Quit our jobs, sold our home, riding around the world!!!

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  1. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Hi BCM! A couple of years ago, I was researching for our motorcycle trip to the Indian Himalayas, and this website was an invaluable planning resource. Our trip did not go as planned (as most things in India as we later learned), but our experiences were incredible nonetheless. We did post our trip here as well as our blog: http://www.RideDOT.com/india

    So after a few more motorcycle trips, we decided to do something different and I thought I'd include you folks as well:

    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

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

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    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.

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    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!

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    First day's ride

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    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.

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

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    Cooling off with a little ice cream in the garage

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    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. :(

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


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    GS convention in Kevin and Manon's driveway
     
  2. lightcycle

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

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    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!)

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    Streets were deserted during the morning ride through old Quebec City

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    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.

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    Owl watches over the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec City

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    This fiddler was very photogenic! Playing old Quebecois tunes.

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    Getting busier in the old city.

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

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    Taking a break from walking around.

    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.

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    These guys were dragging their floorboards around the corners!

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    Waiting for the bicycles to run by

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


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    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! :)

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    Posefest in Quebec City
     
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  3. invincible

    invincible Amit Bhardwaj

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    Holy lord. Welcome to BCMT light cycle. Its the best good morning shock so far in 27 years of my life.

    Let the flow begin now. I am hooked.
     
  4. Alpha

    Alpha Going to Neverland

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    this is amazing, something i wanted to do..you guys are living up a dream..i am subscriber and all the best for your ride :)
     
  5. noidea

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    Quit out jobs, sold our home, riding around the world!!!

    Good for you. I wish I could do the same.

    Enjoy the ride and do keep us (at BCMT) updated.

    Cheers
     
  6. oriole12

    oriole12 Nature Lover

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    Awesome stuff! Welcome to BCMT! Your blog is great too!
     
  7. Rockin Roxxi

    Rockin Roxxi Tickle My Amygdala

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    What an awesome adventure and good for you two!
    Superduper start and I'm hooked on phonics can't wait to read more and see more of your travel. Thanks for sharing!
    :D
     
  8. adsatinder

    adsatinder I am SATINDER at Delhi

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    Very Adventurous............:grin::grin:
    Dream Full-Filled or still going............:eek::eek:
    Aftermath.....................:p:p
     
  9. sanjoy50

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    we allways dream for such an experience and you are living through it. Congratulations. Eagerly waiting for the next part.
     
  10. Viny

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    Heartiest Welcome :)

    Gone through your blog, beautiful captures and very well penned down. I read the India story and have to say, you messed up your plannings. You where at wrong place at wrong time and I guess you didnt read much about routes on online travelogues. Like, Rohtang pass is known to be worst nightmare, with lot of slush and muds, once crossed that section, its gateway to heaven. Hitting Uttrakhand without taking note of floods was second bad decision. But overall you had a different experience :p

    Anyway, we welcome you back to India, come and visit again, there are 1000x more positive things in India compared to negatives that hit your journey :)
     
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