WorldRider: 81 Countries & Counting…The Journey Continues....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by worldrider, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Saratoga Springs to Syracuse - Following the Erie Canal
    Riding a motorcycle through upstate New York in late October is a crap shoot when it comes to weather and overall rider comfort. To be sure, I have no issue with weather as I'm fully prepared, especially since I added those heated Gerbing gloves to my arsenal. Fact is, weather and its cloud of undertainty adds a little drama. Not only to the writing here at worldrider.com -- but to the adventure. Cold weather is actually more easier to contend with than the blazing heat of African deserts or other equatorial regions. One can always add layers to keep warm, but shedding layers in the heat is a finite proposition.</p> <p>The only problem with more layers on a motorcycle is mobility. With each added layer riding becomes more clumsy. In extreme temperatures a rider might feel and look like the Michelin man in an effort to tame the chill and wind. Fortunately I have not had to deal with temperatures much below freezing. Though large gloves and a billowing chest of vest and layers tends to make simple stops for fuel or rest more calculated. In either case, the proposition of stopping does tax patience and process. Taming the layers of clothing means taking a logical series of steps -- preferably in the right order. With biting wind whipping down my neck and fingers slowly becoming numb, it's often tempting to just go as fast as possible. But this is where mistakes can happen. Such as fitting the big gloves over hands and fingers before either attaching the wiring harness, or worse, securing the chin strap on your helmet. And don't even bother trying to use a zipper on pants, jacket, panniers or tank bag. The guy who designs heavy gloves that will allow one to manage a zipper will likely reap many awards and recognition.</p> <p>The chill set as the sunset outside Saratoga Springs. A warm bed, hearty meal and nice glass of chianti made for the perfect stop, though I knew the following day would be a long and cold one. The motel clerk pointed to the weather map on her television screen as I settled my bill. "Looks like you're in for a nor'easter," she cautioned, referring to what is typically a windy and wet storm in the northeast. I shrugged off the travel advisory warning and headed southwest on 147, a small two-lane road that winds just south of the Adirondack Mountains through Gloversville and many smaller towns until I hit Dolgeville when I started south toward Herkimer and the Erie Canal and onward down side roads through Utica, and then south passing by the Oneida castle, through Sullivan and Fayettevile and ultimately arriving in Syracuse in the early afternoon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0166%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0166%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0166 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Riding through small towns with classic homes and fall foliage in full bloom.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3724%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3724%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3724 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>The long lonesome roads of upstate New York.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3732%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3732%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3732 - Version 2.jpg" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Along the Hudson River many old plants and mills still dot the landscape.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3736%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3736%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3736 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>The Erie Canal guided my route toward Syracuse.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3744%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3744%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3744 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Sadly the lighting hasn't been the greatest for photographs, but the skies certainly evoked drama and curiosity of impending weather.</i></b></p> <p>Still recognizable, but I noticed immediately that Newhouse, the communications school I attended at Syracuse University, had grown and now contained not two, but three buildings: Newhouse I, II and III. When I attended classes here going from Newhouse I to Newhouse II required crossing an often windy, cold and snow or rain plagued patio forcing one two bundle up just for the 50 yard sprint across the patio, only to shed layers of clothing in class on the other side. Today, Newhouse I and II are connected by glass concourse and with the new building, Newhouse III. The campus radio station has been moved and the top floor of Newhouse II now houses dozens of online and offline video and audio editing suites.</p> <p>Over the last month I have been exchanging e-mail with my former screenwriting and TV/Radio/Film criticism professor Dr. Sharon Hollenback, so I made through hallways, which seemed much more narrow now than they did during my days at SU, until I found her office in Newhouse II. Extremely busy due to mid-term exams and student reviews, I found Sharon wedged into her office surrounded by mountains of papers and books, some of which I was sure were there when I attended school here more than a couple decades prior. Last time I saw Dr. Hollenback was in the summer of 1999 when I made my way through Syracuse en-route to Quebec City in Canada to see Roger Waters perform there in the old city. With a glowing aura of warm energy punctuated by an easy smile, we hugged and agreed to grab dinner the next night. She quickly brought me up to date as to developments at Syracuse, projects she's involved and those professors still teaching since the days I roamed these halls as a student. She noodled a bunch of phone numbers and e-mail addresses onto a scrap paper before one of her students, who was gracious enough to let me barge in, took the photo you see here. And after I left, I'm sure, sat down with his advisor for sage words of wisdom and encouragement.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3751%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3751%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="355" height="199" alt="IMG_3751 - Version 2.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0495%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0495%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="268" height="199" alt="IMG_0495 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>From left to right Newhouse I, II &amp; III</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0501%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0501%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="620" height="348" alt="IMG_0501 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Syracuse University's Dr. Sharon Hollenback, one of my favorite professors and who I'll always return to visit.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3747%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3747%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3747 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>High on the hill is Crouse College home of Syracuse University's School of Visual and Perfroming Arts and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0533%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0533%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0533 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Looking a little eerie just in time for Halloween, the Hall of Languages could stand in for a horror film location on this dreary and moody Syracuse day.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0535%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0535%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0535 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Hendricks Chapel on Syracuse University's Quad.</i></b></p> <p>I spent the remainder of the day searching for old professors, while bantering with students in several of the studios and work areas before retiring to a downtown hotel and finding a great BBQ dinner and live music at the 'infamous' <a href="http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/syracuse/" target="_blank" title="Syracuse New York Dinasaur BBQ 246 W. Willow Street">Dinosaur BBQ</a>.</p> <p>I was amazed to find, while battling bouts of pouring rain the following day, that the pizza parlor where I purchased and consumed many late night slices was still satisfying the needs of students after all these years. Even better, the guy tossing pizza dough, ladling homemade sauce and layering the cheese on those tasty, if not always healthy, pizzas, is the same familiar face that was serving slices when I studied here. Now 84 years old, George, one of Cosmo's owners works an easier schedule, pretended to remember me, which is just fine, looks much the same and only moves slightly slower, but still services the slices to a new generation of Syracuse University students.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3786%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3786%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="355" height="199" alt="IMG_3786 - Version 2.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3788%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3788%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="355" height="199" alt="IMG_3788 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Legendary Cosmo's Pizza Man George, at 84 still spinning and selling the slices.</i></b></p> <p><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0543%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0543%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="200" height="112" alt="IMG_0543 - Version 2.jpg" style="float:left; padding-right:7px; padding-bottom:0px;" /></a>That night after a cozy meal of a local's favorite chinese with Dr. Hollenback and her husband, Dr. David Hollenback, also a communications professor, we carved halloween pumpkins on the kitchen table of the Hollenback's classic mid-1800's home just outside Syracuse. We joked about our obsessions, David's massive collection of old books, Sharon insists there's no more room in the house, but Dave keeps finding more, and mine with wine--there's always that ONE bottle I just must find. During our carving ceremony the Hollenback's only daughter called from Washington DC to check in with mom &amp; dad, who I'm sure wished she could join us amidst of pumpkin guts and seeds. To be sure, I can't think of a better way to bond, catch up on life and just connect with old and new friends than while creating your Halloween masterpiece. Can you guess who carved which?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0544%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0544%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0544 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>After working on these pumpkins for about an hour, we had to take the ceremonial photo. Who carved which?</i></b></p> <p>The next morning after Sharon and Dave probed the local farmer's market, I shared one last meal at a local diner with some of their other friends before making tracks toward Rochester to meet up with Lyn and Art Elting, the owners of Country Rode Motowerks and the hosts of my next Worldrider presentation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0173%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0173%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0173 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Rochester bound.</i></b></p>
  2. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Feeling Part of the Family With Friends Old & New in Rochester, New York.

