Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mt. Carroll, IL
Just wanted to share this encounter with everyone.
I got off work yesterday in Elizabeth IL (northwest corner of IL) and walked out to my car. Parked near my Honda was an 08 red KLR with a tank bag, a dry bag and a guitar on the rear rack, and a set of aluminum panniers. I walked by it and noticed that it had license plates that said Chile on them, and the odometer read just over 24,000 miles.
I just sorta looked at it and wondered where the owner could be. Not too difficult since this is a town of about 700 people, one restaurant, one bar, one gas station. Anyway I was late for golf night and started to pull out of the lot when I noticed on a bench near the grocery store the rider eating a sandwich and plunking away on his laptop.
I circled around and pulled up by him and walked over. I asked him if that was his KLR (duh), ... I had to say something. He was 30-40 I'm guessing with a strong accent and choppy but good English. We talked for a minute about the KLR and where he got it and his mods. I asked him if he knew of this forum and he said no. He told me he had been on the road for seven months, started in Chile and came up through Mexico then to L.A. and then west through all the sights (Tahoe, Salt Lake, Grand Canyon, Jackson Hole, Mt. Rushmore), and he was with two other riders that had gone ahead while he resolved some issues with his visa in Chicago. Then he was off towards Niagra Falls to meet them.
I asked him where he was heading and he stated "around the world". I told him a bit about a friend of mine that rode around the world on motorcycle a few years ago and he asked a little about his route. He was finishing up his sandwich and I was late for golf, I asked him if i could get my gear and join him and we both laughed. I wished him good luck and we shook hands with a smile.
Pretty neat encounter. I was definately envious of his endeavor (to a degree). I must admit the wheels really started turning in my head on the way home, going over my gear, dreaming of the open road, thinking of routes and destinations....someday.
The way that you wander is the way that you choose,
The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.
Sunshine or thunder, a man will always wonder,
Where the fair wind blows.