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interesting thread

here's an interesting thread of a ride thru the US and Canada on a wing.

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post #2 of 10 Old May 11th, 2008, 2:06 pm
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And the Honda broke down.

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And the Honda broke down.
Yes it did. He had an electrical gremlin, not sure it was a Honda thing however. Possibly loose connections on the battery, maybe even owner induced.

He started the adventure not sure if his marriage was over. I was really struck by the following passage:

"And this will sound corny, but the breakdown's enforced idleness also had a lingering positive effect. Thinking of the slow forces that had shaped that Nebraska plain once again gave me a visceral sense of immense timescales--- and that helped put my short-term problems in perspective. In a way, all human problems are short term, if you take the long view.

And something had shifted inside me during those hours. No doubt, I'd been preparing subconsciously ever since I left, but those moments on the plain brought it to the surface. Everything I saw there would have unfolded exactly the same whether or not I or anyone else had been there to witness it. It didn't matter if I was there or not, or happy or sad, or married or not.... In a very real way, I and my troubles simply didn't matter to the grand sweep of nature--- and it was OK. It's hard to explain, but it was a humbling and liberating and peaceful feeling. There was a viewpoint and a scale in which all the problems that had been eating away at me simply didn't matter. If I could hold on to that feeling, it'd help enormously as I had to work though the problems of the small-scale personal world we all inhabit. The problems are real, yes, and painful, and have to be dealt with. But if I could remember the sense of context this ride was giving me, it'd be... well, it'd be OK no matter how it turned out. If I could just keep that sense of context, maybe I could get through a pending separation and maybe divorce without loosing my footing; or becoming bitter, or angry. "


I have said many times that a breakdown can in many ways enrich an adventure. I am happy to find someone else with the same view.

When he was goaded about riding a GoldWing by another member saying: "Granted you're in a Suburban missing two wheels", I really liked his response:

"Besides, it's not the bike that makes the adventure, right? It 's what you do with it that matters. "

Words to live by. It doesn't matter what you ride - it is that you ride

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Words to live by. It doesn't matter what you ride - it is that you ride
And it isn't what happened, but that it happened.... or not.

That's what a lot of folks miss about riding a bike. They want a 100% guarantee that they'll make where they're going without any problems or glitches. When sometimes these problems are exactly what make, or enrich, the trip itself.

There are no guarantees in this world. Take it step by step.



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....He started the adventure not sure if his marriage was over....
Yup, no matter what happened, it was a beautiful ride.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Nice. Those fellas over on ADVrider sure know how to write a ride report

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Thanks for posting that link ... what a wonderful report.

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I haven't completely finished reading the threads yet. I'm about 5 pages in. It is a great story. I'm going to try and get my wife to stop moving long enough to read it. It really shows why we ride. It's not just a different form of transportation; it's a different way of enjoying the time you're driving. Like an old car commercial said, it's not where you're going, it's how you're getting there (although I don't believe that car would've done it for me).

I could relate to the paragraphs about the humbling he felt when looking at the Nebraska plain, and how it made his issues seem small. I used to feel that way when I would have my telescope out by myself, hopping through the skies, back in my teenage years when life was more confusing and difficult. Space is so vast, and the universe just doesn't give two hoots about Bob standing in some field in WI, and his little problems. Boo hoo. It made me realize that things would work themselves out and life would go on, and years down the road, I probably wouldn't even remember the grief I was feeling then. You just had to do your time, and things would get better.

The story seems to have a flair of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I may need to read that again. In the meantime, I'm going to subscribe to advrider. I didn't know what gems I could be missing.

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Yeah, ADVRider is a pretty awesome site.

One of my favorite ride reports of all time is Striking Viking bumming the world. But be warned, it's 360+ pages of absolutely gripping reading.

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Yeah, ADVRider is a pretty awesome site.

One of my favorite ride reports of all time is Striking Viking bumming the world. But be warned, it's 360+ pages of absolutely gripping reading.
Jeez, maybe I'll wait for the paperback! Thanks for the link.

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