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Old 12-10-2013, 05:24 AM   #2656
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I will never forget camping by myself in Mongolia. Being alone can be a beautiful thing.

Thanks. More to come soon
Days rallying totally alone riding through that wide open country was amazing and it makes you feel really small

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Have fun skiing in Hokkaido. I'm a little envious. I hope you get some good snow.
Thanks, me too, and what do you have to be jealous about , remember the season you had last year?
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:57 AM   #2657
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RTW with Noah on a KTM 690
Hi all. I'm 28. I have No wife. No kids. No house.

Well... I'm older than that..............I have a (hot) wife (f$%k yeah!!.....she'slooking over my shoulder)..............(typical) kids and a (ridiculous) mortgage........................and I'm not (f$%king) going RTW...


Just jumped to your RR from "RTW in 800 days". Only on the first couple pages but I caught up with Lalo's RR and needed something to do.. Hope you two can hook up in Thailand and get some adventure riding in. Enjoy!!
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #2658
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Good comments by both of you. I sincerely hope what you say is true and both responses make a lot of sense. Perhaps I've heard one too many stories about how insanely picky some employers are.

I ask Noah for two reasons. 1) because I will likely be in a similar situation in the exact job field he's in (though not wind generators). This might change to ME, CE, or EM as I get closer. 2) Noah's a guy with a great story and I'd like to see him successful even after this portion of his journey ends as I'm sure we all do
If your able to travel DO IT NOW! life gets complicated at times and you may not be able to do what Noah and others are doing currently
Even if you can only do one area at a time, do it.
You are in a good field and will always have work, even if its not what you want & end up flipping burgers you will never regret your travels. Later in life you may regret that you missed those golden opportunities, that is why they are called once in a lifetime, because most often, they are.
Something else to consider, as noted with Japan, some areas simply never exist again. My last trip to the Philippines was 2012, many of the areas I saw have since been devastated from the earthquake and later Typhoon, Had I not went I never would have seen such wonderful sights, only the tragic end.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:21 PM   #2659
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:37 AM   #2660
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:02 AM   #2661
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:29 AM   #2662
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I just started reading your RR. You have been doing what so many of us wish we had done! A joy to read. I shall follow from my desk, here at my snowed covered, cold, old age home in the NE. Regards, brother.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:37 AM   #2663
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #2664
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Between you, the Radian and Radioman I can't get any work done. Keep it coming.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:02 AM   #2665
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Talking Wank on dude

I picked up on this thread last winter, as I was reading WIBO's tale from Morocco as part of the preparations for my own ride to Morocco in the spring - thanks for the tracks and way points Noah

Back then I subscribed to this RR and read the first few pages. Then my riding season started. Now that winter has arrived and my bikes are hibernating in the garage I have finally found the time to catch up on your story.

What a ride!

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I love your penmanship and are captivated by the pictures. Your candid and honest narrative makes me feel like I get to know the man behind the words. Noah you strike me as a really nice guy. Your priorities are sorted and you strive to fulfill your dreams. I like that.

I wish you and your family a merry Hawaiian Christmas.

I'm looking forward to follow your life and adventure in the future.

Cheers
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:49 AM   #2666
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Do we know if he has got this bike back?
No it hasn't been found yet. Three possible sightings in Cork city this week so we're looking into it. What was seen was an xt matching the description on non Irish plates minus the boxes. Could be it but also could be another traveller. Lads in cork are keeping an eye out.

There was a fund raising day at Aaron rider training and also a PayPal account that lads donated into to get him back on the road. I'm told by the owner of Aaron rider training Peter Bookey that over €5000 was raised for Rohan and that the purchase of a Honda XR650L has been made by Rohan as a result.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:50 AM   #2667
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Lost video

Here is a quick video I shot at the Tokyo Giants/swallows game I went to. I forgot I had this. The Swallows chanted/sang this song the whole 9th inning. They were winning so I guess they were happy.

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Old 12-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #2668
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From November 1st for a few weeks I stayed with Andreas. He lived about an hour west of Tokyo by Metro. I went on a couple dates with my new friend from Vietnam. She could speak good English and decent Japanese. Its always interesting hearing the different perspectives of the foreigners with different upbringings living in Japan.


Andreas. Awesome dude. Thanks for letting me stay (for way longer then I thought I would)


We both loved to cook, eat and drink beer.


Awesome BBQ place.






My favorite wiskey? A good night.

