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Old 06-29-2013, 06:55 AM   #1786
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BADASS!
Do they need any electrical engineers down there
Here is a good place to start if you're interested in the USAP.

http://antarcticmemories.thruhere.net/
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:40 AM   #1787
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The truth?
I was working/living in southern California. I'm going to generalize here.. I found people to be rude, materialistic, fake, ignorant and not hard working (does not apply to ADV inmates ). I always said after 5 years with this company I would step back and look at my life. "Am I happy". I liked my job, but I knew I would have to stay in California for a few more years. It was not where I wanted to spend the remainder of my 20s.

I was saving for a house. I had a pretty good down payment set aside. But again, I have no wife.. no kids.. why do I need a house? People always plan to travel when they retire. I am glad many of you get that chance. But I did not want to risk not making it to that point. I have changed so much in the past year.. good bad or ugly, my life will never be the same. It seems a shame to wait until I am old to learn about myself, the world and the people we share it with. No better time than now. I wanted to see the world before it is to fooked up to see. I wanted to experience culture before the western culture has infiltrated every last inch of the earth. No better time than now.

I see people backpacking staying in hostels. They live by the lonely planet book. I feel sorry for them. They just don't get the same experience you do on a moto.. with an idea for a plan.
You'll be so thankful you did it this way. 30 years ago I did a 6 month ride through Europe, spending a time in East Germany and Yugoslavia before they broke up. It's given me perspective that people who never adventured just don't have...

At 28 I had spent every penny I had to continue the adventure, you have a long time to earn money again...only problem is that when you get back to the US, you are really going to be intolerant of the selfish bs that exists here. I spend a lot of time doing nonprofit work in Vietnam these days, every time I come home I'm blown away at how much time and money is spent here on unimportant stuff...

anyway, love your report, enjoy.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:03 AM   #1788
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Thanks for following along. I am so thankful for all of you that give me encouragement. Without being held accountable to this RR... I might not take the time to write it down or take that picture. I'm a bit lazy like that. But you forget. And I'm happy that I can share it with all of you.


Hiya Hardwaregirl! Glad you are enjoying. Cheers.


The truth?
I was working/living in southern California. I'm going to generalize here.. I found people to be rude, materialistic, fake, ignorant and not hard working (does not apply to ADV inmates ). I always said after 5 years with this company I would step back and look at my life. "Am I happy". I liked my job, but I knew I would have to stay in California for a few more years. It was not where I wanted to spend the remainder of my 20s.

I was saving for a house. I had a pretty good down payment set aside. But again, I have no wife.. no kids.. why do I need a house? People always plan to travel when they retire. I am glad many of you get that chance. But I did not want to risk not making it to that point. I have changed so much in the past year.. good bad or ugly, my life will never be the same. It seems a shame to wait until I am old to learn about myself, the world and the people we share it with. No better time than now. I wanted to see the world before it is to fooked up to see. I wanted to experience culture before the western culture has infiltrated every last inch of the earth. No better time than now.

I see people backpacking staying in hostels. They live by the lonely planet book. I feel sorry for them. They just don't get the same experience you do on a moto.. with an idea for a plan.
The statement about waiting to retire is so on the mark. I fall into this revelation. I retired a few years ago and a few years before my kickoff date my hips started going out to the point where even driving for more than 30 minutes was too painful. I thought if I could just get off my feet, rest up a little I could rehabilitate the hip that was giving me problems well I ended up with a hip replacement. Well I am back on my feet again and gearing up as we speak but it took a lot of time and work to get to this point. Going in your younger years has one aspect that you can never recover, the youthful looks that attract a wide swath of the opposite sex and this item can not be underestimated! But I must say everyday is a good day when you don't have to go to work and just rip around the countryside on a moto.Dude nice RR!
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #1789
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Really enjoyed the sound of that KTM riding through the tunnel!
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:01 PM   #1790
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that hurts.

I can't find my fly reel. I think I must not have put it back in my bag a few days ago when I was fishing.

