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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 05-26-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 2,617
Views: 3,314,469
Posted By MikeB
The road up to the Kardung-La Pass in Ladakh,...

The road up to the Kardung-La Pass in Ladakh, India. This is the highest motor road in the world, topping out at 18,230 feet at the Pass....
Forum: Trip Planning 12-08-2012, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Drugs? Medications? The astonishing level of...

Drugs? Medications? The astonishing level of defensiveness exhibited here makes me wonder who's on a 'roid rage bender. So let me repeat myself: I don't care how any of you spend your time or your...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-07-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Live wherever you want, Eakins. Nobody here...

Live wherever you want, Eakins. Nobody here gives a damn. My intention was only to provide some perspective to balance those "tropical paradise" fantasies that seem to float around in the...
Forum: Trip Planning 12-04-2012, 07:07 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
You can find a lot of posts where people claim to...

You can find a lot of posts where people claim to be living on a fraction of the cost of life in the US. Glaringly absent from most of these posts is any description of the quality of life they have...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-30-2012, 06:28 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Go into politics.

Go into politics.
Forum: Trip Planning 11-23-2012, 07:28 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
I agree with that, but it's not incompatible with...

I agree with that, but it's not incompatible with making higher education more affordable for those that ARE college material.

I always thought Thailand had a good model. All graduating high...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-20-2012, 06:38 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Good point. The rest of us can sit by and see if...

Good point. The rest of us can sit by and see if Tuvalu and Kiribati bite the dust, and then take appropriate action if necessary. I hope CNN has someone positioned out there to give us the signal....
Forum: Trip Planning 11-08-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
I'll second Tigerpawed. I would also point out...

I'll second Tigerpawed. I would also point out that if some of us urge caution in throwing "normal" life to the wind and setting out on that grand adventure it's based on some experience in this...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-06-2012, 07:33 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Hey, ease up, Patrick...I was in military...

Hey, ease up, Patrick...I was in military intelligence for four years and it didn't render me COMPLETELY non compos mentis.:lol3

I think at some point in life we have to give up Jimmy...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-05-2012, 06:19 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Patrick, my point was that claims of financial...

Patrick, my point was that claims of financial success are almost always exaggerated by these expat types. I can confidently say that because 1) having lived overseas for more than 20 years I have...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-03-2012, 06:51 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
One thing I learned while teaching in Mexico for...

One thing I learned while teaching in Mexico for a couple of years is that expat gringos who fetch up there are by and large congenital liars -- or at least serial exaggerators -- as well as losers...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-02-2012, 06:34 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
So it's fortunate for them that there is a...

So it's fortunate for them that there is a general agreement that every citizen ought to have the opportunity to be healthy and well educated. That's not a difficult consensus to sell.
Forum: Trip Planning 11-01-2012, 06:39 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Oh! Oh! Socialist commie pinko heresy! Next thing...

Oh! Oh! Socialist commie pinko heresy! Next thing you know someone will suggest that every citizen of the richest country in the world should get basic health care. You want to be like Sweden?
...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-06-2012, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
I'm afraid some here are confusing several...

I'm afraid some here are confusing several issues. First of all, even if you reside overseas you ALWAYS have to report and pay taxes on US-source income, whether it's Social Security, dividends from...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-02-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
And underneath a picnic table in a public park is...

And underneath a picnic table in a public park is a nice solid overnight shelter if you don't mind the food scraps on the ground. I used to do a lot of that "target-of-opportunity" camping --...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-01-2011, 07:10 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Yeah, my MO on a long trip is to get up at...

Yeah, my MO on a long trip is to get up at 0-dark-thirty, gulp a little coffee and get on the road while traffic is still sparse and the summer weather still cool. Then after an hour or two I'll...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-19-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
OK, when pressed I can be serious. Your...

OK, when pressed I can be serious.

Your concern for your fiancee is normal and commendable. One thing you should understand is that in a lot of cultures advances toward women that we would...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-18-2011, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Kyazak, since my attempt at humorous treatment of...

Kyazak, since my attempt at humorous treatment of a serious matter seems offensive to you I'll try again.

Any mention of any weapon for personal security indicates to me that you are...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-17-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
If you are going to carry a weapon while...

If you are going to carry a weapon while traveling, please be considerate to the consular officer you will be allowed to contact after your arrest. I can tell you from personal experience that it's...
Forum: Trip Planning 02-10-2011, 02:42 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
I certainly agree. You can't say that about many...

I certainly agree. You can't say that about many places. The skytrain and subway systems have made a world of difference in getting around.
Forum: Trip Planning 01-13-2011, 06:33 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
You will never hear me say anything negative...

You will never hear me say anything negative about Thailand, which is my favorite second home. But...the baht is going up vis-a-vis the dollar, and bargain air fares are getting harder to find...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-12-2011, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
If you move in with the Colombian lady you can...

If you move in with the Colombian lady you can probably get by pretty cheaply.

