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Old 02-02-2014, 04:59 AM   #376
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Tsk tsk tsk Wesley. How can you do this to us However,





We will be right waiting on you, have a great trip.
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Amazing.

Looking at all your photos I was going to ask if you saw any men on the way, then came the last picture.

We are not alone :)
Yes we are not, i looked at your blog Alex and some pretty cools trips. I want to go to Bosnia also one day.

Did you see the Bosnian pyramids?

They also have snow leopards in tajikistan but very rare as back in USSR times they shot them

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See you in March!
Well i will carrying on end of Feb and will spend a couple of long days to finish the blog of then.

Glad you like it
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:04 AM   #377
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Thank you for taking us along on your epic journey - it helps me endure this time of year, when the ground is covered in snow and my bikes are hibernating in the garage.

Your ability to make new friends everywhere you go is truly a gift, and says a lot about what kind of person you are.

As the political situation in Ukraine take up much space in the news at the moment, it was interesting to hear your description of the country and its inhabitants - it sounds like a great place I would love to visit.

I like your back-to-basic philosophy regarding navigation and route planning. Good maps, input from locals and day to day planning is the recipe for real adventure.
That being said, a GPS is a great addition to the above - but it require that you know how to use it, and understand that it's only another navigation tool - not the voice of God.

As far as I can see, you didn't bring any camping gear on your trip - is that correct?
If so you are a real ADVrider oddball - no GPS and no camping gear - what were you thinking!!!


And now to a more serious subject that is close to my heart:

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I am 31 now and all my friends are married and have kids or have kids and are getting married, they work 9-5 normal life with 3-4 weeks holiday a year i go round and see them, i look them in the eyes and see the fire has gone out and this scares me really scares me to be like this, i have friends i work with who are planning bike trips now but for 5 days max because there wifes/GF said that's the limit?!?!

At the age of 40 I see much the same among my friends (with exceptions).
I don't understand why so many people give up on their dreams and let themselves get caught up in a mediocre "normal" 9-5 life characterized by constraints rather than opportunities, when that life clearly doesn't make them happy?
The only explanation I can find is that they don't have the courage to relinquish the security and stability a "normal" life provides.

Another thing I don't get is, that so many men let their wifes/GF restrict their freedom - and delude themselves into believing that's the way it has to be.
Sharing your life with a partner should make it richer not poorer - otherwise i don't see the point?

So what will i do plan another trip next year another big trip?

Yes i am lucky with my work as i can take time off when i like and start back up when i like and work in many countries on short or long contracts so i have been dealt a good set of cards for this type of lifestyle... however what shall i do a trip each year until this hunger for bike/traveling has gone? does this hunger go away after many trips?

Don't expect the hunger for traveling to go away. For me It only gets worse the more I travel. After a good journey I feel sated for a time but before long the hunger will return strong as ever.

I have been thinking a lot about this, some guys travel trips each year but does there come a point where you choose between your family and a trip if you settle down and have a family but still have this hunger?

My sister has a child now which i look after sometimes, i love him but also love to give him back when she comes to get him so no i am not ready to settle now

I have been thinking i also don't wont to be the old lonely guy who has been single(ish) all his life due to taking trips all the time which take first priority and then all of a sudden feel you need a family and wished you had one and are alone due to this?

Spawning children is no guarantee against ending up lonely when you get old.
The deciding factor in that regard is who you are as a person.
In my work as a paramedic I see a lot of older people.
Some of them have the living room walls covered in pictures of children and grand children who never come to visit leaving them isolated and lonely. Others don't have much family but are surrounded by friends and neighbors who loves and care for them.
Get children when/if you feel they are missing in your life - not as a preventive measure for future loneliness.

