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Old 05-22-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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In Search of Common Bonds: Around the World

On August 8th, 2011, I bid farewell to my cousin, my niece and the last 7 years in New York City, and hit the road on my 1999 Honda Magna VF-750 motorcycle. In the weeks leading up to the day I had given up my apartment, sold most of what I owned, shipped a few boxes to my mom, and said good bye to all my friends and students.

I set out to circumnavigate the globe, via 150 or so countries. I knew better than to predict how long it would take, or to pretend I knew exactly why I was going. The only thing I was sure of was that I needed to go. My 29th birthday was approaching, I had finally found my calling as a teacher, and also realized that I would never write the books I wanted to write as long as I taught public high school. As much as I loved what I was finally doing with my life, there was no room for writing, not after 12 hours of teaching and planning and grading and just being there for the students. I saw what happened to Frank McCourt (worked 40 years as a teacher, retired, wrote 3 amazing books, and promptly died), and I didn’t want that to be me. I also knew that as I was getting to be the age where I should start thinking about marriage and kids, and there was no way I could ever leave them for however many years it would take to go on this journey. So it was now or never, and I chose now.

With every passing day the purposes of my journey reveal themselves. My writing and ideas take shape, and the stories and messages I want to share with the world become more and more apparent.

I'm going to try something different on ADV, by posting links to ride reports which I post on my website. There will be plenty of pictures as well. I am often without good internet access, so it is much easier having just one place to post. Let me know what you guys think!

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Old 05-22-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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Why I chose to ride a motorcycle around the world:

http://www.alexandertolchinsky.com/main/?p=254

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Old 05-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Very unique....

This just might be a pretty cool way to do your writing. Thanks for taking the time to keep up with this RR. Great idea! Stay safe~~~~

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Old 05-25-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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A Story of kindness:
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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This just might be a pretty cool way to do your writing. Thanks for taking the time to keep up with this RR. Great idea! Stay safe~~~~

Gary
Thanks Gary! I hope other's like this too, and if not I hope people tell me soon, so that I can do it the hard way
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:44 PM   #7
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The ride across the worlds seconds biggest country begins!

http://www.alexandertolchinsky.com/main/?p=261


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Old 05-28-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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Part II of the ride across Canada:
http://www.alexandertolchinsky.com/main/?p=267


What do you guys think of this format of posting on ADV?
Feedback is much appreciated!!

Thanks for reading!
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #9
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And now the adventure in Glacier. This is what happened in the middle of my crossing Canada: http://www.alexandertolchinsky.com/main/?p=513

I still haven't gotten any feedback on this method of posting, I would love to know what you guys think... thanks!!
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:31 AM   #10
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The adventures in Glacier Continue... and get more interesting:

http://www.alexandertolchinsky.com/main/?p=517
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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I think you are writing a great story. I know some folks like more pictures but I am enjoying the blog and looking forward to more installments.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:14 AM   #12
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Thanks!! I do try to include as many pictures as I can in every post, but here are the galleries with even more from every country:

http://www.alexandertolchinsky.com/main/?page_id=176


I'm glad you are enjoying it!
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:39 PM   #14
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Switching thread

Hey Guys,

I saw that this format was not working for most people, though I do appreciate you guys (those who did) going along with it!
I started a new thread and will maintain it in the traditional ADVRider style.
I hope you will continue reading and enjoying, and maybe, just maybe I'll see you out there!

My new ride report thread can be found here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=925753


It will take a few days to catch up to the last point of this thread - thanks again for reading and your patience (I suck so bad at forums)
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