One day I went to the Kirin brewery with my friend Mayu and her sister Eri. The history of the brewery was somewhat interesting but the tour itself was not nearly as cool as other brewery tours I have been on. The highlight of course is free beer. Especially in Japan where beer is very expensive.


Mayu and I in Yokohama


Interesting subway avert.


Maybe I'm a child.


So. Much. Beer.


Mayu and Eri


The stout is actually quite nice.

Mayu and her boyfriend asked me to come hiking with them in the mountains and I'm glad I went. The fall colors were very beautiful.




Maybe they wrote it like it sounds?






Loving the fall colors




This made me laugh also.




Says "limit 3 people"















Since I was sitting around, I was doing work on the bike. I replaced my clutch slave with a sigutech unit. Before I installed the Sigutech, I had an oil leak. I thought replacing the slave would fix that since it came with new oring/gasket. It turns out, I still had the leak even with the new parts. I checked the neutral switch, countershaft seal and shift lever shaft. The oil was coming from the clutch slave. To get at the clutch slave, the countershaft protection must be removed. It was then I found a crack in my frame hidden by my exhaust. With the help of Andreas and a few phone calls, I found a guy in Tokyo who could tig weld it for me. About $90 I had a freshly welded frame. He even painted over the weld for me.


No good.





A few days later Eri, Mayu and her boyfriend asked invited me for an early birthday dinner. We had some stone fire pizza and lots of wine and beer. They even called ahead so there was a cake waiting and they sang the birthday song to me. In case you are wondering, there is no crazy Japanese birthday song... as far as I know.


Nao. Ok. I guess that is me?

I went out to another couchsurfing party on the 14th and I was about to miss my train home. The guys I was drinking with were late for their last train also. So we decided to welcome my birthday by drinking through the night. We went to a few clubs and a few bars. By 4:30 I started walking to the station for the first train which was around 5. It's crazy how many people you see that just stay out all night after the subway closes. For most, a taxi home across Tokyo will cost around $100. So if you miss last train, you power through till morning or get a capsule hotel. I was glad to get back to Andreas's house to climb in bed about 6:30.

The next day we met up with some of the Gaijen Riders and had a very fast ride in the hills to the Izu Peninsula. I didn't take many photos along the way. These guys rode hard and at times it was hard for me to keep up. I was wishing I had a supermoto at that time. That night we stayed at a guest house owned by an older man who used to live in Mexico. He was the Mexican national Judo coach for the longest time. His daughter and son grew up in Mexico so they spoke more Spanish than Japanese. We had a good soak in the yonsen before an awesome Mexican dinner. It had been way to long since I had good Mexican food. Some tequila was consumed that night.


Finally a good view of Fugi!


Maybe I've been in Japan to long?




Lots of fun bikes out on the skyline.






Judo champ and kids.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #2669
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Between you, the Radian and Radioman I can't get any work done. Keep it coming.
Glad I can be part of your distraction.

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I picked up on this thread last winter, as I was reading WIBO's tale from Morocco as part of the preparations for my own ride to Morocco in the spring - thanks for the tracks and way points Noah

Back then I subscribed to this RR and read the first few pages. Then my riding season started. Now that winter has arrived and my bikes are hibernating in the garage I have finally found the time to catch up on your story.

What a ride!

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I love your penmanship and are captivated by the pictures. Your candid and honest narrative makes me feel like I get to know the man behind the words. Noah you strike me as a really nice guy. Your priorities are sorted and you strive to fulfill your dreams. I like that.

I wish you and your family a merry Hawaiian Christmas.

I'm looking forward to follow your life and adventure in the future.

Cheers
Tonny
Thanks Tonny. Have a good time in Morocco. Go light and have fun. Heavy is your enemy in the sand. Cheers!

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No it hasn't been found yet. Three possible sightings in Cork city this week so we're looking into it. What was seen was an xt matching the description on non Irish plates minus the boxes. Could be it but also could be another traveller. Lads in cork are keeping an eye out.

There was a fund raising day at Aaron rider training and also a PayPal account that lads donated into to get him back on the road. I'm told by the owner of Aaron rider training Peter Bookey that over €5000 was raised for Rohan and that the purchase of a Honda XR650L has been made by Rohan as a result.
I was able to Skype to that fund raiser from Korea. It was great to see everyone helping Rohan out and being a part of the party. A little Q and A over the skype was a great time. He did buy an XR 650 now. Should be a good bike for him.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:06 AM   #2670
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