WorldRider: The Journey Continues....

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  1. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    Happy or Sad. Dakar Comes To An End. What's next? <p>For the first time on this nearly 10,000km journey, the Darkcyd Racing Team rose at near sunrise and calmly and collectively packed camp and headed out of the Pisco Bivouac before the last of the cars and the trucks. I&#8217;m sure many on the team would confess relief, excitement and express jubilee as the end of this long trip was just a few hundred kilometers away. However, I&#8217;m sure that most would hesitate to reveal a certain post-Dakar disappointment or depression settling in. To be sure, no one will miss Bivouac food, gnarly and questionable shower and toilet facilities, wind, biting sand and the roaring and revving of engines all night long. But we&#8217;re at the end.</p>
    <p>The Dakar competitors still vying for a position on the podium have other things on their minds. For the bikes, I have to admit that it&#8217;s over. Despite my finger-crossing, wishing and positive thoughts going out to Marc Coma, Cyril Despres walked away with the #1 spot on the podium Troubles with Coma&#8217;s gearbox cost him yet another penalty, this time one-hour. Though I felt a little tingle today as Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues riding on his Red Bull Yamaha grabbed the top spot on Stage 13 and beat Despres by just :47 seconds. So, maybe I just don&#8217;t prefer riders on KTMs, though I was rooting for Coma. By the time we rolled into Lima Despres had it locked in with Coma and Rodriques taking 2nd and 3rd positions accordingly.</p>
    <p>While my allegiance to Coma for the bikes met with disappointment , I was more disappointed by the ending results for the cars. I know this is a French-run race and that the French have incredibly capable and professional motorcycle racers and car racers, when will an American walk away with the top spot on the podium for cars? Robby Gordon had set his team&#8217;s sites on #1 and #2 for 2012. But he too fell short. Before taking off yesterday morning Gordon was rather vocal that he&#8217;d take the (13th) stage away from the &#8216;sissy&#8217; Minis. But he pushed too hard. After getting stuck in the sand and seeing Peterhansel pull away before he got out, he floored his special-built Hummer and drove it a bit too hard as he tried to talk Peterhansel, he hopped over a small dune and landed a tad cockeyed and flipped his Speed Energy Hummer and landed on the roof. The locals quickly got him on his way, but two flat tires cost him more time and he never caught the Mini&#8217;s.</p>
    <p><span class="pullquote3 quotes aligncenter">On the podium we watched corks flying and champagne spewing. Flags waving and happy finishers grinning ear to ear. For those who made it this far, now was time for their glory.</span><br />
    But on the final stage, a short 29km run into Lima, Gordon showed once and for all who should be boss and he won the final stage by just 21 seconds ahead of Ricardo Leal Dos Santos, though not enough to make a dent in the standings. So by the time the he rolled into Lima, Gordon ended up with a respectable, but not desirable, 5th place overall position. He guaranteed the Mini&#8217;s and the crowd that he&#8217;ll be back.</p>
    <p>Our Canadian teammate David Bensadoun driving the banana colored Desert Warrior became the first Canadian to ever complete a Dakar and took 40th place, though he was 30 hours behind the winner Stephane Peterhansel. And the only other Americans to finish the race behind Robby Gordon, Darren Skilton in a Revolution VI buggy and Ned Suesse, from Colorado Springs and riding a KTM motorcycle in his first attempt at Dakar finished 53rd overall.</p>
    <p>When it comes to Dakar, finishing is winning. And though the Darkcyd Rally Racing Team&#8217;s Desert Warrior didn&#8217;t finish in the strict rules of the event, it made the journey and logged over 5,000 miles from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Lima, Peru. There was no cheering on the podium and the somber mood that hung over the team earlier in Argentina had dissipated by the time it was greeted with enormous fanfare staring some 100 miles south of Lima where Peruvian fans had lined the roadsides, crowded the overpasses and steps of bridges all the way to Lima. They whistled, the cheered, they raised there fists high and echoed excitement &#8212; excitement that lasted for hours as we rolled into Lima in classic celebrity fashion: with a siren blaring and lights chasing Police Escort.</p>
    <p>Darkcyd Racing made it to Lima. Our mission was to get to know and reconnaissance the most grueling and difficult race on the planet. As I watched the faces of its teammates, I could see they all were happy to finish and that they all harbor a desire to come back.</p>
    <p>The fans lining the bridges/overpasses was a site that can barely be described using words. It warmed our hearts and sparked our imagination. We&#8217;d never see anything like this in the United States.</p>