    <p>Since July of this year, I'd been in contact via phone and e-mail with Lyn Elting, who along with her husband Art own the Rochester are BMW dealership, <a href="http://countryrode.com" target="_blank" title="BMW Motorcycle Dealer Rochester Fairport New York">Country Rode Motowerks</a>. Eager to host a presentation for their customers, she was surprised that I had decided to ride my bike, given the unpredictable weather in the Great Lakes region. And with my propensity to ride the tiny backroads to wherever I travel, it would be hard to estimate my arrival time in Fairport, a smaller town just southeast of Rochester. With my presentation scheduled for 2pm, I thought I'd be there by noon. But the slow roads and occasional traffic, when I finally rode in around 12:45pm I could see the look of relief on Lyn's face—I made it!</p> <p>Country Rode is a family-run dealership where customers make up a loyal community, many choosing to have coffee, use the WIFI and hang out with the regular gang and share stories of travel, bikes and dreams--better here than the local coffee shop. More modest in size than the two Max dealerships I presented weeks earlier, but equally professional and with an alluring energy where locals make you feel welcome, regardless of your bike or background.</p> <p>One customer who showed up to see my presentation actually spends more time in Chile, than in New York. I was able to practice my spanish and share stories of my Patagonian escapades in southern Chile. The crew helped wheel my bike into the showroom so customers could gawk at Doc, my the hard ridden, if not abused, motorcycle that exhibits more than its fair share of scars.</p> <p>The presentation this Saturday afternoon at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Country-Rode-Motowerks/58427887485?ref=ts" target="_blank" title="Facebook Page for Country Rode BMW Dealer Fairport Rochester New York">Country Rode Motowerks</a> was perhaps the best attended presentation of this tour. With more than 75 guests, I was amazed to see three French men show up in a Citroën Deaux Chevaux (2CV) which they've been traveling around the world. I remembered seeing many of these odd looking cars in Buenos Aires. Citroën stopped producing the cars in 1990 after 42 years of production. which was powered by a simple air-cooled 375cc engine—quite a bit smaller than the 650cc water cooled Rotax power-plant on Doc.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3794 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3794 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="400" alt="IMG_3794 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>As the crowd gathers for my 2pm presentation, many check out the bike that took me around the world -- and to chilly Rochester in late October.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3795 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3795 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3795 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Country Rode is a gathering place and caters to a passionate and strong community of riders of all types.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3807 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3807 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3807 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Lyn and Art took me in and share their home, cats and delicious cookies!</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3797 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3797 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3797 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>I'd like to say these guys rode from France via Kabul and Saigon to come see me speak at Country7 Rode, but alas it was merely a serendipitous coincidence that they were visiting a Country Rode customer who happen to also own a a Citroën Deaux Chevaux (2CV) as well as a BMW. So he brought them to see my presentation.</i></b></p> <p>As usual, the question and answer portion of my talk was quite lively and at the end a lucky Canadian female motorcycle rider won the AirHawk Seat Cushion which we give away at each of my presentations. Many customers wanted to hear more, so we agreed to host another presentation sometime in the next year or so—ideally after my book, Tasting Adventure, is published and available.</p> <p>Lyn &amp; Art were kind to offer me dinner, homemade cookies, the company of great cats, including Murphy and Curly, and a warm bed in their 19th century 'cobblestone 'home a few minutes from the dealership. Cobblestone masonry is a regional technique of of using regional building materials and set in what appears to be a linear manner and probably painstaking style. Homes between Syracuse and Buffalo were built by local artisans between about 1820 and 1850. The stones were brought by glaciers to shores of Lake Ontario. Stones gathered when clearing fields for farming were used to build homes, barns, churches and other buildings. Art and I stayed up and talked about old classic bikes, travel and the motorcycle business, while Lyn packed up some of her infamous cookies, some for me and some, at his special request, for Bob Henig, the owner of Bob's BMW in Jessup, Maryland outside Washington DC and the last location for my WorldRider east coast presentation tour.</p> <p>As I noted earlier, another bonus of this east coast mini-tour has been the connections and reconnections made with friends old and new. So in the spirit of taking advantage of every opportunity to reach out, I arranged for friends to join us early Sunday (Halloween) morning for breakfast. <a href="http://mamamusings.net/" target="_blank" title="Liz Lawley's Blog - Mamamusings: thoughts on technology, academia, family, and tangential topics">Elizabeth Lane (Liz) Lawley</a> is a fellow tech blogger <i>(check out my other blog</i> <a href="http://www.digitaltavern.com" target="_blank" title="Allan Karl's The Digital Tavern, musings on Macintosh, Marketing, Malbec, Music, Motorcycles and Travel"><i>The Digital Tavern</i></a><i>)</i> and Rochester Institute of Technology professor. We've known each other since 2002 in the early days of blogs and over the years have met at tech-related conferences after we discovered we shared similar passions like blogging, Macintosh, technology, travel and even friends and acquaintances like <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/" target="_blank" title="Doc Searls Harvard Fellow, Linux Journal editor, Cluetrain Manifesto Author">Doc Searls</a> and <a href="http://joi.ito.com/" target="_blank" title="named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008">Joi Ito</a>, sadly she was in San Francisco the day before so she couldn't see my presentation. But her husband Gerald, who also followed my WorldRider journey, was able to make the trip to Country Rode and check out the presentation. This morning Liz showed up with the entire family including Gerald and their two sons Alex and Lane.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0556 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0556 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0556 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Art stands outside his cobblestone home near Rochester, New York.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i><br /></i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0198 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0198 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0198 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-weight: normal;"><b><i>Notice the cobblestone construction, a popular masonry technique used by early settlers to the region from the early to mid-1800's. And below he tries to convince Murphy, the cat, to perhaps join us for a morning ride?</i></b></span><br /></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0205 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0205 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0205 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0194 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0194 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="358" alt="IMG_0194 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>The Lawley Family joined us for breakfast on Halloween Sunday. (l to r) Alex, Liz, Gerald and Lane.</i></b></p> <p>With the clock ticking and more weather advisories, I packed up Doc, reviewed maps and potential routes with Art and after a bit of nudging, convinced him to join me for a ride at least to the Finger Lakes, if not further. Later, Country Rode Motowerks sales manager, Ron showed up and rode with us until about the snow started falling. Art and I took cover and a warm cup of coffee near Keuka Lake in Hammondsport at the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor. With the temperature dropping and clock ticking, Art headed back home while I make my way toward Watkins Glen and ultimately south toward New York City.</p> <p>By the time I rode into Binghamton, the skies were dark and my body appropriately chilled, so I took cover at a local motel.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3810 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3810 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3810 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Ron took off after we stopped high on the western bank of Keuka lake, while Art led me into Hammondsport for a cup of coffee and fresh apple pie.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3816 - Version 2.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_3816 - Version 2-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_3816 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Art and Ron outside Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, New York</i></b></p>
  3. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

