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Dear junkies thoughts of other adventures

maybe this is not the right website fore me but, i like the spirit of adventure
i don know but most of the people on this web site have the quest for adventure or is it a quest because you have a shitty job and you try and get out of town so you can Bragg a lot to your co workers on what you have done hum sounds typical
first world jones vs jones car home lifestyle Bring on the credit
I on the other hand have made my livening as a adventure and work in the most beautiful placeless on the planet Colombia Wild check it out on netflix
and I own a 2014 g 650gs moto
i don't know where you are going but i hope you don't end up here!
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Señor,

You have absolutely found the right web site if you are truly interested in adventure. I will answer your questions and as I am sure others who post here will.

1. Yes , most who post here do have a quest for adventure and beyond the quest have actually created a life based on their adventurous needs. You personification of the motives for this quest might be explained as a projection of yourself, or a serious quest to really understand the motives of others regarding their quest for adventure.

2. The "shitty job" is not a given as you portray, having met hundreds of over landers through my motorcycle parking business in Buenos Aires , Argentina, at my ranch in Flagstaff, Arizona and on the road I have met few who complained about having a "shitty job." On the other hand I have met many in other circumstances who do complain and constantly about their "shitty job."

Regarding bragging rights, yes many of those who post here, especially the RTWs (those motorcycling around the world) do IMHO have bragging rights. Not to impress, but to share. For example at my Airbnb here in flagstaff, I present the Overland magazine and when my guests ask about motorcycle overlanding, I answer their questions. Many, return, either via e-mail or with their new touring bike. This I personally feel is an obligation we, who have traveled the world by motorycycle have to those who might dare to do so.

Your characterization of "typical" ("Bragg a lot to your co workers on what you have done") might not be true for others, especially those who post here....but I certainly respect your need to see the world as full of insecure braggarts who need to impress others because of self doubt. But, most people I have met who have this opinion of others are simply projecting .

3. The worn out "Jones v Jones" approach to life, as far as I can determine has been left far behind by most of the over landers I have met, and while this might be true for you in your social environment, I doubt you will find many "Jones" posting here.

4. rosa del desierto and I own two G650 gs BMWs and park them in Spain for our European/Asian rides, we own two KLR650s here at the ranch in Arizona, and two NX400s Honda Falcons we keep at our motorcycle parking facility in Buenos Aires, (see our ad on the HUBB) I am sure rosa is also pleased to meet another over lander wanting to understand the motivations of those who post here.

FYI, We have motorcycled Colombia, crossed the Trampoline del Diablo (twice) in southern Colombia in addition to 55,000 K through 8 other South American countries, ridden from Spain to Turkey, and through Mexico and Central America and through many States of the United States and feel very qualified to answer any additional questions you might have.

So, please ask away, in spanish or english and I will do my best to equal the response I have just given you.

Eat, Drink and brag when appropriate.... xfiltrate
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Beer talk..surely..I mean it must be..right ?
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exfiltrate + 2 on your reply I have a comfortable life working in Colombia I just bought the g650gs and will use it to see Colombia on days off
I have never owned a licensed motorbike before this is my first one
although i rode cross country and motocross in the early 80s
the process was easy to buy the bike and i can't believe how easy it is to get a licence, plates and insurance this was all handled thru the dealer WOW! just pay a shitload of pesos 1 million 400 thousand your covered Oh by the way i have Colombian citizenship a Cedula and a address
I work with Colombian and Brazilian nationals and i am the only Canadian in the company in Colombia, although we all work for a Canadian company
this is a opportunity of a life time and i am going to make the best of it, let the adventure begin i have a great moto and i just want to travel around Colombia Mi trabajo es sobre la aventura estamos mapa de ping el país con Piper Navajos volando a 100 metros sobre el terreno Colombia es un trabajo duro las montañas son increíbles junto con los planos la silva
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Roland, the down sizing began when the Dakar changed the rules and limited the big bikes.... we began with an XR250 Honda and a NX400 Honda, both manufactured in Brazil but purchased in Argentina.

