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Old 03-31-2009, 03:30 PM   #16
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I'll bet this plan doesn't work.
Mind if we stop in & stay with you? I bet you know the good riding in MS.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:44 PM   #17
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Sounds like a great idea - I hope it works out for you, and I look forward to reading the ride reports for years to come.

If you're planning on teaching English in Europe, Africa and Middle East you should look into the TEFL qualification. Got a buddy that's been travelling for the last 12 or 13 yrs on that one qualification.
Thanks. I'm definitely going to get my TEFL or TESL. We met a couple who were teaching English in Prague when we met up there in 2006 & they also recommended that.

To Deuce, unfortunately we'll miss the 2010 Olympics. We hope to be there the 2010/11 winter. First we have to get a Canadian Holliday Visa to work there. As long as we work for Whistler resort itself they have their own housing. Little two bedroom shared condos with communal kitchen & living room. Hopefully we'll have cool flatmates from some exotic locale. ;)

If we can get that squared away so we know we have employment the first winter we are much more likely to leave on schedule (June 2010). Not having much money because we haven't sold a house is the one big thing hanging over our heads. Fortunately we still have 15 months (14 tomorrow, ye ha!) to figure it out.
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6 months in Europe on a Duc
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:48 AM   #18
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What a fabulous adventure you have planned !
I followed your six months in europe report and really enjoyed it .
As for the new adventure' i am sure you know it already but here is a link anyway http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/
The site for world moto travellers .
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:33 PM   #19
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As long as we work for Whistler resort itself they have their own housing. Little two bedroom shared condos with communal kitchen & living room. Hopefully we'll have cool flatmates from some exotic locale. ;)
I spent a winter season at the resort when I was doing my 2nd year cooking apprenticeship. That staff housing may SOUND like fun but after working many days straight and NEEDING a good sleep......... well fugetaboutit!

Other than that it is one hell of a great place to work and good living up there. Tons to do and see even if you dont ski.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:59 PM   #20
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I wouldn't bother planning past the 2012 End of the World party, because, well, the planet will be destroyed by volcanoes, tornadoes, asteroids and zombie dinosaurs. Just something to consider...

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Old 04-02-2009, 02:25 PM   #21
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What a fabulous adventure you have planned !
I followed your six months in europe report and really enjoyed it .
As for the new adventure' i am sure you know it already but here is a link anyway http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/
The site for world moto travellers .
Mr Moto: Thanks. I've been to their site a bit & found some very useful info. Hopefully we'll get to one of their events as we're travelling.
I see you're in Scotland. What part? I've spent some time up there & my ancestors are from the Aberdeen area.


GSIslander: I can imagine what the dorms are like. Been in plenty of noisy hostels in my travels the worst of which was in Madrid. We both ski & want to learn to snowboard & I also snowmobile so it should be a great time.


Nomadador: Yeah, but at least we'll be at the center of it. Besides "When compared to other motorists attempting to escape a zombie outbreak, dirt bike riders have a 23-to-1 survival rate." - The Zombie Survival Guide
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The Big Trip (aka Le Grande Tour), Year 1
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585393

6 months in Europe on a Duc
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217104&highlight=jackl

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Old 04-04-2009, 07:28 AM   #22
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This looks great. I am now subscribed to this thread Looking forward to more!
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:50 AM   #23
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:02 AM   #24
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[quote=JackL]Mr Moto: Thanks. I've been to their site a bit & found some very useful info. Hopefully we'll get to one of their events as we're travelling.
I see you're in Scotland. What part? I've spent some time up there & my ancestors are from the Aberdeen area.


I am from Glasgow , Scotlands biggest city 'but my house is currently up for sale, and as soon as it sells i am off wandering the planet for a year or two.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:46 PM   #25
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Mr Moto: Thanks. I've been to their site a bit & found some very useful info. Hopefully we'll get to one of their events as we're travelling.
I see you're in Scotland. What part? I've spent some time up there & my ancestors are from the Aberdeen area.


