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Old 03-21-2013, 09:10 AM   #2161
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.... I enjoy doing my best and standing back and viewing the work before moving on to the next project. ...
Amen, bro. I'm a quality over quantity guy also. We owe it to ourselves to do our best.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:13 AM   #2162
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Amen, bro. I'm a quality over quantity guy also. We owe it to ourselves to do our best.
Hi ONandOFF,

Good for you! If there's one thing I've learned as a contractor for the last 30 plus years it's that you're only as good as your last job. People will hunt you down like a wild animal if you're honest, don't cut corners, look out for their best interests and do consistently great work. No need for advertising. They'll still be there needing things done no matter where you ride your motorcycle.

Your reputation is all you have in the end. It's up to you whether it's good or bad.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:26 AM   #2163
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John:

I may not comment much but I am still here following your every word.

I like your work ethic and can't wait to find out about your budget traveling ideas and how to help others ride to far away places.

It's interesting the many comments about leaving your comfort zone and heading out for an adventure, whether it be to SA, Mexico or just 100 miles down the road for a cup of coffee. You just have to take the first step and do it. You have shown us the minimalist way, and we thank you for reporting back your findings . . .

thank you for all your inspiration, it would be a pleasure to meet you on the road on day

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:07 AM   #2164
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Hello John. Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to do this rr it has been very inspirational. Also wanted to let you know I will be heading on a short adv in May for about a week or two, going to the Smoky Mountains on a 1985 650 nighthawk. I can not wait. Thanks again and ride safe.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:21 PM   #2165
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Hello John. Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to do this rr it has been very inspirational. Also wanted to let you know I will be heading on a short adv in May for about a week or two, going to the Smoky Mountains on a 1985 650 nighthawk. I can not wait. Thanks again and ride safe.
Hi Haven't Ben There,

You are going to have so much fun! I visited the Smoky Mountains a couple years ago for the first time. Wow! There's some great riding around there. I was in my truck doing some remodeling on a vacation home on the Tail of the Dragon outside Robbinsville, North Carolina. But it was adventure in October with the fall foliage. Should be fun in May as well. It is a truly beautiful area of the country. Really friendly people in rural NC as well.

You can have a lot of fun in a week or two out there. And I remember the 650 Nighthawk when it first came out. That is a sweet Honda with a great motor.

Glad to have you along for the ride amigo.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #2166
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John:

I may not comment much but I am still here following your every word.

I like your work ethic and can't wait to find out about your budget traveling ideas and how to help others ride to far away places.

It's interesting the many comments about leaving your comfort zone and heading out for an adventure, whether it be to SA, Mexico or just 100 miles down the road for a cup of coffee. You just have to take the first step and do it. You have shown us the minimalist way, and we thank you for reporting back your findings . . .

thank you for all your inspiration, it would be a pleasure to meet you on the road on day

bob
Hi bob,

I hope to see you down the road someday. BC is my favorite Province. If I'm ever in the area, I'll be sure to look you up just to say hi.

Glad you're still following along. And yes, I will be looking into every creative way I can to get more people out there riding who are financially insolvent like me. I will report back what I find.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:35 PM   #2167
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The problem with personal blogs is that nobody finds them.
But when the ride is done you should package the words into a book, an eBook, and a blog, all of which you can monetize. Apres.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:02 PM   #2168
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But when the ride is done you should package the words into a book, an eBook, and a blog, all of which you can monetize. Apres.
Hi Dooga,

When I first started this ride report my basic attitude was monetize, schmonetize. I don't ride to make money. I was used to reading ride reports on ADVrider for free. Nothing wrong with that. But now I realize how expensive it is to ride around on your bike to the ends of the earth. So I have started donating to other riders out on the road. I don't pay for cable so I have a hundred bucks a month to donate to other riders. And I will continue to do so once I get home now that I know what it means to be in a pinch and get donations from fellow ADVriders. It means a LOT. Let me tell you.
I am in awe of anyone who can take off and ride around the world for a year or two. I wish I were independently wealthy and could do the same. Mind you, I will still write ride reports for free since it seems to be something I have an affinity for.

