Hardroadking: Oh yeah, Baby, this RTW plan involves sidecars, alright! I'm looking to get my hands on a Ural and customize the sidecar with a local dealer "Boss Hoss" in Orange County who has their own fabrication shop and have "outside of the box" vision like I do. A match made in heaven. And yes, Pablo will be joining us in Japan for a fun extended family adventure... <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y4Vp5i9eEVE" frameBorder=0 width=560 allowfullscreen></IFRAME> Belstaff: I love that Mangus and Karlina are home safe and sound. It's my honor to get the baton from them and take you on another ride of your life. Jazzer: Welcome aboard this wild sidecar adventure! BeemerChef/Ara: Well, well, well, my very dear friend. Thank you for the wonderful butter tip of using Ghee. It will be coming along on my next adventure ride, which will probably be a sidecar test with the kids in the spring. It sure will be fun to watch their little stunted taste buds explode when they don't have much choice in "what's for dinner". I would love to catch up with some of your wonderful "one-pan meals" for the road. This is the perfect place to share some recipes ; ) Paul, the kids and I were treated with a wonderful early fall visit from Ara and Spirit. We had loads of fun visiting Venice Beach to watch the eclectic crowd stroll by... Ara happened to capture the kids being lured in to the eclectic crowd... <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P8osIUR8Jj4" frameBorder=0 width=560 allowfullscreen></IFRAME> It was so wonderful to spend time with you, Ara. You are a treasure! Find the gems of Ara's insight on adventure and life on his amazing website www.oasisofmysoul.com . ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Before my presentation, I was able to catch up with some of my other favorite RTW adventurers like Dr. Greg Frazier... ...who is a 5 1/2 time round-the-worlder. His most recent trip around was a trip for hire. He was asked by an older gal with Parkinson's disease to take her around the world on the back of his bike, so she could face her dibilitating disease with the knowledge that she had lived life to the fullest. So, he took her out to test her limits by trying to wear her down with difficult terrain throughout a long day of riding. She was one tough cookie, because once he dropped her off at home after that test day he expected her to call him up to cancel the trip. But instead, he got a phone call from her where she exclaimed, "When do we leave for our RTW?!!!" It was a trip that he soon wouldn't forget, as he was given the chance to see the world through someone else's eyes. A someone who was ready to see the beauty in everything and everyone. Now, here is another one of my very favorite RTWers and multiple book author on adventure travels and self publishing, Carla King... Now, come and enjoy my little chat with her... <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8tuc9Bnd6FY" frameBorder=0 width=560 allowfullscreen></IFRAME> Carla packed the house that night with her long-awaited presentation. She sure knows how to satisfy the crowd, and then some, with her fun tall tales of solo riding through China on her Chang Jiang, while she taught a mechanic there a thing, or two. I actually had to look around the grounds for my last lovely favorite RTWer. For those of you following hot solo chickee mama, Sherri Jo Wilkins, around the world on her "Because I Can World Tour", you have been treated with witnessing one determined and strong rider with the beautiful energy of an angel. Go find her on Facebook to follow along on this amazing journey of hers. I finally find her... Sherri Jo so impressed me, because this was a stop-over for her in the midst of her RTW. Not only did she stop in to show her support, but she was a presenter, to boot! That meant that while on the road she compiled photos for her PowerPoint presentation and put it together. I LOVED hearing about her heroing adventures of tackling the Road of Bones and zipping through burning forests in foreign countries. What an amazing woman!!! After getting inspired by these other big time adventurers, it was finally my time to try and inspire. I set up for my first PowerPoint slideshow presentation, and was thrilled to see that the house filled up... I took the podium over the next hour or so and animatedly told my story of how solo motorcycle riding has single-handedly helped me to realize some of the biggest dreams of my life. When I am one with nature, humanity and my inner self, my whole life perspective changes. This is what happens when I climb on my bike. I find answers to some of life's bigger questions: What is my purpose? How are we going to save ourselves and the world and change our future? How are we going to teach our children to make a difference? My presentation was well received. It's like my readers here. These connections mean everything to me. We are talking the same language, and sharing a passion that can change the world. And I feel that when I speak through writing and get replies or to a room full of people with similar dreams, there is a deeper connection. An understanding that we can do something for each other. So, thank you all. We are all living life to the fullest! It was also fun to see Adventure Motorcycle magazine fans all over the crowd after passing out our latest issue to all of the attendees... After my presentation, I got to answer questions about manufacturing, dehydrating food, and my RTW plans... But, I tell you the surprise and joy I received from looking out into the crowd of the room as I was speaking and saw the sweet faces of my AdvRider buddies from LA was incredible. I caught up to them to thank them for coming and supporting the Horizons Unlimited event and me. Here are Jim/Spa Fixer, Cathy/Sopascat, and Joel/h8chains... Now, that is what I call comraderie! Sit right there as I gather all of the wonderful hands-on training classes that Grant, Susan, and Mike pulled together for our enjoyment and new-found knowledge.