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Don't think twice it's alright. Vancouver-Argentina on a CX500

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I've started this new thread since the other one was getting confused with tons of posts going on for ages before I left.

You can see that at Running Away

My dad called and told me not to ride at night to visit them. Spray paint can in hand, I was just about finished painting the racks, so I was really just about ready to go. Didn't want to hang around past the day I'd said I'd go yet again.

I rode out and was the only bike on the 9pm Ferry from Vancouver to the town I grew up in Victoria, BC. The ferry takes 90 minutes so I pulled in around 10:30 at night. After a series of mix ups and dead cell phones I sat at a gas station in Victoria with no friend's place to crash at. I decided to camp since I'll be doing that for months to come it should be good practice to start in a place I know.

As it turned out the place I thought I knew well had changed a fair bit, all the parks and beaches had new gates, and have signs advertising all the fines and penalties for daring to exist there between the hours of 11pm and 6am.

I tried several beaches, and two local hills, Mt Doug and Mt Tolmie. Victoria is a no fun place now, I remember driving around all of those places watching stars, now it's a fine for stopping there. I wonder what the high school kids will do now, sit and make out in cars at the walmart parking lot?

Finally risked sleeping up on Mt Doug, rode my capable offroad machine up the foot path and back onto the road past the gates, then rolled out a sleeping bag after a nice long ride up. beautiful but cold night so I wasn't sleeping much. I relocated to the lee of a nice warm stone wall to sleep, just as I drifted off, I heard a radio acknowledgment and somebody with a light having a good look around. High tailed it out of there, I didn't know I could pack so fast. By this point it was 3am, I was tired, frustrated and getting sloppy. I rode back out the Pat bay highway to try out a trick I read on ADVrider about sleeping up beside the exits/overpasses since that no one ever looks.

I took the first one that looked good, ignoring the foot high wet grass's effect on the traction of my old Spitfire street tires. Found a perfect bowl to sleep in, so I rode down into it, intending to park the bike on the far side and sleep there. For some reason I still can't figure out I stopped sideways on the slope and turned the bike off, dropping my damn keys in the process. Reaching around uphill for them, I started to slip, and leaned out to keep the bike upright, forgetting the downhill side wasn't going to have any footing. We fell over into the bush. No amount of cursing and heaving would convince Aurora to budge, I couldn't get traction for my feet on the wet grass, and the bush was preventing the bike from getting clear even if I could have lifted her more than a few inches. I realized later she'd dug in so well that the kick stand, mirror, and left cylinder were all pretty well stuck, and the tires were right up in the air.

After a few failed attempts to drag the back end around so I would at least be lifting from one side, rather than trying to lift uphill I was about ready to throw in the towel call my parents and get a car jack to push the bike up. I pulled off all the bags, unbolted the gas tank and seat, and just dug in and lifted, dropped her on the uphill side, bolted back on the gas tank, reattached all my bags and only dropped her once more getting out. Took about three hours, I was so tired I just parked on the top of the hill and went to sleep as the sun came up.

Lost almost all my gas before I took the tank off, and burned blue from all the oil in the cylinders later that morning.

looking down the hill, gas tank already off.

Finally over lying on the uphill side so I can clean off the dirt and load my bags again.

It was about a half an hour before I got Aurora to budge that I realized that this trip is where I belong. I wasn't miserable, I was frustrated with myself, but I found that same peace kneeling in the mud in that bush trying to move a bike that got me hooked in the first place while riding an out of oil GS400 with a slipping clutch from SK to BC. I would rather be here than living in quiet desperation in my comfortable suite at home.
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Quick question JG. Would you prefer this thread be left as the diary, and not commented upon? If so, I'll hold respect for that. Since I am here now, and writing, let me just quickly say.....

Such an incredible journey for such a young fellow. Ambition flows through your words as easily as fuel to our CV carbs.

Safe and serene travels, my friend. You are inspired, and inspiring.

Joel in the Couve
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That's correct, Stitch. In your user settings the rule is this......

"You are permitted to make 3 changes in a 30 day period.

Changing your display name will not affect your log in details."
Click your name in the top right and choose My Settings.

Your sister is in Mexico? Where dd I miss that?

By the way, your courage is indeed notable. Press on, you handsome young man, and may you find many more lovely lasses to kiss along the way!!!
Safe travels.....I'm rapt with it like the rest.

Joel in the Couve
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LOL I was thinking the same thing. JG unwittingly married a Policia!!!! You keep finding the good luck, buddy. Sounds like you continue to find something to be positive about at least. Keep it up! Love it.
Alright, I'll just leave it all alone then. Must be just on my end then.

Would that be another "only in Mexico" thing?
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In all your words here in this last post, Jeremy, these stuck thickest.

"I don't think it is possible to have a pre ordered plan A B and C for every given variable, at least for me right now. But to have general approaches to those challenges, and the tools you can carry to mitigate the more serious outcomes, absolutely. To not do so is negligent.

Though where everyone draws that line is different."