    <p>On the podium we watched corks flying and champagne spewing. Flags waving and happy finishers grinning ear to ear.</p>
    <p>For the Darkcyd Racing Team, the Bivouac behind them and traded for 5-star digs in upmarket Mira Flores. With a Starbucks walking distance and the golden arches glowing, it does seem we&#8217;ve come a long way. But rather than gravitate to an American safe haven, the team opted for the culinary creations of a traditional Peruvian restaurant, Pampas del Amacayaes, just a few blocks from our hotel.</p>
    <p>There was still business in Lima, however. The T-5 support vehicle and the Desert Warrior were delivered to the docks at the shipping port near the Lima Airport. A bit of bureaucratic runaround made for just one more exciting South American adventure.</p>
    <p>And then there&#8217;s the bicycle. Remember the bike Robb purchased in Arica? Well before taking the Desert Warrior to the port, an eager youngster, handicapped with just one hand, had been gawking and eyeing the race cars and support vehicles all morning while details for shipping were ironed out. Robb singled him out and before one more Lima Police Escort to the port, Robb handed the young boy the bicycle. Tears nearly fell from his eyes as he caressed the bike and expressed thanks. It makes all of us wonder and wish we all had bicycles to give the needy. For those things that sometimes seem meaningless or are taken for granted are so much appreciated and coveted here south of the border. Sometimes we fall victim to our own greed or desire for something just a little better. A dose of reality like watching the one handed boy glee and smile brings everything in perspective.</p>
    <p>Dakar may be over. But much work needs to be done.</p>
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    I&#8217;m the co-driver. Don&#8217;t screw around with me.
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    Ben finds a gecko with chameleon like colors.
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    Pavel from Rally Raid UK takes a moment to reflect on the excitement, pain and hard work that went into Dakar 2012
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    The last bivouac didn&#8217;t give up easy and tried its best to hold vehicles hostage in Pisco
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    One last time does the team have to piack up tents and leave the Bivouac for good!
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    The Magic Mushroom with its twin cab makes for a good portable studio and workspace.
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    You can&#8217;t believe how many miles this went on for!
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    Unbelievable show of passion, support and cheering by Lima and Peruvian Fans!
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    They cheered all the cars, teams and assistance vehicles as Dakar 2012 rolled to a finish in Lima on January 15, 2012
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    Cars lined up waiting for their seconds of glory!
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    South African Team posted a 3rd place finish at Dakar 2012.
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    Whoa Nellie! Be careful with that truck!
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    Darkcyd Racing Owner & Driver Robb Rill does get to the podium after all!
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    Kamaz didn&#8217;t win this year at Dakar, but they were in force on the podium
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    If you place in the top of your class, the Dakar Trophy is a true prize
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    Happy smiles for all those who got to roll their vehicle to the podium at the Plaze de Armas in Lima Peru for Dakar 2012
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    Most of the X-Raid Minis Made it to the podium in Lima for Dakar 2012
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    Tara Loves Her &#8220;Manly&#8221; Trucks
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    Ben Slocum is happy to see the beaches and food of Lima
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    Bill Young tries the Darkcyd Bivouac Bike for a run in Park Fermé in Lima
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    Seemed that every law enforcement officer in Lima wanted a shot with the Darkcyd Racing Team
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    Team photographer Allan Karl takes advantage of the Bivouac Bike one last time in Lima
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    Trucks. Ugh.
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6280-Version-2.jpg' title='IMG_6280 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6280-Version-2.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="American biker Embro didn't make it to finish at 2012 Dakar." title="IMG_6280 - Version 2" /></a>
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    American biker Embro didn&#8217;t make it to finish at 2012 Dakar.
