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Old 07-19-2011, 07:00 AM   #46
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Doing a trial run is very smart. You'll have a lot of confidence when you hit the road for your longer trip.
I have done many short 5-7 day trips over the years, but usually I had stayed in decent motels and and the budget wasn't a REAL concern. SA is going to be different, so I did the trial run with a different mindset. I think the trial run ( I was calling it a dry run... But, well... it wasn't very dry :) was a good learning experience, what with gear, daily mileage goals and budgetting.

I do realize that no matter how much I read, plan and think I know what I am doing, the reality of the trip will probably be a lot different than what I am imagining it to be.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:01 AM   #47
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Thanks, me to! Count yourself lucky, my daughters have never washed any of my bikes, trucks, or cars but they have come along for Ice cream.
She is at the age that she really wants to help with everything. I am anticipating that will change with the years :)
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:49 PM   #48
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Update

I have recieved a few e-mails over the last few weeks asking if I had started my trip to South America and if I was going to do a ride report.
The short answer is no and yes.

The long amswer is :
I have been wanting to do a trip like this all my life, and made the decision and started planning 2 years ago. The plan was to quit my jon on Oct 14th and hit the road on the 15th. That didn't happen.
I am all packed, the bike is tuned up, gone over, I have the money in the bank, the old house is sold, the new house is bought and the family is moved in......I am all ready to go and the doctors are telling me I can't leave yet.Crap!

About a year a medical problem popped up and I went to the doctors to have it checked out. the problem persisted and by the end of Aug I was no longer able to work.( it isn't anything deadly) I went off on medical leave. As my doctors and specialists knew I was leaving in October on this year long trip, they were great about getting appointments quick ( here in Canada, you don't usually get to see specialists quick) So, I finally got a diagnosis, got medicines, and set my depature date to next week, as I had to see one more specialist in the Big City and a follow up with another specialist in the small city.

A week ago last wednesday, I saw my doctor and asked that if the specialists are ok with me leaving would she be. She sort of was OK, but was concerned that I would be quitting my job and that meant no long term disabilty if my condition got worse. ( I may never be able to work again, at least not in my field) Saw the specialist in the Big City the next day, and not only was he OK with me going , he wanted a link to my ride report so he could follow my adventure. I was so positive going to the city that I stopped and bought the dSLR camera I had been putting of buying.

Last Friday I went to the small city to see the next specialist, and felt so positive that I stopped and bought the multi fuel stove I wanted for the trip. The visit with him wasn't quite so positive. He doesn't think my diagnosis is correct, doesn't think my treatment will help, or that the treatment MAY ease the symptoms, but cause me more health problems in 20 years. ( he doesn't have a diagnosis or a treatment for me , mind you) and advised me strongly that I should not quit my job and lose my benefits as he is concerned that my condition could deteriorate and I will end up on welfare for the rest of my life( his words)

So. I am seeing my doctor this thursday, and will most probably get signed up for even more specialists and wait even longer

The treatment I am on is not supposed to show any significant improvement for 3 to 5 months, so, if in the spring I am seeing considerable improvement and the docs are still telling me not to quit, I might just give them the ADV rider salute and go anyhow.

If it sounds a bit like I am whining, Its probably because I am :)

I am hopeful, though, that the specialist is wrong, the other doctors are right and this is just another bump on my road to adventure :)

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Old 11-20-2011, 05:48 PM   #49
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I was wondering what was up!!! All the best Brian, got my fingers crossed for you. I am sure it will pan out in the end.
My wife just waited 2 years for an operation here in kamloops. I had to do 3 laps of the parkade to find parking. By the time i parked the operation was done and she was coming out. Frustrating system ain't it.
Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:39 PM   #50
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I was wondering what was up!!! All the best Brian, got my fingers crossed for you. I am sure it will pan out in the end.
My wife just waited 2 years for an operation here in kamloops. I had to do 3 laps of the parkade to find parking. By the time i parked the operation was done and she was coming out. Frustrating system ain't it.
Good luck and keep us posted!
and dumb asses here in the US want the same system...
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:26 PM   #51
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I was wondering what was up!!! All the best Brian, got my fingers crossed for you. I am sure it will pan out in the end.
My wife just waited 2 years for an operation here in kamloops. I had to do 3 laps of the parkade to find parking. By the time i parked the operation was done and she was coming out. Frustrating system ain't it.
Good luck and keep us posted!
Thanks Prime
I was in Kamloops, and was tbinking about getting ahold of you, but after my appointment, I was less than happy and probably wouldn't have made for good comapany :)

We are trying to stay positive and are thinking maybe if I have to wait for 4 or 5 months for specialists it might be worth looking at some shorter trips or going South and flying home for appoitments. Not sure of the logistics, but it might be worth looking into.

