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Old 05-25-2014, 10:30 PM   #1051
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Just gonna throw this on here. I'm kinda surprised I haven't done this already. I've got a bit of a moto meetup going on at the ranch in SW Oregon. Info can be found here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=971749

All are welcome.
Is this open to everyone??

I need an XXL shirt.

What band is playing?

Is there cell-phone coverage?

Where do I order dinner?

Are there showers/laundry facilites?

Where is the nearest airport?

Where is the nearest BMW dealer???

Thanks!!
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:32 PM   #1052
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Is this open to everyone??

I need an XXL shirt.

What band is playing?

Is there cell-phone coverage?

Where do I order dinner?

Are there showers/laundry facilites?

Where is the nearest airport?

Where is the nearest BMW dealer???

Thanks!!
Yes.

Tough Shit.

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No

No

Not for you

North Bend

What's a BMW?
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:48 AM   #1053
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What's a BMW?
Oh, you know...

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Old 05-27-2014, 07:19 AM   #1054
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I used to say "one day" a lot. But then I got scared I would wait one day too long. So I am doing it all now
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:19 PM   #1055
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So, I thought I should get this all down in one form or another before my THC-polluted memory bank fizzles away into just a color-filled haze. This has been a journey years in the making, covering well over 30,000 miles. It includes adventure, mishaps, bloodshed, and an un-expected tale of love and loss. I don't know what I really expected to get from all of this. Hell, I barely even had a plan in mind. No final location, no goal at the end of the day or mile marker to aim for. Just get back on and ride. And after all, what's a story if it hasn't been told. It would be a shame to let these experiences and memories remain locked up in my jumble of misfiring neurons known as the mind.


We'll start out with a simple introduction. Here we have our fearless (and a bit clueless) leader.


This handsome Italian fellow goes by many names. Alex at birth, I have been known to reply to anything from Al, to Al-Buns, Exalander, Upstate, Road-rash, and Burnout. Hell, if you can catch me in a brief moment of lucidity as I stumble about my natural environment, I'll answer to damn near anything, with an abundance of “Dude” and “Man” being thrown about. But don't let the bad-ass shades fool you, I'm far from intimidating. Quite the opposite, really.


Now, I've always been an adventurous soul. I've had the term “free spirit” thrown my direction more than once. Growing up in upstate New York in a predominantly lower-middle class household, I really had to get creative to get my fix. There were no amusement parks, and the funding wasn't there for any vacation above an annual trip to one distant relative or another. So I amused myself with what I did have an abundance of, restricted access. If I wasn't supposed to be there, I wanted in. Even at a very young age, barely into my teens, I had a fort which was nothing more than an abandoned warehouse down by the railroad tracks. I'd spend entire summers there, and have the scar tissue to prove it. Re-inventing myself as what would become known as an “Urban Explorer”, I was able to occupy myself for years creating a rather impressive database of various abandonments, semi-abandonments, and various natural wonders. With a website to feed, and a crew of misfits, I have seen quite a bit. Been everywhere from defunct city armories



to a vast network of drainage tunnels beneath the city


to caves and caverns, both man made and natural



long forgotten subway tunnels and massive railroad terminals


and vacant power plants powerful enough to light a city of 220,000.




These adventures were often fairly well planned out, including recon and security scheduling, but were fairly poorly funded. This often times resulted in a lot of necessary equipment being jimmy-rigged by whatever I had on hand, including a repelling harness fashioned from a length of tow rope


just to figure out what the hell this hole was all about.


These tendencies and my often overpowering curiosity blended well with the art of adventure touring and would manifest themselves numerous times throughout the years.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:34 PM   #1056
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Oh, you know...



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Old 10-24-2014, 07:31 PM   #1057
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So we never got an update on the TFN let's-all-sleep-in-my-van meetup. What happened?
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:37 PM   #1058
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He's currently tied up with his world tour and has been shunning us common folk owing to his hectic schedule.....

Rest assured, he truly remains TFN....
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:22 AM   #1059
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:25 PM   #1060
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So we never got an update on the TFN let's-all-sleep-in-my-van meetup. What happened?
You're in the wrong thread for this, hence the lack of any "update". Rest assured, though, it was fun. Many people were reluctant to just let it happen, but once my patented chili based gumbolya kicked in, all was right with the world. Peace, love, beef, and beer.

And yeah, I'm caught up in a net of some sort. This "real life" lifestyle is horseshit.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:10 PM   #1061
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And yeah, I'm caught up in a net of some sort. This "real life" lifestyle is horseshit.
Yup.. Be real careful which and who's dream you get caught up in!!!

On a more positive note... your Dream ends like this!

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Old 10-29-2014, 07:34 PM   #1062
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Yup.. Be real careful which and who's dream you get caught up in!!!

On a more positive note... your Dream ends like this!

Peace,
Jim
Exactly and that's good sig material. Thanks
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:37 PM   #1063
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Why Thank you LB!!!
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:02 PM   #1064
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Awesome RR, read like a book

What an amazing story, ride, and adventure! I felt like a little kid stuck on a good book staying up late not able to stop reading. Love the photography, narration, and the mission. Really nice seeing riding as a means of escape and self discovery, not seeing how much money a guy can burn on a bike and a trip for the hell of it. Speaking to the young dirtbag riders out there

After reading your journey few questions/ comments:
1. Did you have any maintenance issues along the first ride from NY (not the other bike falling apart YIKES!). Flats, qwerks, repairs, replacements, comfort adjustments?

2. Sorry about your fun experience with one of Montana's many road ragers, lots of that here for some reason, but were not all like that... on most days. Of course it was Billings my GF grew up there and she calls it "Gotham city without Batman". It is a poor reflection of MT so hope you got to see more of the wild and friendly side.

3. What would you change/ do differently/ or suggest based on what you learned for a fella in the same position as when you started. (Newer rider, KLR owner, only done weekend trips looking to do a cross country)

4. Jim sent me to this (thanks Jim!) as I had mentioned in a different thread that I was gonna move to Coos Bay, and that I should hit you up. Hoping to be out there in the spring would love to buy ya a beer and burn one, and go riding sometime of course
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:43 PM   #1065
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Shit Ive been to that place in Red Bluff.
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