Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dreaming of Jupiter?



Dreaming of Jupiter.

I left school at 16.  Went straight into an apprenticeship   I brought a house, got married, had two fantastic kids, started a business, got divorced and had to rebuild financially again. Worked long hours and weekends.   I have always done what was expected of me, what is right.  I have always walked the well trodden path that lies before me. I have sought to "improve" myself through material gains.  I have brought into the material side of life.  

My travel has been limited to a few weeks every three or four years travelling some where.  I never did a "BIG OE", which here in NZ is almost a right of passage.  I have for a few years wanted to do a big trip, a trip that would define me. A trip which will keep me awake at night, not only from the excitement but also from fear.  You could say I have been dreaming.

 One day I  would like to ship my bike to the states, ride to the top of Alaska, criss cross Canada and America, through Mexico then to the bottom of Argentina, cross the Andes a couple of times.   Will I ever do it? Honestly , I don't know. 
But, I can begin to prepare for just such a trip. It might not happen for a while, but there is no harm in continuing to dream. I have read many inspiring stories of average people, men and women, who have done this trip.  There is nothing special about them, except an adventurous spirit and a love of life. The only difference is they have acted on there dreams. 

So I have begun to make some changes, to UN clutter my life. To simplify things. I have a big mortgage and a big house, I don't need either.  So next week the house goes on the market.  I want to down size. Some thing easy to manage, and easy to rent out.

Time to get rid of two lounge sweets, and dinner sets and cutlery sets and stuff...just stuff,  stuff I will probably never use...just stuff. I am over stuff...where the hell did it all this stuff come from.

I have enrolled in Spanish classes, winging it on kiwi probably not a good idea when trying to cross into Bolivia with a grumpy boarder guard!   Languages, how I wish I was gifted with that skill.  It will be hard work , but at the same time I am having fun.

Next is a mechanics course.  My bike maintenance skills are severely lacking.  It has always been easier to give to the expert and say "fix it". Time to learn a few basics. 

So I am beginning to dream, to plan.  Will it ever happen? I really don't know. It is still not the right time. The kids are still to young and in there early teens.  Although they would not hesitate to support me if I did decide to go sooner rather than later. But plans are forming in my mind. If a window of opportunity presents it self, then who knows.  In the meant time I shall continue to plan, scheme, and dream..

Until then, Bonjour!  oh Shit...hang on ....... I mean Adios!



42 comments:

  1. Roger:

    I have been following some RR's on ADVrider.com. RadioMan, Jdowns, Kedgi, Hewby, 2 moto kiwis and a few other free spirits, NomadGirl and Feyela. most of them are down in SA right now and they are just like "us". Ordinary people on an adventure of a lifetime. I know exactly what you are dreaming. I think I had the same dream . . .

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast


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    1. Mate, I follow some of those same people...never stop dreamin Bob..you just never know!

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  2. There's nothing like looking forward to a BIG trip and the sort of adventure you're seeking is far and away beyond that. Dream, plan and dream some more Roger. In the meantime, sounds like you're on a very wise path, a very liberating one. Good luck!

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    1. COOPS; mate..liberating is a fantastic word...couldnt agree more.....thanks heaps.

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  3. Roger, I guess everybody has this dream, but only a few dare to leave their comfort zone behind and actually do it.

    My little adventure was leaving Germany for the 'New World' (ok under controlled conditions, and I had a partner but still... starting a new life in a new country, with different culture and language was adventurous enough for me...).

    Isn't that what life is about? Experiencing new stuff? Keeping the good ole brain busy? Learning the language is a very good approach, you will see that will open doors. I only speak basic Spanish but it is a reasonably easy language to learn, trust me on this ;-)

    The mechanics course is a great idea, and I am pretty sure that you will do that part easily (most men have a natural talent for this).
    I would recommend that you take a first aid course as well... you never know. Or you look for a travel partner that has such a talent ;-)

    ¡Hasta la vista, baby y mucha suerte!

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    1. Sonja, I take great inspiration from you. But I think those that all ready speak a couple of languages find it easier to pick up new ones. Still, it is fun, and I am the oldest in the class by about 20 years! Thanks for your support.

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  4. Dreaming is good! Simplifying is damn good! Yearning keeps us alive and not just living. All cliches because they are true.

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    1. Thanks Keith, Most cliches contain an element of truth!

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  5. Good for you. I know it isn't an easy decision, or implementation, to downsize. At least for some of us. We've been talking over the same things and starting to make some of those interesting decisions too. I'll daydream along with you. Maybe even join part of the adventure. Give me time to save up some money.

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    1. Lori, I doubt the trip will happen in the next week! Maybe next year, or the year after. But still we must dream. Don't come with me for some of it...come with me for all of it.

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  6. Roger, I completely understand the wanting to downsize. Both of my parents were older when I was born. Both of them were old enough to vividly remember the Great Depression of the 1930's. As a result, I grew up with parents that saved everything! Because they remembered a time when getting things was tough and you never got rid of anything.

    After my father mother passed away, my sister and I had a huge task of going through everything that was left behind. It's amazing what they saved. It was also kind of sad too.

    The worst part about this is that I picked up some of my parents saving habits! A classic example.... I retired in 2010. I still have EVERY paycheck stub, way back to my very first job after High School...

    Best of luck with the downsizing!

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    1. Erik, I can certainly understand where your parents were coming from , lots of generations of "Hoarders" were created by the great depression. It is always hard to get rid of stuff, yet it is liberating when you do. The pay check story is amazing, I have never heard of any one doing that before.