I am from Glasgow , Scotlands biggest city 'but my house is currently up for sale, and as soon as it sells i am off wandering the planet for a year or two.
Hopefully we'll see you out there somewhere. I spent a couple of days in Glasgow with my father once at the home of Aleister Gillies (sp?), the singing dentist. Been to Scotland a couple times including backpacking up around Ft William/Ben Nevis.
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The Big Trip (aka Le Grande Tour), Year 1
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585393

6 months in Europe on a Duc
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217104&highlight=jackl

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Old 04-08-2009, 04:01 PM   #26
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Riding Gear

So I thought I'd share some of my thoughts & purchases on riding gear. Since we'll be avoiding Freeways and high-speed Autostradas I won't be wearing my leathers this trip. ;)

I've been watching all the ADV riders sweat their bums off in their Aerostitch while travelling in the equatorial areas & had a lot of experience with heat and humidity in Thailand, where even a perforated jacket is too hot, so I've come up with a layered approach.
I'll wear some kind of under layer(s) with Alpinstar's Bionic Armor over.


You can't see it in the picture but it has an integrated back-protector that covers down over the tail bone.

Followed by a riding jersey like this.

As it gets hotter or colder I can add & subtract layers as needed. On the bottom I'll wear some armored mesh shorts I have with good knee guards/boots and a more rugged pant over that.

After 2 days of searching online I found this helmet on closeout for $300. Last one they had in small, sorry.


As you can see I'm going with a lot of Yellow. That's for two reasons. First it will help reflect the sun but also because it's highly visible. I've driven in some crazy places & I'm sure we'll drive in more & I want to stick out to those cagers.

Jessica already has a very similar helmet I got her for Christmas & I'd like to get her the female Alpinstar's Stella Bionic armor & a similar set-up.

Thanks for all the reply's & support. The Ducati is up for sale so I hope to have the KLR soon so I can begin the bike mods. Farkle, farkle.
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585393

6 months in Europe on a Duc
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217104&highlight=jackl

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Old 05-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #27
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My New Ride

I picked up a well kited & farkled 2007 KLR 650 last night. Green. Panniers, guards, Doohicky, new exhaust & jetting, Tourances, etc. Just needs a larger capacity tank & I'll be good to go. I also need an ADV sticker.
(Picks to follow)

On the gear note I've gotten all of the above riding apparel & Jess & I did a dirt day out at Tahuya, WA. Everything worked well. Jessica has never ridden dirt before (except 30 minutes in Thailand) but did a great job. Only two minor spills & she had a great time. She won't wash her bike now that it's got a true layer of dried mud over it.
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6 months in Europe on a Duc
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217104&highlight=jackl

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Old 05-22-2009, 12:52 PM   #28
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Jack's new ride

Yeah, it's a sweet ride. He got it for the same price as my bike and in weirdly similar circumstances. Did I mention that we're male and female versions of the same person?
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:56 PM   #29
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Pics & stats of the new ride









It's a 2007 Kawasaki KLR 650.

Here's what it came with.

Extended warranty through 5/26/2011. (transferable)
New Battery April. Attached wires for charging/jumping convenience.
Tank Bag
FMF 909 Masher hand guards
Aluminum Hard Bags
Soft luggage (inside hard)
Engine/Tank/Radiator guards
Water pump guard with hwy pegs
Mirror vibration isolators
Jardine RT4 exhaust
Stainless headlight guard
MSR Skidplate
Side cover hex bolt upgrade kit
Throttle rocker
Steel radiator fan
Metzler Tourance Tires 4. New less than 2k miles ago
K&N Air filter


Parts to go with bike…
Bike lift
Complete stock tool kit and manual along with all documentation
Clymer Repair Manual (Bible)
Doo Hickey upgrade kit
14T front sprocket and 45T rear for more torque
jet kit (stage 1-3)
Russell stainless brake lines
Spark plugs
other odds & ends

Just have to get it registered & I'll be off. The only additions I think I'll make are the twin headlight & windscreen upgrade, bigger tank bag & an upper rear luggage box. Ok, GPS & heated grips too.
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The Big Trip (aka Le Grande Tour), Year 1
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585393

6 months in Europe on a Duc
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217104&highlight=jackl

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Old 05-22-2009, 06:51 PM   #30
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