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6262-Version-2.jpg' title='IMG_6262 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6262-Version-2.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="Young and Rill showing joy now that the team is in Lima." title="IMG_6262 - Version 2" /></a>
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    Young and Rill showing joy now that the team is in Lima.
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6260-Version-2.jpg' title='IMG_6260 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6260-Version-2.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="Raff is just happy he can buy new batteries for his walkie-talkies here in Lima." title="IMG_6260 - Version 2" /></a>
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    Raff is just happy he can buy new batteries for his walkie-talkies here in Lima.
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    Tara dreams of soft double-ply toilet paper, a clean shower and private bathroom.
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6251-Version-2.jpg' title='IMG_6251 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6251-Version-2.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="McMillan team is happy to escort Darren Skilton to the podium" title="IMG_6251 - Version 2" /></a>
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    McMillan team is happy to escort Darren Skilton to the podium
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6249-Version-2.jpg' title='IMG_6249 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6249-Version-2.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="Mark McMillin Didn't Finish Dakar, but he sure enjoyed the ride!" title="IMG_6249 - Version 2" /></a>
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    Mark McMillin Didn&#8217;t Finish Dakar, but he sure enjoyed the ride!
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6242-Version-2.jpg' title='IMG_6242 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6242-Version-2.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="Team Darkcyd. Will they make it back for a 2nd run at Dakar? Ask Tara." title="IMG_6242 - Version 2" /></a>
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    Team Darkcyd. Will they make it back for a 2nd run at Dakar? Ask Tara.
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6231-Version-21.jpg' title='IMG_6231 - Version 2' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_6231-Version-21.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="The Album Cover. If Racing Doesn't Work, The Band Idea Just Might!" title="IMG_6231 - Version 2" /></a>
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    The Album Cover. If Racing Doesn&#8217;t Work, The Band Idea Just Might!
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    Excitement and smiles on the podium in the Plaza del Armas in Lima Peru
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    Team Darkcyd
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    Who needs reverse when you got Raff and Bill? Forget the clutch, let&#8217;s talk automatic Allison transmission technology.
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    <a href='http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_5119-Version-2-1.jpg' title='IMG_5119 - Version 2 (1)' rel="lightbox[2739-1]"><img width="" height="" src="http://www.darkcydrallyracing.com/rally-team-blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_5119-Version-2-1.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="Joy, Jubilee and Hooray! Dakar is over!" title="IMG_5119 - Version 2 (1)" /></a>
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    Joy, Jubilee and Hooray! Dakar is over!
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    Desert is Sweet After Two Weeks of Bistro Bivouac.
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    Even a little Peruvian Wine Is In Order In Lima, for those who care to imbibe!
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    A well deserved fine Peruvian Dinner with a culinary flair is well deserved after nearly three-weeks in the middle of nowhere!
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  2. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    <blockquote>Check out this video clip featuring Robb Rill and the Darkcyd Racing Team in South America for the Dakar 2012 edition. Shot and produced by the Dakar organization and features an interview with Robb prior to the start of the race. Good stuff.</blockquote><p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38080315?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe></p>
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  3. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    <a href="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/doc-lonely-2013.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2293" style="margin: 5px;" alt="doc-lonely-2013" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/doc-lonely-2013-300x225.jpg" width="400" height="300" /></a>​

