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Old 04-11-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Location: Boulder, CO
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Central Asia 2010: The Rocking Chair Tour

Twenty countries, 18,500 miles, three bikes, no jobs. Join three geezers as they search the globe for the very best rocking chair to enjoy retirement. Our route - leave Heidelberg May 5 and turn east. At Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia turn back and return to Germany on September 1. One picture is worth a thousand words…



Here’s the Colorado team:

The Lost Dutchman
: Karst mounted his first motorcycle when he jumped the border crossing in Tijuana with INS in hot pursuit. He has since added a blue passport to his Dutch one. He is leaving his beloved ‘02 1150GS at home to sulk and is taking his ‘07 Dakar instead. Oops, leaving wife and last kid at home as well. He added a new shock in the back, a new chain and a couple of way too large Happy Trail panniers to keep all this stuff in. He will join the ranks of the unemployed to do this trip (something to do with bucket something or another).


The Philosopher
: Shu rode motorcycles for nearly a decade before he figured out that there was a four-wheeled option that didn't fall over in the snow. He took his first motorcycle trip (across the US and Canada) on his brand new BMW R75/5 in 1972. He claims he once had hair on his head, but it's hard to imagine.
No, really, it's true...."

His rocking chair: a DR650 with new springs and shock, IMS tank, skid plate, handguards, Sargeant seat, etc.


The Noob
: Tom first swung his leg over a moto in December 2008, and he hasn’t looked back since. He figures his two-week run on the western TransAmerica Trail and RawHyde Adventure’s off-road class will give him the chops to make it through the wilds of Kyrgyzstan (or at least claim the bonus points if that word comes up in Scrabble). He’s riding a 2003 BMW F650 Dakar loaded up with an obscene amount of stuff. The bike mods are pretty minor except for an improved suspension and photon-torpedo driving lights. Prior to enjoying the life of the rocking chair he was teaching chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.



We’ll be posting to ADV along the way when we can find Internet access and the energy to use a keyboard. Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy!

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