Wedding Vows in Action: Riding South from Seattle

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ADVegan, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Congratulations!
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  2. Vrode

    Vrode Not my problem Supporter

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    It’s been a great ride. Good luck going forward!
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  3. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose... Supporter

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    Been very interesting reading, appreciate the effort required. Hope the luck holds for the future.
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  4. zerocool0

    zerocool0 n00b

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    Congratulations.


    It's the episode ADVegan meets Itchy Boots

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  5. JmpRvrHntCmp

    JmpRvrHntCmp n00b

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    That’s awesome!! Congratulations! Luck will be around the next bend!
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  6. Nobody16

    Nobody16 Adventurer

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    This cant be over yet!

    Great report. Great ride. Cant wait to see how it all ends!
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    BIG Congratulation!

    Thanks for the RR.
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  8. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Boy o boy...i'll have to admit that in the beginning of your journey I wasnt too sure about the guitar strapped to the back, your mechanical skills let alone the condition pf your bike. But I must say I am very happy for you and your trip! Just really bad ass..yeah you have some balls! Cheers and give a shout out once back in Seattle/Spokane area and we can bullshit some more. Cheers!!
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  9. ADVegan

    ADVegan Been here awhile

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    Oh man, I'd forgotten about the guitar! Haha yea, I wasn't sure about any of that stuff either. But if I had waited until I was sure, I think the trip would still be many years away.
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  10. ADVegan

    ADVegan Been here awhile

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    It was a sad ride back North to Calafate. Sad, wet and a little cold. But fun. The bike was running so smoothly, I started daydreaming about what I might do if the buyer didn't actually want the bike. Maybe it would be too tall for him.

    The next day, I unpacked all the luggage and got the bike washed. We met at a mechanic who was going to look over the bike. I could tell he didn't really know much more than I do about how to tell if a used motorcycle is mechanically sound. Maybe even a little less. The buyer sat on it and couldn't flat-foot it. He couldn't tip toe it. In fact, he couldn't really even put one foot down without sliding off the seat halfway. (Visions of me riding over to Brazil started popping up in my head.) He said "you know, I will never be able to legally ride this on the road". (First, I'll ride to Igazu Falls then up to Rio..) "But I have a friend with a big ranch, and around here I can avoid police, I figure if I can sell it in three years for half the price, it'll be worth it." (Wait, what?!) "I think we have a deal, Josh!" (But... but..) Sounds great I told him, and acted like I was counting out the money (all 20s) if the front seat of his car. I don't like counting things in front of people, too much pressure. I got most of the way through and the rest felt like about the right amount. I counted it later and it was all there.

    For fun I started looking at new motorcycles, possibly eyeing the 790. But I think I might just buy another 1190R, her twin sister. What a great bike.

    I had the buyer take a picture of the final hug:
    Bike Sale.jpg

    So since I no longer own a motorcycle, that's the end of this chapter of the ride report! I will post an epilogue from Seattle after some things get sorted out. Thanks for reading along and participating! It was a year I won't soon forget.
  11. dondesmo

    dondesmo Senior Squid

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    Congrats and thanks for taking the time to post up a great RR
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  12. Stens25

    Stens25 Back in the saddle..

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    Oh man, that must have been tough to say goodbye to the bike. I still have a box or two of stuff from college in my garage that I can't seem to throw away...:rofl
    I can't imagine parting with the bike that took you on that journey. Best of luck on your decision making in the next few days/weeks/months and I hope your marriage works out. We celebrated our 25th anniversary last March and it's the greatest thing ever, but it hasn't been easy and there were times I'm sure she wanted to 'move on' (too much travel for work when the kids were small) but we worked it out and are looking forward to growing old together. God is good. Looking forward to the epilogue!
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  13. Bgunn

    Bgunn Posible mañana

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    This has been a "Magical Mystery Tour" and thanks for taking the time to take us along!
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  14. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts. Supporter

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    I've never regretted selling a motorcycle...until much later.
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  15. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    theres plenty more where that one came from:lol3 Its just a machine.
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  16. zachd

    zachd cruisin' along

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    Just finished reading the entire report! Loved it and congrats on fulfilling your long time dream, awesome accomplishment. This report has certainly made a trip like this more appealing to tackle some day! Hope the marriage works out for the two of you. Even though you're not on a motorcycle now, there is still an adventure to get home that I'm sure we'd all love to hear about. Safe travels back to WA!
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  17. zerocool0

    zerocool0 n00b

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    Luke, any chance you can provide some info regarding your ride?
    How many total miles, and how many miles did you ride on average/day.
    How much fuel did you ended up using...and whats the situation with the gas stations in south america. did you ever show up and there was no fuel?
    Whats the average hotel cost...and the food cost.
    How much maintenance did you have to do. How many sets of tires did you use...were the tire tubless?

    Thanks
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  18. knight

    knight Long timer

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    Congratulations on making it to Ushuaia
    Buena suerte with your future
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  19. Riel

    Riel Explorer

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    Thanks for making the time to share @ADVegan .

    Remember before you rush back to the PNW - its winter time here...

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  20. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    What this thread needs is more Rachel.
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