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Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding... [warning: lot of pix]

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TyTass

You really know how to rub it in! ;)

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Joe Frickin' Friday
Wow. Just added potash rd and Schaefer trail to the bucket list.

I'll second that! :thumbsup:

 

Super Nice!

 

 

Pat

 

When I was a kid my dad took me and my mom down the Shafer Trail in a station wagon. It was an adventure, but it was brutal for the car. We filled a five-gallon jug with water, just in case we had to wait a while before someone came along in a 4WD vehicle to rescue us. There were a lot of spots where we had to stop, get out of the car, and study the lay of the road to figure out the best path to take for the next 20 yards or so to avoid getting the car stuck or hung up. Then we'd bounce our way through that section without stopping, then get out and inspect the car before carrying on to the next scary spot.

 

At one point one of these inspections revealed large quantities of oil dripping from the engine bay. Dad thought we were screwed - until he opened the hood and realized it was a can of oil that had bounced around and been punctured; the engine was just fine. :grin:

 

Anyway, probably a fun road on a GS. :thumbsup:

 

Gene, great ride tale, and beautiful pics. Looking forward to more! :lurk:

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Albert

The photography is just stunning. Even if I cleaned my lens, I doubt that I could come close. :rofl: Thanks for posting and please keep them coming!

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lightcycle
When I was a kid my dad took me and my mom down the Shafer Trail in a station wagon.

 

Was it a rental? ;)

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bmwdave152

Awesome!!!

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Missouri Bob

I'm getting somewhat concerned that we have not heard from them in a while.

 

Bob

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We've spent 3 months wandering around Mexico, and we're finally ready to see more of Central America. Here are some shots from our blog:

 

http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw

 

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Tres Marias, just outside Mexico City

 

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12'o clock, Tres Marias

 

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Velodores, Cholula

 

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Cholula

 

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Colonial-style buildings, Oaxaca

 

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Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca State

 

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Hierve el Agua

 

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Hierve el Agua

 

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Mayan ruins at Palenque

 

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Flamingo Sanctuary, Celestun, Yucatan Peninsula

 

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Carnaval at Merida, Yucatan Peninsula

 

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Dos Ojos cenote, Tulum, Yucatan

 

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Dos Ojos cenote

 

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A farewell to Mexico!

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gottago

Please please please desperately need another update.

 

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18 months into our travels, and we've completed our second go-around Central America, battling travel fatigue and riding through some gnarley terrain during the infamous rainy season months.

 

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Antigua, Guatemala

 

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March celebrating the Benediction of San Francisco, Antigua, Guatemala

 

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Road to Lanquin, Guatemala

 

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Semuc Champey, Guatemala

 

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Guatemalan Independence Day

 

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Trekking through Sierra de los Cuchamontanes, Guatemala

 

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Fording a small river outside Panajachel, Guatemala

 

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Ahuachapan, El Salvador

 

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My EWS Ring Sensor gave up the ghost, leaving me stranded in the middle of nowhere in El Salvador.

I thought it was the battery, and a helpful passerby gave me a boost to no avail...

 

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El Tunco, a surf resort in El Salvador

 

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Sunset on El Tunco

 

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Putting up with a bit of bull in Honduras

 

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Granada, Nicaragua

 

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Arenal volcano in Costa Rica

 

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Kuna Indian setting up a stall-front in Casco Vieja, Panama City

 

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Panama Canal

 

Boarding the pirate ship with our bikes. Onwards to South America for good!

 

 

As always, more pictures, videos and descriptions on our blog: http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw

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TEWKS

Nice, Thanks! :thumbsup:

 

 

Pat

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Caddis

Great photos! Thanks for posting.

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Lmar

What a wonderful trip! I read through your blog and really enjoyed the excellent photos and all the notes of your adventure. I am going to got through your blog and photos again. Thank you for sharing your trip of a lifetime.

 

Larry

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MT Wallet

Thanks for posting again. I was just wondering what happened to you folks and how your adventure was going. Good to see you are well.

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jbr7t

Love following ya'lls blog. One of these days I'm hoping I'll be able to do some world touring too! Keep up the awesome pictures.