    Joined:
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    Onward to Manhattan, BMWNA HQ, Bob's BMW & Washington DC
    <p>Seems that the sun, blue skies and any good lighting for photography has alluded me for the past three weeks since leaving Northampton, Mass. This morning further signs of cold weather hit me with a temporary setback. As I tried to harness every bit of warmth last night while riding toward the city, I had my heated vest cranked, solid heat on my heated gloves, heated hand grips turned up and of course my PIAA Cross Country LED lights blazing me a trail I could see while cruising the barely lit backroads after any evidence of daylight (I did not say sunlight) faded as I rode into Binghamton.</p> <p>So this morning when I tried to crank over Doc, I was met with the depressing sound of a solenoid clicking. In other words, a dead battery. No worries. I recruited the local AAA service. At the call center they seemed to pass on the make of my 'vehicle' to the local driver. But with my head down and a somewhat obscured view of the parking lot from inside the warm motel, I didn't notice the tow truck circle the parking lot. He was looking for a BMW, and it didn't occur to him that the motorcycle sitting in front was his target.</p> <p>Just a few hours south on route 17, a bigger road than I normally like to travel, but the miles I had to cover today and with foul weather threatening, I decided to take 17 until I reached the Palisades parkway and then the George Washington Bridge. But by the time I rode into Roscoe, legendary for fly fishing in these parts, I followed Art's suggestion and thawed out over hot coffee, chicken noodle soup and a tasty sandwich at Roscoe Diner before battling the biting cold to the Big Apple to visit my friends Tim and Lisa and ultimately onward to visit BMW North America and then back to Washington DC where I delivered my final presentation of this east coast WorldRider tour.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0582%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0582%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0582 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Hot soup and coffee at Roscoe Diner.</i></b></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0589%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0589%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="300" height="168" alt="IMG_0589 - Version 2.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0592%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0592%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="298" height="168" alt="IMG_0592 - Version 2.jpg" /></a><br /> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <b><i>I had a chance to meet with some of the corporate BMW staffers, here is communications manager Laurence Kuykendall, at their offices in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey before heading south to DC</i></b> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bobsbmw.com/" target="_blank" title="Bob's BMW Jessup Maryland, Washington DC metro area">Bob's BMW</a> not only sells the usual cadre of BMW motorcycles, spare parts and accessories, but it's a veritable museum and destination for BMW enthusiasts worldwide. Not only does Bob's stock many parts other dealers don't, Bob has many classic BMW motorcycles on display including socme with little or no mileage and even in the original crate as shipped from Germany. Owner Bob Henig also has collected virtually every BMW or motorcycle collectable and they are everywhere at Bob's BMW -- from his office, to the shelves around the showroom to display counters and more. One will exercise their neck muscles while perusing the motorcycle eye food everywhere. In one of the display cases miniature bikes sit atop broken glass. But this isn't just some sort of artsy display technique, no this glass is from an illegal break-in at Bob's some years back. Rather than toss the glass broken by the thieves hoping to roll out some of the bigger toys at Bob's, the broken glass makes for not only an attractive display counter but a great story, too.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0009%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0009%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0009 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Passing through Kinnelon, New Jersey and Fayson Lakes, I stayed an evening in buddy Tim's log home just off this lake.</i></b></p> <p>As you can imagine, the WorldRider presentation at Bob's was special. When Bob hosts an event, he goes big. This night was no exception. Marking only the second time I've presented in the evening, the evening started with a cocktail reception where snacks, drinks and beer and wine were available as guests roamed Bob's BMW Bike Museum. Then all the guests were treated to a beautiful and tasty catered dinner by one of Bob's favorite local Italian restaurants. By the time I walked on 'stage' everyone had a belly full and were in good cheer.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0628.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0628-tm.jpg" width="600" height="448" alt="IMG_0628.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Posters on the entrance door to Bob's -- no tickets left, theWorldRider event is Sold Out!!!</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: left;">This was the first event that guests had to reserve and purchase a ticket in advance. With only 100 seats available, the event sold out weeks before I arrived. Even better, one of the guests, a surprise appearance, was Jeremiah St. Ours, my friend and partner in crime through many miles in South America. Jeremiah was in town visiting family and the timing worked perfectly to attend Bob's WorldRider event. For regular followers of my blog, or for those of you who've been to my presentations, you'll remember Jeremiah was with me when on that <a href="http://worldrider.com/blog/archives/2006/01/the_ride_of_the.php" target="_blank" title="The Ride of the Trip &amp; The Unexcpected Change of Course. ">fateful day in January 2006</a> that I slipped in the mud in Bolivia and severely broke my leg. Earlier this year I was able to make my way to Durango, where Jeremiah calls home, and spend time sharing and reliving stories from the road and embarking on a photo tour of Arches National Park.