Rideforsmiles, Solo Australian to Africa Europe and Beyond, starting June 26th 2011.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rideforsmiles, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    I guess this BMW at least has to last to be part of your wedding, since its been so much a part of your lives since you meet, up to this point.

    Congratulations on the marriage to both of you.
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  2. MaNDan

    MaNDan 'Old Japanese cycles & '26Chevy truck

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    That photo of your wrecked car, followed by the Ride Like the Wind power point, is truly amazing.
    Take care and stay safe.
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  3. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Cheers guys I always joked if I do write a book its already got a name "A Bump in the Right Direction"
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  4. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    I got lots of really nice comments on Facebook from my post about being inspiring and all that. I sort of understand it can be seen like that but it really doesnt feel like Im doing anything all that special, I know a lot of you guys that have ridden a few longer adventure rides know what I mean its just riding a motorcycle after all.

    Its a bit how I respond to people when they question whether they could do what im doing when I say could you ride to the other side of town without not knowing where you were going well if you could you can ride around the world.

    Its always more about leaving your comfort zone, the job the family the home you've lived in for years, the personal stuff we surround ourselves with, like when I left Australia I got rid of everything except a few boxes of gear I thought I really couldnt part with but then when I went home last year I realised even that stuff I didnt need and downsized again to the point I now have almost more that I carry on the motorbike than I do back in Australia.

    Its weird how we are like that collecting stuff that sometimes sits in a garage or cupboard never being used, its not wrong of course but the more we have the more we want there's always some little thing we desire and I think travelling and living like I am sets you free from all that cause every day feels like a Christmas or should I say f#&king holiday season :lol3 :lol3 or a birthday all rolled into one.

    I remember somewhere along the line some old dude said to me if you havent used it for 2 years get rid of it doesnt matter how much you think you need it, you dont. It sort of makes sense really, we could all walk around our garage, shed or even a spare room and find stuff that just isnt being used but we think we have some connection to it like we would be lost without it, weird isnt it.

    All I feel ive done a little differently to everyone else in normal society is free myself from the feeling that I need those physical objects a little more than the average person and it's actually a really nice way to be.

    When you meet other travellers you always have a pretty goood connection with them, obviously some more than others but you have something similar inside your soul or whatever you want to call it running around in there, spirit, jizz whatever its something special us wandering gypsies have in us just like the other day I was riding around Poznan lost I didnt care where I was where I was going I was seeing things for the first time and it feels really good. You obviously get strange looks, friendly looks I mean when you ride a Bmw that obviously looks likes its been a few places, they must think this guy is lost as you ride down the back alley in an industrial area but Im not lost Im just free, I love that feeling I can stop my bike in those areas get off and have friendly locals come over for a chat or at the very least try too, its a nice way to be.

    Anyway its 8am better stop jibbering on here Ive got a sexy little gypsy lieing next to me just about to wake up I might go share some of that spirit with her :D:D

    Here was my response to all the nice comments from that other post in Facebook

    So many nice comments its hard to know what to say but thanks, thank you all so very much.

    The support from everyone over those years has made the journey so much easier than it would of been without you touching my life. Those acts of kindness that were shown to me throughout my recovery and during the adventure I've tried to pass on as I travelled the world cause I know how much everyone of yours meant to me.
    From you picking me up from hospital Lisa to Radka you always being there when I needed someone to talk to and everyone else that has helped along the way just a massive big thank you and of course that's never forgetting the amazing, funny, beautiful and incredibly tolerant woman that has been by my side pretty much 24/7 for so much of it, you Ewa Domagala, kocham cie sweetheart.

    Who knows what life holds for all of us hey, we all have some sort of setback at some point in life that's what getting older brings this was just my story, I can only hope everyone is as lucky as I have been to have so many beautiful people come into their life.

    I've travelled all over the world into warzones, places that were like warzones, countries with different cultures, it's not every day you will see a white Australian guy walking alone down the streets of Port Said in Egypt wearing boardshorts and flip flops eating a hamburger and I've never had one serious issue rather the opposite I have been met with a smile and warm friendly greeting.

    Countless times I have ridden into new towns, villages or cities and I always have this quote below running around in the back off my head.

    "So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
    Trouble no one about their religion;

    Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
    even a stranger, when in a lonely place.

    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

    If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

    When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled
    with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
    and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

    Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.'

    Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813

    Thanks again everyone.
  5. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Alright this is for you VintageSpeed its a bit like giving a dog a treat for reading my jibber :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3 now Im off to infect some little gypsy gnomette with some travelust.

    Ev says hello mate

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  6. btrrtlwtr

    btrrtlwtr Adventurer

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    Sheldon

    thank you so much for all the effort you have made in writing your travels and life stories up up . your humor and writing style is great. i have really enjoyed following along . What you said in your last two posts is just fantastitc , photograph not to shabby either . wishing you and Ewa the best

    john
  7. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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  8. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    No one can ever accuse me of not playing up to the fan base, lets be realistic here the only reason 99% of you guys come back is because of Ev.

    I told you before there has only got to be one of a few reasons why the girl loves me so much, one I'm really a nice guy, two she's one of the 8% of the Stockholme syndrome that fell in love with their captors or three the girl has serious mental issues. Well we can write one of those three off I guess, the nice guy one is a bit of a stretch. :lol2:lol2:lol2:lol2

    The weather is starting to get colder here now 7 degrees Celcius but feels like 3 according to the weather gurus and it snowed twice on Monday during the day which was strange cause it wasnt freezing cold, I thought it had to be zero to snow obviously not as it was like 6 or 7. It does get cold on the bike but its still been ok for a few hour rides which we've been doing though they are only just taking us on a backway to Ev's family where we had a Christening for her sisters new little boy.

    You can see what Im up against, it's the battle on the eastern front, damn those Poles they are a pretty dogged bunch she's not giving up, maybe if I put my General pants on and throw a few younger guys at her and use them like cannon fodder I might have more luck :D:D:D

    On a more serious note I had my first twinge of boredom the other day, it lasted a split second but Immediately thought to myself there it is, it will be interesting to see if it comes back again, so far so good.

    There has pretty much not been one really sunny day and its usually misty or cloudy with intermittent drizzle which is horrible for motorcycling. The roads just wet enough to disguise the oil hence why I've been taking the backways when we ride anywhere which is of course always nicer anyway.

    Anyway still surviving, Polish winter hmmmmm this is going to be interesting, it'll be an experience and whats the worst that can happen I go mad, well madder and end up on some tropical beach in the Philippines :lol3:lol3:lol3I probably shouldn't joke about that it puts ideas in my head :-)
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  9. SpiritAtBay

    SpiritAtBay Been here awhile

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    Hilarious

    Please keep checking in
  10. Balanda

    Balanda Been here awhile

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    Haha, thanks Sheldon, can't accuse you of neglecting your readers. With Ev, you've got more going for you than 90% of blokes.
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  11. DrSmooth

    DrSmooth I am third

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    That's very true. Few of us get a second chance in life, in love or life itself. I too am one of the fortunate ones having been given a second chance to live and love again. You are a blessed man Sheldon!


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  12. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Well in a few hours the next leg of this adventure starts when Ev and I get married, pretty good part of the adventure I have to say. Who would of thought just shy of 7 years ago I would end up in a small village in Poland doing this, certainly not me.

    The bike will obviously be playing some part,its where we have spent so much of our lives together. Anyway better go get organised I have to work out where my undies are better not free ball it out there in this freezing cold weather I might be expected to have some nuts tomorrow.

    By the way Ive checked out escape routes its not looking good her brothers are pretty big and quick :-)
  13. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile

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    My best wishes for the next leg of your and Eves adventure.

    Perhaps to a little motorboke ride for honeymoon. So perhaps Thailand. Winter is comming Bro.
  14. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    Congratulations to both of you and all the best
  15. MN_Smurf

    MN_Smurf Capt_Confusion

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    What's the over/under on the arrival of a little Sheldon???



    :hide
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  16. L0nerider

    L0nerider 2003 XT600E

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    Best Wishes to you and Eva mate

    Wayne and Ohmmy
  17. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Great news! Congratulations to the both of you!


























    OK move along everybody....Nothing to see here.....move along....party is over.....exit is that way.....please go quietly...........:lol3
    JJ
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  18. RowBust

    RowBust Been here awhile

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    Congratulations You and Ev, Poland sounds good, too frigging hot here.oh yeah the've stuffed up the ride from Port Macquarie to Gingers Creek, dropped the speed limit down to 80
  19. Louisg

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    This is a real fairy tale. Congratulations and ride on forever together.
  20. carlsberger

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    Congrats, a damn fine Christmas present for all