Hope Mrs Prime is doing well.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:32 PM   #52
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and dumb asses here in the US want the same system...
Yeah, its a messed up medical system up here. It is a real good system, unless of course you get sick.

There are a few private clinics in BC now, and the one website guarantees you will see a specialist within 2 weeks and have the report within 5 days of the appointment. I am going to look into this a bit more. Not sure of the cost, and I know my work benefits won't pay for it, but my travel budget has money in it for emegencies, and I could use some of it for medical here at home.....
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #53
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and dumb asses here in the US want the same system...
lol
Ya it would be wayyyy better to just be bankrupt and get no treatment.
How much all those specialist cost you Brian?

Nice RR by the way, good luck with the big ride.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:21 PM   #54
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Ya it would be wayyyy better to just be bankrupt and get no treatment.
How much all those specialist cost you Brian?

Nice RR by the way, good luck with the big ride.
Uh, yeah. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. As someone who is awaiting a knee replacement, I have some inside experience with our medical system. I was crushed under a load of steel, and had a broken back and damage to my leg.

BUT for all it's quirks, and downsides, there is something to be said about it. I never had to go bankrupt or be denied medical care. Yes, I wish it would have occurred in a more timely manner, but then there are always trade offs. Lot more sides to the story depending on where you are sitting. My sister in law was diagnosed with cancer this spring, immediately in for treatment, chemo, radiation, surgery and now 5 months of chemo. No cash outlay required on her part, and no waiting around either, so maybe it really depends on just how "urgent" treatment is required.

Interesting idea for you to take off for a year on a trip Brian. But one question, and that involves your little bike cleaner. You really and honestly think you can be away from her for year? I have 5 of them, and know EXACTLY how quickly they grow up. They are never that age again, so I know exactly just what you will miss. My youngest two are twins right about the same age as your little girl.

I know that myself I would never plan on leaving my little people for any where near that duration. As much as I know I would love to take a trip like that, I know there is no way I could leave my little people for even half that long. My job often takes me away for up to 3 weeks at a time and that is hard enough for me, and hard enough on kids who love their dad and spending time with them.

I also take my kids riding with me, both the wife and I ride. But my kids are geared up in full riding gear from baby biker in the UK. I never get on the bike with anything less that full gear, and expect the same from my kids, but I am the adult and need to ensure they are in a proper fitting helmet and full gear. Not trying to be critical here Brian, but there is no way that helmet is a good fit on your daughter and she was not in any sort of gear for riding,

Here is an idea. Take some of the money you have saved up, and buy your daughter some real riding gear. Then take her on lots of shorter trips. Take her camping, build some memories. You may dream of riding south america, but your daughter may just dream of riding with her dad.

My twins ride as often as they can with me, they always fight over who gets to ride with Dad. I know that I will have plenty of time to ride longer rides as they get older and do not want to spend time with anymore.

From experience I can tell you that will happen sometime around 13 until they are about 21. You have plenty of time to roam all over the earth then, for now why not try being a ADV Dad and be happy with it. You did state that your illness was not terminal, so I am not sure I understand the rush to go away.

Either way, best of luck with your adventures.
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:28 AM   #55
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Great stuff! Love seeing so many places I know when it's minus 20 outside. Brings back many memories.

Nice to see the miners graveyard near Cadomin so well maintained. I've been there on Jeep club weekends.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:56 AM   #56
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hope everything goes well and that we'll be riding your ride report in the near future.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:25 AM   #57
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lol
Ya it would be wayyyy better to just be bankrupt and get no treatment.
How much all those specialist cost you Brian?.
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Uh, yeah. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. As someone who is awaiting a knee replacement, I have some inside experience with our medical system. I was crushed under a load of steel, and had a broken back and damage to my leg.

BUT for all it's quirks, and downsides, there is something to be said about it. I never had to go bankrupt or be denied medical care. Yes, I wish it would have occurred in a more timely manner, but then there are always trade offs. Lot more sides to the story depending on where you are sitting. My sister in law was diagnosed with cancer this spring, immediately in for treatment, chemo, radiation, surgery and now 5 months of chemo. No cash outlay required on her part, and no waiting around either, so maybe it really depends on just how "urgent" treatment is required.
I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both the Canadian and the US systems. The specialists cost me nothing out of pocket, but try not to forget that we are one of the highest taxed countries in the world. And, yes, I believe we get pretty good value for our tax dollars.

