ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-05-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
A Yankee goes south...

for two years, or more, maybe less.. I don't know, lets see what happens. This will be an open ended trip with no real goals or any real purpose, other than to take a break from the grind of the rat race, to see the world, and with luck gain some more perspective.



Christmas Day 2013, I had nothing better to do than go climb a mountain. It was an incredibly beautiful day and I had the world to myself. The roads were empty, there was no other hikers, there was no wind blowing and it was 16F out. Even the birds were still. And as I sat there scrolling through ride reports here on ADV the seed was planted "Why can't I do this?" Well, I have no dependents and no family ties to this area, no relationship prospects, my dog had passed a month before, a job I have been doing for twenty years and had no joy or challenge in anymore and an old house that took a lot of wood and maintenance to keep warm. Screw this! I'm out!




I do have to give a lot of credit for this decision to John Downs, I don't know the man but reading his ride report http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076 has made me realize that maybe I can do this too.

So January 1st I submitted my resignation and started the ball rolling. My last day was May 30th. My lease was up at the end of May as well. I sold, gave away, threw out, dispersed or stored my belongings and basically made it impossible for me to back out.

Very good friends of mine allowed me to stay in their hunting cabin for the summer. This was an excellent experience as it allowed me to decompress a little bit, have a summer off, Yeah! Right! and basically get my shit together and prepare for this trip without the distractions of life. That and four months of no bills allowed me to save some money. My friends have a small farm in the most picturesque part of southern VT so I've been quite busy earning my keep, with lots of projects coming and going. You see my friend has a little side business of fixing and restoring Land Cruisers, "Poor Wallys Land Cruiser Emporium" which is also my other hobby. So we've been cranking out all manner of things this summer.


The Cabin









__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!

Junyah screwed with this post 10-05-2014 at 08:58 AM
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
But before I could get too comfortable I had a little problem to get rid of, actually it was a lot of little problems!

Mice!









Time to do battle!







It took about a month to get rid of the little bastards and another week to clean ie: bleach the place from top to bottom. One thing I learned is that steel wool is tops for keeping mice from getting back in. They won't chew on it and will avoid it if possible. There must be five pounds of wool in that cabin now, but I sleep well at night!
__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 08:03 AM   #3
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
The first project that I did/helped with was fixing and upgrading a fence on a portable mill. It was a single piston design that had a problem with binding when retracted. We fabbed up a twin piston set up and tripled the strength of the fence. The mill owner's happy.




The next project was, and is, my favorite. We call it the "Swamp Donkey" It's a 1967 FJ-40 Cruiser that was abandoned at a friends house. It was left next to a stream bed with the promise of returning next week, eight years later my friend wanted it gone. It had been flooded many times during the spring thaw over the years and was sunk to the hubs in the mud. I thought it was nothing but parts and hauled it to my house to give to my buddy Wally. Wally saw a truck for the road, I did not. I saw parts. The motor was seized, but not for long and not too long after that it was running!!! One month later it was registered and being driven everyday by it's new owner! Come to find out it has a '67 Chevy 283 in it that runs like a top and has a serious amount of power, who knew!










And a pic of it now. The rusty patina has been left on the truck because it's not something that can be duplicated for any amount of money, that and it just plain looks cool.


__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 08:18 AM   #4
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
With all the animals around it can be hard to accomplish a task.




There is always someone trying to stick their beak in your business.








Sometimes even the simple act of filming gets interrupted.

__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 08:39 AM   #5
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
There is a lot of picture opportunities on the farm and I've been trying to get better at taking pictures. Not as easy as I first thought, but I'm getting better.





The ducks are my favorite subject to shoot. They're very calm and relaxed and sit still for me.













The canine patriarch, Duncan, is good at posing too.






The turkeys are not one of my favorites, foul creatures they are.







The piggits, that's what we call them, are always happy and looking to stop and chat with you.







Rosco the Rasta Rooster always has something to crow about, some times a little too much!







Igor the Appaloosa and his hot little blond Cheyenne.





The Belty always lets you know when it's dinner time.







And once in a while the day's wrapped up with a nice sunset.


__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 08:55 AM   #6
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
Some of the other projects around the garage are doing gears, my favorite by far.

Installing air lockers in a differential.










There's also fab work that needs to be done for the trip. I have the Wolfman bags and racks on my bike and wanted to install a Rotopack but I don't like the extra straps that you need to use to clear the Rotopack, so I made my own. I tried to mount the tank behind the rack but there was interference with the rear suspension, so I moved the rack out and added a little more support across the back and tied in the rear fender.


























I'm happy with how it turned out and the whole thing is much more symmetrical now.





Now I don't need to take a bag off to access my spare fuel.



And just a random bike photo.


__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 09:36 AM   #7
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
Please forgive me as I jump all over the place here, but I'm new to this and am having a hard time uploading on the wifi I'm on. So I'm just going to throw stuff up and lets see what sticks.

If case you haven't noticed I love life, animals and nature. I am constantly in awe of it's beauty and complexity. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by woods up here on my little mountain and with that lots, and I mean lots or various rodents abound here. Which means there is also a lot of predators too. Like Barred Owls. Lots of barred Owls. I get to hear them every night, sometimes three, four, or five at a time. It is very very cool!


__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 05:55 PM   #8
Frenchman83
Adventurer
 
Frenchman83's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2014
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Oddometer: 10
I'm in! Cannot wait to see where you are at now!
__________________
Paul

Not from FRANCE!!!!!
Frenchman83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 06:58 PM   #9
shrineclown
(AFKA Prince)
 
shrineclown's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Bruins Nation
Oddometer: 9,768
Subscribed!

Good luck my friend, looking forward to your reports
__________________
Life is Good and Getting Better Every Day!
shrineclown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 01:19 AM   #10
antipode
Wanderer
 
antipode's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: Berowra, Australia
Oddometer: 551
Subscribed and looking forward to your RR.
Best luck.
__________________
It's not what we ride but why we ride.
antipode is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 05:29 AM   #11
De Oppresso Liber
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: Taxachussetts
Oddometer: 373
Dude! I'm so in! Can't wait to see what we're all missing. . . . who knows, you just might inspire some other people to travel nomadically!
__________________
CJ in Westminster
'07 KLX 250 S
'08 FJR 1300
'05 TTR 250
De Oppresso Liber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 06:13 AM   #12
Rickboss
n00b
 
Joined: Mar 2014
Location: Minnesota
Oddometer: 8
Subscribed! Good luck and can't wait to read the RR!
Rickboss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 06:43 AM   #13
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
Quote:
Originally Posted by shrineclown View Post
Good luck my friend, looking forward to your reports
Thank you Clark. Hope I can keep up with it.
__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 06:48 AM   #14
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frenchman83 View Post
I'm in! Cannot wait to see where you are at now!
Sitting down eating breakfast, if you must know. Kidding.
Right now I'm in the process of closing up the cabin and trying to not put everything on the bike. I've some legal shtuff to deal with in back in NH, a off road event to go to, then I hit the road. First scheduled stop is Toms Woody Party on the 18th in NC.
__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 06:50 AM   #15
Junyah OP
@ the speed of plaid
 
Junyah's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Between the seat and bars
Oddometer: 189
Quote:
Originally Posted by De Oppresso Liber View Post
Dude! I'm so in! Can't wait to see what we're all missing. . . . who knows, you just might inspire some other people to travel nomadically!
That would be my greatest achievement on this trip. Great to have you along CJ.
__________________
Finally, I can get what I've always wanted, a used motorcycle!
12yrs, 70k miles on car tire's. No earth shattering kaboom!
Junyah is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 03:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014