Seattle to Argentina on a KLR650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by OZYMANDIAS, May 7, 2006.

  1. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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  2. bdubbin

    bdubbin Adventurer

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    Marylyn, it saddens me to think that these could only occur simultaneously.

    I've very much appreciated your comments, Marylyn, sprinkled throughout this amazing story. I only found it a few days ago (it's been a long read!)

    There are so many layers and intricacies and insightful passages from Clayton, yourself, and many other posters in this thread.

    Surprisingly for me, now that I've read to the end of the thread, though Clayton's story will reverberate through my mind, it's your words that echo loudest, "... ride as though your mom's were there with you ;)".

    Yes ma'am. This is the most significant lesson I'm taking from this thread. It really struck a cord with me.

    So, yes, give Clayton credit for all he has done for this community, but I believe you also deserve great praise, Marylyn. Hearing your emotions through your words gave this story added dimension, impact, and life. Without your contribution, I dare suggest that this thread would not have had the longevity that it continues to have all these years since Clayton first set out.
  3. Exevious

    Exevious Goatrider A.F.& A.M.

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    Just checking in. Something recently sparked my memory of ozy and this thread, So I gave it a read for old time sake.

    Only this time I was really wishing for a photo gallery of Clay. There were many times around his book, where I wanted to stop and look at him.. see his face.

    I know his mom looks in on this thread... I hope she may have some links to photo ops.

    Its funny as many times as I have read this story.... I suppose over the years, I have skimmed different sections. Thus displaying different things being priorities in my own life at the time, and the fact that many don't understand the impact of this story... unless they have reviewed it several times over the course of several years. Because I still know I can sit and read this story and find ideas I did not notice before.

    Anyway the point is.. if it is possible to attach some kind of photo album that may follow the timeline associated with his story and posting on this site. It would really add so much.
  4. clekchau

    clekchau n00b

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    I stumbled upon this thread a few days ago. Little did I know reading this the last 2 days would take me on an emotional journey that truly has changed my outlook on life.

    From laughter in the beginning 5/27/2006 (I love his attitude and sense of humor)

    To horror reading about the accident 6/7/2006 (even though I knew it was coming, my heart dropped reading this)

    To his initial shock and depression as reality sets in 6/15/2006 (this made me cry reading it)

    To hope with the acceptance and rehab 6/24/2006
    To sadness and dispair of the slow decline 10/27/2006 (I sensed with these funny but sarcastic comments a sign of things to come)


    To acceptance of what was about to happen his near future 9/14/2007 (from his blog he seems to have been writing his final thoughts for awhile)


    To utter tragedy finding out about the suicide 2/25/2008


    And his powerful going away note and moments of his death the days leading up to 2/24/2008, the

    ones below really hit me hard...

    I can honestly say even though this occurred long ago and I did not know Clayton, reading this has touched me and changed me as a person and how I look at life. I am truly a better person because of spending the last few days reading about Clayton, his life and his death.

    To those that knew him, you were lucky to be graced with him in your lives, his outlook on life and overall adveturous nature. He lived his life his way moreso most people on this earth, all the way until the very end.
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  5. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Bump for Harry.
  6. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    ...I wanted to see his face. Wish we could fix the picture links.

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  7. ShiftHead

    ShiftHead the f is silent.

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    Reading it again. Thanks clekchau for a solid recap. Made me misty eyed again.

    Ozy's mom, your son has had an impact. I just turned 44 and have been riding for years, 30 in fact. His report has made me rethink how I ride. I very often think of Ozy and it makes me rethink how I am riding. But mostly it makes me stop, look around and appreciate the moment. Whether that is on a ride, dinner with my wife or spending time with my kids and friends. It highlights the fragility of life, and it's potential. Clays raw thoughts allow us in, and we all have lost a friend.

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  8. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Feb 23rd. Remembering Clayton.
  9. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Came back here tonight. Some rereading and rethinking. Time flies, and memories fade. Time spent at this thread helps refocus priorities in life, especially when out on two wheels. Personally, I'm glad to see this thread still being viewed and knowing it has an effect an all who do read it. tomp dd50
  10. danbrew

    danbrew GSAdv.com

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    Thinking about you tonight, Ozy.
  11. KLRUSERIOUS?

    KLRUSERIOUS? Farkle-whore

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    “The unexamined life is not worth living”
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    {Ride on Clay}
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  12. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Fly high, Clayton.
  13. Rickboss

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    I've read through this multiple times but it seems to have struck harder this time than ever before, as I'm planning my own trip South.

    Just as Clayton's mom said, get the medivac insurance and ride like your mother is with you. Please, be safe.

    RIP

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  14. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I work at a motorcycle dealership in Houston, and yesterday a guy rode in for a service. After a brief talk, I found that he was on a six month solo ride, on a G650GS BMW, from Illinois, to Peru, and back. I wished him well and pray that he has a safe trip and adventure of a life time.

    This thread stuck in my mind, throughout out conversation, but I just couldn't speak any words of worry to him, but only those of excitement for him and his journey. He was in his early 50's, and was totally confident that everything would work out fine. Who can argue with that???
  15. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    This is still the best RR.
  16. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    I could not agree more. I found the thread about the time he went down. I followed it until the end. I have one of those cool orange shirts from this very thread and pull it out when packing the bike for an adventure... just to remind me to always be mindful of my surroundings.
  17. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    It's not possible to measure the impact Ozy's RR has had on me, especially as an adventure rider in Mexico. There's never a trip south that his writings are not active in my conscious mind. What he left behind has surely prevented many of us from losing ourselves in the euphoria of riding and leaving sound judgment behind.

    I'm forever changed, forever grateful.
  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Could not have said it better myself. I discovered his story while researching my own adventure and it permeated my mind during the trip.
  19. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Well put..............:thumb
  20. NevadaWolf

    NevadaWolf Adventurer

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    This thread was recently linked in another forum, after one of our members passed from a traffic collision.

    Knowing the context and seeing the small RIP under his name, I knew this would be a tough read and dreaded what I knew the ending to be. As others have said over the years, Clay's story in his own words and through the words of his family and friends is a roller coaster of emotions.

    Gene and Marylyn, I am sad to only have known your son through these pages. However, I am glad his life is here for us to read years later, for us to share in his excitement at undertaking his adventure, for us to feel the blow at being knocked down and facing the very tough challenge of starting over, and for us to see the true darkness that is so close.

    I try my best to always ride safe, never ride beyond my skill, and be mindful of everything around me. Clay's experience is now another voice on my shoulder, warning of the dangers we all face while out on the road and the ultimate impact upon my family and friends should something happen to me.

    Rest in Peace, Clay, and anytime you wish, my pegs are always down for you.