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Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2013, 10:44 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Thanks! Oh, I may have overstated the...

Thanks!

Oh, I may have overstated the instigating angst. Just a stressful few months at work with a new product launch and a long time since my last break. It's all good - I returned to work and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2013, 11:54 AM
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Posted By charlieS
Days 13-End: wrapping up

Regarding Montezuma's Revenge - it did continue through the rest of the trip, but was fairly mild (no fever). It finally subsided 6 days after arriving home, lasting nearly two weeks, which means it...
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2013, 05:33 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Great report! Too bad our routes didn't match up...

Great report! Too bad our routes didn't match up for a connection - maybe next time :)

Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2013, 01:51 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Days 10, 11, 12: we have a better canyon, but we're not telling you about it.. (lots

After leaving Zacatecas, I made it up to Hidalgo Del Parral (or, Parral) - the "most European looking town in colonial Mexico," I read somewhere.

On the way, was this weird thing:

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Forum: Ride reports 07-04-2013, 12:35 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Days 8, 9: into the highlands!

Based on some excellent advice from the well-traveled folk on advrider.com, I decided not to proceed any further South, even though I really wanted to see Oaxaca. If I had, the ride back North and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-01-2013, 09:59 PM
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Posted By charlieS
FYI - made it back home, but my laptop sustained...

FYI - made it back home, but my laptop sustained some water damage during the trip... so, I'll get pictures and the rest of the report posted as soon as I get it back (few more days) :)
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2013, 06:56 PM
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Posted By charlieS
You were right! And it's labeled as route 25 on...

You were right! And it's labeled as route 25 on the road, which is very confusing. Luckily, the military checkpoint at the intersection was eager to give directions.

Having problems uploading...
Forum: Ride reports 06-23-2013, 04:26 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Yep, Hidalo de Parral; Thanks BW. For some...

Yep, Hidalo de Parral; Thanks BW. For some reason, both the paper map and google maps led me to believe it was a gravel road.
Forum: Ride reports 06-23-2013, 01:40 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Parral -> Creel?

I'm in Parral now (cute town), heading to Creel tomorrow to stay there for a few days.

I'm wondering, has anyone ever taken Mex 20 West from Parral, to get to Creel?

It definitely turns to dirt...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2013, 09:05 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Days 4-7, chilling in not-Mexico

The use of the word "chilling" is definitely a stretch.

Day 4 was travel to Mazatlan, and I arrived just after 1pm.

Day 6, I traveled to Puerto Vallarta (PV) and arrived around 5pm. And...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2013, 01:36 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Haven't decided yet. Leaving tomorrow morning.....

Haven't decided yet. Leaving tomorrow morning.. either a bit south, and perhaps Uruapan, or cut straight over to Guadalajara and head North from there...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2013, 05:11 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Zomg

I'll do pictures and a proper write-up soon.. but I'm super excited right now, and must tell you guys:

Rode from Mazatlan to San Blas. The road to San Blas was excellent, but the road south toward...
Forum: Ride reports 06-19-2013, 06:53 AM
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Posted By charlieS
WOW. The roads.. And Taxco.. look amazing.

WOW.
The roads..
And Taxco.. look amazing.
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2013, 11:46 AM
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Posted By charlieS
Sjoerd, It *is* my first trip to Mexico :)...

Sjoerd,

It *is* my first trip to Mexico :) My first trip with more than 4 days of riding, in fact.

You're right though - the PV meetup is a plan. But I wasn't 100% sure I was doing it, until I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2013, 08:54 AM
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Posted By charlieS
Hi, ahwarm :) I did eat at Town Pump. Which,...

Hi, ahwarm :)

I did eat at Town Pump. Which, is funny, because in Montana there's a gas station named Town Pump.. anyway..

It's fairly decent, and better than I was expecting. But not great.
I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-17-2013, 06:06 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Thanks Blind Warrior - I have actually not been...

Thanks Blind Warrior - I have actually not been paying attention to any weather :)

This means I definitely want to take the south/westerly route to Oaxaca, not the quick "around mexico city" route.
Forum: Ride reports 06-17-2013, 04:57 PM
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Posted By charlieS
The heat wasn't too bad - I left Hermosillo early...