More than ten years ago, when I first posted here, all the glam was to have a 1200 cc adventure touring bike -with enough after market bling to excite even the most jaded. But, as those souls actually rode South America and came to their senses they realized a 650cc bike or even - bite my tongue - the "dual purpose" NX 400 by Honda or the XR250 for the real riders....could be alt budget diamonds in the rough.

Oh, there are still those who really do ride off road, and I get that, but let's face it the majority are 20% off, and 80% on and that is being very kind and friendly.

You nailed the next wave - which is - buy in country and sell in country - yes it is easy and yes the dealers make it that way, in Colombia, in Argentina, in Chile and Brazil, tourists can purchase and register motorcycles. Buying locally assures that the sourcing of parts is a reasonable experience.... perhaps time consuming, but doable. And, having an in country agency that sold you the bike is priceless. As we traveled South America, our Argentine plates blended and we did not attract any the unwanted attention that some other plates attract. Having Argentine plates in Argentina and beyond is a good thing. We became permanent foreign residents of Argentina - a three year process, but gained the advantage of being able to legally exit Argentina with our Argentine registered bikes.

How is it you are a citizen of Colombia, I get it you have a Colombian Cedula/DNI but I don't understand how you have Colombian citizenship? You also mentioned you are Canadian - are you an agent with credentials established by others? Have you considered leaving Colombia with your Colombian registered bike? Is that possible legally?

Why do I ask? Not just anyone flies at 100 meters unless they are looking for something, and not just anyone has a cover story like you do. Are you into LIDAR? Perhaps contracted by archeologists....? Or, ???

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i don know but most of the people on this web site have the quest for adventure or is it a quest because you have a shitty job and you try and get out of town so you can Bragg a lot to your co workers on what you have done hum sounds typical first world jones vs jones car home lifestyle Bring on the credit I on the other hand have made my livening as a adventure and work in the most beautiful placeless on the planet Colombia Wild check it out on netflix
and I own a 2014 g 650gs moto
i don't know where you are going but i hope you don't end up here!
do you know most people on this site??? BTW you must be very young or drunk too much as I can tell you any job after years and years is a shitty job
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Pardon Xfiltrate i am not a Colombian citizen I have a Cedula temporal and i did not realize this until i went to the Bancolombia to set up a account and they told me 3 years to become a citizen to have banking privileges like loans and credit
Ok thats fine we have a lot of work in Colombia and I am going to call it home
I am sick of the Great White North and I mean North West Territories CAN. i spent 3/4 of my life there In Canada I only Have a Motorhome and I don't need anything other than that and I certainly don't need to explore my country i have spent 25 plus years travelling Canada in Aviation exploring and getting paid to do the bush Plane stuff is a adventure on its own
The Prima Donna Airline pilots would say Strong Back Weak Mind and they can GF
About the low level stuff we do Xfiltrate well we have a magnetometer and a gradientometer and it measures the earths magnetic field , all elements has Magnetism and our sensors interprets the anomalies in the earths crust the lower the better data We contract for the Ministry of Geophysics and the ministry of natural Resources
A few years ago we lost a aircrew in Santander they crashed at 14800 doing there job It is dangerous and we are pros we invented it
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Picture this My Country is the second largest country in the world with the smallest population WTF how do we find resources
we had to find a way and now we share to the world i am proud to work in Colombia and help the Development of this Great Nation
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exfiltrate the legal process to fly low level is a nightmare with the permits and thats why i bought a bike we wait weeks and mounths before we get authorrity to do our contract blocks areas of Colombia so in the mean time i am stuck a base doing nothing but getting paid
i have a mountain bike but thats getting old
there are 120000 paved roads in Colombia and probabaly 200000 roads that are not it is a parridiso por motos my province of British columbia has no were near this infrastructure
Riders live on Viva Colombia
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Interesting, truly interesting

tohellnback, thanks for the detailed explanation of your citizenship and low level flying. We have something in common! I worked for the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources during my post graduate studies. I attempted to sort out the indigenous problems at Oka National Park near Montreal - Oka National Park - Wikipedia and then moved on to Algonquin and surveyed campers to determine if they prefer individual or communal camp fires. It was a great year - I fell in love with Algonquin Park and spent three glorious weeks evading bears and canoe camping on islands in Lake Opeongo - just for that purpose.