I have a cheap spinning reel I will use until I can get another fly reel.. which will probably be in Russia. Maybe Altai?
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:37 PM   #1791
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I have a cheap spinning reel I will use until I can get another fly reel.. which will probably be in Russia. Maybe Altai?
If you can PM me an address to ship you a reel; I might have a Ross Gunnison you could borrow.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:52 AM   #1792
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What an epic vacation/trip/journey! Smart move on your part to get about seeing the world now. I totally understand your decision and support your idea. As a RN I make decent money, fund my 401k, and Roth IRA but can't stand where I work or where my life is headed. With a wife (which I love very much) and baby on the way it is nearly impossible for me to pic up and go. I admire your courage to take up and go. It takes real cojones to leave everything behind and do what YOU want to do. Keep it coming as it is my fix!!!

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:09 AM   #1793
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What an epic vacation/trip/journey! Smart move on your part to get about seeing the world now. I totally understand your decision and support your idea. As a RN I make decent money, fund my 401k, and Roth IRA but can't stand where I work or where my life is headed. With a wife (which I love very much) and baby on the way it is nearly impossible for me to pic up and go. I admire your courage to take up and go. It takes real cojones to leave everything behind and do what YOU want to do. Keep it coming as it is my fix!!!

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John, I think that is a familiar story.

I wasn't smart enough to realize that I could pull this off in my 20's. Of course, I could have. It's a lot more difficult with a successful business, wife and 2 kids. Great life with no regrets, but it'd be a very different trip in my 20's, than in my 50's when I get around to it.

Ride on Noah!
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:26 AM   #1794
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John, I think that is a familiar story.

I wasn't smart enough to realize that I could pull this off in my 20's. Of course, I could have. It's a lot more difficult with a successful business, wife and 2 kids. Great life with no regrets, but it'd be a very different trip in my 20's, than in my 50's when I get around to it.

Ride on Noah!
I wasn't brave enough in my 20's. But not any more. I've spent months in places like Juarez MX and found nothing but great people. The world is full of them. Noah's trip shows that and following along has been inpsirational. You're right the trip will be different at 50 vs. 20, but in some ways it may also be better.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #1795
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If you can PM me an address to ship you a reel; I might have a Ross Gunnison you could borrow.
Damn, that is tempting. I'll be able to find one in Altai though. I send/received emails with Russian guides and they pointed me in the right direction.

2 days ago I was next to a river eating lunch. slow moving with huge trees on the side. I noticed quite a few mayfly looking bugs on the ground. they were dark grey. (we have white ones in Minnesota). I thought i've got this pattern in black. you should have seen how dumb I looked trying to cast a fly with a spinner reel.
I am happy to say my dry streak in Asia has ended.

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What an epic vacation/trip/journey! Smart move on your part to get about seeing the world now. I totally understand your decision and support your idea. As a RN I make decent money, fund my 401k, and Roth IRA but can't stand where I work or where my life is headed. With a wife (which I love very much) and baby on the way it is nearly impossible for me to pic up and go. I admire your courage to take up and go. It takes real cojones to leave everything behind and do what YOU want to do. Keep it coming as it is my fix!!!

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I had a good job too.. key word.. HAD
I'll be able to get work when I get home. Sometimes I miss the engineering challenge... but then my bike breaks and i get my fix.. and I think that was way better then working.

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John, I think that is a familiar story.

I wasn't smart enough to realize that I could pull this off in my 20's. Of course, I could have. It's a lot more difficult with a successful business, wife and 2 kids. Great life with no regrets, but it'd be a very different trip in my 20's, than in my 50's when I get around to it.

Ride on Noah!
Thanks for following guys
I think I'll probably have to do a trip when I am 50 also.. to see how the world has changed.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:46 PM   #1796
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Loved the last video, gorgeous landscape and the tunnel was too cool. Thanks for posting so often I really enjoy it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:24 PM   #1797
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You might change, good, bad or ugly, it is inevitable, but never grow up Noah!
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #1798
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:43 AM   #1799
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The northern route in Mongolia was lots of fun to ride. I hit a rock HARD though and cracked my front rim about 3 days ago. It has not gotten any worse in the past 3 days but I need to replace it ASAP. Finding a rim in Mongolia is impossible. I tried to source one locally in Barnaul Russia but there was nothing. I've sent emails to a few different places in Russia and friends in Europe. Looks like I'll have to get one shipped in. Time to pull out the wallet :(
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:52 AM   #1800
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