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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jean-Luc, Aug 25, 2007.
Hope you dont' mind, if I can make a comparison.
I've been watching "Orange County Choppers" and "Deadliset Catch" since they both started... OCC started ok, but there's time to edit and retake and plan stuff, it's just turned into a look how wonderful we are soap opera..... It's boring.
Deadliest Catch simply shows how things are, tDisc Channel has to take whatever footage they get and that's it. And the guys on the boats don't care what the audience thinks of them, they're doing their job, and the photographer better stay the hell out of the way. But you feel like you are there with them. It can get pretty damn exciting at times.
Your writing is way more like Deadliest Catch.... ok, maybe things aren't phrased just how you might write it now, but the pictures and the "this is what I saw and felt right then" writing makes me feel that I was right there and experiencing your ride. Without the seasickness and broken bones!
Since I started reading RR's, I've become addicted to them. The best ones (to me, anyway) describe not only what folks are seeing, but how they feel, react to situations, and interact with the people they meet on their journeys. In other words, a good story as told by a storyteller, not an editor who has no idea what the writer is talking about.
With pics! Lots of pics! <G>
And you've got one hellva story!
1st time was motocross
hit a triple with the speed of a double
never healed correctly after that
broke it diving off a boat
hahahahhahahahha, Ice skating. (In all fairness, I was drunk trying to hit on a girl that was WAY out of my league)
and my favorite, broke into Star Pludge in Thermopolis, Wyoming in winter
was skinny dippin with some ladies
fell back in the hot tub, snap
was going to get surgery May 15, 2004
but buried my grandad
never got back to the dr.
Should probably get it looked at
Sadly I gave up on that idea . So I'm shouting for ambitious start ups with a chance (why not?) of good resell/IPO one of these days. If I'm lucky I might have again enough funds to do a long trip .
First, thank you for caring! I had never thought about it that way. So, I'll go easy on the editing. Not to worry though, like my accent, no matter how hard I try it will always be a bit... different .
Well, needless to say I really enjoyed the trp! Wait, I didn't even go..... Great job keeping up with the RR while traveling. I hope things are well and you are back working, saving for the next adventure.
on September I will start from south america (Argentina _ Buenos Aires) ..for arrive in june in Alaska
so ..THANKS for all the information that you give me on this pages ..THANKS THANKS
I'm glad that you enjoyed the trip! On my side I just accepted a job offer so yes, savings for the next trip are gonna start soon .
Fantastic! Don't hesitate if you have more questions or if you want to hook up with some local riders when you will be around San Francisco on your way to Alaska.
I thought that was the way everyone talked for a long time down here in South Louisiana. We generally have no problem understanding any kind of broken English no matter where we go. ;-)..
one more question please
fot the gasoline ..how much autonomy you need ..
I try to explane ...I have 24 liter in my tank ..it's mean 320km ..it's just or I need more gasoline?
hops :eek1 6.34 gallons ..my tank
and 199 miles my autonomy ..
You should be fine most of the time. I have about the same autonomy with the 950 and it was OK. Of course there are places where you better be careful or do detours to get gas on the way. Except Patagonia and Alaska it will be good the rest of trip. For Alaska I had a 1.25 gallon canister on the bike since on the Campbell hwy and Dalton hwy some sections are close to 250 miles without gas. For Patagonia you could do like the locals: just strap one or two 2-liters bottle of coke filed with gas for the short on gas sections. It's cheap, very light and you trow them away when not needed.