So, knowing that our Argentine permanent foreign residence status did take three years to acquire, I was very curious as to how you became a citizen of Colombia as you claimed. after 5 years as a permanent foreign resident, we were authorized to obtain Argentine passports, but not citizenship.

You sound like a modern day, Alexander von Humboldt or his faithful french companion Bonpland ! They carried state of the art measuring devices (the forerunners of what you carry) throughout South America in the 1800s.

I get the overwhelming feeling that along with your sophisticated equipment you carry an attitude - not uncommon among bush pilots - or pilots in general - it is something about the smallness of places from 20,000 ft. that contributes greatly to their superior attitude, a conjecture here - their boredom.

Look, Canada is Canada and Colombia is Colombia and both are diverse enough to satisfy even the most demanding spirit/mind - but only you can let go your attitude that apparently is your faithful companion....

By the way I had the pleasure and honor - during my research to be a house guest of one of your past Ministers of Natural Resources.

So my friend, watch your six, most low flying planes in Colombia are DEA or those the DEA are after, so ça roule ma poule.

Yes, Colombia is a great country with wonderful people so enjoy and remember getting paid for nothing gives you time to get involved in some volunteer activities that might even make Colombia a better country.

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exfiltrate ha ha i am not a pilot i am a engineer Maintenance and i dont carry a attitude, i have maintained three aircraft solo in yopal jan fed this year and it was brutal we were doing 1800 hundred km a day with 3 aircraft and i was the only aircraft maintenance engineer 3 Navajos 6 motors 72 spark plugs 6 magnetos and a lot of shit that goes with the functionality of the aircraft
I have worked my ass off to generate revenue for my company previous engineers grounded the aircraft all the time because of inexperience and no now how, I am a professional that speaks a couple of languishes that joined this company in dec 16 and the previous operations were failing the company was going broke they could not obligate the contracts
this changed when i arrived in Colombia because i got the aircraft in the the air and made good relations with the pilots that fly survey they are Brazilian and Colombian Nationals and i am proud to work with these brave men
our job is dangerous
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Now that i have my G650 gs and i am happy cause they are unlimited back roads in the department of Huila Colombia
i need Panniers what is the best Motorrad expandable or ottro
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maybe this is not the right website fore me but, i like the spirit of adventure
i don know but most of the people on this web site have the quest for adventure or is it a quest because you have a shitty job and you try and get out of town so you can Bragg a lot to your co workers on what you have done hum sounds typical
first world jones vs jones car home lifestyle Bring on the credit
I on the other hand have made my livening as a adventure and work in the most beautiful placeless on the planet Colombia Wild check it out on netflix
and I own a 2014 g 650gs moto
i don't know where you are going but i hope you don't end up here!
What a strange post.

I like my job (IT) because it enables me to quit at will and work anywhere in the world.

If I wanted to brag to coworkers, first, I'd have not quit my job prior to my current travels, and second, I'd have some obnoxious blog or youtube channel, or a hyperactive facebook account. I don't have any of those. I only got the satellite tracker for the rescue feature, and so my worried parents wouldn't call me constantly to ask if I'm dead yet.

If I wanted to "keep up with the joneses", then I wouldn't have sold everything I own except for the 7-year-old Subaru we're driving around the world in. Instead we'd have left our beach apartment empty and taken a range rover or brand new land cruiser, stayed in posh resorts, and agonized at not being able to buy good french bordeaux in Guinea.

Everyone travels differently man, it's all good. I think anyone travelling is a net positive on world empathy. Some of which you might want to get.

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