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A Story Worth Living

A Story Worth LivingA Story Worth Living just isn’t worth seeing (and certainly not worth paying to see). I considered deleting this post but instead thought it a better use of my time to advise readers to avoid it.

Eight day camping trips do not equate to “Epic adventures”. Talking about story might be fine for a podcast but this movie was billed to the motorcycle community (including flyers I received in recent purchases from motorcycle parts distributors) as an adventure film (including enticing lines like “…can we get off this mountain…?”). What it amounts to is a disjointed, wordy mess that tells no story at all. I’m insulted as a motorcyclist that I was duped into paying $14 to see what I can see better versions of on youtube for free. The incessant talking about (rather than showing) the adventure had me squirming in my seat and wanting it to end. What little actual riding footage there is in the film seems to be the same repeated shots and totaling very little of the actual film, although if you like awkward cigar smoking shots there are plenty of those. Near what seemed like the end there is an interminable bull session in which the “actors” talk about the “adventure”, this went on so long I actually turned to a friend and said aloud “they have to stop talking now”.

I’m all for adventure but why do admittedly inexperienced beginner riders need heavy BMW800’s with fully loaded panniers if they have support vehicles following them for most of the trip? 1,000 miles in eight days (a lot of which was on pavement) just doesn’t qualify as epic. I’m at a loss to understand how this film was green-lighted for wide theatrical release by sponsors once they’d seen the final cut. This film felt forced, contrived, badly scripted and the religious overtones were uncomfortable and out of place; although it’s been admitted the deception was a deliberate attempt to dupe the riding community into hearing “the gospel”. I’ve never walked out on any film, let alone one about motorcycling; but this was very nearly my first.

In response to the growing criticism the producers are offering refunds here. (Note: I’ve received my $42 refund).

ADVrider or Long Way Round (the claimed inspiration for this film), Dream Racer or World On Wheels are better places to go for examples of motorcycle adventure.

 

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Interview with Grant and Susan Johnson

 

Several months ago we reviewed the Achievable Dream DVD Series, produced by Horizons Unlimited, a worldwide portal, resource and meeting spot for motorcycle travelers. Recently, Zen Motorcyclist.com contributor, Henry Yampolsky, spoke with Grant and Susan Johnson, who after spending ten years traveling around the world on their modified BMW F80GS, founded Horizons Unlimited, which now has members in over 160 countries, hosts travelers meetings worldwide and provides one of the most comprehensive resources for motorcycle travel.

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Tune of the Week #103 – Winning

220px-SantanaZebopAlbumThis weeks playlist tune is Winning by Santana with (Alex Ligertwood singing lead vocals) from the 1981 album Zebop!.

I usually ride with music playing on a Scala Rider bluetooth setup (what can I say I like having a soundtrack). Every week I post a song from my personal playlist. It runs the gamut from old school to tunes released this year and in nearly every genre. It’s an eclectic mix with something for everyone.

To access the complete playlist use the menu at the top or the Spotify widget on the left sidebar.

Tune of the Week #102 – Tommy Conwell

This weeks playlist tune is If We Never Meet Again by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers .

I usually ride with music playing on a Scala Rider bluetooth setup (what can I say I like having a soundtrack). Every week I post a song from my personal playlist. It runs the gamut from old school to tunes released this year and in nearly every genre. It’s an eclectic mix with something for everyone.

To access the complete playlist use the menu at the top or the Spotify widget on the left sidebar.

Tune of the Week #101 – One Tongue

songsThis weeks playlist tune is One Tongue by Hothouse Flowers from the album Songs From the Rain (1993).

I usually ride with music playing on a Scala Rider bluetooth setup (what can I say I like having a soundtrack). Every week I post a song from my personal playlist. It runs the gamut from old school to tunes released this year and in nearly every genre. It’s an eclectic mix with something for everyone.

To access the complete playlist use the menu at the top or the Spotify widget on the left sidebar.

Achievable Dream DVD Series

achievabledream-boxI am now convinced there are aliens living among us.  I became so convinced after watching the Achievable Dream DVD Series produced and hosted by Grant and Susan Johnson, the founders of the Horizons Unlimited web portal.

This five-DVD disc set features interviews and presentations from ordinary individuals (I could have sworn that I saw at least a few of them in my local supermarket) who are living the dream of traveling the world on two wheels.  It is when I looked into the passion-lit eyes of these seemingly ordinary people, that I became convinced that they are aliens indeed.

My conviction became a certainty when (more…)