    What&#8217;s it take to get a new post here on my ADVrider trip report? While my local friends nudge me often, today I received a warm note and email from Rwanda. I met J. Marie while traveling through Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. He helped me sort out the paperwork and details required to visit the legendary Mountain Gorillas that make home in the northern jungles around the volcanos.

    He expressed concern that not only had it been awhile since I posted, but that the WorldRider &#8220;Tracker&#8221; in the right sidebar was out of date. So thanks to J. Marie, I feel it&#8217;s time to a quick update and fix the tracker.

    As many of your know, for the past three years I&#8217;ve been working on a new book. It&#8217;s been a project of passion and commitment. For two years I tried to convince traditional literary agents and publishers to take a chance on my book &#8212; which is a unique hybrid of a travel adventure memoir, photo book and cookbook. While many of these traditional publishing professionals responded well to my story, most tried to persuade me to abandon the complicated color &#8220;coffee table&#8221; style book I envisioned and stick to a more traditional book &#8212; black and white text with a color cover.

    I didn&#8217;t want to compromise my vision and dream for a more interactive book that would better capture and share my experience traveling around the world. So I&#8217;ve decided to publish it myself. Though I am working with a traditional agent/publisher on the "story" of my travels and adventures. This will be released in 2014 or 2015. My passion, purpose and commitment is to do the book I've always wanted to write and publish. This comes first!

    I happy to say that the book is nearly ready thanks to the help and support of so many. You know who you are and I&#8217;m grateful and appreciate each of you, thank you.

    Sometime later this month I will launch a <a title="Kickstarter Crowdfunding Website" href="http://www.kickstarter.com/hello?ref=nav" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> campaign to pre-sell copies of the book and to raise funds for printing, publicity and a book tour. If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, take a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/year/2012?ref=what_is_kickstarter#sundance" target="_blank">quick look</a> at the site. It&#8217;s a crowdfunding website for creative projects.

    The tricky part of Kickstarter is setting a goal for funding. That is, I will set a goal of minimum amount of funds that I must raise for my book. People will pledge and have an opportunity to pre-order copies of the book, prints, postcards and other &#8220;rewards,&#8221; non unlike a PBS fundraising campaign. Except with <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/start" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, if I don&#8217;t receive enough &#8220;pledges&#8221; to meet my funding goal, I will not receive any of the funds/pledges. I must meet my goal or the Kickstarter funding campaign fails.

    It will be important for me to get the word out to as many people as possible so I can increase the chance of meeting my funding goal. That&#8217;s where I hope you can help: spread the word through email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. I've got the page set up, will shoot the video next week and go live the week after. I hope. If you want to look at the private preview page for the campaign, <a title="Contact Allan Karl via Digital Tavern Blog" href="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/contact" target="_blank">shoot me an email</a> and I'll send a link so you can learn more about the book and the campaign.

    There will be a launch party, I hope on both the East and West Coasts, and this will be part of my campaign rewards.

    I will share more information here and on my other websites as we get close to launching the campaign. I hope I can count on your support as we launch the book.

    Once this book hits the "shelves" then maybe I can get away from the computer and back on my bike, which has been collecting more dust than miles these days!

