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Old 09-11-2012, 06:07 PM   #616
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Congrats on accomplishing something that many have probably given thought to trying something similar, but never had the balls to attempt. You did!
I like your line "Fuck doctors and all those hospitals, all I need is my bike"! So very true!!!
Doctors have their place, but is the anything better than eating a couple bugs because you have a big huge smile on your face? Can't think of many!
I'm old enough could to be your dad, and as I finished reading at 1:15 am, realized this wasn't just a story about your journey, it really showed how you become a man!
You took on the challenge, and won, occurred problems on the way, but didn't stop you.
You met people along the way, that you will probably never forget, and many that will never forget you either!
Some day they will be sitting around telling stories, and I can hear in already!
It'll go something like .....
Remember that time that young guy came through on a moped, wasn't he from Calif and heading to NYC?
Yeah, what was his name ?? ... think it started with an R.
Ralph, no, it was Rafeal?
Yeah that's it!! Wonder what ever became of him?"

Congats also on the scholarship, and wherever the rest of your life takes you, enjoy the journey!!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:15 PM   #617
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I have not read this whole thread carefully but you need to watch Heartlands!

On Netflix
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #618
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Great read , There is no way I would do it at 35 mph
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #619
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Rafael, I just ran across this post. I spent the next couple of hours reading every word... You are truly inspiring and have a great flair for the written word.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:37 AM   #620
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Great adventure, Raphael! I did something similar 45 years ago when I was 16 on a Honda 50, although my trip was only 1200 miles. Here's a link to the report:
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #621
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Originally Posted by hitchiker_forever View Post
If any of you guy have been wondering what I've been up to lately I recently biked from my home to college.
FYI - I live in San Francisco. If you would ever like to work on a machine (bicycle, motorcycle or motorscooter), look me up. On the weekends I'm often working in the garage and I offer coffee, good lighting conditions, tools and camaraderie.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #622
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Brilliant RR. Enjoyed every word. Underbone adventures rock. Total Respect
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:46 PM   #623
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Awesome Ride Report

I just found this one and read it in one sitting. Great job! Like many others have said, you inspire and shame me.

My most adventurous trip at your age was a two state drive in an AMC Gremlin, floating a river, finding a wrecked canoe and wondering if I was in the middle of Deliverance!

Keep having adventures and writing.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #624
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Good to be young! Hell now that I think about my age its good to be anything
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:08 AM   #625
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Originally Posted by DR. Rock View Post
who keeps getting notified of new posts, only to have the thread be stuck on the same post?

Maybe this will bump start it again.
Yo DR Rock - Your not the only one! It kept happening to me on this guys RR thread also

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Old 05-24-2013, 06:39 AM   #626
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Awesome ride report. You speak and write from your heart and it shows in how people reacted to in this RR and on your journey. Who says you can't keep riding while your in school?
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:01 PM   #627
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Just picked up on this rr this morning and have just finished the whole thing (with a time out to go get some M&Ms and again for dinner.) Just rode a Suz 110 about 800 miles around Cambodia and a new CRF250 a couple thou around Thailand, my 1100 sure felt heavy when I first got back on her.

Wanted to note for Rafael and any other young folks on this thread, we met a lot of kids out trekking the world during this recent trip and our Central America trip a couple years ago. Said to many of them, "Good for you! I didn't know we had that option when I was your age."

Did the whole marriage/kids/mortgage/corporate thing for 32 years before getting a chance to break out,,, trying now to make up for lost time. Will say, tho, I've owned at least one bike continuously since 1967 and have no plans to ever quit.

I have friends who have done similar trips, who have never married, who have avoided the traps of "The American Dream". None seem worse off for it. Society can afford, and probably needs, some free spirits; your inspiration, Rafael, may have created a few new ones.

BTW, the the Clancy Centenary Ride is happening right now. I plan to meet it and join in for a couple days soon. Carl Clancy and his partner were first to circumnavigate the globe by moto.

Now... GO RIDE!!!!

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Old 05-31-2013, 08:54 AM   #628
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Starting about 1:10

Thanks Raphael it was a great read.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #629
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best advice EVER

Originally Posted by soboy View Post
That's pretty much the path I took. I wanted the house in the suburbs, wife, two kids, dog and cat, corporate job. It was ok for a while but it becomes very limiting and banal after a decade or so. If I could give you two pieces of advice, they would be: travel as much as you can while you are young and do not settle down and marry in your twenties.

BTW, I have loved reading your ride report - you have an uncanny knack for writing and you really should parlay that ability into a career. Always do what you love and what you are good at!

I couldnt agree more !!!!!!!!!!!1 and GREAT report !!!!!
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:03 AM   #630
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Good read... I would have died to see the cylinder wall on the Cub after the trip. Had a Honda ST90 as a kid, man those were fun days.
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