I think the best thing for this hunger of travel and now bike riding is to carry out a "Epic" round world solo trip how i like to travel and how i feel comfortable to real remote areas in the world totally of the grid to do this trip in one big hit in a go big or go home fashion...... i am thinking early 2015

I currently have another DRZ i am prepping with wide ratio gears and other extras so subconscious maybe i have already started building my bike for this trip

Maybe after such trip my hunger will be gone for travel and then i can go back to live how my friends live as i am not sure how guys who carry out/lucky enough to do big trips often do it??? I am a all or nothing type of guy so if i have a family i feel then that would take priority over traveling however cant get to that stage until hungry for traveling has gone

Don't fool yourself - you will never be happy living like the friends you described earlier - normal lives are for normal people
Being a good husband/father doesn't mean that you have to give up on your dreams, but you may have to adapt them.
As I see it, the way you like to travel could easily include children - other people have traveled around the world as a family.
Here is 2 examples from my country:
http://www.ninaoghjalte.dk/?lang=uk
http://www.troelskloevedal.dk/Troels.../Billeder.html





I'm looking forward to follow the rest of your adventure.

Cheers
Tonny
Tonny thanks, your words are very wise.

With regards to the no camping gear i did have a sleeping bag and a water proof bivi bag.

When i was a kid me and friends would spend the weekend walking up the coast on the beach making fires when camping and we only took sleeping bags and a bivi bag (no tents) if it was to rain.

With a good lightweight sleeping bag upto -15 and a good waterproof bivi bag there is no need for a tent (for me anyway, stay light move fast)

I do sleep a couple of times like this but more on that later on in this blog.

Will check the links out later you sent as my work computer blocks them

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:10 AM   #378
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Like the rest here I will be waiting for an update. Great report and the girls are eye candy as well.

Later
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Cheers John glad you like the blog

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you know, as an ex-fleet sailor......

I really can't believe you left Tatjana and her friend?.....
she is a great girl

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Great ride report, I think?! I cant seem to get past post #3 before I start reading that one all over again
Yes glad you like it.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:12 AM   #379
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wise words indeed. !! Odessa, Arcadia beach in the evenings ... doesnt get much better than that
Along with Sumy right?
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:17 AM   #380
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Don T, that dialogue/response above should be required reading for all persons when they turn 18...and should be continued to be read every year for the rest of their lives.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:48 AM   #381
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Sorry if this has been covered. How long was this trip? I thought it was all happening quickly until you said the fork in the road made you five weeks late.


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Old 02-03-2014, 12:19 PM   #382
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With regards to the no camping gear i did have a sleeping bag and a water proof bivi bag.

With a good lightweight sleeping bag upto -15 and a good waterproof bivi bag there is no need for a tent (for me anyway, stay light move fast)

I do sleep a couple of times like this but more on that later on in this blog.

Will check the links out later you sent as my work computer blocks them
Like you (and for the same reason) I don't bring a tent when riding solo and have never missed it - but when my girlfriend comes along (as she often do) it's nice to have the privacy of a tent

Regarding the links:

The first one is about a Danish couple who have spent most of their lives traveling the world driven by the same
incentive as you.
Their first book "Good Luck" was a big inspiration for me as a kid (I was 10 years old when it got published).
It's about a trip through North and South America on two thumpers with their kids - a girl of 1 and a boy of 5.
The girl Ida is now a grown woman who has followed in her parents foot steps organizing adventure/off road motorcycle trips around the world.

The second one is about Troels Kløvedal who has sail around the world several times on his ship "Nordkaperen" - often with his wife(s) and kids aboard.
One of his sons is now a very sympathetic and highly regarded journalist and TV host, who like his father spend as much time sailing the seas as possible.

I wanted to show that you can have kids and still live an adventures life - and at the same time be a good parent who by example provide your offspring with a sound set of values and a good foundation for their future life - even more so than most people who live a normal life and raise their children the traditional way.

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Old 02-08-2014, 05:25 AM   #383
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Wesley, this RR is amazing, truly amazing. Your sense of adventure is amazing, and your experiences with strangers (but quickly they turn to friends) excites me and invigorates my view of the good in humanity.

