Check out ADVriders ride reports forum, look up Tuckers to TDF, this couple didn't sell their house, and rode from LA to TDF in 6 weeks, passed all the slow vacation riders
Yes, the decision to do this took several years - lots of hemming and hawing, delaying the trip: "...next year, we'll do it next year...". But once we told our family we were going to leave, there was no turning back. Best way to ensure you'll go through with it is to tell everyone you know and to set a firm departure date! Since telling everyone, we actually moved the date up a couple of times. We ended up leaving 3 months earlier than what we had told everyone!It's got to be a bit of a nerve racking, but amazingly exciting thing to cut the rope to your anchor, pack your motorcycles and explore this beautiful world we have.
Mostly rice and beans. They call it Moros y Cristianos, Spanish for Moors (black like the beans) and Christians (white like the rice). Everytime I saw it on the menu, it painted such a vivid picture, and then the reality sitting on your plate was incongruently simple!Cuba looks stunning. Very poor but the isolations seems to protect the culture ..... what is the food like?
What I love about learning a second (or third/fourth/etc) language is how you can more easily find a bridge between other people.Several pages back, you mentioned how having somebody with you that speaks the local lingo helps.
It's not in our nature to be rude (Canadians, you know?) but what we've started doing is profiling. If it's men, we don't engage, younger women and much older women we make a judgment call. Middle-age women almost never hustle... We got caught out once by a young couple that seemed really nice and then *whammo* they hit us up for money... blindsided...the biggest mistake is engage and respond/chat to them. I never engage them. I give a blank start and start rambling off in my native tongue
Interesting is one word... when they're not your bikes! When they are, I can think of others: "cringeworthy", "shocking", "flabbergasting"... :smileeek:Wow, the boat ride was amazing and something like a dream to do (without the sea sickness of course). What it must be like to be the Captain of that ship? It was most interesting to watch them load and unload your bikes!
Thanks for the well wishes!Thank you again for taking the time to share and be safe.