Hey JL -<br />
I got diverted this evening. Yes. I know I'm late to the party here, and sincere apologies for a slight bogart on this thread, but I had to chime in:<br />
So I'm working on updating my thread here and get a new story from Sudan/Egypt posted and I should be putting the photos and editing the next post (I'm a bit behind, you see) but I confirm that the reply is posted here on ADVrider and that's when I see your thread "Chasing Summer" next to my thread with the new post on the Ride Reports page. Procrastinating and seeking a diversion I click on the last page curious about the title and the next thing is I've consumed some time reading your plight -- instead of writing more about mine -- and that's a good thing!<br />
But I've got to point out a few things that are rather interesting, in comparison.<br />
First, I'm so sorry about the mishaps you endured on your journey through the Americas. And I admire your tenacity and committment to continue and hope one day you do see the waters at the end of the earth and do it on your KTM or steed of choice.<br />
But what strikes me quite interestingly are the coincidences:<br />
Your first accident and fracture occurred almost 2 years exactly after mine. You went down on January 14, 2008 and I on January 15, 2006. Your bike ended on top of your ankle, mine on top of my leg... I slipped in some mud in Bolivia on the road to Uyuni and the leg was crushed between a berm and my Jesse bags. You between a rock and a hard KTM. Plus, I too had MedJet Assist and was eventually flown home after quite the ordeal in Potosi Bolivia. You from Lima, Peru. And we were both pieced back together with spare parts.<br />
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/bolivia_xray.jpg" onclick="window.open('http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/bolivia_xray.jpg','popup','width=1100,height=3087,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=yes,left=0,top=0');return false"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/bolivia_xray-tm.jpg" height="398" width="142" border="1" hspace="4" vspace="4" alt="Bolivia Xray" /></a></p>
<p style="text-align: center;">- before -</p>
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/screwed_leg2.jpg" onclick="window.open('http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/screwed_leg2.jpg','popup','width=1100,height=1272,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=yes,left=0,top=0');return false"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/screwed_leg2-tm.jpg" height="249" width="215" border="1" hspace="4" vspace="4" alt="Screwed Leg2" /></a> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/screwed_leg.jpg" onclick="window.open('http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/screwed_leg.jpg','popup','width=1100,height=998,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=yes,left=0,top=0');return false"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/screwed_leg-tm.jpg" height="249" width="275" border="1" hspace="4" vspace="4" alt="Screwed Leg" /></a></p>
<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12px; font-style: italic;">-click the images for gory details-</span></span></p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><em><span style="font-style: normal;">And like you I stored my bike and returned to continue my journey. And I'm still on it. But it took me much longer to recover as my muscles fatigued and I didn't want to start again until I was strong again... plus there was the timing, as you have noted, it was better to wait longer and start again so I would arrive in Patagonia stronger and in relatively better weather.</span></em>
<blockquote><em><br>BUT SH•T JL!!!!! I was reading those ten days from March 9th until your second mishap on Ruta 40... god god. Made my heart sink. After all that and only ten days into it... </em>
And that's where the other coincidence or similarity comes in. I originally planned to start my journey in July 2004, but a stupid accident due to slippery oil or something on a paved road in Newport Beach saw me break my wrist, too. I postponed it until July 2005. Another surgery and more hardware:<p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-style: normal;"></span></em></p><p style="text-align: left;"><em><span style="font-style: normal;">Bottom line is, as you've duly noted, you will be back and more opportunities will avail themselves than you'll know what to do with. And hell, who knows? Perhaps we'll meet on the road someday and share these stories and coincidences over a nice Tavel Rosé or a thick and bold Côte-Rôtie -- ehhh. hmm. nah... a Malbec in Buenos Aires sound okay to you?
Good luck JL! Hope the ankle and hand are doing better with each passing day.
No matter what, I hope to see you on the road someday!</span></em></p>
I avoided Bolivia precisely because it seemed to risky for me. My goal was Ushuaia, not Bolivia. I was close twice- twice I could have turned left and crossed into Bolivia, and twice I talked to myself like this: "Um... NO!" Riding the length of the americas is already risky. Adding Bolivia and it just felt like I'd run out of good luck.
I also have seven pins holding my right arm together. I don't have any fancy x-rays, but if I did, you'd see what look like wood screws- three running across my radius, and four running into my elbow. The surgeon had to actually remove the head of my radius, along with about half the length of it. It was shattered into about six pieces! Then, on a bench, he bolted it back together. And then he re-inserted it into my arm.