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0098%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0098%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0098 - Version 2.jpg" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0100%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0100%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="298" height="168" alt="IMG_0100 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Classics everywhere.</i></b><br /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0101.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0101-tm.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="IMG_0101.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Parts available immediately even for vintage bikes can be found at Bob's</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0106%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0106%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0106 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Bob's BMW is truly a motorcycle museum and worth a stop by any serious motorcycle enthusiast.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0115%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0115%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0115 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Partner in crime and fellow South American rider, Jeremiah, showed up for tonight's presentation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201012290022.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201012290022-tm.jpg" width="600" height="450" alt="201012290022.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>A sold out crowd of more than 100 showed up for a trip around the world with WorldRider. (photo courtesy of Bob's BMW)</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201012281744.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201012281744-tm.jpg" width="600" height="450" alt="201012281744.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>The crowd was pleased with the stories and photographs and kept me on my toes during the Q &amp; A portion. (photo courtesy of Bob's BMW)</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0117%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0117%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0117 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0119%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0119%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_0119 - Version 2.jpg" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Jeremiah, Bob Henig (owner of Bob's BMW) and yours truly in the Bob's office, which is a museum in itself.<br /> Note the bike (not the girl) in the background. It's an amazingly beautiful 1913 Indian Single. Very rare, 98% all original and never restored!</i></b></p> <p>During the Q&amp;A portion of my presentation Jeremiah was called on to add color to the stories -- especially when asked about my chain maintenance (or lack thereof) during our days from Mexico to Bolivia. I can't say enough how happy I was to see him again and so pleased that he took the time to come out and here me talk for a few hours! There are many more details of the evening's presentation on <a href="http://www.bobsbmw.com/community/post-allankarl.html" target="_blank" title="Great Party at Bob's BMW with Allan Karl - WorldRider">Bob's website here.</a></p> <p>I enjoyed mingling with the guests, sharing my stories and answering questions into late evening. While it's rather impossible to condense my three-year journey into an hour or so, many guests wanted to hear more. So I agreed to return to Bob's BMW sometime in the next year, hopefully on the release of my upcoming book, to bring more of my adventures to the passionate group that attended this evenings event.</p> <p>With family so close, I sadly wasn't able to spend the time with Bob and his family as I did in Rochester, but I agreed in the future we'd ride together and share more stories on travel and motorcycles. Back in Virginia, I was able to spend one last evening with my brother Jon, his wife Maria and my two beautiful nieces (who all showed up at Bob's for my presentation). Even better, my friends from New York City, Tim and Lisa showed up. So it was only appropriate to pull a few corks and celebrate a successful event and good times with family and friends.</p> <p>Later this month I will be back in California and speaking at BMW Motorcycles of Riverside.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0036%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_0036%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="450" alt="IMG_0036 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p>
  4. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Back In California -- The Weather Came With Me -- BMW Motorcycles of Riverside
    <p>Maybe it's Murphy's Law, or maybe it's just that the rain follows me wherever I go -- regardless of which continent I'm traveling. Sure, the odds of rain in New England in October are much higher than that of Southern California in November, but who would've thought that during my first presentation in California in over a year that rain might dampen the turnout?</p> <p>Looking at both the sky and my weather App on my iPhone, I figured I had two options this morning. I could where my rain suit and prepare for the inevitable, or I could just venture out with fingers crossed hoping I wouldn't be praying for an underpass where I could change. As motorcycle riders are well aware, if I wore the rain suit, it surely wouldn't rain. If I set out sans rain suit, it would rain in no time.</p> <p>I set out without my rain suit.