I see you are into the rope work on the rigs. Have you ever worked ropes with a chap from the states named Eric P? Blonde hair guy, big into rock climbing. He is from New Jersey, but was living in Thailand and now lives in Barcelona, but often works the rigs either in the Middle East or the North Sea.
No i have never met the guy


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Sorry if this has been covered. How long was this trip? I thought it was all happening quickly until you said the fork in the road made you five weeks late.


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you don't tell a bad yarn for a pom


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Well from the UK to East Ukraine was just under 1 month at a guess (give of take a few days and this is including the days spent after i came back from the UK in Ukraine until i entered Russia) from where i am now in the blog which is North Ossetia i think was 6 days in Russia as 2 in Krasnodar, 3 days in Sochi and 1 in Maykop city which is the capital of the Republic of Adygea.

So basicaly in all 5 weeks on the road give or take a few days, i will write the exact dates when i am back in the UK as i write it all down in my note book which is at home.


And as you said "don't tell a bad yarn for a pom" well i must of learnt well from you guys down under in the yarn telling department during my time living on the West coast in Oz

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Like you (and for the same reason) I don't bring a tent when riding solo and have never missed it - but when my girlfriend comes along (as she often do) it's nice to have the privacy of a tent

Regarding the links:

The first one is about a Danish couple who have spent most of their lives traveling the world driven by the same
incentive as you.
Their first book "Good Luck" was a big inspiration for me as a kid (I was 10 years old when it got published).
It's about a trip through North and South America on two thumpers with their kids - a girl of 1 and a boy of 5.
The girl Ida is now a grown woman who has followed in her parents foot steps organizing adventure/off road motorcycle trips around the world.

The second one is about Troels Kløvedal who has sail around the world several times on his ship "Nordkaperen" - often with his wife(s) and kids aboard.
One of his sons is now a very sympathetic and highly regarded journalist and TV host, who like his father spend as much time sailing the seas as possible.

I wanted to show that you can have kids and still live an adventures life - and at the same time be a good parent who by example provide your offspring with a sound set of values and a good foundation for their future life - even more so than most people who live a normal life and raise their children the traditional way.
Good intresting sites thanks for the links
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:31 AM   #384
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #385
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Wesley, sorry for giving you shit....this is brilliant! Cannot believe your warm up.....holy crap! Trip of a lifetime, eh?
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:47 PM   #386
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This is truly epic, can't wait to see how many other folks invite you home
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:33 AM   #387
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You haven,t seen nothing yet zcd...........
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@DON T: those are a couple of very interesting sites! Thanks for contributing them! Wish the moto trekking books were in English!

@Wesley.....uh, was that you cutting the first slice of wedding cake over in the other report??? What a teaser! Looking forward to the rest of your amazing story.

I was catching up with Lightcycle's latest updates and it made me think of some of the differences between traveling solo and riding in a group (even if only a group of 2). When you are solo you are forced to find a way to communicate with local people, even if only with sign language, pictures, etc. True, you have no close person with whom to share and discuss the experiences, but I think perhaps a solo rider experiences the ride more intensely. Not for everyone, I'm sure, but probably something we should all try at least once. Again, thanks so much for letting us catch a lift with your adventure.
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@DON T: those are a couple of very interesting sites! Thanks for contributing them! Wish the moto trekking books were in English!

@Wesley.....uh, was that you cutting the first slice of wedding cake over in the other report??? What a teaser! Looking forward to the rest of your amazing story.

I was catching up with Lightcycle's latest updates and it made me think of some of the differences between traveling solo and riding in a group (even if only a group of 2). When you are solo you are forced to find a way to communicate with local people, even if only with sign language, pictures, etc. True, you have no close person with whom to share and discuss the experiences, but I think perhaps a solo rider experiences the ride more intensely. Not for everyone, I'm sure, but probably something we should all try at least once. Again, thanks so much for letting us catch a lift with your adventure.
Well solo is great but looks like i will be traveling with another from now on
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