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Old 04-19-2013, 04:42 PM   #560
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Thought i would pass this on to other first time travelers

I was writing an email to a good friend who is about to set off on his first trip.. Which is to Mexico with no deadline, so maybe catch the bug and head south toward Panama. It's a massive email.. But I thought this section might help out some other riders or maybe just an interesting read.. hahahaha

Attitude and Mindset.....

No matter who you meet start with a "Como Estas" and a smile!! it will get u so far!!

When shit hits the fan don't get caught up in it and let it ruin your day.. Because no matter what, you still have to deal with it; so might as well laugh it off and get it done/ through it.. like a flat tire, bribing, getting cut off, bike breaking, accident, dropping bike, getting robbed, taken advantage of, and so on..... If you get mad and angry and lose your shit,. well your still in the same situation but now in a shitty mood which never helps anything.. I learned this the hard way.. before this trip if I got a flat I would get all pissed kick the bike and all that does is leaves you in the same situation of changing the tire but now you have a hurt foot.. hahaha

I rode with a guy that when anything would not go as he planned he would get so angry and let it ruin his day even though we were riding some of hte best Dirt roads with amazing scenery.. There is no reason.. Just laugh it all off and chalk it up as an experience.. period and move on..
Don't let anything get you down it is not worth your time or energy.. just remember that you are truly living out your dream and a once in a life time bike shred!!

These kind of trips I personally think are all about a positive, up for anything, and a little bit of FUCK YEA attitude!! As over used as the saying is.. truly just live, ride, and experience everything as if it is your last day on this earth.. it will make your experiences that much better.
No matter if it is a good or bad experience without you knowing it is slowly creating a total experience.
Also I am one that can vouch for this one first hand and full hearted.. "Without the low's the highs wont be as awesome!!!!"
And of course when all else fails.. have a little whiskey!!! hahaha

BUT OF COURSE YOU WILL HAVE SOME SAD DAYS.... HAHA

Basically at the end of the day just be FUCKING STOKED YOUR OUT RIDING AROUND BADASS PLACES ON YOUR MOTO!!! END OF STORY.. HAHA

Well thats my two cents...
Fletch

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