Otherwise....how's your Spanish?

I have spent more than 20 years living and working abroad in a number of...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-11-2011, 06:39 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
I live in Placerville, a town of about 8000 in...

I live in Placerville, a town of about 8000 in the Sierra foothills about midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe and county seat of El Dorado County, much of which is national forest.

BTW, as a...
Forum: Trip Planning 01-10-2011, 06:24 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
I don't know about $17K or how to define...

I don't know about $17K or how to define "comfortable," but as a resident of Norcal I agree that this is a pretty cheap place to live in US terms. In may distressed areas rent is very cheap, and...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2010, 07:26 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 11,820
Posted By MikeB
Pissed All this Land-Rover-class fantacizin' aside,...

All this Land-Rover-class fantacizin' aside, what's wrong with just doing what the locals do "round the world" for their "round the world" mounts -- Honda step-through 90cc and similar...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-24-2010, 07:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,477
Posted By MikeB
Why not buy a new bike in NY, use it for the...

Why not buy a new bike in NY, use it for the trip, and ship it back to Oz? I'll bet bikes are cheaper here.

Oh, wait....I forgot that you drive on the other side over there.:wink:
Forum: Beasts 05-03-2010, 09:02 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 15,191
Posted By MikeB
In my case it was just the opposite, as I sold a...

In my case it was just the opposite, as I sold a GS ('04 1150) to buy a Wee. I could not be happier with the exchange. The only thing I miss about the GS is its ABS.

But, hey, everybody's...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-30-2010, 09:02 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,993
Posted By MikeB
Not to the troops in WWII.

Not to the troops in WWII.
Forum: Trip Planning 04-10-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 224,149
Posted By MikeB
Since laws and cost-of-living numbers vary...

Since laws and cost-of-living numbers vary greatly from country to country, I assume you are asking for specific info for specific countries. You may get some, but I hope you will take it with a...
Forum: Americas 04-10-2010, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,196
Posted By MikeB
No kidding. I hope we get "the rest of the...

No kidding. I hope we get "the rest of the story."

But I don't expect it.
Forum: Alaska 04-05-2009, 08:35 AM
Replies: 687
Views: 68,639
Posted By MikeB
Geez, going to be a friggin' geriatric ward up...

Geez, going to be a friggin' geriatric ward up there this spring. I'm only 63 so I'll be looking out for you old farts to help you when your pacemakers fail. BTW, don't throw those Depends into the...
Forum: Beasts 04-02-2009, 09:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,310
Posted By MikeB
FWIW, I have owned both an '02 R1150GS and an '07...

FWIW, I have owned both an '02 R1150GS and an '07 KLR in the last few years, and now have an '07 Wee. Obviously I have been searching around for the right equipment for my uses.

The GS never...
Forum: Alaska 08-03-2008, 04:05 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,145
Posted By MikeB
That was exactly my experience in '03. Went up...

That was exactly my experience in '03. Went up late May -- cold mornings (I'm an inveterate early riser) but only one day of rain and few RVs. Got off-season rates at motels, too. Returning south in...
Forum: Beasts 07-25-2008, 08:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,664
Posted By MikeB
If you are ever in the Sacramento area stop in...

If you are ever in the Sacramento area stop in and buy my 4-hr-old Sargent. The stocker works better for me.
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2008, 01:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,967
Posted By MikeB
My God...you found "Tuan Jim"!!

My God...you found "Tuan Jim"!!
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2008, 08:41 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 14,262
Posted By MikeB
Excellent write-up and pics, David. Thanks for...

Excellent write-up and pics, David. Thanks for that. Last time in BKK I heard that it's now possible to take a road trip on Hwy. 8 (or is it 9?) from Sakolnakorn in NE Thailand across Laos and up...
Forum: Ride reports 11-12-2007, 12:03 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 81,012
Posted By MikeB
Great report, LovemaX. I was hoping somebody...

Great report, LovemaX. I was hoping somebody would do a long report on the great area, really one of the most spectacular in the world.

Somebody asked about riding to the highest and lowest roads...
Forum: Ride reports 03-27-2007, 08:02 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 105,950
Posted By MikeB
I'll add my voice to the unanimous declaration of...

I'll add my voice to the unanimous declaration of great report. But I kept waiting to hear you bitch about the ennervating heat along the Gulf Coast, which to me was the most memorable (of the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-11-2007, 05:21 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 227,435
Posted By MikeB
Great pics, great trip. I'm looking forward to...

Great pics, great trip. I'm looking forward to your future trip report and pics from Ladakh. I won't be surprised if you find the scenery there even more awesome. How do you plan to get the bikes...
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2007, 09:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,137
Posted By MikeB
You might try flushing it out the drain hole with...

You might try flushing it out the drain hole with a volume of kerosene poured in the top as fast as it will go down. That might at least wash the bit over to the drain hole so it can be plucked out....
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