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lightcycle

Thanks for all the kind words and for following our travels.

 

Happy New Year to you all! :grin:

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AdventurePoser
Yep

We might not be posting replies all the time, but I am guessing just like me, lots of people are following your pictures on your website.

 

Are you posting this up on www.advrider.com? You should be. Great pix and words…

 

AP

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Are you posting this up on www.advrider.com? You should be. Great pix and words…

 

Thanks!

 

Yes, we started a thread on ADV about a month after we left, and I just copied the blog entries to the thread as I put them up on our website.

 

The thread is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813572

 

It details our very humble beginnings and it's pretty cool to look back on to see where we came from. We had no idea at the time that the trip would unfold the way it did.

 

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This is a picture of our condo in June 2012, a few days before we vacated it. We had sold everything we owned: cars, bikes, furniture, clothing, etc. and what's laid out on the floor is everything we were going to cram onto the back of our motorcycles!

 

Right now I'm looking at the imprints on the carpet of our old furniture. Very metaphoric of our former life...

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Over four months riding around Colombia! Here's a sample:

 

 

As usual, more videos, pictures and stories at http://www.RideDOT.com

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TEWKS

I thank you for reminding me of how much my life sucks! :grin: No, really not that bad but yours is waaaay better! :thumbsup:

 

Glad to see the update. :clap:

 

 

Pat

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Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/144.html on March 4th, 2014

 

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Every morning before we head out to our next destination, we check our day's route on Google Maps. Then we corroborate it on our GPSs. We have two of them loaded with two different map providers, so we can cross-check our routes with each other when they don't match up. You'd think with all these checks and balances, we'd have very little problems with navigation. That is, if we'd bother to do any of the above...

 

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Following our GPSs east

 

We've gotten very complacent with our GPSs. Cali south-east to La Plata seemed pretty straightfoward. A quick glance at Google Maps confirmed 180 kms on secondary roads. Okay, 180 kms, we can leave a bit later in the day then. Heading out of Cali was a bit hectic, but we soon shed the heat and the traffic and were out on the main highway heading south and all seemed well.

 

The main road eastwards starts at Popayan. Unfortunately, one of our GPS had calculated a "short-cut" before we hit Popayan and the other GPS didn't even have any roads east of the city! If we had bothered to check our route beforehand we would have noticed all these discrepancies...

 

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Nice shortcut! Enjoying the twists and turns in the road.

 

The road started out great! Colombian roads have really surprised us after the very mixed bag in Central America. As a secondary road, the pavement was smooth and twisty and as far as my GPS was showing, the path wound its way around the hills like this all the way to La Plata. Sweet!

 

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GPS doesn't actually show you what the road conditions look like...

 

As we rode further east, the pavement got a bit patchier. Nothing too alarming, or anything to indicate that we should turn back and seek another way. It also started raining a bit. We've discovered that our Heidenau K60 tires don't do really well on wet pavement, as Neda has had her rear tire step out a few times under acceleration. So our pace slows down to a cautious gallop.

 

Past the town of Totoro, the pavement disappears. It becomes a gravel road that's soaked by the constant rain coming down on our helmets. We do a little conference call in our helmets: Do we turn back? We're over 20 kms into this road, GPS is saying another 80 kms... Decisions, decisions. It's only wet gravel, so we decide to forge ahead.

 

Next come the potholes. Little ones at first, then they grow larger - large enough to swallow the bottom thirds of our wheels. You know when the road is so bumpy, your tits start to hurt? And I don't even have tits! We slow down even further to a crawl, picking a good line to avoid the holes in the road. We pass through areas of construction where the road is either being built or repaired. By now the rain is pelting down full bore and the potholes are becoming tiny lakes. At this point, we've ridden too far into the road to turn back. Surely there can't be anything worse ahead...

 

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It got worse.

