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    A long way from home... Array lightcycle's Avatar
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    Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

    Hey all, I've visited BC a few times, rented motorcycles here and on the island, even rode out here once and started the game of tag on this forum (is that still going on?). Anyway, just thought I'd let you know about our most recent travel plans:

    Neda and I got our motorcycle licenses together in spring of 2004, as an engagement present to ourselves. We thought it would be a neat thing to do.

    We took day trips, hung out at motorcycle meets, rode on group rides, did track days, took longer motorcycle trips, rode dirt bikes, became motorcycle instructors, took even longer trips, and then dealt with the aftermath, the ensuing ennui of "real life" - the anchor of a home, the jobs and the bills; the maintenance of everything we've accumulated in our collective seven decades on earth.

    So the solution seemed logical to us: quit the jobs, sell our home and everything in it, and set out on THE motorcycle journey with no route planned, no end in sight and no return date in mind.

    Here are some pics from our blog: http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw


    It all starts with a bike... Actually, this was one of the last things we did to prepare for our trip!


    This is what's left of our earthly possessions after a few rounds of Keep, Sell, Throw Away, Give Away. Now to get it all on our bikes...!

    The preparations were long and tedious, possibly the content of another blog entry, and we did manage to finally leave Toronto two days later than we had planned - See! We're already sticking to our "No Plan" resolution.

    Our early Sunday morning ride out of Ontario was a breath of fresh air, after the stifling, hectic bustle of the previous few weeks. No responsibility but to ride and ride and ride. A few things still lingered on my mind, one motorcycle, one SUV still left to sell, and the turnover of keys for the condo when we returned in 2 1/2 weeks. And the weather was beautiful! So unlike all of our other motorcycle trips.


    I've left just enough space for myself between the tank bag and the stuff piled on the rear seat. Hopefully I don't gain any weight on this trip...

    'm taking my trusty R1200GS. It does handle like a pig now with all the weight in the back, the front end feels so light and I have to push the bars a lot harder so I don't run wide in turns. Ack!


    First day's ride


    Picked up some yummy strawberries at Flynn's Corners before hitting the 507

    We rode all our favorite back roads out of Ontario and knocked on the door of our very good friends in Ottawa, Kevin and Manon, who generously fed us with ice cream in the garage and let us set up our tent in their back yard. Just in case you are thinking they aren't very good friends at all, I am deathly allergic to their two cats who glared at me with knowing malintent through the screen door of the back porch.


    Coming off the R1200ST's shaft drive, Neda has to get used to lubing her chain drive every evening now. Haha!


    Cooling off with a little ice cream in the garage



    Easing me into camping, backyard-style. Just like a kid.

    I'm not a camping-kinda guy. My idea of roughing it means no fluffy white robe hanging on the back of the bathroom door and no mints on the pillow. Neda, on the other hand, is NatureGirl, so she was really looking forward to getting a lot of outdoor-time.

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    Neda and Manon prepare breakfast, while I watch from the back porch.


    Leaving Kevin and Manon's place, I accidentally left my GPS case lying on the top of one of my saddlebags. The rear is so crowded with all the dry bags, extra fuel tank, toolkit and backpack that it's easy to misplace something back there. By the time I had realized it was missing, it had already been sacrificed to the highway gods.



    Kevin: "The only thing this driveway needs is more GSes...!"



    GS convention in Kevin and Manon's driveway

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    Gene & Neda:

    I have been following your adventure on ADVrider for a while now. Sorry we missed you when you were in Vancouver during August.

    Hope you come back our way . . . in the meantime, safe travels

    bob
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    Now that's an adventure will be following this. Safe riding and keep the pics coming.
    Any shift workers out there wanna ride during the week PM me.

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    Try to get you guys caught up here.

    Repost from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/2.html



    Not too much to say about the ride to Quebec, we've done these roads tons of times, and we've decided to superslab it to see some new sights. We stopped off in Montreal to get a new rear tire fitted on my GS, something I could have done at home, but just didn't have enough time with all the preparations, had a quick grocery store lunch and then off to Quebec City, our first campsite (KOA!)


    Streets were deserted during the morning ride through old Quebec City


    More old city scenes from the back of a motorcycle.

    I've always wanted to ride through the narrow streets of the old city, soaking up the European atmosphere. We passed through the city walls, remnants of the military presence in the 1600s and found the streets were soaked from the rains the night before. After a quick spin, the bikes were parked and we toured the rest of the town on foot, taking lots of pictures.


    Owl watches over the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec City


    This fiddler was very photogenic! Playing old Quebecois tunes.


    Getting busier in the old city.


    These cut-outs were hung above the old city streets.


    Taking a break from walking around.

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    The Tour de Beauce runs in Quebec City today. We waited about 20 minutes for the bicycles to come running by in the old city. They were preceded by a police escort on motorcycles.


    These guys were dragging their floorboards around the corners!


    Waiting for the bicycles to run by


    There they go! there must have been over 100 bicycles,
    this was their first lap so they were bunched up coming up the hill



    They would go on to do thirteen laps around the old city

    We did a bit of vagabonding today by hiding out in the lobby of a swanky Quebec hotel, stealing their wi-fi, electric outlets and air-conditioning! We had to share it with a bachelorette party though, and at the end, we got to sign the bride's T-shirt. Sorry, no pix!


    Posefest in Quebec City

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    A long way from home... Array lightcycle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DNAspark99 View Post
    "you must lose everything before you're free to do anything"
    Love this quote! Also, we've noticed there's a lot of time, money and effort in maintaining "stuff". The minute we sold everything, we seemed to feel a lot lighter than the sum weight of what we got rid of.

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    Looks great, I'm in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerunt View Post
    Looks great, I'm in!

    is that any way to talk about another man's wife ... ?


    All kidding aside, as far as we know, we only live once - you two are doing it right!

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    You guys are doing what i am dreaming of...with 2 kids no motorcycle will be good right now. Well i will live vicariously through your adventures....

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    Wow! So jealous! That would be an amazing adventure of a lifetime! To have your partner by your side and a bike between your legs, nothing but open road and adventure ahead.

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    Great stuff. I was up on Mt. Baker the other day and saw a couple of riders that have been riding on the road for 15months so far. They had their bike shipped (from Europe) to the southern tip of S. America. What a carefree life.

    I have children, so 'local' motorcycle tag it is!

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