    Thank you.
  4. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    <p><a href="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/syria35-Version-2.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-2114" title="syria35 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/syria35-Version-2.png" alt="" width="600" height="337" /></a>​
    </p>
    <center><em>Somehow I question the sincerity of the headline on this billboard, I took this photo in the summer of 2008.</em></center>
    <h2>What's happening to Syria? To the people of Syria.</h2>
    <p><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/archives/2008/05/tea_with_syrian.php" target="_blank">My friends in Syria</a>. I wonder. And I cry.</p>
    <p>Why? Because Syria surprised me. Surprised me with thrilling and unexpected *joy—and filled me with wonder and curiosity.</p>
    <p>That was then.</p>
    <p>Though it seems like yesterday, it was about 4 years ago when I changed my plans, my route and my mind and ventured into Syria. What I thought would be a few day journey through the tiny and controversial country, turned into weeks of exploring back roads, medieval towns, historic mosques and of meeting people who went out of their way to introduce me to their country and whose hospitality, though not unusual to a world traveler, warmed my heart and opened my mind to, what I believed at the time, a world of <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/archives/2008/05/faces_places_of.php" target="_blank">Syrian possibilities</a>. And opportunity.</p>
    <p>*</p>
    <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2136" title="syria23 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/syria23-Version-2.png" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></p>
    <p>*</p>
    <p>My expectations back in 2008 were, at first, tempered, given the challenge and patience testing circumstances I endured at the border. I had no idea what to expect from or in Syria. It took me more than 24 hours of negotiating, commitment, confidence and a helluva lot of persistence at the border between Syria and Jordan, and though the rules were clear, they didn't seem like they'd yield to my tenacity and break them, somehow I convinced Syrian immigration and customs to let me and my motorcycle into Syria.</p>
    <p>Yet before I could escape the dusty outpost where truck drivers argue, families gather and women, hiding behind burkas take more than a step away from me when I walk by, curiosity aroused, the chief of the border post invited me to enjoy tea and shared with me, on a map he scribbled with a stick into the earth between his feet, the sites I should not miss while visiting Syria.</p>
    <p>I remember that chief inspector, with his silver hair, rough features yet how his kind eyes made me feel welcome and that all the effort at the border was worth it.</p>
    <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2115" title="syria17" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/syria17.png" alt="" width="600" height="338" /></p>
    <p>And I wonder. I remember the gas station owner who wouldn't let me pay for my gas and insisted I have tea and lunch inside the gas station. The man selling tamarind juice on the square in the new city in <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/archives/2008/05/all_good_in_ale.php" target="_blank">Aleppo</a>. "You try, you try," he said over and over again. When my face puckered from the bitter taste, he offered me a sweeter and more approachable alternative. And I wonder. I remember the young boy who latched onto me as I explored the citadel in the old city and wandered through the maze of colorful and aromatic souks, of Aleppo. And I wonder.</p>
    <p>I wonder what is happening to a country that I often refer to as one of my favorite of the more than 50 countries I've visited over the years. Just a few short years ago, Syria sucked me in, seduced, satisfied and teased me like playful lover — like no other. Yet I wonder. What's happened to Syria, my Syria; the Syria I remember, the friends.</p>
    <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2126" title="damascus119 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/damascus119-Version-2.png" alt="" width="600" height="337" /> In Aleppo at the modest restaurant where the staff sent me home with a bottle of Syrian wine and where I was asked to play a lute-like stringed instrument, the one that when I tried to make music just croaked, and that I'm sure grated on the ears and nerves of the other guests dining in the room. Yet they indulged me. And so my love affair with Syria, fresh at this time, barely a week, blossomed and was public.</p>
    <p>Smitten and excited by the beauty and <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/archives/2008/05/wandering_alepp.php" target="_blank">history of Aleppo,</a> I opted out of travel to the historic dead cities of the east, only so I could be with the living, and the energy of the people of Aleppo—the people who, in so many ways, trusted me with the key to their city and offered sights, sounds and flavors. Though perhaps I didn't know it at the time, they did this willingly and with intent, I can only guess, to seduce me further.</p>
    <p>I wonder. What's happened to Syria. My Syria. The Syria I remember.</p>
    <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2116" title="aleppo13" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/aleppo13.png" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2117" title="aleppo41" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/aleppo41.png" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2118" title="aleppo68 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/aleppo68-Version-2.png" alt="" width="600" height="337" /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2119" title="aleppo86 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/aleppo86-Version-2.png" alt="" width="600" height="337" /></p>
    <p>Watching the reports from man-in-the-street video in Damascus and elsewhere, the horrific images of the effects of recent chemical weapon attacks, and the posturing of world powers on the global stage fills me we anger and despair.**The all-to-real destruction and humanitarian abuse of the war in Syria, thanks to modern technology and social media, leaves nothing for the imagination. In nearly real time we are at once shocked by what we see, yet we are numbed by the distance of our eyes to screens and the distance of the screens to the actual location where these atrocities are real. There's no way for us to completely understand not only the political posturing, but the suffering and the loss.</p>
    <p>Most journalists have abandoned the city, save those that are provided a safe haven and used as political pawns such as Charlie Rose's recent chat with Al-Assad. Others are left to report from afar, with ears to the doors of Syria at the borders of Lebanon and Turkey.</p>
    <p>For better or worse, people on both sides of the conflict, armed with video-capable cell phones capture the madness like no other conflict we've ever seen before. These are not the eyes or camera of journalists. So it's difficult to truly know or understand exactly what we're watching. But that doesn't matter. Because what we're seeing is brutal—regardless of who is to blame.</p>
    <p>Today, we have word that Russia, with its questionable motives, has negotiated with Al-Assad a handover of chemical weapons. Time will tell if this is real and verifiable. But the other atrocities of the conflict will go on. Why must we settle for chemical weapons? It's likely that the US, and its allies will continue its pressure, and Russia will continue its efforts and the next act will come to the stage. The blood, no doubt, will continue to spill and the super powers and the UN will advance its own agendas while throwing caustic rhetoric at Al-Assad and each other. They will continue to ignore the burning buildings and bodies and, as such, the question fogging my mind will remain unanswered.</p>
    <p>What's happening to Syria. My Syria, the Syria I remember. What happened to you, Syria? My Syria.</p>
    <p>Hmmm. I also remember visiting Rwanda and Sudan before arriving in Syria.</p>
    <p>What's happening?</p>
    <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2120" title="aleppo135 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/aleppo135-Version-2.png" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2128" title="damascus261" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/damascus261.png" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2131" title="syria10 - Version 3" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/syria10-Version-31.png" alt="" width="600" height="450" /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2132" title="syria12 - Version 2" src="http://blog.digitaltavern.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/syria12-Version-21.png" alt="" width="600" height="450" /></p>
  5. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    Thanks for all of you who've followed my journies and adventures over the past several years. It keeps going.