But I will look into the ebook thing and all other options just for fun and report back if it is something that others can do. Not everybody knows about ADVrider. It can't hurt to try. I am a guinea pig on the roads less traveled.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:14 PM   #2169
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No, John...you are the KING of guinea pigs!

The Elvis of the exercise wheel.
The Sultan of South America.

And we thank you for taking us all along for the ride.
When are you flying back amigo?
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:25 PM   #2170
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When I first started this ride report my basic attitude was monetize, schmonetize. I don't ride to make money. I was used to reading ride reports on ADVrider for free. Nothing wrong with that. But now I realize how expensive it is to ride around on your bike to the ends of the earth. So I have started donating to other riders out on the road. I don't pay for cable so I have a hundred bucks a month to donate to other riders. And I will continue to do so once I get home now that I know what it means to be in a pinch and get donations from fellow ADVriders. It means a LOT. Let me tell you.
I am in awe of anyone who can take off and ride around the world for a year or two. I wish I were independently wealthy and could do the same. Mind you, I will still write ride reports for free since it seems to be something I have an affinity for.

But I will look into the ebook thing and all other options just for fun and report back if it is something that others can do. Not everybody knows about ADVrider. It can't hurt to try. I am a guinea pig on the roads less traveled.
Hi John,

I learned so much, and continue to do so, here on this site, not only about riding around the world but also about myself. What I really want from life at this point. Thanks to the true ADV'ers out there like yourself it was possible to understand that living the experience of travel by motorcycle confirms my being in tune with the world. I have an office job where I enjoy interacting with customers remotely via phone and computer, fixing difficult software problems. And it's a great feeling resolving the technical challenges and seeing that treating people well reciprocates most of the time, but in the end I realize live in a virtual world governed by nothing else but petty interests and office politics of corporate America. And that no one will erect a statue of myself for posterity in front of the company entrance when and if I ever retire, no matter how much passion I put into my daily efforts.

I am saying all this is because you have opened my eyes to the real life that one never gets back every day that it passes. And that, as you said, there are no guarantees in life, hence we each must take our chances to seek the dreams we are after.

Now, money or lack thereof, is a big factor in enjoying freedom, so going minimalist is logical. That will stretch travel living budget for a while. I have read several stories of people who took to the road selling their belongings and home and going until their funds deplete, hoping that they had enough to not worry for years. And figure it out then. I don't know how they do it. Or when the end comes, how they plug back in to the money making.
Others are fortunate to get sponsored, but I think then the ride is no longer theirs alone as they must please their sponsors in some ways.
Donations are nice, however publishing formally your adventures as e-books or other media, even though it may not be that easy as it seems to create selling material, could prove a viable source of income. I have a friend who just quit his day job and is now his own boss making all his income from YouTube advertising. That doesn't mean he can take off for months. We each know what we can do best, so I guess working the job that we know is in a way easier.

Just few random thoughts I felt the desire to share.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:27 PM   #2171
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John,
Just wanted to let you know I'm still reading and look forward to your writings every day. It will be a sad day for me when your ride has to take a temporary break, but I truely appriciate your taking the time to share with the rest of the world, and look forward to your future reports. Thank you!
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:42 PM   #2172
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John,
Just wanted to let you know I'm still reading and look forward to your writings every day. It will be a sad day for me when your ride has to take a temporary break, but I truely appriciate your taking the time to share with the rest of the world, and look forward to your future reports. Thank you!
Hi nvklr,

Glad you are still following along! This ride report is far from over. The Sherpa is still running strong and South America is huge. Even though I'll have to head back home for a bit to earn more money, summer goes by quickly and I'll be back at it next fall if I have anything to say about it.