 

We must be at a fairly high elevation as the fog has become so thick we can't see 50m ahead of us. The rain has turned the road to muck and while we were riding through a fairly large construction site, RIVERS of dirty mud run sideways across what used to be the road. I watch Neda negotiate this "river crossing" and wait till she's safely on the other side to proceed. On my turn, the mud has pushed my line into a deep pothole and when I come out the other side, my front wheel hits the far edge wrong and gets deflected sideways. I lose all momentum and the bike is leaning precariously to the left, so I put a foot down to dab myself back up so I can throttle out. But all my foot touches is air.

 

With no momentum and the bike falling Oh. SO... SLOWLY.... past the point of no saving, all I can do is resign myself to watching the mud on my left get closer and closer. It seems to take a lifetime. I have all the time in the world to hop off the bike as it *sploooshes* down, drenching me in wet mud even though I try to distance myself from the timbered Bavarian lumber.

 

I tap on my communicator, "Um..."

 

Neda replies, "Really?! Seriously!?!?"

 

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Drenched.

 

Thankfully, a construction guy has seen my clownish attempt at the mud river crossing and he comes over to help pick up my bike, so I call off Neda's assistance over the radio. With a mumbled "Gracias", I thank the guy as he shook his head and wondered what the hell we were both doing out here...

 

I called out to him and asked him how much further the mud went on for. He replied, "5 kms".

 

Quick calculation in my head: we can't be crawling more than 10 km/h so maybe another half-hour of this? Doable? I guess. Enjoyable? Ah... no.

 

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Further on down the road, I come across this...

 

So, a couple of things about this particular off: 1) Neda is pissed. But not because the bike is down, but over the communicator I hear, "But I just washed it!!!!" She's angry because her bike is dirty. Yep. 2) She tells me that she didn't go down because of the mud, but because there was a fly on her nose and when she went to swat it off, she didn't notice the rock next to her on the right side of the picture. So while she was dealing with the fly, her right pannier hit the rock and knocked her bike around and then down.

 

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"*$#%^&*!!! I JUST WASHED IT!!!!!"

 

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If my bike could talk, it would be saying to Neda's bike, "LOL, you fell too..."

 

Now I know my Spanish is bad, but when I asked the construction guy how much further the mud went, there's absolutely no mistaking "cinco kilometres" with "quince kilometres"... But the mud did indeed stretch on for more than 5 kms. An additional 10 more, in fact. When our tires did finally hit wet gravel instead of thick, goopey mud, we stopped to survey the aftermath...

 

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Damn you, you dirty GPS!

 

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Might need another bath..

 

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...and a new rear mud deflector...

 

Part of the reason why we stopped was that I heard a weird dragging sound underneath my seat. Thankfully we were going so slow, because when we pulled over, I found my rear mud flap had dislodged from all the mud that was collecting between it and the rear wheel, and it had ripped right off and found a new home right below the subframe.

 

I did some research later on and found out that this is common problem with the R1200GS and mud, and many people just go flapless. It's a good thing Neda leads most of the time, or I'd be constantly roosting her with all this bad weather we've been riding through.

 

It's kind of funny now that we've ridden through stretches of slippery mud, we're flying over the wet, potholed gravel roads, like it's nothing. Even my tits feel good. It's taken us over twice as long as we thought we'd needed for the day, but if the road stayed like this, we might make it to La Plata before sunset.

 

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Or maybe not... Another obstacle.

 

This truck was towing a construction vehicle around a tight hairpin. The trailer was too long and couldn't make it around the turn without

touching the concrete guardrail. And by touching it, I mean absolutely destroying it! Pieces of the guardrail were falling into the valley below. And the funniest thing was the guy on the right was pouring motor oil on the guardrail to help lubricate the trailer's progress. Check out the picture above: a sledgehammer is going to help more than any lubricant will! :)

 

It took about 45 minutes for the truck to get far enough so our bikes could squeeze past him. As we rode by him, we noticed there was another turn just as tight right after this bend, but we didn't stick around to see how well he negotiated the next one! Too scared that guy would hit us up for our motor oil... LOiL!

 

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Another break to check out the awesome scenery!

 

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A bit of company on the road

 

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Kawaii!