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  7. On ya Rog! We have similar dreams...I'm determined to go ride in some far off places. I may start next year...

    Not a bad idea to take those course. I've no idea if I'd be any good at languages - I struggle with English sometimes - but learning to do more wrenching would interest me...

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    1. Mate, you learn n the mechanics and I will learn the Spanish..and were off...

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  8. I learned English the hard way, listening to radio and TV, reading the newspaper 24/7. The easiest way to learn Spanish will be to find a Spanish speaking girlfriend, lol Buena suerte!

    Riding My Own Biography
    NINJA ZX-14 MotoVlog

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    1. Thanks mate, I am sure I will do it tough...but hey that is half the fun!

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  9. This is absolutely awsome Roger!!

    But the really good thing is even if the dream never eventuates you will have done some awsome things anyway .. learning something completely new and difficult is such fun in the long run.

    Good luck with it Rogey

    .. I'm still waiting to hear that story ;-D

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    1. Thanks Brenda. I really do hope I complete it one day. I can see it happening...but is is just out of reach at the moment. But every day it comes a little closer.

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  10. Nice one Roger. I've done a wee big trip. I got to Slovenia, I'll post the story up one day. Best thing I've ever done.

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    1. Well get of your arse you lazy Scottish bum and write the bloody thing, and I have found some soft ware that can translate Scottish into English for me.

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  11. Roger, that is why I got out of motorcycles and into bicycles. Simplifying things/cutting out the crap that just isn't necessary. I am now coming back into motorbikes with a "operate with minimum crap" philosophy and am loving it. I have put that "keeping up with the neighbours" bs to one side and never been happier.
    One piece of advice on a trip of a lifetime that I keep being told is to "do it while you still can". Don't put it off because your health might fail you and you will regret waiting.I have a great Dali Lama quote that I will post up for you when I get home(in Melbourne now despite what your sidebar says).
    GO FOR IT!

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    1. Couldn't agree more, even at 44 age is making it self felt. I look forward to hearing that quote, I am a bit of a quote fanatic !

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  12. Good luck with the downsizing. It's happened to me a couple of times, and I'm going through another as we speak. Mentally I said "No" to getting rid of tools and motorcycle equipment. :)

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    1. Simple put, there are some thing sin life which are essentials...like vodka for example, well maybe that s the wrong example, but I get where you are coming from.

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  13. si si! lol, yes, jupiter travels... i work at jupiter btw, haha thats ironic. i too have been downsizing since 2010. it is the best feeling in the world! convertir esos sueños en los planes. vuelve pronto. un abrazo grande rogey!

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    1. Gracias por su apoyo de miel. La vida es vida

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  14. It is always good to dream a little dream, or even big dream, it is what keeps us going and keeps us motivated.

    Oh and having taken French all through school you'd be amazed at how close some Spanish language terms are to the French ones. Doesn't drinking tequila induce speaking Spanish fluently? In between peals of laughter of course.

    I am right there with you when you talk about too much stuff. One of my favorite things to do is clean out closets and get rid of stuff that I don't remember accumulating and will probably never use - where does it come from?

    Just remember this phrase when you travel to south america - "Dónde están mis pantalones?"

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    1. Brandy, just don't throw out the spare bed, I may be there soon er than you think. I will test your Tequila theory again this weekend, although the last few times it hasn't worked, but then I never give up easily.

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    2. There is always room for you here Rogey!

      Have a great weekend.

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  15. Hopefully you can figure out a way to make the trip. I used to dream of riding across the country on my bicycle but I'll settle for the motorized version now.

    Good luck with simplifying your life. It really is a challenge these days.

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    1. Richard mate, thanks for your support and encouragement. Fitting my entire life onto a motorbike will indeed be challenging.

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  16. Dreaming is what builds our futures and shapes us into who we are. Good for you to start the process. I would love to do a big trip somewhere, but right now I am content in keeping it local, so maybe not to Jupiter, but Tofino? It is satisfying to figure out a dream and then start working towards it. Good on ya!

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  17. If this is something you are serious about - and it sounds like you have already set the wheels in motion - you will make it happen. I can tell you this, if you don't honour your gut feelings, you will forever regret not doing it.

    Your children will grow up faster than you think and that will make your decision easier, I know what you are going through!

    I read this quote the other day: "In twenty years time you will be more disappointed with the things you didn't try, than with the ones you did."

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    1. Couldnt agree more Suzi..there are some great quotes about dreaming...

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  18. This is the best post I have read for some time. There is nothing better than having a dream and working towards it. I wish you the best of luck with achieving what you want.

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    1. thanks Gary, I feel honured hearing that from from you. And thanks for your wishes, you could always through some knobblies on that harley of yours and come along.

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  19. There is a nomad in all of us!

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  20. Roger, when you make it to my side of the globe, let me know. We'll burn up some miles here in the States.

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  21. I know you will make it, and you better look me up to travel some of those roads!

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  22. Rodge - It's amazing what you can do if you dream it, but advice from someone a bit older - don't burn all the bridges, it is always nice to come home.

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  23. Bugger all! I had written a very heart felt response ... but lost it in a blink of computer glitch. The gist was ... you can spend as little or as much as you want travelling by motorcycle ... and you don't have to take a lotta stuff (who cares.)
    Loved the photo of the VW - makes me think of my first car, "Olie." She and I went everywhere, back when I had no fear (and my father's auto club and credit card.)
    Life is a gamble ... go for it!

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