Vegas has opened up the betting for My French Wine Adventure (A motorcycle trip around France on a insufficient small motorcycle and insufficient funds).
Get shot at by angry French farmer for camping in his field: 8/1
Marry a French woman: 5/2
Get lost and go in opposite direction for over 100 KMs (60 miles): 4/1
Run out of money and have to beg for food: 2/1
Motorcycle breaks down: 6/1
Pulled over my police, they find out I don’t have insurance and I get arrested: 5/1
This wine adventure will be challenging, I only have €308 to get me around France, on a motorcycle that tops out at 100 KMPH (62 MPH) and I don’t speak a lot of French. However, I do have a sweet speedo, which I plan to sport if any hitchhiking attire is needed.
“Adventure should be structured enough to keep your sanity, but unstructured enough to promote insanity”
As with most things in life, the best things come in a balance. Adventure is a balance of an odyssey and a trip, but shouldn’t lean towards either for more than a split second. A trip is something I can’t stand. A trip is a planned, structured itinerary about every second of every day, usually run by the most meticulously anal person in the group. An odyssey is the other end of the spectrum, consisting of a journey that has no end in sight, no real direction and no real purpose. An adventure is far more odyssey than trip, but it allows for the events to steer the ship. An adventure has a direction, but there are no commitments made, no deadlines to beat, it’s a free flowing excursion that lives on the culture, the people and the events that occur.
This being said, I’ll lay out my gameplan.
Direction: Start in Bordeaux (June 7th) End in Bordeaux (Around June 20th)
Mission: To explore the French Wine World
Objective: To vist and learn more about the people, wines and culture of Loire, Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone, and Languadoc-Roussillon. To meet people like this:
What I’m going to bring:
2 video cameras (1 Sony HDR-XR150 & 1 Canon HFS10)
1 Cell Phone (+33) 06 42 84 77 97 (Give me a call or text to say hello :-)
1 Laptop (13″ Macbook Pro)
1 pair of shorts, 2 pair of pants, 4 t-shirts, 4 underwear, 4 pair of socks, 1 hat, 1 pair of gloves, 1 speedo
1 tent, 1 sleeping bag, 1 sleeping pad
1 toothbrush, 1 toothpaste, 1 deodorant, 1 soap, 1 shampoo, 5 carbon pills
1 compass, 1 map of France, 1 French dictionary,
What I need:
Encouragement through comments, texts and emails!
Contacts in France that might let me crash on their front lawn or can offer me a warm soup or cup of tea?
Cheers! Stay tuned