Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    Well, we don't like to plan anything, so this is just a back-of-the-napkin sketch. We'll probably just end up living in the moment and playing it by ear. Maybe do something entirely unexpected like go to the living room before going to the kitchen one day.

    And of course, it'll take us three times longer to do this than anyone else.
    gpfan, garfey, Spicciani2 and 7 others like this.
  2. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,290
    Location:
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (The Crooked River)
    Please stay safe you two.
  3. CopperLioness

    CopperLioness Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    84
    Location:
    Nether nether land
    And it'll probably rain on the way.
    ScotsFire likes this.
  4. deersSlayer

    deersSlayer Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Oddometer:
    328
    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
    Does it have a rain simulator? Can it work without having fire/ambulance/police show up?
  5. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    deersSlayer and CopperLioness like this.
  6. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    You too, Dan! Hope you are doing well in Brazil!
    gpfan likes this.
  7. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,290
    Location:
    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (The Crooked River)
    Am ok, but concerned. Hoping to somehow, someday get back on the road and consider this all just a bizarre twist in what has been a bizarre journey.
  8. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    Apparently... cancelled:

    cancelled.jpg
    gpfan likes this.
  9. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,570
    Location:
    North of T.Ho., Ontario
    Awesome to see my 2 favourite ride reports intersect here. Best wishes to you for safety and good fortune. Thanks for updating when it must be tough under these circumstances.
  10. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    Hopscotch over sakura petals floating on the pond
    gpfan, B10Dave, KLRalph and 7 others like this.
  11. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Oddometer:
    621
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC
    One more time, a big thank you for continuing to post about your travels. I realize this is a long way behind "real" time, but it is still entertaining to check in here and see a brief update almost daily. In our current environment, positive distractions are very welcome.

    Cheers, Wayne
  12. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    This guy must be a motorcyclist. He offered to adjust my rake and ride sweep
    B10Dave, Marco Moto, mikegc and 8 others like this.
  13. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)

    [​IMG]
    Those patio lanterns they were the stars in the sky
    gpfan, mathdl, Sunday Rider and 5 others like this.
  14. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    GTA, ON, CDA
    "Those patio lanterns
    Lighting up our lives"
    TOTim likes this.
  15. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    Browsing through all the tourist trinkets for sale under the coloured lights of the outdoor shopping centre
    gpfan, B10Dave, TwilightZone and 5 others like this.
  16. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2004
    Oddometer:
    742
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Serious question. Given Japan’s history with China, did you see much/any stuff that was made in China? What about Korea? Who seemed to be the foreign manufacturers of choice? Just curious. Thanks.
  17. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    We didn't do a lot of shopping, so I couldn't say definitively.

    The stuff in the places that we went to, like the tourist trap markets, ¥100 Yen shops (dollar stores), Daiso, ie. all the lower-priced stuff, they're all made in China.

    We went to Akihabara (electronics district in Tokyo) and most of the Japanese brands (Nikon, Sony, etc) are made all over Asia. High-end pro Nikon bodies are still made in Japan, but most of the consumer-grade bodies are made in Thailand. Nikkor glass is made in China. Pretty much all Sony products are made in China.

    I believe that a lot of the war-time/conflict animosities only last a generation. Then market forces quickly take over.

    My grandfather suffered greatly under the brutal Japanese-occupation of Malaysia during the end of WWII. He hated the Japanese and vowed never to buy a product made in Japan. He always drove a European car. When my dad and his other siblings bought Japanese cars out of economic necessity, he wasn't very impressed.

    My Jewish friends tell me that their parents and grandparents who lived during the time of the Holocaust boycott German-made products, especially those associated with the Nazi party, even to this day. However, these same friends who are my age see no problem in driving a BMW or a Benz themselves, so that kind of animosity seems to be generation-specific.
    Phrog, gpfan, Spicciani2 and 5 others like this.
  18. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    There's even a temple behind the shopping centre. With a golden cardboard buddha cutout! :)
    gpfan, juno, B10Dave and 6 others like this.
  19. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    And of course, the line of requisite vending machines
    gpfan, juno, ross and 4 others like this.
  20. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,495
    Location:
    No Fixed Address (originally Toronto)
    [​IMG]
    We've stayed out way too late and now we have to find a place to sleep. Neda checks online to find nearby accommodations
    gpfan, juno, ross and 6 others like this.