Riding RTW and back…for as long as it takes - on as much dirt as possible!!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    Another way to test your mettle (so to speak) on the road long(er) term, might be to get a job leading tours for somebody like Edelweiss. IF by some miracle one could land such a gig (language skills a BIG plus here), you'd live on the road, traveling long distances in foreign lands. In addition, you'd also be responsible for others as well as yourself, and maybe even perhaps need to be fast on your feet to sort minor or other problems with not only your own bike, but for others' bikes as well. AND you'd be getting PAID.

    Never mind that this is just another service industry and you'd definitely be at the mercy of the public.

    https://www.edelweissbike.com

    But yeah definitely long term absence from the familiarities of home & life is NOT for everybody. HOWEVER, it IS fun to read and dream. THAT, as witnessed here- anyone CAN do! :lol3 Hell I'm guessing that at least half of all average Joes' lives consists of Walter Mitty style imaginings, anyway so.....

    What was it I heard once?
    "There are three kinds of people:
    Those who can, those who cannot, and those who do" ?
    Well that, and
    "those who say it cannot be done should never interrupt those doing it".

    ha ha ha.
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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    I had zero knowledge of the stock market and yes I now know what I'm talking about I certainly don't want to become the financial advisor to this forum!

    I will give you a few basics to point you in the right direction via PM
  3. Vrode

    Vrode Flagrant Violator

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    Have followed your RTW for awhile now. You're right, of course, it's all about the choices we make. At this point in my life I'm comfortable with most of mine. A RTW trip isn't on my agenda but much of what you've learned on your planning and trips can be applied elsewhere. Thanks for the inspiration and experience you have provided to many of us! Safe travels always.
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  4. Bigbore4

    Bigbore4 Been here awhile

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    I thought you went there for the winter warmth?
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  5. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Correct, we did, just got a message from a guy we stayed with on the mainland, they just got dumped on for the first time in 7 years and some of the heaviest snow he has seen in his lifetime!!!

    Looks like Colorado, but this is Greece right now, today...damn global warming

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  7. benjamin1031

    benjamin1031 Been here awhile

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    "Looks like Colorado"

    Quick FYI it's raining and 47deg here in western Colorado (Grand Junction) as I type...
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  8. Snakehips

    Snakehips Been here awhile

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    Southern Spain is the warmest place in Europe this winter, so far!!

    62 degrees F in the shade here as I type, sunshine and blue skies.

    Another 7 weeks or so and the temperature will start to improve, not long to wait!
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  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    We're heading that way and we'll be there in a few weeks
  10. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Great discussion Paul. You offer a different side to moto travel that few people write about. Thank you.

    Info here for people following the thread who interested in frugal living.
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  11. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    The finances were much less than I was anticipating, thanks for sharing. Things brings a little hope! I agree with others - the cost of the trip is the easiest thing to overcome. The cost of cutting many ties (home, career, family, etc) is much more to bear. I'm in a unique situation right now which I can't fully disclose yet, but due to an unforeseen combination of mildly fortunate and excruciatingly unfortunate events, I currently have a little cash in the bank, my house is sold (living with mom, ain't that the dream), very minimal debt, we may have a significant bit of cash added in the near future from a few places, and no kids. This may need to be a conversation sooner rather than later. Despite being "homeless" at the moment, we will likely have a new place in the near future, but we've committed to renting and avoiding the lock-down that occurs with owning a home.

    :nod:bow
    You speak the truth, my friend. Not to plug my own RR in my sig, but I took a 'medium length' (to me) trip in 2015. It was the furthest I had traveled and the most time away from home... at a paltry 3 weeks and 8,300 miles, and I had folks making the same kind of comments. So much, that I had to dedicate an entire post to the topic. My response was the same as yours. Anyone can do this. It's not hard, it's not expensive. I simply woke up one day and went for a ride, then did the same thing the next day, and the day after that.
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  12. Snakehips

    Snakehips Been here awhile

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    Get in touch when you have firm dates. I'm about 15 miles (as the crow flies) North East of Malaga City.
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  13. snakebitten

    snakebitten Small Town Hick

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    Rarely post in an RR. Perhaps avoiding leaving even a small footprint on someone else's story.
    But............
    Your post from yesterday that ended with "Anyone up for being the ADVrider guinea pig?"

    Brilliant! (For so many reasons)

    It's the fella I stare at in the mirror that needs to be convinced whether he is just dreaming or not.
    You provided a legitimate litmus test.

    Stay safe.
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  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Superb...interested to see how it goes and I'm sure a lot of others are...

    maybe stat a thread somewhere so we can keep track? and to keep you motivated of course...
  15. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    You would instantly garner a thousand followers!
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  16. IdahoGaucho

    IdahoGaucho Adventurer

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    I really am enjoying your RR. I follow this one and several others but I really don't have a burning desire to throw caution to the wind and enjoy the freedoms you and others have. I really enjoy the pictures, the stories and especially the life lessons and perspectives that you write about and share with us. It's like reading a very good book but it also includes incredibly beautiful photography. I normally don't comment (just a lurker) but I've particularly enjoyed the above comments but wanted to share my perspective.
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  17. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile

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    +1

    Thanks so much for your posts. As if your travels, report, and pictures were not at the top of the heap already. Your post about WHY, as well as HOW you are living our dream. Make me realize how within reach some dreams are.

    Mike B.
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  18. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    I'll be fascinated to see the interview and pictures of the Creten shepherd - one of my Grandfathers escaped capture during WW2 by hiding in the hills of Crete and was looked after by some shepherds

    Fabulous advice and you've created a thought provoking discussion between plenty of us - and no doubt between lots of couples as well .
    The figures on the numbers of RTW riders is amazingly similar to a lot things - for example like people who comment on posts like this - 1715 comments and 302160 views about 0.5%.
    I'm not an aspiring RTW rider but absolutely admire them and love reading their stories.
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  19. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    Paul, I'm just one of the nameless rabble who follow your travels with great interest. You have graciously shared your story and shown many how they can do it, too. Hopefully, many will take your advice about educating themselves about investing. Too many people I know consider it a "Las Vegas" type of thing, as Dracula mentioned.

    I started investing in 1980 with a great financial adviser and, basically, he guided me through my skepticism to where I am today. I never made a great deal of money working but I did okay . . . raised a family, put the kids through college, etc. On a motorcycle trip from NC to CA and back, I decided I'd had enough of working and asked my financial advisor if I could retire. He gave me the "thumbs up" and gave my partner 6 months’ notice. I was nervous about it but, thanks to my financial adviser's tutelage, I now make more from my investments than I made my last year on the job. If I can do it, anyone can.

    I suspect you've helped more people than you know. Good on you, sir.

    Mike
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  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    you kind of got caught in the middle of a finances conversation which it seems a lot of riders have concerns about, just want you to know I haven't forgotten about you and will try and get this detailed before we leave for Italy.