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Old 03-22-12, 10:16 AM   #1
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If You Had a Year of Life Left, Would You Go Touring?

If not, what would you rather be doing?

(Why aren't you doing it?, if not.)

If touring, what would the touring look like? Where would you go? What would you do?

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Old 03-22-12, 10:21 AM   #2
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I've been touring.....I'd wouldn't feel bad about robbing a Wells Fargo bank.....They've been robbing me for a long time.

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Old 03-22-12, 10:26 AM   #3
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I'd probably tour less and spend more time with my family if I only had a year left.
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I would climb Mt Kilimanjaro. It's tops on my bucket list.

was gonna climb it next year, at age 48 with my buddy who will be 50, but alas, life changes (getting married, buying a business) canceled those plans.
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A year left to live? I'd get a bunch of credit cards, and run them all to the limit on a year of partying and chasing women. Not to be shallow, or anything.
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I'd do at least a 3 month tour (Pacific Coast, probably) and invite friends/family to join me for portions/all. Bike touring is one of my favorite things to do and riding with friends/family or having them meet up at points along the way would be an awesome end of life activity.
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I'd spend the last year with family. Oh, maybe something short if a family member would go along. Solo touring is basically a very selfish hobby. Would want to share remaining bucket list stuff with family. Not to say there wouldn't be lots of riding done for mental therapy. Just be local.
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I'd spend a few months in tailand where all the thai women (female ones) are and get plenty of exercise of the private kind with no worries. maybe 5 times a day.
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Depends. Am I going to slowly waste away during that year and eventually die suffering? If so, I would like to think that I would make peace with a few people and do a few things I have wanted to do, some of which would probably involve a bike. When I was just at the point where I was merely existing and not living, I would make a terrific meal (something like rabbit ragout), enjoy some good wine and then kill myself. Even if I would be in normal health up until the day of death, I would probably kill myself before that day. Imagine the fear associated with knowing that you are going to die on a certain day. You probably wouldn't get much sleep the night before.

Ultimately, unless one is actually facing death, I don't think one can accurately predict behavior.
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Old 03-22-12, 12:16 PM   #10
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I'd spend a few months in tailand where all the thai women (female ones) .
i just spit coffee on my desk reading that, haha
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A year left to live? I'd get a bunch of credit cards, and run them all to the limit on a year of partying and chasing women. Not to be shallow, or anything.

what he said

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Old 03-22-12, 01:38 PM   #12
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Spend the time with family, preferably on a quiet island. Definitely not touring.
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Normally, if one has a year to live, it's because there are serious health problems. Under such circumstances, cycling would likely be impossible, as would almost anything else. Being bedridden limits one's options.

If I had one year left to live with my current state of health, I'd probably do a lot of the same things I'm doing now. I'd try to get in a lot of cycling, a lot of writing and a lot of time with family and friends.
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Old 03-22-12, 02:29 PM   #14
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Makes me think of the part of the Python's 'meaning of life' film
where the guy got to choose his method of execution,
so he chose being chased over a cliff
by a couple dozen topless young women in helmets and gym shorts.
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Old 03-22-12, 02:31 PM   #15
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I'd probably try to spend it with people who didn't know I was dieing.
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Old 03-22-12, 02:41 PM   #16
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Prob France, I'd love to ride up Alpe D Huez
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I would do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k

or die trying (probably the latter, actually)
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Niles, If there were any touring it'd be on my sport motorcycle. I mostly would enjoy the company of my family and friends who wouldn't know I was terminal.

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Old 03-22-12, 04:04 PM   #19
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Spend as much time with family (my kids) but that is what I am doing (been a stay at home dad since Aug 99).
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I would definitely consider doing some serious drinking and womanizing, the combination of which would probably cure me of what ails me. I would then go on to get a letter from the President on my 100th birthday, then celebrate by doing some serious drinking and womanizing.*

In between serious drinking and womanizing, I would probably tour England. Ireland and then return for a run up and down the Pacific coast.

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So, the group seems to be split between lots of sex and more time with the family. Who says you can't bring the family on the Thai sex vacation?
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My dad got that question asked on him. Doctors told him had a 1 1/2 year to live. Know what he did? The same thing he did the day before. Not because he needed $ or did not have any one to go see. He was just in a place in his life where he was doing and living exactly how he wanted to be. Steve Jobs says something similar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

So if you are not doing what you want today, you need to start moving in that direction soon...
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According to the Mayan calendar I may have less than a year left...Yes I am going to do a long tour this summer.
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After spending time with the family and close friends of course, a year of scuba diving around the world would be tempting...
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Since it is only a 'what if' kind of thing... If I felt good enough to travel I would do at least one tour with my family to get at least one more tour in before I couldn't.

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