'Round the World with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Stravoxylo

    Stravoxylo Been here awhile

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    Ahhh money…. It does come down to that, and not necessarily in a materialistic way. At a certain point you need some to provide the basics (food, shelter & clothing) if you wish to somewhat engage with society (i.e. not live off the grid as a hermit).

    Forgive the meandering response as I didn’t have time to arrange it in a manner commensurate with the importance of each topic (i.e. money is not the most important topic).

    Dennis, I have followed your travels somewhat intermittently, as “daily life” seems to interfere with my leisurely/intellectual pursuits. I don’t post much, as I have been waiting for my thoughts to coalesce over time, before making any comments. It seems to have taken quite a while. I have been very interested in seeing if you find what you have been looking for. Of course knowing what you are looking for is more than half the work, and a large part of the journey. I certainly identify with much of what you have written, and you have even inspired me to work towards leaving my current employer and heading out on my own as a freelancer (much as I used to be, before I succumbed to the myth of a “regular” job and stability-sucks the soul dry). Potential financial ruin be damned. You reminded me of how happy & fulfilled I was when I would work just enough to get back out on the road. I realized that I am also mourning the passing of a time when I traveled much more. I know that “happy and fulfilled” is not exactly a prominent theme in your writing, but to me it always seemed to be an underlying theme. My life is filled with more responsibilities now (married, 3 month old daughter, and a puppy), but I know my spiritual self is on hold. Mind you I don’t want to run away from any of them, but more that I wish I could take them all with me on the road.

    I’ve determined that feeling alive is what I’m after. My current daily experiences do not offer that feeling. Feeling alive has different meaning to different people, but that is what I’ve been able to distill from all my experiences in life and reading some of your writing (and many others). So, find what makes you feel alive, and will your life towards that. For many of the people that gravitate to motorcycles, long term travel on 2 wheels is something that makes us feel alive. For others feeling alive may mean mastering an endeavor and then moving on (the definition of a renaissance man). A desire for learning & mastering. A worthwhile pursuit I would say. I’ve always thought that a financial windfall would make me the busiest man in the world, as I would dedicate my life to mastering as many skills as possible.
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  2. 1UglyBastard

    1UglyBastard Adventurer

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    I hosted a couple that rode their DRZs around the world for 4 years(http://handfulofthrottle.blogspot.com/2014/11/another-day-another-state.html). They lived very bare, however. Do you think if you'd chosen a different bike and different way of life while on the road, in particular boarding arrangements, that you'd still be on the road? and would you have been as happy/fulfilled living that way?

    I went through the same things as you when I was a kid. And I have taken the same route, somewhat: Marine Corps, college, different types of jobs, motorcycles, travel, roughing it, although i've had to do it a little at a time because I have 3 beautiful kids. I suppose it's boredom or a fear of living the same kind of life, every single day, until you die, not getting to see your potential to learn and adapt to different parts of the world and different environments.
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  3. Long Trail

    Long Trail adv dreamer

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    Your Coast to Coast ride report was the first one I discovered on Advrider. I started out behind on your adventure but quickly caught up to where you were at the time, which I believe was on a boat in New York or somewhere near that point in your trip. I've read all your reports and have been fascinated with your philosophy and outlook on life. Sometimes dark but always engaging and interesting. Many of the things you have said hit me hard and given clarity to the problems I struggle with in my own conscience. Stepping out of your comfort zone and doing things in life that don't seem possible but in reality are if you are willing to take a chance. I have a lot of responsibility on my plate, and all the excuses not to follow my dreams. Although things haven't happened as fast as I would like, the wheels are in motion to move on to better things than the daily depressing grind that my life has become. Despite your inmate name of Antihero you in many ways have inspired me in a sense that only heroes can. "Change is the precursor to growth."

    Thank you for the wisdom you have shared and I look forward to the rest of your story. Whichever direction you go in from here on out, best of luck.
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  4. Stens25

    Stens25 Back in the saddle..