I think you have a very clear conscious about why you are doing what you are doing, and a purpose driven effort is one that can't be ignored. That is why people like me, and many on this board are so in awe of such a young mans' dream to find a path not taken. You have planned well, yet risked. And the risk you've already faced is tough. Every day you grow into them, the risks, you grow stronger in life overall. And that to me seems to be the ultimate goal.

Bravo, and safe continuations, my good friend.

Joel in the Couve

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I'm wondering if the kissing booth was open again.....looks like a nice group you hooked up with for the holiday. Was that you reclined on the bike?

Keep it coming, Jeremy. Best wishes.

Joel in the Couve
If there was a time for prayer, this is it. Powers that Be, stay with Jeremy and pull him through. Amen.
Perhaps a new Wiki word has been coined? Who would be the first to toss it at Wiki and see if it sticks.....I wonder.

"Saskatche" pronoun. The quality that is unlikely totally definable by common standards, but more likely associated with the style of life and persona's of the people of that region. A general local attribute, be it person, place or thing, that one places upon oneself, or that locale.

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Jeremy, I was happy to write to them. Hit the send button a few minutes ago. Hope all will do the same.

Joel in the Couve
Well, I suppose it was to be expected, as "rules are rules" and all, but I did experience some true disappointment when I received a very nice letter, albeit short, from the firm Jeremy applied to with the video. They could not accept his application late. They did express that they wished him the very best in his future endeavors, along with saying it sounded like he is really a gem and could have probably done well if he had been included. They may not have said that in so many words, but I could tell that was the tone in which it was written.

So, Jeremy, take heart in knowing you do have a gift, and it is recognized by all of us here, as well as many others I am sure. Press on, keep the chin up as best you can, and perhaps another opportunity will present itself for that golden ring. Certainly you are capable of achieving just about anything you put your mind and heart to.

I know I am not alone in that thought. Cheers, and well wishes on the rest of this journey, my friend.

Joel in the Couve.
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Jeremy, I would like to help fund your trip. From time to time I should be able to toss $50 (US) into the pot. How about figuring out some way I can get the funds to you without a lot of trouble. Is someone at home taking care of your bills and or checking account? Maybe I could send them a check to help out. Let me know.


PS: Send me a pm, it might be better to take the details off the board.


I'd be willing to bet a lot of us could dilly up a bit here and there to keep you moving. I know I would, and even if it's not much, tally them all together and it can be quite nice bit.
Jeremy, your response to the donations is very laudable and understood. If I were to say I spoke for others when I say the next bit, I might be way out of line, so this is firmly from my standpoint. Should you find that in the latter stages of your journey, you just need a bit of boost, please let me know, or even let the others that have made the gesture know as well. No matter the needs of those you have met/will meet, you still have yours. If you get to a point it is becoming hard to get to the end result or home, I'm in to give a bit. I'm surely not a well-to-do man, but there is always room for helping a compadre.

I'm sure we all want you to have a safe return to your home, in as whole a manner as possible. I'd dare say we are family here, and want the best for you.

You've shown great resolve in the last portions of this trip, so keep it up, keep your spirit up, and my prayers for continued good luck is there for you.

Ride on, buddy, ride on.........

Joel in the Couve
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I can understand the sense of "guilt", but guilt assumes something wrong was done. I don't see anything you have done that is wrong. Quite to the have given much to us. This is member support. You've bestowed a newness to those you've met on your trails, and given them help (even without knowing, or necessarily wanting to). I feel it is the least we can do to support our friend so that we can experience him again in our world.

Who among us wouldn't be thrilled to meet you? Ride with you? Sit around that campfire at the old bikers cabin when we are old and decrepit, sharing all these wonderful things from our memoirs?

No guilt, my friend. If we have helped you attain a piece of your original goal on this trek, that will come back to us through you, and I for one accept that as the prime reward.

All the best, Jeremy.
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And we are here. Keep us informed.
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You sure don't seem to have much difficulty surrounding yourself with nice looking gals from time to time. That certainly would take some of the pain of the rigors away.

Could you put the Spot link in your signature line? I keep trying to find the bookmark I had, with no luck. Then it would be easier than going back through the posts to find it.

Are you in fact turning around now?

It really is enlightening to open these posts and see what is next. I always look forward to the next.

Joel in the Couve
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It's so good to see you posting again, Jeremy. Thanks. I know this ordeal didn't turn out the way you'd hoped, but nevertheless, it is a priceless experience, not just for you, but for those of us who have lived it vicariously through you. Godspeed in everything you have ahead.


Joel in the Couve.
Jeremy, it's always a treat to hear from you. Glad to hear some of your things have sorted. The pics are always great and reflect how arduous this undertaking is/was.

Life doesn't just sit still, does it? No matter how we go about it, it always offers up something new. I hope all your "new" is good, bright, and fulfilling.

Best to you,

Joel in the Couve.
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I can't speak for Jeremy, but I think life plans might have changed for the young man. He hasn't posted here in quite a while. And while his historic/epic adventure is well documented both here and on his blog, it just might be those life changes have turned a new corner to a future beyond here. I'd let the duckie fella decide, rather than force feed him.

Would I toss a coin for a new journey? You bet. But if his path is not associated, pray he has success and fruit in his days ahead.

Joel in the Couve
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