</p> <p>At <a href="http://bmwmotorcyclesofriverside.com/" target="_blank" title="Riverside and Inland Empire BMW Motorcycle Dealership BMW Motorcycles of Riverside">BMW Motorcycles of Riverside</a> Dan told me that with RSVP's, it looked like he'd be near capacity for my presentation this afternoon. One group, a club from Palm Springs, had indicated if it was raining they'd likely not show. That would leave about 10 or more empty chains. I promised to arrive early to help set up and make sure all the gear worked. After about 10 miles the skies opened up and I was in a gas station putting on my "Big Bird" rain suit.</p> <p>The woman checking her tire pressure looked at my struggling with the bulk of my riding suit under the pvc plastic rain gear and helped hoist the top over my shoulder. "You better be careful out there," she warned, "it's slick."</p> <p>Sure enough, it was slick. I slowly split through heavy traffic caused by two accidents on the 15 Freeway toward Riverside. The rain had stopped by then. Fifteen minutes later the skies poured again. My friend Ken, visiting from Northern California had smartly driven down to SoCal for my presentation, was somewhere tied up in this traffic. Though I left a few minutes prior, I was sure I'd get to the dealership first. I was wrong. Ken was already checking out the gear&#8212;and the bikes&#8212; and talking with owner Dan Schoo.</p> <p>"How'd you beat me here," I asked inquisitively knowing that I had split traffic and though cautious in the rain, I had kept a good pace.</p> <p>Just a few minutes after the staff moved my bike into the show room the rain poured. And poured relentlessly. This is the hardest rain I'd seen in some time. The three of us stared out the window at the empty parking lot. Dan didn't like the idea of putting his shiny new motorcycles outside in the rain. But we had too. The showroom would be the auditorium and stage for this afternoon's presentation. But even more, Dan worried that the well promoted event might fail to bring in the crowds he and his staff hoped for.</p> <p>By the time Dan introduced me, people were scurrying and struggling to find a comfortable place to sit. Those stragglers who showed after I started stood on the foot pegs of the few bikes still in the showroom. Motorcyclists are a determined bunch, even if they didn't ride, they came out in force to see my presentation in the pouring rain.</p> <p>Keeping in line with the connections I'm making on my speaking and presentation tour of many BMW dealerships, a familiar face approached me as I was setting up my computer. Next to this man with a kind face and easy smile was a redheaded woman who also looked quite familiar. The tall man reached out his hand and said, "Nice to finally meet you Allan. I'm "FlyingAvanti" and this is Sandy, 'the redhead on back." Wow. I can't believe it. After many missed connections in South America, I finally meet fellow motorcycle travelers who spent a couple years on and off traveling around South America. They started their journey in South America a few months before I set out for Alaska in July 2005. We nearly brushed up against each other in Northern Brazil. Since the three of us have been stateside we'd been threatening to get together for dinner, a beer or coffee, but just haven't connected. Now, finally here in Riverside, California--Dale, aka FlyingAvanti and Sandy live just a few miles from BMW Motorcycles of Riverside. So great to finally meet face to face after all the emails and miles.</p> <p>I kept the presentation to just over an hour, but the Q &amp; A lasted equally, if not more, longer. I would've stayed all night, anything to avoid putting on that suit and riding in the pouring rain. You see, while we're blessed in California to have year round riding, getting to the riding from the popular coastal cities of LA, Orange County and San Diego requires riding sometimes an hour or more on freeways: massive slaps of pavement with sometimes fourteen lanes or more. And in the rain? No true adventure rider will ever admit to this being fun or desirous.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1430%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1430%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_1430 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>More than sixty people showed up at BMW Motorcycles of Riverside for the WorldRider presentation on November 20, 2010.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1443%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1443%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_1443 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>Note the wet pavement outside as I give my presentation.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1463%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1463%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_1463 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>The crowd was intrigued and intrigued me with some very insightful and often difficult to answer questions.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1466%20-%20Version%202.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/IMG_1466%20-%20Version%202-tm.jpg" width="600" height="337" alt="IMG_1466 - Version 2.jpg" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b><i>By the time we were bringing the bikes back into the showroom, it was dark and just sprinkling. Here owner Dan Schoo poses with me next to my trusty steed, Doc.</i></b></p> <p>Nonetheless, by the time the crowd dissipated and after several cups of warm coffee, it was time. Should I wear the rain suit? Nah.</p> <p>Bad move. Twenty minutes later I was stuck in another downpour. And on the freeway.</p> <p>It doesn't matter. I made it home safe and the last WorldRider presentation of the year was very successful. My next presentations are in February in Oregon. Will I see you there?</p> <blockquote> <p><b>WorldRider Presentations in Pacific Northwest - February 2011</b></p>
    • <p><i>Wednesday, February 2nd: BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon in Tigard</i>
    • <i>Thursday, February 3rd: European Motorcycles of Western Oregon in Eugene</i>
    • <i>Saturday, February 5th: Ride West BMW, Seattle, Washington</i>
    </blockquote>
  5. sprale