    I'm so excited to be finally at the end of a more than three year project that now soon to be behind me will give me the time to continue the journey.

    Have you seen this:

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    Don't be shy nor quiet. I would love to hear from you! :deal
  6. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible

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    Allan, best wishes on reaching your pledge goal and seeing your dream push it's way into reality.
    There are some of us in Santa Barbara that are still waiting your return for that :ricky & :1drink. Just sayin'. :D
  7. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Just found your thread but I read the first few pages then skipped to the last few pages including Dakar 2012 photos. Good writing and find it entertaining. Noticed that you plan to release a self-published book so I think I will wait for your book instead of reading the whole thread. So subscribed to be notified when you release the book be it pre-released or released edition.

    And speaking of publishing a book- I have a friend who wrote and published few books himself. We went to college together and were roommate at some point in college. When he learned of my plan to ride motorcycle around the world as a deaf rider, he asked me to consider writing a book but I am not sold on this. Here are few things that worry me at this time. First, who would really want to read the book about 'poor deaf biker riding a Harley round the world'? Second, my writing skill really suck-honestly! Third, if I was to publish the book, I would want to do it the same way you wanted your book done- plentiful of photos to go with your story which would be the best way to give your audience a better perspective or picture of how you are trying to tell your story. My friend offered to be a co-author for free with the condition that his name is credited on the book so that helped make it easier to consider. Am not still sold on the idea due to first reason. Anyway, I am definitely interested in your book if the price is right. Walter Colebatch's Sibersky Extreme cost about $80 and his writing style is just about the same as what we both want but $ is just too much for me.
  8. Treadless

    Treadless avoiding gravity storms if at all possible

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    The picture in Allan's last post is a link to different options for pledges for the book. :deal


    Personally I think there would be interest in your story. Your take on how traveling/communicating in other "worlds" would be of interest to me for sure. Going about getting it published as Allan is doing looks to take some of the big risk $ wise out of it and still leaves you in control of the project. JAT
  9. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    Thanks for your kind words, and for your pledges and for not only reading and watching here, but for sharing this story and helping this campaign reach its goal.

    For some wacky reason, I'm not getting notifications to posts on my thread anymore, so I missed these and apologize for not following up sooner.