 

We pulled into La Plata just as the sun was going down for the evening. It wasn't long before we found a cheap but nice hotel right downtown and while we were busy unloading the bikes and checking in, Andrea the receptionist really wanted to get a picture with me. Not too sure why. I was covered head to toe in mud, stinking of sweat, rain and exhaust... I'm guessing they don't see a lot of Asian people in La Plata. So when she put up the bunny ears for the photo, I followed her lead - I'm not really that kind of Asian, but I tried to do my best Kawaii imitation for her. Forgot to wink though...

 

Another tldr video... Special thanks to Spyhunter.

 

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Hi everyone, we're back in Toronto for a short visit and we've been invited to give a presentation of our journey so far! If you're free and in town, please join us:

 

Thursday June 18th, 2015 6:30PM

Endras BMW

100 Achilles Road, Ajax, Ontario

 

We'll be talking about our trip and showing some of our pictures and videos. We'd love to meet you!

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Hi everyone,

 

three years later and we're still on the road! Our friends in Belgium did some press on us in a local magazine and they also created a video to go along with the article. It was an amazing experience, with flying drone cameras and interviews - very professionally done!

 

The topic was "Slow Travel" (something which we know very well), and summed up our philosophy and reasons why we are doing this trip.

 

 

The accompanying magazine article is reprinted with permission on our blog:

 

http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/237.html

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ArmyGuy

Very cool!

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Alfred02

Are you two still add it???

Isn't it time to grow up and get a real job and become responsible members of society again???

LOL

I wish I could, I wish I could.....

Hope you two still have many weeks/month/years of this amazing journey ahead of you.

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Jake

If aliens landed on Earth and demanded "take us to your leader", I'd make sure they met with you two first so they would gain a true appreciation of the human spirit and not kill us all.

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TyTass
If aliens landed on Earth and demanded "take us to your leader", I'd make sure they met with you two first so they would gain a true appreciation of the human spirit and not kill us all.

Well said!

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Hi all, we've been putting around Europe for the last year and a half. Thought you might be interested in some videos from this great continent!

 

This is one from Norway:

 

 

More videos at http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw

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Bigfish

Amazing! Just Amazing!

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Indy Dave

Bravo! Captivated by your trip and photos/videos.

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bmwdave152

I can't say it any better "Amazing! Just Amazing!"

I wonder how many of us would have the guts and fortitude to do this!?

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joeb

Thanks for letting us share your adventure. The pictures are magical. Question. What type of camera is that portable and yet robust enough to keep working through all the abuse ?

Hope you're still enjoying the journey.

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Thanks guys!

 

What type of camera is that portable and yet robust enough to keep working through all the abuse ?

 

We've got a few cameras. The off-bike pictures are typically taken with a DSLR, we have two of them, a Nikon D60 and D3000.

 

The on-bike pictures are taken with a Nikon Coolpix AW120 point and shoot. It's pretty rugged: waterproof and shockproof.

 

The videos are taken with a combination of a Sena Prism action camera controlled by the Sena 20S communicator and the Coolpix AW120.

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Hey all, we were hibernating in SE Asia over the winter, spending 4 months in Thailand alone. We picked up a couple of cheap Honda CRF250Fs to explore the region with. Here's what we saw while we were down there.

 

 

We're back in Europe now, reunited with our BMWs.

 

As usual, more pictures and vides at http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw

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jackie

Fantastic video! Thanks for sharing!

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lightcycle

We're back in Eastern Europe and on our BMWs again. Here's a ride through some of the backroads in Albania.

 

 

As always, more videos and pictures at http://www.RideDOT.com

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We spent some time in UK, rode all the way up to John O'Groats in Scotland, and then over to Ireland.

 

 

More pics and video at http://www.RideDOT.com

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MikeRC

Nice roller coaster ride!   Drove the Ring of Kerry a few years ago with the wife, but obviously didn't spend enough time in the Killarney area looking at the smaller routes. 

 

Mike Cassidy 

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RandyShields

I am years later, just now waking up to view your adventures.  Absolutely fantastic photos and adventures!  Will continue following.

 

 

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Sonor

Very nice Lightcycle - you are a very fortunate person.  Thanks for sharing.

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