Gracias amigo,
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:17 AM   #2173
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Hi John,

I learned so much, and continue to do so, here on this site, not only about riding around the world but also about myself. What I really want from life at this point. Thanks to the true ADV'ers out there like yourself it was possible to understand that living the experience of travel by motorcycle confirms my being in tune with the world. I have an office job where I enjoy interacting with customers remotely via phone and computer, fixing difficult software problems. And it's a great feeling resolving the technical challenges and seeing that treating people well reciprocates most of the time, but in the end I realize live in a virtual world governed by nothing else but petty interests and office politics of corporate America. And that no one will erect a statue of myself for posterity in front of the company entrance when and if I ever retire, no matter how much passion I put into my daily efforts.

I am saying all this is because you have opened my eyes to the real life that one never gets back every day that it passes. And that, as you said, there are no guarantees in life, hence we each must take our chances to seek the dreams we are after.

Now, money or lack thereof, is a big factor in enjoying freedom, so going minimalist is logical. That will stretch travel living budget for a while. I have read several stories of people who took to the road selling their belongings and home and going until their funds deplete, hoping that they had enough to not worry for years. And figure it out then. I don't know how they do it. Or when the end comes, how they plug back in to the money making.
Others are fortunate to get sponsored, but I think then the ride is no longer theirs alone as they must please their sponsors in some ways.
Donations are nice, however publishing formally your adventures as e-books or other media, even though it may not be that easy as it seems to create selling material, could prove a viable source of income. I have a friend who just quit his day job and is now his own boss making all his income from YouTube advertising. That doesn't mean he can take off for months. We each know what we can do best, so I guess working the job that we know is in a way easier.

Just few random thoughts I felt the desire to share.

Best,
Vic
Hi Vic,

I enjoy your random thoughts. Tech support is a thankless job, kind of like being a contractor. Solving problems for people is rewarding in and of itself. The only satisfaction of a job well done comes from within you. If you need pats on the back, you will be wanting. I admire anyone who can work in a corporate job. I've always been self employed. I can imagine I would last about two days working for someone else.

As far as selling everything you own and hitting the long road, I've done that when I was younger. Had a giant garage sale and left for a year with a backpack. The problem is, you have to buy all that stuff back when you get home. Better just to store the expensive stuff like stereo, TV, appliances, car, etc. for a year IMHO. And when you get home, you start at the bottom and work your way up. Talk about being a stranger in a strange land. When you go from the third world back home it can take a while to adjust. I remember walking into a Safeway with automatic spritzers spraying the lettuce in the produce section and being amazed. And hot showers. Holy crap! What a great idea, whoever invented that! In my case it took about a year to get back to where I was pre-trip. Well worth it though. I have no regrets. And I will have no regrets when I get home broke this time. Money comes and goes. Travel memories are forever. I still remember coming over the ridge and seeing the snowy Himalayas for the first time at sunset glowing and golden, kissing the sky off in the distance. It's been over 20 years. Seems like yesterday. Took my breath away at the time.

I will look into the ebook thing and report back what I find. Maybe my Dad was wrong. Things might have changed since he published books. It's a new world. I will give it a shot just out of curiosity. Who knows? Since I don't care if I make any money it will be a fun experiment.

Saludos,
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:28 AM   #2174
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Travel memories are forever. I still remember coming over the ridge and seeing the snowy Himalayas for the first time at sunset glowing and golden, kissing the sky off in the distance.

Very well expressed. I love your way with words.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:52 AM   #2175
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No, John...you are the KING of guinea pigs!

The Elvis of the exercise wheel.
The Sultan of South America.

And we thank you for taking us all along for the ride.
When are you flying back amigo?
Hi KLRmonkey,

Sultan of South America has a nice ring to it. I might have to make a tee shirt to finance my return trip next fall. I like that better than a pic of me on the Sherpa with a guinea pig head.

I made a reservation on Spirit Airlines for the 13th of next month. I have to go to Arizona to pick up my sister's truck to ride back to Nebraska, and Spirit is the cheapest airline. Should be fun. They've only had a couple major crashes in the last few years. They are no frills and charge for carryon, so I'll be heading home with nothing. Leave all my stuff down here.

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