    sprale Tu ne cede malis...

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    That sounds familiar. Even in Texas, in the summer, I always wear the same waterproof riding gear. I used to hate lugging around rain gear or waterproof liners. I finally started buying quality waterproof gear. It makes all the difference. I don't know how I went so long without Aerostich. I've spend enough money collectively on other gear to have simply done the right thing in the first place.... :huh
  6. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Yeah. That makes a LOT of sense. I've been back and forth on this for a long time. I love the BMW Rallye suits; but hate the liners because not only is it a hassle to install; when the jacket gets wet it weighs a ton... those liners were ripped off when I landed at Port of Baltimore in 2008; and after a set of Frog Togs, I bought the Big Bird BMW suit. Maybe I should be wearing my Aerostich in those cases I'm riding into rain country...
  7. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Pacific Northwest Presentations: Don't Miss It!
    <p>I trust all reading this enjoyed their holiday season and, like me, look forward to a fantastic new year in 2011, and with it new journeys, adventures and great discoveries. Some great riding should be thrown in too.</p> <p>As many of you know, I've been traveling our great country sharing stories, photos and some video from my nearly three-year odyssey around the world. The feedback at my last presentation in 2010, at BMW Motorcycles of Riverside, was fantastic and encouraging. For those of you interested in coming to meet me and see my presentation, I am excited that three of the top BMW motorcycle dealers in the Pacific Northwest are hosting presentations the first week of February 2011.</p> <p>I'm not sure if I'll ride to these presentations, but don't let that stop you! I hope if you're anywhere near these three dealers you'll come out say hi. And for those of you who elsewhere, I hope to announce more dates for this spring and summer soon. Feel free to ask your local dealer if I'll be visiting anytime soon. If not, ask them to give me a buzz.</p>