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    image.jpg Hi Dennis,
    Thanks for the update and always honest appraisal of the current situation. A couple years ago you sent me the sticker and I've been saving it on a shelf in my shop until I had the bike that I wanted to 'brand' with it. Luckily for me I found and acquired said bike and it has been 'branded'. I enjoy seeing it on the front and thinking of the history behind it. Thanks again for your RR's and honest writing.
    Stens25 in Nampa, Idaho

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  5. BadDogMax

    BadDogMax Been here awhile

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    Thank you Dennis
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  6. GLantern

    GLantern A Nut Behind The Bars

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    Thank you for sharing


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  7. Snaefell

    Snaefell n00b

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    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and personal adventure, Dennis. Your thirst for living a life well-lived (and a life lived in the moment!) while on the road is equal parts inspirational and contagious. Your thoughts, actions, and musings speak directly to the core of so many of us fellow nuts, and have had strong impact for me personally. I really hope that we meet up on the road some day

    Keep going and keep being yourself.
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  8. ^|^

    ^|^ n00b

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    Hi Dennis! Many thanks for all your great ride reports. They've made me decide to go out and do the things I want but thought I couldn't do. Did not go to work on Monday but in stead went riding all day, lovely and very good for the soul. Stay healthy and safe, thanks ^|^

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  9. wmdspalmer

    wmdspalmer Adventurer

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    I hope all is well Dennis. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts.

    Will
  10. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    Thanks Dennis!
  11. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Suck it up Princess, stop the analysis, you're just not young anymore!!
    You'll get used to it. :rofl
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  12. justafurnaceman

    justafurnaceman Imaginary

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    Hope you're doing well Dennis. Really enjoy your writing and paintings.
  13. handypro

    handypro SportTouracologist

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    Dennis, thanx you for sharing your superlative adventures and the position of your heart and mind...you are an inspiration for many more than you will ever know
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  14. moto rrad

    moto rrad ADV n00b

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    Hey AH, I haven't tuned into ADV nor your report for a while now and opening this report to read your latest writings felt like some wind in my sails. I'm very much a free person, next to no responsibilities, no debt, no house, and the only real possessions to my name are a motorbike and the related tools and accessories. Nevertheless, there is a daily war in my head involving the future and what to do. I've got a fantastic loving girlfriend who happens to be from another country who will certainly be part of my future. My big question in life is as simple as what to do for a career. The career being an avenue to generate income to fund later adventures in life. It always seems like a long road starting out, and the 4 years of schooling is a commitment I keep on shying away from. Decisions are hard to come by. Your philosophical writings have a way of putting these vague intangible ideas into words. They just sit there on the page and run over you like a freight train. Things that you were perhaps subconsciously aware of are somehow wrapped up into one tidy little sentence that just makes sense. Thank you for your inspiration and I hope the wheels are still on the cart wherever you are in the world today.
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  15. wmdspalmer

    wmdspalmer Adventurer

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    Anyone heard from Dennis?
  16. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Had a mail from him three weeks ago. So he ist still doing all his Dennis stuff :-)
  17. wmdspalmer

    wmdspalmer Adventurer

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    That's good to hear. I really enjoyed his posts!
    Will
  18. lronW0lf

    lronW0lf Adventurer

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    Dennis, when you crawl up on out from whatever rock you are under (please come back soon, its time), could you post about how much money is required to do trips you did? Daily, or monthly amounts, broken down to some common denominator, like excluding pre-arranged flights home, or unexpected teeth issues (I just had to go there, didn't I?). If I were to follow your tracks coast-to-coast and round the world, what can a person expect to spend on gas, food, ferries, tolls, hygiene products... Then, last, decisions driving air b'n'b, hotels or propping up tent somewhere... Hope all is well, and thanks!
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  19. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    If you have to ask......
  20. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    @lronW0lf (why you gotta hide weird characters in your name?!?! haha) check out a thread in the Trip Planning forum called 'The Planning of the Monster'. A young couple really outlines the finances they planned for a RTW trip together.

    Everyone's trips will be different, and even Dennis' is a bit out of the ordinary with a bike that, I imagine, gets considerably worse mpg than a more typical choice.
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