A few months later, I broke four of the pins. Ow.
There must be something about guys like us thats a little... KRAZY.
Yeah. Well it's funny these are all choices we make and manage the risk the best we can. Funny thing about Bolivia is it really beat me up. Two weeks after returning I wiped out a good speed on some railroad tracks after crossing a nasty wooden bridge and sprained my anke and knee really bad. I thought my luck had run out and after that my spirit sank and I tought of counting my chips and cashing it in. But I pressed on. And it hurt.
Wow. How'd that happen. Ouch. Doesn't sound good. Do you get those twinges in enormous humidity of the onset of rain?
Yeah... Nuts... My elbow? Well three or four pins from a skateboarding accident in college back in NY years ago... broke the little knob at the end of the bone right off and had to be wired back on... no more cool xrays (actually the first i posted was a $3.50 Bolivian x-ray. the nice clean versions... well, you know)
Yeah. We're friggin' nutz... crazy my friend. crazy.
Oops. I have a huge scar on my LEFT arm, not my right. How did I manage to type "right." The mind plays games sometimes. Horses play games, too. My other passion is horses. I was schooling a young ex-racehorse, she decided she wanted me off, and she got her way. You gotta watch them thoroughbreds! Horse training, like adventure riding, takes patience, perseverance, and an awful lot of spirit. It took a lot of work, but that ex-crazy racehorse is now gentle enough that kids have been riding her. When I'm not adventure riding, I'm riding horses. We have a basic need for adrenaline and something else- maybe a feeling of being right on the edge of control. For me there's nothing better than going over 100 mph on a motorcycle, or galloping flat-out across a broken field and then jumping something impossibly big. These things make the scars worth it.
when I will arrive near to you
I will make spaghetti for you and all the friends
and .. in my country ..I'm one of the best osteopath
you know ..for your wrist
Ahhh. Horses... yeah. I've been on a few but must say that not enough. I was on the Oregon coast a few years back and rode a horse on the beach near the dunes and got her up to some good speed. It was twilight and there were about 5 of us on these beauties. The image of that evening remains in my mind as one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. Very cool.
But a racehorse??? Cool. And the scars serve as a remembrance and a respect, I'm sure.
In fact, when I was in Argentina I met a german woman, Martina, she had spent a couple years on a DR650 in the Americas. She parked the DR in Buenos Aires and headed to the Quebrada near Cafayate where she was to start a journey with a handful of others to ride Horses across the wilds of Argentina to Patagonia.. I don't think Ushuaia... but at least as far as El Bolsen or further south. She ran into some issues and ended up doing smaller trips, that is a month or so instead of 10 months... on a horse... plus, there's an annual event in the guise of religion that locals around Buenos Aires do annually that takes about two weeks where they ride horses through the desert, camping and ending up at a festival in a town with a vintage church... I forget all the details, but this guy brought in the photos and I gotta say they too were breathtaking...
Hey, going back to Bolivia again, I wanted to note that on my journey where I broke my leg -- I was on my way to Uyuni -- the largest dry salt lake in the world -- and it was Uyuni and Ushuaia that were on always my radar screen for my trip. Since seeing pictures of that salt flat when I was younger I always dreamed of going there. The dream of doing on the bike came much later. That was the primary reason for going to Bolivia. Plus, many that I talked to who had been through SA always said the Bolivia was a highlight. So next time, BM... next time...
You and Jean Luc, when you come to visit Wisconsin- I'll take you guys on a little horseback ride. I don't have extra motorcycles to lend, but I have extra horses. I don't have a beach, but I've got huge hayfields. As long as you don't go all mushy and start crying or something. Something for you to look forward to when you get back to the states, WR, and something for Jean Luc to look forward to when his arm gets better.
Oh please. You got an extra tissue? this is killing me...
Sounds great bananaman, thanks for the offer... you just might see me take you up on that!
No worries on the bike. I don't expect most would have extra bikes let alone horses... so I'll just ride on in, if possible!