" right there! :lol3
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    Cannot help but share a few more Lily photos. They are great!


    Quite breaking the rules.

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    Radioman Fan club

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    Two guys discussing the ship wreck!

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    Lily has a great sense of humor too.

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  11. OtterChaos

    OtterChaos Guzzi Guzzi Guzzi

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    Like the rest, sad to see your report ending but interested to see how the next chapter starts! If you need anything or someone to buy you lunch near San Luis Obispo on your trip up the PCH feel free to drop me a line. I live just south of SLO.
  12. Richardfci

    Richardfci n00b

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    Thanks for taking me along.:clap
  13. Motorrev

    Motorrev Semi-Adventurer

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    Radioman,
    The last time I posted was not long after you passed thru the Texas panhandle and it was 107 degrees, I think. Look what has happened in your life since. Its been very special keeping up with your adventure. Looking forward to more as your life continues with this great sport of motorcycling.
    Blessings,
    Bob
  14. IdeaWife

    IdeaWife Been here awhile

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    I go out of town for a few days and come back to the end of the journey? :cry

    And what an amazing journey it has been! :clap

    Thanks so much for taking us along:ricky::beer

    We moved from Orcutt down to Buellton. Bigger house within walking distance to brewery and winery. Lots of good riding and bicycling around here. You are welcome any time!

    Sandy and Dana
  15. azorat

    azorat grand Vizir

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    Mark,
    I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of "thank you" that is coming out of this amazing community.
    You took us through a fantastic adventure, you made us laugh at some of your funny remarks and comments, you posted great pictures and videos.
    You also made us sombrely reflect on the realities of Alzheimer's disease and you made us cry with the story of Reesey.
    (for those who missed the posts back in 2012: a 2 year girl that developed cancer. From what I see in her mother's blog, Reesey is not out of danger, but she is doing better).

    So: thank you again.
    Keep us posted on next Chapter 4 on your life - and keep on doing your "Radioman jump"! :clap
  16. scarter435

    scarter435 Adventurer

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    I join everyone else in congratulating you on a magnificent ride report, which ought to be made into a book or a movie. Or perhaps you should become the world spokesman for BMW motorcycles... This thread sets the mark for internet postings which isn't likely to be topped for a long time.

    Thanks for sharing your life - and your outlook on the world - with us. It's been an inspiration to many.
  17. Vagabond_Explorer

    Vagabond_Explorer Relax_Unwind_Chill

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    Mark, when you were here in Sydney, I thought you might end up with a job or marry an Australian bikini model. But then I always remember someone's tag line, "a wife and a steady job have been the ruin of many a good biker".

    Many of you don't know this, but Mark is just as good on 4 wheels as he is on 2.

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    He gets on well with the locals.

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    He's a great co-pilot.

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    Everyone he comes across is touched by his humanity and good humour.

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    We wish you well, Mark, and hope to catch up one day with you in the USA! Thanks for inspiring us with your travels and wonderful stories. :clap
  18. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Hey Mark,
    WOW!! Thats how my Sunday morning starting after catching up from a few weeks of way to much stuff going on. I can't believe the journey is coming to an end, but I am happy that you are returning back home safe.

    I know I am not the only one that has followed you from the start, but what I didn't realize until I went back and looked this morning was just how long I have been following this RR. I realized that I was the 4th post on this 400 page thread!!! First 3 were yours!!!!! Although I have only met you briefly, I, along with the rest of the ADV community, feel like I have known you a lifetime!! You pour your heart into writing about all your travels, I have read the other RRs, and know deep down you are one very special person and very easy to make a friend.

    I can say that I am happy and sad this morning. Your adventures are inspiring, you words make us all see there is still good in people and the world in general. So I am sad to see this chapter end. But I am happy that you are coming home and will be able to move on with the next chapter and maybe just be more Mark than Radioman for a little while. I am sure your family misses you and will be very glad to have you home for the holidays.

    The door to The A2 Resort is always open for you my friend. Angie and I would love to have you come for a visit. I have two bikes now, so you could fly and be like a normal tourist in south FLA!!! Ride safe these last few weeks and I hope your transit back to the states goes smoothly!!! Of course you have this whole shipping thing down pretty good now, so I am sure it will be a piece of cake.

    Take Care,
    Andy and Angie.

    ps.........so next spring I am heading to the SW to tag the fourth corner of the US and Canada on the bike. June/July 2015 going back to AK so that my riding buddy can tag his last corner. Maybe we ride together again soon!!
    A
  19. RokLobster

    RokLobster Far from sanity

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    A sincere thank you Mark. I too have been following along since the beginning of your ride (I joined the forum because of your report) and have vicariously lived your adventure and am saddened to hear that it will soon end. There are a few bikers on this site that are inspiring in their travels - Colebatch, RoninMoto (Noah), iDave, RTWDoug, and many others (too many to list here) and of course Radioman. The difference to me, between you and the others, is you have shared multiple journeys - the loss of Chris, your healing process, and your travels. For this, and your sincerity in sharing those journeys, we thank you and I for one will miss my daily checks to see where you are in the world and in what new adventures you have participated. Again, thank you and if you are ever in New England - either giving a talk or just riding about, let us New Englander's know, I am sure that are quite a few that would love to share a beer or two with you. :1drink
  20. GoosePilot

    GoosePilot Bicycle

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    Mark - whan an honour and absolute pleasure to have met you this weekend at the OASIS! (http://www.cederbergoasis.co.za/)
    So glad you're having a great time and more than that - the fact that you are enjoying our beautiful country.......... which undoubtably has some of the most stunning DS riding in the world.....(fyi - we have over 500,000km of roads of which only 12% have been paved....... DS heaven!)

    So you timed it perfectly to join our bi-annual get together at one of our favourite spots.... FANTASTIC......... The Wilddog Adventure Rider Forum (www.wilddog.za.net) have some great people and we hope that you felt right at home!

    Thought you'd enjoy a few of the pics I took........ section of road on the way to the venue.

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    what we were all there for...... Pig & Lamp on a Spit :clap
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    friends made......... Paul (Monkeyboy) Mark, Leigh (MissM), Peter (Goose) & Andy (Andy660)

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    Mark's portion.........

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    pure enjoyment!! :freaky

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    bit of a panmorama of the campsite in the Cederberg........

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    Safe travels my friend - until we meet again! :thumb