Two Years Later...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ibarra, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Ibarra

    Ibarra Viva Mexico !

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    Posted by my beloved brother Juan Balam, in the Horizons Unlimited forum;
    Feliz Navidad! from the Ibarra Bros.... :D

    Two years later
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    I will have been on the road for two years next month.
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    These are a few of the things I've learned on the road.

    I'VE LEARNED THAT:

    The old cliches: "Know thyself" and "All you need is Love" are in fact true. We repeat them like phylosophical parrots without honestly looking into them. We have heard them and said them sooo many times that they've lost meaning. Well... stop talking and start riding.
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    Another thing I know is that I've found the origin of all human misery (western humans anyway) It is called MONDAY. Do away with Mondays and your life will change instantly for the better.
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    In this 24 months I've come to love three women that I've met while travelling. Non of them begged me to stay when I had to push that start button again and reset the GPS. That's why I love them still. But the old myth that girls just love men on bikes is false. I found out that women like men who tell the truth and enjoy long foreplays. Bikes have never been a plus in my experience... Hmmmm... maybe it's the kind of bike I ride.
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    Bikers are brothers. We have stronger bonds than religious sects. I've found out that love at first sight might be an illusion (given that hormones are to balme for 99% of it) but friendship at first sight exists... ride a fully loaded bike covered with mud and faded stickers and you have instant two wheeled friends all over the place. Moto taxis, big engined motoclub memmbers, pizza delivery kids... the list has no end. I have aquired debts of affection with fellow bikers that I have no means of repaying, no matter what I do. I've stayed at their homes, eaten their food, used their tools; I've received presents, spare parts, and all kinds of drinks... I've ridden local secret trails, been pulled out of mud pits, been lent enduro bikes (oh man! thank god for that!!!), been interviewed in radio and tv in seven countires. I've been introduced to mayors, police chiefs and beautifull girls... I've been treated like an old friend by people I just met half an hour ago... Bikes rule!
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    I also know now for sure that there are too many poor people in the world. That we use up resources like mad, that this is silly. I also have learned to live comfortably with what I can load on my bike. Stuff is the bars of the prisions we lock ourselves in.
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    There are two key rules for motorcycling: Don't ride at night and don't ride drunk. I have yet to meet a traveller that observes them..... still, they're good rules though.
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    But the main thing I've learned is this: I HAVE LEARNED TO HAVE FUN. I thought I knew how to do that, but I didn't. Now I do. Fun is learning about yourself and then agreeing fully with what you find. There is nothing more fun that being who you are without restrictions, without concessions, every where, every time.
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    I'm currently in Bolivia armed with a helmet cam.. haha! you'll soon read trip reports and other travel related tales.
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    Remember: YOU CAN BUY THE BIKE...
    NOT THE BIKER SPIRIT

    Balam

    http://www.motoquimera.com/
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  2. G-Force Junkie

    G-Force Junkie Long timer

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    Wow. Rock on!
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  3. JStrom

    JStrom Been here awhile

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    Fucking Fantastic
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  4. KTMr

    KTMr Wanna-be adventure rider.

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    Great work! I'm sufficiently jealous!
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  5. pilot

    pilot ...

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    So, is Juan going to start posting here? I certainly hope so.
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  6. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Excellent :thumb
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  7. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Fantastic !

    Sometimes we need reminding the world is not full of Dickheads. It's just that the few we meet along the way tend to warp our view.

    Life is indeed wonderful ... and it's best seen from a bike.
    Ride safe.

    Andrew Linton.
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  8. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    your travels are envious and your pictures show the true spirit of adventure

    Keep it coming.............
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  9. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    What a fantastic, uplifting post. BIG respect to your bro for both his trip and his humanity.
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  10. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

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    I'm deeply impressed!
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  11. Slimie

    Slimie Long timer

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    Yeah, what he said.

    Amazing.

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Cheers
    -Simon
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  12. kdude

    kdude Happy to be here !

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    Awsome.... La Dolce Vita ! I wanna sell everything I own and hit the road !

    Send us more ride reports :thumb
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  13. zippy

    zippy Southside of the Sun Supporter

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    Good stuff. Your KLR looks great , love the older ones . I hope to undertake an adventure like this in the near future. Thanks Juan and bro .
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  14. durtrider

    durtrider adventure sow

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    Way, Way cool. I really liked the part you said about how our "stuff" is the bars of our prison. Wow... Ride safe.
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  15. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

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    Going on tour for 3, 4, 5 or even 6 month’s… it’s quite clear to me that you have to have 5, 10, 15 or some more thousand bucks in your pocket to do a trip like that. No question one can save that cash over a certain period of time. Some need more time, some less….
    But, we are talking about absolutly other league here! I never could understand how it is possible to do trips exceeding traveltime of one year or more! SV’s on the road since almost 2 years, Juan is too, Claudia Metz & Klaus Schubert travelled 16 (!) years around the whole planet and countless other’s spend also years and years just by discovering the planet!
    Let’s talk seriouse: How do you folks finance that?????? Or is it even more simple than I ever thought and maybe living on the road is almost for free? Yes, I know; One can spend 100 bucks in a minute, an hour, a day, or some get on with it maybe 2 or more days. But, hey, ..... years without income??! With all the gaz, Spareparts, custom costs…. you name all the travelcosts...
    HOW does that work?
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  16. TimeOnMyHands

    TimeOnMyHands Adventurer

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    Amazing writing and pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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  17. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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  18. NAVIGATOR

    NAVIGATOR Wanderer

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    He is a member here, and has posted a few times as juanbalam
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  19. bosco

    bosco Raybanned

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    Great great thread. :thumbup
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  20. goblin

    goblin pig rider

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    Nice report and I think eagle beak has made a good point hear. Ride on!
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