Long Way for a Wave

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by garnaro, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. garnaro

    garnaro MotoBlunderer

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    My girlfriend Jamie and I are taking the scenic route back to California after finishing a loop of Africa (see Round Africa with a Surfboard), where I spent most of the time running around looking for waves to ride.



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    We’ll follow part of the ancient Silk Road, riding from Eastern Europe to the Caucuses, cross the Caspian Sea to tour the Stans without a plan, rip across the grasslands of Mongolia, all the way to far side of Russia, and hopefully find a way down into China.



    This is me.

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    This is Jamie.


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    Our trusty steed, Dyna Rae, has been beat pretty hard with the Africa stick, but she's still kicking.


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    Finding waves to ride in off-beat places has made for some of the most memorable experiences on the road. There are surfers in the Arctic Circle of Norway, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, even far eastern Russia and the South China Sea. Hardly a surf trip, but more of an excuse to look around between the two coastlines of the largest landmass on the planet. It’s a long way to go for a wave, but at least it’s on the way home.
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  2. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Yep following this one - not the other copies
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  3. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv. Supporter

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    Glad to see the adventure continue!

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  4. CanadianRocky

    CanadianRocky No Bucket List... a Bucket full of Lists

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  5. arjones

    arjones Roads and Waves

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  6. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    In for the follow!

    I'm curious though, because you said that "at least [the waves] are on the way home"- are you homesick at all? Lonely? You've been gone a long time.
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  7. Todd34

    Todd34 Toubab

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    In!
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  8. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    Yes!!
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  9. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling DNF

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    Good luck!

    (you know there are only waves of grain, uh, grass in mongolia, right?)
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  10. garnaro

    garnaro MotoBlunderer

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    Somebody said there were surfers on Lake Baikal!


    I never traveled with anyone before Jamie. Definitely makes the whole business more sustainable having a partner in crime. Of course we miss or families and all, but just can't help ourselves. The wanderlust is now in full bloom :D
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  11. Roland44

    Roland44 Been here awhile

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    Traveling with a partner makes the whole experience different. Good different if you bring with you the right partner of course.
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  12. sunset_ryder

    sunset_ryder aka "toots"

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  13. rms56

    rms56 Long timer

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    me too :clap
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  14. BrixNaix

    BrixNaix Adventurer

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  15. Rodsbike

    Rodsbike Adventurer

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    I am so happy that my feeling about around Africa with a surfboard was merely "Part One". Looking forward to part two.go well and keep the feed back coming. It is great. :clap :clap
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  16. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    I was afraid it was all over. So happy to see it's not. Keep on trucking Gary, Jamie and Dyna!
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  17. TDC_ERock

    TDC_ERock Been here awhile Supporter

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    In again... Really looking forward to this!
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  18. basepc

    basepc Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to more of your posts. You will be going by some pretty big mountains along the way which will have waves of frozen water (powder!!) that you may consider riding. And as with your Africa tour if you see some kids that could benefit from some help please point us in the right direction.
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  19. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    New horizons, new directions, new thread. :clap
    Can't wait to read allabouddit.
    Locked.
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  20. JettPilot

    JettPilot ADV Rider

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    Wow, you are still riding, that is awesome !!! You have been on the road for a long time, so I have to ask...

    How do you pay for a trip this long ??? Even if you are really careful, it would require quite a large amount of money.

    Mike
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