Magic String Edventure - This ain't gonna be no vacation. Going deep in Asia

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  1. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Good on you, man! I was in Kyoto years ago and stayed at a hostel that had just opened. The Japanese owner is an ex-Euro/Asia motorcyclist and writes:

    "As I was crossing deserted Iranian Highlands, I was considering what to do after my travels. Then I thought it is my turn to welcome foreign travelers in my hometown Kyoto. I want to help them experience travel to Kyoto and Japan more interestingly. And running a guesthouse is the best way to do it, isn't it? Coming back home, I bought a small building near Kyoto station. It is 10 years old and used to be a boutique. I remodeled it into a cosy and functional guesthouse which can be a foothold for tourists to travel the Kyoto and Kansai area."

    He now has a thriving backpacker business but still has the same old TT250R. So, yes the urge to pass it forward can be strong. Ride safe, Ed.

    PS no connection to his hostel business other than it was there that I found his old copy of Chris Scott's now famous book and I got the adv-bug!
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  2. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I think the videos really capture the spirit of my Edventures. I am taking them because so many people I talk to about my trips dont really understand me and what I do. One girl recently asked me how my "vacation" to Laos was. I just told her it was "good" as I knew she would never understand. For me, the past few years have included traveling and by no mean have been a vacation. For me, it has been an experience and something that has helped me balance my life and thoughts.
    Another girl told me I had a restless soul. Again, misunderstood. Edventures are just something I enjoy. While others in my past are being critical of me and telling me to change but are still figuring out their own lives, I subscribe to a very simple philosophy...........find out what makes you happy and then do more of it.
    As long as it doesn't hurt anyone else along the way, you cant go wrong with that philosophy.
  3. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Yeah, feels good to give back and help others. Whether it is helping a guy with a broken chain or offering up a couch or bed to a weary traveler, I plan to do more of it.
    Just let me know if you're coming. I cant host large numbers of people at the same time and I have already had a couple of requests. It might be a "Rad"icle Edventure in Europe this summer.
    PS. Everyone is welcome (except GS Bruce of course)
  4. flyingdutchman177

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  5. Lopburi

    Lopburi Lost in paradise

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    How did the mini tank bag work out on the crf?
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    Well, if this become useful consumer advice, then I will have to opt out!!
  7. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I know you are asking me because you helped me install it. It worked well. It stayed in place and was easy to remove if need be. And it was small enough so it didnt get in the way.
    It was pretty small so it didnt hold all that much. But it was easy to access my phone and other go to items
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  8. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Please do.
  9. BobMirror

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  11. BobMirror

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    10 - 4 on the ..I dont have a chick on the back of my bike that I need to take into consideration....... been there done that ...sex is for teenagers who want children...
  12. BobMirror

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    The video looks like a lady and child that really needs help. Irrrr....how can we change / help the world.. education..?
  13. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wait.........what??
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  14. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    For good or bad, this is how most of the world lives. Should they/do they need to live like Westerners? Do they need a stressful 9 to 5 job, a mortgage and granite counter tops in their kitchen?
    Who's to say what is best? Certainly not me.
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    I agree, who is to say which is best and who is happiest! Believe it or not there is a "world happiness report" guess what, Costa Rica ranks higher than the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Happiness_Report

    We could start a whole new thread about best lifestyle and what is the best way to live. It appears that just being grateful for what we have counts for a lot. There is always someone who has more but are they happy, stress free, and going to live to 100?
  16. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Costa Rica is awesome. I've been there twice. Pura Vida!
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  17. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I hope everyone is watching the videos I am posting and enjoyed the video series of how to crash a wedding in Laos.

    I think the kids have taken a liking to me here.
    At first they run away. But slowly, there is always one brave one to come forward to shake my hand. And after the ice is broken, they all want to come closer.
    This was taken in a small village not on my maps of GPS.

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  18. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Yep, I'm following your posts on FB.
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  19. ki_ote

    ki_ote Cindi Jo Admirer

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    Great videos.
    What's the mileage on the Honda now?
    Do you wish you were on a different bike at this point?
  20. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    The CRF250L has 63,000 kms on it now and never missed a beat.
    Of course I would LIKE more power but I really dont NEED it.
    Do I WANT another bike?
    Of course I do.
    Do I NEED another bike?
    "Let me live that fantasy"

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