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    <span style="font-size: 18px;">Pacific Northwest Presentations - February 2011</span></font></b><br />
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    7PM - Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - Tigard, Oregon</span></font></b><br />
    <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/ZZ43E1B8C1.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/ZZ43E1B8C1-tm.jpg" width="200" height="94" alt="ZZ43E1B8C1.jpg" /></a><br /> <b><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 13px;">
    <a href="http://www.bmwor.com" target="_blank" title="BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon, Tigard Oregon near Portland">BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon</a></span></font></b>
    12010 SW Garden Place<br /> Tigard, OR 97223<br /> 503.597.7097<br />
    <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201101182220.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201101182220-tm.jpg" width="60" height="24" alt="201101182220.jpg" /></a> Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179837945373149&amp;index=1" target="_blank" title="Facebook Event Page for Allan Karl WorldRider presentation at BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon">Facebook Event Page</a> and let the folks in Tigard know you're going. <b><font size="4"><br /></font></b><b><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14px;">

    7PM - Thursday, February 3, 2011 - Eugene, Oregon</span></font>
    </b><b><font size="4"><br /></font></b><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/ZZ108D8C93.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/ZZ108D8C93-tm.jpg" width="200" height="95" alt="ZZ108D8C93.jpg" /></a><br />
    <a href="http://www.emcwor.com" target="_blank" title="European Motorcycles of Western Oregon, Eugene ">
    <b><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 13px;">European Motorcycles of Western Oregon</span></font></b></a><a href="http://www.emcwor.com" target="_blank" title="European Motorcycles of Western Oregon, Eugene "></a>
    2891 W 11th Avenue<br /> Eugene, OR 97402
    541.338.0269<br />
    <a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201101182220.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/201101182220-tm.jpg" width="60" height="24" alt="201101182220.jpg" /></a> Visit the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121989387868330&amp;index=1" target="_blank" title="Facebook Event Page for Allan Karl WorldRider Presentaiton at European Motorcycles of Western Oregon on Thursday February 3, 2011 in Eugene Oregon">Facebook Event Page</a> and let the folks in Eugene know you're going.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b><font size="4"><br /></font></b><b><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14px;">7 PM - Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Seattle, Washington</span></font></b>
    <b><font size="4"><br /></font><a href="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/ZZ2F72DE2B.jpg"><img src="http://www.worldrider.com/blog/photos/ZZ2F72DE2B-tm.jpg" width="200" height="109" alt="ZZ2F72DE2B.jpg" /></a></b> <b><br /></b><b><font size="3">
    <span style="font-size: 13px;">Ride West BMW</span></font></b>
    8100 Lake City Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
    206.527.5511<b><br /></b>
    This event requires advanced registration. Visit <a href="http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e39flio9c788daa5&amp;llr=ss5wu6bab" target="_blank" title="Allan Karl at Ride West BMW in Seattle, Washington presents his WorldRider multimedia presentation and story telling">Ride West BMW Event Page</a> for more information and to register. See you there!!!<br />