    If you haven't seen where we are today, with just 24 hours to go, take a moment and check it out: http://worldri.de/r-kickstarter
  10. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    Hey, first, and easy for me to say, don't diminish what you are doing. I've been there. And actually the impetus, among many, to doing a book that features photos and food, was because I thought the same, who wants to read about my travels around the world. Well, I can tell you that as I travled, and when dealing with frustration of internet, time and just needing to take time for myself and I left my blog or this thread unattended for a week or so, the worry letters and "angry" readers came alive — people read this because they are genuinely interested and if you can share something, new perspective and offer them a diversion into new worlds and situations, it is rewarding for them.

    So write that book. There are editors that can help you craft your writing. But I think you're harder on yourself (and your writing) than you should be :) -- So think about it. Ping me here in a DM and I'll try to convince you further :lol3

    If you still want a copy of FORKS, btw, there are just about 24 hours left to order on Kickstarter and it's as Treadless says $45 including shipping USA.

    Thanks for your note and for reading.

    Allan
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    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    I thought I'd just go ahead and paste the FORKS campaign on here to see if any of you who followed my thread had not yet heard about the campaign and to offer another opportunity to pre-order a copy through Kickstarter.

    FORKS, the new book by WorldRider Allan Karl
    Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.
    A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection

    What inspires us to wander and wonder, to pursuit our passion or to push our minds and bodies beyond the limits? The more I travel, the more I learn how important travel is to growing personally and learning.

    Unlike those who are happy traveling afar only to cocoon themselves in an all-inclusive resort buffered from culture beyond the resort walls, I believe those of us &#8212; especially here on ADVrider &#8212; who prefer to travel overland by motorcycle are motivated by an insatiable curiosity to explore and discover.

    As those of you who've followed my thread here over the years know, several years ago I woke up to the fact that I was jobless and my marriage had ended. I had come to another fork in my life. At first, I started another business. It didn&#8217;t take long for me to realize that my work was unfulfilling. That&#8217;s when I decided to travel around the world&#8212;alone on my motorcycle.

    So for new WorldRider readers, you should know that for two years I planned my adventure, poring over books, maps and internet sites. I searched for the best modifications I could make to my BMW dual-sport motorcycle, spending hours in the garage getting it ready.

    I winded down my business, sold almost everything I owned and headed to the Arctic Ocean. The journey north from California was an adventure and a test ride. I would have a chance to tweak my bike and load, which I did, before crossing into Mexico and heading south to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and beyond.

    Along the way, I traveled 62,000 miles through 35 countries on five continents. At first, I traveled too fast, buzzing through British Colombia, Yukon and Alaska. I quickly learned that the goal of travel is not to check destinations of lists, but rather to experience culture and connect with people.

    There were challenges along my journey. I broke my leg badly in Bolivia. I was marched into the Colombian jungle at gunpoint, and I had to plead with the governments of Syria and Sudan to let me into their countries.

    My journey lasted three years. Most people don&#8217;t have the time, resources or will to travel for so long. For me, travel is the one thing on which I spend my money that nobody can ever take away from me. Travel is an investment in both time and money, and its return is immeasurable.

    After returning from this adventure, I&#8217;d come to yet another fork in the road. What do I do next? I decided to write a book&#8212;another journey that took me nearly as long as my around the world motorcycle ride.

    At first I planned to write a traditional travelog or memoir, but I realized the best way to share this adventure would be beyond words. That is, to see it with photos, to feel it through stories of culture and connection and to taste it with flavors of local food.

    Agents and publishers asked me to simplify the idea, take out the food and photos. Rather than compromise, I decided to turn to the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. After three years of work, my book is ready to print. FORKS, A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection, is a 270 page hardcover book with 500 color photos and 40 recipes from all over the world.

    I hope that my Kickstarter campaign will succeed in generating enough preorders to fund the expense of first-edition printing.

    The book, along with collector-edition postcards, photographic prints, coaching sessions and keynote speeches are some of the rewards that interested backers can expect from pledging on Kickstarter. Rewards start at $10, and books can be pre-ordered for as little as $45.

