Life is a Daring Adventure | The Inspiration Thread

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Post by Hankaroundtheworld » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:35 am

Interesting thread with many (wild and cool) ideas for travel. Would be interesting to see what other cultures consider to be an "adventure". I personally like walks in nature, unspoiled nature with preferable not too much humans. Still remember those walks in New Sealand, ending up a beach with sea-lions, it was perfect, walking for hours and only nature. Other adventures are more in the mind, understanding the world, like a beautiful book about Evolution or watching the stars close-up via telescope at night.

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Post by enigmaT120 » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:44 am

Stephen J. Gould wrote some great books, collections of his essays for the magazine Natural History. I subscribed to that until they quit printing it. I found the books at a garage sale. His writing was beautiful. He and another guy came up with the idea of punctuated equilibrium in evolution.

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Post by leeholsen » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:27 pm

Ego wrote:Summer Solstice inspiration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UWnr4nyrxA
supposed to be a strawberry moon tonight because of it and that doesn't happen very often, so look out the window or check online tomorrow; I'm sure it'll be all over the net.

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Post by Ego » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:37 am

I woke up to find that the TransAm bike race is ending with a bang. Unlike the Race Across America, the TransAm is an unsupported gentleman-style bike race run like an individual time trial following the original bike-centennial route. Lael Wilcox, the first female, just took the lead of the entire race!!! She is leading by a few miles with 56 to go.

Live Tracker. http://trackleaders.com/transam16

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_Am_Bike_Race

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Post by Chad » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:23 am

I recently read a study that tested whether perceived exertion impacted actual performance. The results strongly indicated that we have a lot more in the tank than we think (Unfortunately, I can't find that study right now). This suggests that suffering is a bigger determining factor in these super long races than pure physical ability. They become much more about who can suffer more than who can run the fastest. Some studies suggest that women might have the advantage in the suffering part. At the very least, it's probably equal.

Another example is Amelia Boone finishing second in the 24 hour Spartan race. When Ferriss interviewed her she basically said that her success is because, "...she likes to suffer."

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Post by jennypenny » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:06 am

@Chad--Did you read How Bad Do You Want It?

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Post by enigmaT120 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:02 pm

Chad, what you wrote confirms my bias so I believe it. I've been saying for a long time that speed doesn't kill, it hurts.

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Post by Ego » Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:40 pm

The San Diego Highwayman

https://vimeo.com/114542749

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Post by TopHatFox » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:41 pm

EMJ wrote:Living Wild
We aim to "live" in the wilderness, rather than "survive" it to get back to civilization.
http://www.lynxvilden.com/
Hee hee, if they're still around, I could so see myself spending a year or two there and then running around the world adventuring in my cozy loin cloth. :mrgreen:

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Post by Ego » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:50 pm

I've mentioned before how much I admired Göran Kropp for his phenomenal human powered adventures. We had the good fortune to attend one of his lectures. What a character!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6ran_Kropp

Kropp died when his protection pulled from a crack during a fall while rock climbing in Washington. He was being belayed by Erden Eruç who was interviewed this morning on the NPR program Only a Game about his own ERE-esque human powered circumnavigation.

http://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/06/2 ... navigation

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Post by jennypenny » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:31 pm

I thought of this thread when I watched these guys on Outrageous Acts of Science (jumps right to segment).

Just once I want to be that fearless.

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Post by Ego » Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:45 am

jennypenny wrote:Short video ... http://www.ducttapethenbeer.com/damn-that-was-awesome/

Because I don’t want to say, “I wish.” I want to say, “Damn, that was awesome.”
Brendan Leonard is doing a speaking tour to promote his new book. Last night I heard him speak.

http://semi-rad.com/books/

He wrote and did the voiceover for the video. Funny, I hadn't put two-and-two together that the guy climbing in the video is not him.

The talk and book are about how he used a technical-writing job with IBM as a springboard to mountain/adventure writing gigs while overcoming addiction and living in his car/van. For those interested in such things, he's done well getting sponsors through his blog. He focuses on the mundane and funny aspects of the dirtbag lifestyle and it seems like he caught the wave as it became more popular.

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Post by Ego » Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:35 am

A violin busking adventure.... Hah!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shQZ6406EQk

ETA: Revisiting akratic's friend who is also a violin busker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LRFdpPJICQ
https://www.facebook.com/AndrewSiess

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Post by Ego » Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:48 pm

This one touches on the skills and attitude that put the E in ERE.

For her thirtieth birthday, Katie gave herself a trip on a cruise to Antarctica. In the other, older passengers on the ship, she caught a glimpse of her future if she continued on the path she was on. In the ship’s crew, she saw something else: a superwoman equivalent of herself. Today, we bring you the story of a journey to the far reaches of our planet, and of what it takes to see the person you want to be, and then become that person. It starts with saying ‘yes’.

