The Planning of a Monster

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by SuperSonicRocketship, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Just stumbled across an ad of a very small Polaroid mobile printer. That one cost 180 euros (but it had wi-fi and many other extras, i'm quite certain these can be found a lot cheaper). That's actually something, that I'd probably take with me for when I'd leave Europe behind, even though it's sort of "high-tec"....

    But just imagine the faces of children in Africa, Asia or Latin America; their day, or even week, has already been saved just by the fact, that they have met these strange mzungus or gringos, who have arrived with their wonderful motorbikes (those machines to them will be practically as exotic as a space shuttle!) ... and then you can take a selfie with them, AND give them a print of this meeting to keep as a memory! That'll absolutely shoot their excitement through the roof. You could also print them some photos of your home country, I'm quite certain many would be pleased. One other possible use could be to print from the net some maps of day rides to put visible in your tank bag.. (dunno how up to date navigator maps are these days, maybe you won't actually have this kind of need at all). Or hey, if you happen to lose some important documents along the way, you're already carrying the cure to the problem LOL !!

    Even if you do not go for something like that - I admit it would be a bit of work (...and you could often be demanded to print dozens of photos to satisfy every child, as you will have huge crowd gatherings around you whenever you stop in certain places!) - it might be a good idea to think of just something very small, that you can carry, and give to the poor children. For example, a friend of mine used to take the small toothbrush/paste sets that hotels often offer guests, and gave those. Something, that represents your home country, would also be nice to give (sorry to bring this up now, as I know you have just left home - but maybe you already thought about something like this!) Have a good time, ride safe, and hoping we can meet in person, once you guys hit Scandinavia!
  2. juno

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    Best of luck to you guys! Looking forward to the RR!
    I know you don't want to go 'live' with your current locations through out the trip but it may be a good idea during your travels to post where you are headed over the next weeks of the trip along the way. That way people can reach out to provide a local welcoming!
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  3. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious.

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    I've been on the lookout for a portable photo printer. On the road, that's quite often the one thing I always wish I had.

    I'm generally against giving gifts/trinkets to people in developing countries. But I like to treat people I meet as friends, and I always want to share photos with them.

    Jamie
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  4. Dillard

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    Planning and prep are over.

    Now go have fun.
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  5. PHXKLR

    PHXKLR Random internet guy.

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    I just stumbled on this post and I don't think I got much accomplished here at work all day! Good luck with your trip and if you pass through Arizona PM me!
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  6. OK Lucinda

    OK Lucinda n00b

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    Been following this with pleasure. You're a diligent guy and so have a big head start, IMO. Some people think being spontaneous with planning and gear is the way to go, others enjoy the details. I've been accused of over-planning by friends, but wouldn't do it any other way. I have some experience. So I like your approach.

    BUT. I've enjoyed watching you come to decisions that I don't necessarily agree with. This is part of the fun of it. After about 6 months on the road you'll be an expert and will look back and shake your head at things that don't suit you, or get some satisfaction over stuff that does. Stay flexible, be prepared to change things big time. Don't marry any system, plan, or item of gear that annoys you or doesn't work to high expectations. Don't compromise. Change all the time until you think your act is completely dialled. When you can't find another immediate way to be better, your solutions will be refined and unique to you and your opinion will differ from many things you've read here. Everyone is different. Bottom line, because you think like a professional, you'll end up a professional. But it won't look like it does now, guaranteed.

    Sorry about the lecture. I admire your attitude. Good luck!
  7. Pulteney

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    Bruce & Kyla, I have signed avdrider today and this is my first post in the forum. And it´s for you. I'm glad to know that you have started these days the trip, just to follow you from the very beginning.

    I have not read yet every part of your plan, but if you come to the south of Spain, please, contact me. Enough space to host you.

    By the way, I have got excited a little with Sandy. He will be waiting for you, and hope it's not the last goodbye. I was navy officer and I know this feeling.

    Good luck both of you!! and Enjoy a lot!!!

    Pulteney.
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  8. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    You couldn't be more right if you tried! We are only 10 days in and already finding some holes in our plan. Nothing major though, ore just how things have been packed or some of the electrical things becoming a burden (mostly charging kits/cables) We are getting better every day at compressing and streamlining. I'm sure it will be another month or so before we are operating at full capacity. I'm still at the stage where i've forgot what the left and right panniers have in them!
  9. SuperSonicRocketship

    SuperSonicRocketship 50 Nations and Counting

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    UPDATE

    Just so everyone knows I have not completely given up on ADV, but it is hard to keep multiple journals up to date. Between ADV, HU, FaceBook and the Website its hard enough to guarantee a quality feed on each. For now I am just going to use the Facebook platform for the Ride Report, it's juat so easy to update and the contact/messaging system is seamless. If you guys haven't already done so then head over to the page :)

    Thanks again!

    - Brucie
  10. Cameleer

    Cameleer Europe, three days at a time.

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    Well, I guess those of us who don't have facebook (and never will) will have to wait.
    Best of luck and safety on the journey.



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  11. juno

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    Hey Bruce!

    I don't recall the website link or your FB page.

    FYI, don't underestimate ADV as it is one of the best chances to find locals, local knowledge or help!
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  12. StoneWolf

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  14. Seadragon16

    Seadragon16 Adventurer

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    This. I don't know why you'd pick facebook over ADV as your place to write about your trip.
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  15. luv2fly

    luv2fly luv2fly

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    So cool! Subscribed!!
  16. Use2btrix

    Use2btrix Been here awhile

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    Most likely because he is primarily concerned with keeping his family and close friends updated as opposed to some internet strangers. I use the Internet strangers term loosely as some of my closest friends who I travel the country for I met on a motorcycle forum 10 years ago, but you get my drift.
  17. Seadragon16

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    I get that, but my point really was that he's put so much effort into this planning thread and it's a shame that he'll miss out on the offers of help and places to stay that he'd get if he was writing his ride report on here rather than facebook. Having just come back from many months on the road during which time we stayed with countless wonderful ADV inmates, it just seems a little odd to get so many people involved here in this thread and then not write the ride report here too. Each to their own though.
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  18. Use2btrix

    Use2btrix Been here awhile

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    Very good point. I'm catching up on your thread as well. Just did this one start to finish and I'm up to late January in yours :)!
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  19. ssandijss

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    Agree! Facebook is not the best for ride report..
  20. aperture_hour

    aperture_hour n00b

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    I actually am glad he's doing it on Facebook. Facebook is a much better platform and much easier than using the forum. And it's not like 99% of the people on here aren't on Facebook too anyways lol


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