I had no plan. Just go. Backpacking initially was a ton of fun. Meeting new people and trying new things became the norm. I was immediately hooked. Taking buses and trains quickly turned into hitchhiking and eventually evolved into motorcycles. I found myself on this ever evolving journey into understanding where my comfort zone was and where I wanted to expand it.
When I was in Kuala Lampur I was approachd my an older Kiwi in a hostel I was staying in. He needed help uploading his photos. I was happy to help.
His photos seemed unreal. They were these surreal pictures of white capped mountains with baren land scapes, faces that looked like they'd seen harship I couldn't imagine. But the most incredible photos were of the motorcycle. A Royal Enfield Bullet.
I was compelled to ask him about these photos. He told me about riding this bike across the Himalaya in Nepal and India. The stories he told me seemed unreal.
I told him I'd love to do something like that but that i didn't have a license. He laughed and said niether did he. He said just go and buy one and teach yourself. That's exactly what I did.
Three years later I've rode across four continents on three motorcycles. I wonder if that guy knows how profoundly he changed my life.
Recently I just finished a tour from LA to Alaska to Austin and back to LA. Three months working in Israel and now I'm back in Chicago teaching music for CPS again. Looks like I've come full circle.
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