I once arrived at the emergency wing in the hospital with a serious illness, and, boy, was I impressed with the speed in which they took care of me. My father had some serious health issues before he passed, and the medical system worked great for him. If you are seriously sick, our system is great. Not so great if it is not "Life Threatening". We wait and wait for treatment. It is frustrating as all hell, but we do eventually get treated.

I must say that I am impressed that there are starting to be private clinics here. I think it can be useful in non-life threatening situations. If you can't afford it, you can still use the existing system and get the same level of care we are used to. If you can afford it, you will have the option of going to a private clinic and getting treatment faster. The other upside of this is that it will take you off the waiting list for government funded care and allow waiting patients quicker treatment.

This will only work if we can maintain the level of care we already have with the public system
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:18 PM   #58
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Interesting idea for you to take off for a year on a trip Brian. But one question, and that involves your little bike cleaner. You really and honestly think you can be away from her for year? I have 5 of them, and know EXACTLY how quickly they grow up. They are never that age again, so I know exactly just what you will miss. My youngest two are twins right about the same age as your little girl.

I know that myself I would never plan on leaving my little people for any where near that duration. As much as I know I would love to take a trip like that, I know there is no way I could leave my little people for even half that long. My job often takes me away for up to 3 weeks at a time and that is hard enough for me, and hard enough on kids who love their dad and spending time with them.


My twins ride as often as they can with me, they always fight over who gets to ride with Dad. I know that I will have plenty of time to ride longer rides as they get older and do not want to spend time with anymore.

From experience I can tell you that will happen sometime around 13 until they are about 21. You have plenty of time to roam all over the earth then, for now why not try being a ADV Dad and be happy with it. You did state that your illness was not terminal, so I am not sure I understand the rush to go away.

Either way, best of luck with your adventures.
I have been dreaming of going on an extended bike trip like this since I was about 10 years old, and seriously since I was 19.
And, for the last 27 years I have been waiting for a better time. I have raised 3 daughters to adulthood, and spent a lot of time taking them on motorcycle and other adventures.

About the time my youngest was getting old enough that I could see adulthood looming around the corner, I got re-married to a beautiful, kind, understanding woman who was raising her step son from her previous marriage.
after a few yerrs,things with his Biological mother finally started getting better and he went to live with her. My wife and I were not planning on having more children (medically speaking) and I could see adventure in our future. About the time myyoungest daughter was getting older, and had moved back with her mother, my wife let me know that she would like to have children in her world again, so we decided we would look into becoming foster parents. It was one of the best decisions in our life.
A couple of years into it, a beautiful little girl came into our care. and we immediatley fell in love with her. When she came up for adoption, we were all over it. She needed us and we needed her. ( my mother calls it an unplanned addoption :) Adoption is a very emotional, trying experience, but extemely well worth the effort!!

A couple years ago, we were talking, and I mentioned that although felt we had made all the right decisions, I would once again need to put my dream of living on my bike and travelling on hold . My understanding yet sometimes frustated wife said `Why? you have been talking about doing this since I met you. Lets find a way to make it happen."

So after considerable thought and planning, we decided that I would leave in October and come home for christmas. My wife and kids ( we also have 2 more long term, part of our forever family, little foster kids and a close to adult, in university type foster kid who is as much our son as any kid can be) will come to see me at least once for about a month somewhere along the way.(We are planning on Peru so they can see Machu Pichu)
We do do a lot of family adventure stuff, and last year took all the family on a 2 month motorhome trip. We camp and fish and do all kinds of fun family stuff.

So yes, I think it it will be hard on me and them for me to be gone so long. We will skype regularily and we have a map on the wall so they can stick in thumbtacks every day when they get my daily spot messages.

There are a lot of uncertanties in planning a trip like this, and I believe this is the biggest one. I don`t know if I will be able to handle it, and may, in 2 months decide I miss them too much and return home.

But, that being said, when my little bike washer graduates high school, I will be pushing 60 years old. I may want to do a similiar trip then, ( I know lots of people do) but I may not be up for it, or circumstances may not allow for it. It is easy to put off or delay something like this ( believe me, I know) The only way I will ever do this is to commit to it and make it happen.

This is a fairly lengthy response to you questions, but that is only because so much of our thoughts and our plans have revolved around this exact issue.
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:34 PM   #59
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Saw my family doctor today. All the things the specialist wanted to look into she has already confirmed is NOT the problem. She is satisfied and so am I that I am responding well to the medication I am taking, and...... I got the green light to go.

Stay tuned for a new RR coming early next week.
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:16 AM   #60
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That's really good news, very happy for you Brian. All the best on your travels.
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