Dirtbag Diaries, Start Saying Yes.
https://soundcloud.com/thedirtbagdiarie ... saying-yes

The interview begins at 5:50

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Post by CECTPA » Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:28 am

A video on philosophy of living off the grid with lots of good thoughts. Very inspiring.
I'm Off-Grid and I'm Not a Superhero | Esther Emery

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Post by black_son_of_gray » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:20 am

Well, this guy had one hell of a go at it

A career in 'adventure' mode:
Ditch digger
Chairman of the board, Fed. Reserve Bank, Philadephia
Garbage man
President of Haverford College
Short-order cook
Undercover prison inmate
Ford Foundation in India
Dishwasher (fired)
Author
President of Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Sewage worker
Miner
Prison guard
Brief stint 'homeless', to see what it was like (answer:awful)
Innkeeper
Started a theater guild
Published a weekly newspaper
Justice of the peace
“There’s a restlessness in me,” Mr. Coleman explained in 1987, “a desire to walk in other people’s shoes.”

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Post by Ego » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:09 am

The 11th issue of the free online magazine Bicycle Traveler was just released.

http://www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundtheworld.nl/

I especially recommend the story, Cycling for Simplicity by Greg Foyster.

Here is a direct link to the ABC Radio documentary about the monk he mentions in the story.

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/ ... 141101.mp3

The simplicity story was well contrasted by the engineer who measured the weight/time ratio for touring, questioning the desire to be an ultra minimalist bike tourer.

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Post by enigmaT120 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:02 pm

I just finished reading that issue! It reminded me that I've put almost 7000 miles on my Fargo without going anywhere.

And Kyrgyzstan has some pretty places. Like parts of Oregon.

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Post by Ego » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:44 am

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." John Muir

Wilderness: https://vimeo.com/190453307

Along those lines, it appears the Baja Divide Ride is coming together. I've mentioned it here before. Last year a couple developed the route and posted the gps coordinates for others for free. This year they've organized a free group ride. It runs the length of Baja and starts January 2.

https://bajadivide.com/

I should probably post this in the Something From Nothing thread because they did exactly that. They took a love of off road bicycle riding and turned it into a movement. I suspect this Baja Divide ride will be one talked about many years from now in the same way boomer dirtbags (the good kind of dirtbag) talk about the first Bikecentennenal in 1976.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikecentennial

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Post by enigmaT120 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:27 pm

Cool. I'm not making much progress on my Oregon Coast Range Divide Route yet.

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Post by Ego » Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:47 pm

Great. You have permission to quit your job and get pedaling so as to arrive here for the start of the Baja ride. Forty-five days should be just enough. It is looking like I might have an empty apartment over the new year so you can crash here if you arrive a few days early. :D

ps. A guy was selling a pristine Co-Motion Divide, Rohloff-ready with S&S couplers and Tubus racks at the bike swap meet the weekend before last. My size. He was asking $1500 but I'm sure he would have come down quite a bit. Thankfully I have the bike I need. Shall I send you his number?

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Post by enigmaT120 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:57 pm

Drool. No thanks.

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Post by TopHatFox » Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:42 pm

A great book on the subject of living a "good story" in real life: https://www.amazon.com/Million-Miles-Th ... 1400202981

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Post by Ego » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:44 pm

Ego wrote:Along those lines, it appears the Baja Divide Ride is coming together. I've mentioned it here before. Last year a couple developed the route and posted the gps coordinates for others for free. This year they've organized a free group ride. It runs the length of Baja and starts January 2.

https://bajadivide.com/

I should probably post this in the Something From Nothing thread because they did exactly that. They took a love of off road bicycle riding and turned it into a movement. I suspect this Baja Divide ride will be one talked about many years from now in the same way boomer dirtbags (the good kind of dirtbag) talk about the first Bikecentennenal in 1976.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikecentennial
Last night Lael Wilcox and Nicholas Carman did a slide presentation at our REI. These two are legit modern-day adventurers. I asked about the fact that they put all of their research online for free. Considering that they go back to Alaska and work for several months at a time in order to finance their rides, I was surprised they hadn't monetized the research by creating an Adventure Touring Association style map book. He used an interesting word in describing their philosophy. Egalitarian.

It is important to them that the route be open (no fences to cross) and the information be freely available to all. Equality of opportunity.

Talk about ultraminimalism. One t-shirt. One pair of shorts. One lightweight jacket. They use MacGyver skills to solve problems. For instance, one day they got a few fish and roasted them over a fire by using a set of discarded bed springs as a grill. They sleep under the stars. They learned Spanish out of sheer necessity by asking routing questions. I think the thing that stuck me most was that they both seemed far more competent than their ages would suggest but they still manage to maintain the curiosity and fearlessness of youth.

Today when I happened upon this quote by Amelia Earhart I thought it fit them well. "The more one does the more one can do."

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