    Here's the Original Kickstarter Video:

    <iframe width="640" height="480" src="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/worldrider/forks-three-years-five-continents-one-motorcycle/widget/video.html" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe>​

    Websites:

    Kickstarter: http://worldri.de/r-kickstarter

    FORKS The Book: www.ForksTheBook.com

    Original WorldRider blog: www.worldrider.com
  12. lukeman

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    Just saw the Good Morning America segment. Well done, nice to see some adventure riding exposure on the national level. Plan on working through the thread and the book. Food and motorcycles are a passion of mine as well ;)

    Cheers!
  13. Prior

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    I picked your book up from Amazon and my wife hasn't put it down since it got here. Great way to share the love of life, food, other cultures and the road with those whom don't experience life on two wheels. Looking forward to reading about your next adventure! Forks is a great read!
  14. worldrider

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    Hey Lukeman —

    Thanks for your note. I missed these posts so checking back in on the thread. I see you're from Washington DC — I hope to be there next month to do a book/author event — perhaps at Kramers or somewhere in the city. Stay tuned and I'll post schedule.

    Did you pick up a copy of FORKS yet? Cook any recipes?
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    worldrider Adventure & Discovery

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    Thanks Prior! I guess you'll have to pry the book from your wife's hands :D

    I've been making my way the east doing a big of vagabonding book tour. Riding a van with the Dakar and Books in the back! Having fun and spreading the good message and sharing the stories from my journey and FORKS! Thanks for picking up the book and hope that you get some reading in soon.
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    Happy New Year!

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    Phew. it's been a whirlwind.

    I released my book FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection in June and since then I've been on another adventure &#8212; a nearly six-month promo tour that led me around the country in a Sprinter van packed with my trusty GS650 and a pallet of books.

    Where I've Been
    Along the way I got to attend several motorcycle events including the RoadRUNNER Magazine Touring Weekend in Snowshoe, WV, the MOA Carolina's chapter's Boone Rally in Boone, NC, meeting and riding with motorcycle journalist Neale Bayly in Charlotte and attending the Overland Expo event in Asheville.

    Where I'm Going
    This winter I will be giving presentations at several BMW dealerships including Bob's BMW in Jessup, MD in late January. I'll post the schedule here as things shake out. I'll also be at the Timonium Motorcycle Show with Simon & Lisa Thomas, Rene Cormier, Lois Pryce, and Benka Pulko among others. I'm sure this will be the largest gathering of RTW adventurers ever and kudos to the promoter for herding us to get to the show. This is February 6-8th at the fairgrounds near Baltimore.

    I've got more adventures and projects planned including a new book, possible television show and a Eastern European adventure this summer.


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    Got FORKS?
    Meanwhile, for those of you who haven't found a reason to pick up a copy of my book, you should know that the first-printing sold out. I have about 11 copies of the first-edition in my home and if you would like a copy you can go pickup a copy here

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    I sign all books purchased on my website.

    Sometime later this month Amazon and the usual bookstore suspects will have the second printing copies available.

    Let me know if you'll be at Bob's or in Baltimore this February and I'll be sure to add other dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed.
  18. Shooby

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    :clap

    Serendipity..

    It was my non-riding wife who found your book thru Amazon for my x-mas gift. Can't believe I've missed this thread. No matter, found it now and looking forward to reading it along with the book. Assuming you're still in Leucadia, perhaps I can drop by your shop sometime for a signing / moto bs ?
  19. worldrider

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    Absolutamente!!

    So glad she found it and you then found it under the tree!! Fantastic!! Thank her and hug her for me ;)

    You shall enjoy the ride. Quite fun and amazing.

    Yep. In Leucadia and I think a get together over coffee or beer/wine is in order so I can properly sign your book and connect. Maybe toward end of January before I take off for MD, or when I get back mid-Feb!

    Are you nearby?

    Thanks!
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    I just had my 50th BD so she'll probably opt for hugging you.. She likes cooking and good recipes. :D


    You bet! In San Marcos but beachside often.(Grandview used to be my homebreak..)
    PM at your convenience for a meet-up. Anytime post - January.

    Wride-On!