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Old 06-10-2014, 07:33 AM   #1
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A world trip that is changing my life

Hi Riders here is Teo.

Im a guy of almost 30 years old from Italy.

As italian Im sorry for the many mistakes U will found but hey I learned english on the road :)))

Born on a small town out of Milan, from a normal working class family.

My father is mecchanic of trucks,forklift and so on. (he is 65 and still working 6/7)

My mother was secretary and fired 3 years before the pension.

My granfather was a no pro racer and even become italian champion of 500cc of sport bikes with Gilera.

So i got a bit of DNA for bikes.

When i was 23 I had a dream. I was dreaming to do a world trip by motorbike.

I was reading and studing on the net how to make my dream come true.

Still I did not know ADVrider forum (unfortunatly)

I started to save all the money I was able.
I was studing and working a few hours here and there.

Started to stop the all money spending (no drinks, no clubs) nothing at all.

I was living with my mother so I had food and place to sleep for free.

On the day I passed the last exam of University on the way back home by bicycle (to save money) I was crying
for happiness as I knew my dream was really becoming real really soon.

The day after I pass the exam I found job.

I was working 7/7 with not stops in different fitness clubs. As my degree is science of sport.

I was doing even 42 km a day (which I guess is something like 23 miles) by bicycle to go to work to save as much money as possible.

Then come the time of bike.

I knew a dual sport bike would be the best for such kind of travel but my mother bought a few years back a Kawasaki er5, a 2 cylinder
of 500 cc.

She learn how to ride and then she had a broken arm (not due motorbike) and felt a bit scare to use again.

at that time I had a Vor 503 supermotard, which I sold and then I just used my mother bike.

I really did not like that bike and thought was crazy to do a world trip with that bike but then I thought why not ???

So i start to plan how to make it more stronge as I knew i would fell over many time.

So u can see this photos of the working progress I had with the help of my father



We did all in our garage (proud of it)

My mother when she knew i had this crazy idea told me "if this is what u want and dreaming about, just go for it"

My father " do u wanna go to Australia by motorbike ? why dont u take a fu.... airplane and buy a bike there ?"

My father did not support me and still think Im a gypsy :))


Then the X day that for me was 4 April 2011 at 3 am arrived.

In the evening I just hug my mother and both were no able to speak. We just cryed and I left her like this.

After dinner i went down to pack the bike.

Pack everything and then i had a ride to try. At 1 am and i realize the bike was heavy like an elephant. I was no able to turn at all and the rear

sospension was going till the end and the rear wheel was touching the fender.

So decide to take away the huge among of spare motor oil i had and just take 8 liter.

The bike was now better and ready to go.

I call my father by phone and he came at 3 am to say goodbye. The goodbye between man is always easier.

Garage door open, i put the 1 gear and the adventure of life the dream i was waiting for over years started.

here after few days after the start


I did know the direction was Australia passing trought central asia and that's it.

No vaccin, no sponsor and alone.

here how i look like after a year




Now after 3 years i can read the future DD

more than 100.000 km, 946 days, 51 countries, 1 wedding, 0 sponsors.

Yes I also got merried during the trip.
I met Lily and we continued togetherturning the trip into a honeymoon.




U can look a small video of the "best" action I/us had.

5 min about our trip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAQYPGtjKSo

Now we are in the Usa to finish what I started that 4 april 2011.

We arrived to the USA on the 4th of April and got a used klr 650.

I must say that's to all the adv riders that answer on my few posts and for all info i got.

Thanks to Micheal from Melburne for let us stay with him,

Thanks to Steve to let us stay with him in the countryside nearby Melburne.

Here is the Usa thanks to Julio to let us stay with his family in Phoenix and HELP TO FIND AND BUY the bike which gave us the freedom of
this amazing american adventures.

Thanks to

Thanks to Bill and granson Tyler to let us stay nearby Colorado Spring

Thanks to Lovin' it Strom to receve my tire and help us to find Marc and all his guys from Ronin motorcycle in Denver who helped us to change the reat tire.
I will add the thanks section as soon as possible.

I will try to update our adventure time by time, this was just a presentation

Now we are in Savannah with Scott which i Thanks to receive our front tire and helped to change.

and going to nearby Atlanta today to David another adv rider...

dont know if photo links works if not u can see some of our photos here
https://www.facebook.com/Startadventures/photos_albums

cheers
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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Didn't I say no real names

From the time line, it looks like this post may have been made from my living room

It was great to meet you two and a pleasure to have you stay at my house. I will be following your trip closely.

To the rest of the FF on the board... Invite this lovely couple to spend a couple days at your crib. They are top notch!!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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:)

My English is not much better than yours, Teo - but your dreams and your courage is much more than mine :)

Admiration for making the dreams comes to reality.

~To be honest your trip is a lot of motivation push for many people including myself :)

And do not stop do it - Enjoy it!
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:46 PM   #4
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that's right Scott ;) we left quite late :)

Hi Darkrose, yeah you should start too as everything come natural after a while , you will adapt very fast to the road :)


Of course all photo links were not working :)

Here is us after the wedding driving back from Russia to Italy

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Old 06-11-2014, 04:52 PM   #5
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Stop in Charlotte NC. I will fill you with beer and food. You will fill my heart with your stories of travel. See you soon?
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:28 AM   #6
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well done, it looks like you had fun
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #7
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Hi,
I just sent you a text message -- let me know when you get it, and we'll figure out arrangements at the ADVentureLoft™
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:02 AM   #8
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Stop in Charlotte NC. I will fill you with beer and food. You will fill my heart with your stories of travel. See you soon?
Thanks for invite us, i saw it in late, pitty !!.

We are now in Stauton, Virginia. Today driving to Washington.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:06 AM   #9
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Hi,
I just sent you a text message -- let me know when you get it, and we'll figure out arrangements at the ADVentureLoft™
Thanks a trillion Dr. Rock, receive it, i replay it yesterday night ...amazing finally we will be in NY ....hope the traffic is not to bad :)
see U in a while
here is the Pamir "very high way " in august 2011

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Old 06-17-2014, 06:30 AM   #10
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this is the result of many hours of work with my father or the kawasaki er5

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This was on Hungary just after few days i started.

Happy, looking young and did not know that few months later i was going to meet my wife




This is now us in Usa, in Utah, with a klr 650 of 2006

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Old 06-17-2014, 06:55 AM   #11
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There is quite a story to be told here! What adventures did this young man meet after he left home on his motorbike? Where did he go? How did romance blossom? Your english is fine. Do not worry about it. The story will lend you the words and the photos will fill in any holes. Looking forward to much, much more of this report!
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:05 AM   #12
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Amazing life experience!!!!
I wish to both of u the best!!!!
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:06 AM   #13
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Wow. This is some serious adventure. Great spirit buddy. Everything from the RTW idea to the simple bike to the DIY modifications to whatever.....very inspiring.

Ride safe and I am eager to hear your stories, including ofcourse the romance that many here are curious about .

I am tuned in
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:37 AM   #14
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wow, very nice video!!
i am also a low budget traveller, so i am interested in your trips ;-)
stay safe!!
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:13 AM   #15
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You coming to the North East?
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