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    • When I literally sold everything I owned in 1996 and decided to "move" to Italy. I knew no one, spoke half-ass Italian and had the highly delusional idea that I would be able to do some technology consulting as I had recently bailed on a career selling board-level components to technology OEM's. When I was at the Salt Lake airport getting ready to board my plan to JFK -> Milan, Italy I was literally locked up in the fear of the unknown. But, you just get on the plane and move forward.

      Wow. Moving to Italy solo. I'd like to travel there and toyed with that idea myself earlier this year but my english language ignorance has meant I haven't picked up any foreign languages (except a tiny bit of German). I bailed on that idea, fearful that I would stress about not knowing the local lingo. So kudos to you.

      Love the photo.

    • such an odd draw, waste and nature has on us. the isolation and destruction of household things.

      Some lovely images in those pictures.

      Benton hot springs and Bodie in california is a good combo in a similar vein.

    • In the summer of 2017, I spent five-ish weeks riding my 1979 CX500 across the US. It was at the beginning of a gap year that ended up being more amazing than I ever thought it would be...

      I started from western Massachusetts, and rode in a big "U" across the country. I passed through something like 23 states, ending in Washington state. The scenery was awesome, the people were awesome, the roads were (mostly) awesome...and I learned an unbelievable amount, and experienced a crazy amount of diversity, just within the good o' US of A.

      I met up with, both by chance and by meeting them through AdvRider, a ton of interesting riders. I stayed with people who ran the gamut from carriers of a KKK flag (didn't find that out till after I got there) to devout Mormons to pot farmers.

      I rode and camped in weather that went from 110 degrees and blazing sun, to 45 degrees and raining with snow on the ground.

      Between the beginning and end of the trip, I replaced or repaired damn near every part on my bike -- despite the fact that I spent a couple months fixing it up before I left home, it still broke down a lot, and also had pre-existing issues that I hadn't noticed.

      I think it's safe to say that it's an experience that'll stick with me for the rest of my life. I did a lot more traveling during this past year, but I think my motorcycle trip taught me more about myself and the country I live in than anything else could.

      If you want to read more about it, here's the full ride report. It's hard to choose just one picture, but here's one of my favorites.

    • I just started reading your ADV thread...I think you should have posted your lead photo on post ONE. I don't doubt that anyone that has done a x-country roadtrip with a sketchy ride should write a book. I did two x-country trip in a rust-bucket '86 nissan pickup....I had to pull off the Jersey turnpike once just to "change the bubblegum fix" I had hope to work. I think people that do a x-country like yours versus a $1,000,000,000 motorhome miss out on the true essense of feeling the roadtrip to the core.

    • I don't know if I'm qualified to write a book, but I've definitely thought about writing an article and seeing if I can get it published anywhere. I sure think it was a lot more interesting than an RV...

      The reason I didn't lead with a more exciting photo is that I did the report as I went, so that photo didn't exist until a month after my first post.

    • Have you spoken to ADV's new editorial director, Paul? We have a new editorial home page coming in weeks (work in progress: https://staging.advrider.com) and your story might be perfect.

    • Chris, I've been searching for a site with high-quality long-form (or at least not super short) motorcycle content for well over a year now, so I'm really, really stoked to see that AdvRider is going to have a section for content like that!

      I'll get in touch with Paul for sure. I guess I have to actually start writing that article now :D