    Please Come Out And Visit!
    Hope to see all of you there. These are going to be great events and the dealers hosting them are sure to roll out the carpet and make for a great evening. See you there!<br /> <br /> <b><br /></b>
  8. desertfox2

    desertfox2 Adventurer

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    There is a discrepancy on what day you are in Seattle. Your schedule is for the 5th, a Saturday and Ride West has you down for the 4th on Friday. I want to attend can you clear this up?

    Thanks
  9. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Hey desertfox2 -

    sorry about the confusion. I just got off the phone with RideWest and they're fixing that now.

    The RideWest Presentation is for sure SATURDAY FEB. 5TH AT 6:30PM

    So see you Saturday!!! Be sure to say hi!!

    allan
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    Hi Allan,

    I have enjoyed reading your report over the last couple of years. I saw in one of your posts that you are a friend of "Crazy" Carl Parker.

    "Crazy" Carl Parker and his wife, Wenling, will speak about "The Return: Riding Western China" at the Tynda Rally in Westfir OR on June 24-26. I am looking forward to being there. Any chance you could make it?

    Mike
  11. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Hey Mike -

    Yeah. Crazy Carl. His movie is great and a true adventurer. Wow. I would love to make the Rally in June. There's a slight chance I could make it. A friend and fellow rider I met and rode briefly with in Africa is currently riding his GS somewhere in Asia. He plans on being stateside sometime in June and I've promised to ride with him to Alaska. So pending his schedule and arrival, it might work out that we will past through Oregon on the way to Alaska about that time, though it could be earlier. So ping me with the details of the rally so I can put it on the radar screen. Would love to see Carl, this time on my coast... we shared Thai food shortly after I returned in DC back in 2009...
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    Here is the link to the details - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14999206#post14999206
  13. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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  14. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Presentation Slide Show in Portland, Eugene & Seattle This Week.

    Don't forget I'll be in Oregon and Washington this week:

    • Tonight, Feb. 2, 2011 - at 7pm in Tigard at BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon
    • Tomorrow, Feb. 3, 2011 - at 7pm in Eugene at European Motorcycles of Western Oregon
    • Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 - at 6:30pm at RideWest BMW in Seattle


    Hope to see you there!
  15. Vrakas

    Vrakas Been here awhile

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    Yes we did meet and had a good time going around Cyprus. He is now just "next door" in India ... so i imagine he is on his way to meet up with you! :clap

    Please when you see him, say that i am still getting lost and give him my friendly regards!

    All the best to both of you :wave
  16. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    yes. ronnie is making his way. so good to hear he's safe and still traveling... I will be sure to share with him our conversation and look forward to new adventures! ride safe and keep smiling!
  17. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Cool to hear ya on SidestandUp yesterday :thumb
  18. worldrider

    worldrider Adventure & Discovery Around The World

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    Glad you tuned in!! Sounded good? Tom's got a good thing going there, like his passion!
  19. Vrakas

    Vrakas Been here awhile

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    Thanks i am sure he will be suprised. Keep safe and stay in good health!
    PS: If you are ever in Cyprus, feel free to contact me. :nod
  20. Phone Guy

    Phone Guy Oddometer: 23,626

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    WR,
    How's your schedule looking for the Tynda Rally on the 24-26th of June near Eugene Oregon?