The heat wasn't too bad - I left Hermosillo early in the morning. Yes, I took every libre opportunity to Los Mochis.

The next day, Los Mochis to Mazatlan, I took libre half way, and the final dash...
Forum: Ride reports 06-17-2013, 01:15 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Interesting! Well, I'm in Mazatlan now (and I've...

Interesting! Well, I'm in Mazatlan now (and I've never been here before). It seems great so far :D
Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2013, 11:02 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Hi Mitch! I'll be in Mazatlan tomorrow (June...

Hi Mitch!

I'll be in Mazatlan tomorrow (June 17). I'll either be there 2 days, and then Puerto Vallarta for a few days (I know someone who is visiting there), OR I'll be heading for Guadalajara on...
Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2013, 08:04 PM
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Posted By charlieS
And in terms of the motorcycle, it's running...

And in terms of the motorcycle, it's running well, though the rear tire is showing some wear from the heat and rough roads. Today I added 1/3 quart of oil. And had to re-fasten my license plate - it...
Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2013, 07:57 PM
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Posted By charlieS
and to follow up on the previous dilemma: I...

and to follow up on the previous dilemma: I decided to head South. I'll save Copper Canyon and colonial Mexico for the next trip, when the g/f can come :)
Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2013, 07:52 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Days 2-3, Learning And Burning

I think the heat isnt as bad now. Or Im getting used to it.

My ass and back, however, are quite sore. Today (#3) was only 300 miles, but included a policia detour 25+miles off Mex 15.
...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2013, 08:44 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Well, weather reports I'm reading are definitely...

Well, weather reports I'm reading are definitely below 107˚ :)
Though, factoring in humidity, it probably doesn't feel any cooler.

I can't decided what to do, so I'm thinking I'll hang out...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2013, 07:02 PM
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Posted By charlieS
So much to consider (heading East on 16, that...

So much to consider (heading East on 16, that is).

I shall eat, and ponder.

(I'm in Hermosillo now!)
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2013, 09:41 PM
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Posted By charlieS
And, for the record, Westmorland, CA, does not...

And, for the record, Westmorland, CA, does not sell sunscreen.

First, how do you describe sunscreen to a spanish speaker? Sol .. blocker. "nada sol *points at sunburn*" seemed to work.

None of...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2013, 09:34 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Yay! I have a 3-litre camel back, thankfully.

Yay! I have a 3-litre camel back, thankfully.
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2013, 09:28 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Day 1, Trundling Along, Way Too Fast.

From: http://charlierides.com/travelogue/mexico-2013/day-1-trundling-along-way-too-fast/

Its 8pm. Im sun burnt on my wrists, sore, and pooped.

I wasnt sure how far Id go the first day....
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2013, 09:25 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Give up on planning - last-minute ride to Mexico

Hi everyone!

I'm Charlie. Long time lurker, occasional buyer, and aspiring traveler.

I've been planning numerous trips for the last 5+ years, and never actually did anything worth posting...
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2010, 04:43 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Beemersailor: exactly. At first glance, I...

Beemersailor: exactly. At first glance, I certainly wouldn't want to attempt to build yet another online community.. except for the fact that it could: be focused on one topic, be designed optimally...
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2010, 09:25 AM
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Posted By charlieS
Very good point - most Google searches to lead...

Very good point - most Google searches to lead here :)
Forum: Equipment 02-19-2010, 07:33 PM
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Views: 767
Posted By charlieS
Sources of info for farkles?

I'm wondering: where do people go for information about motorcycle gadgets, upgrades, or gear?

Is ADVrider the first place you look? Google? Any sites or blogs that people frequently read?...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-01-2010, 01:52 PM
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Posted By charlieS
Indeed; or that the valve which allows oil into...

Indeed; or that the valve which allows oil into the turbo is stuck open.
Replacing the turbo, for the reason you mention, may be more fun anyway :)
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-01-2010, 01:07 PM
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Posted By charlieS
seca turbo

Ok! Going to look at it this afternoon. My g/f is going to forbid me from watching this thread pretty soon...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-27-2007, 12:10 AM
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Posted By charlieS
If you login here: https://oc.bmwusa.com/ I know...

If you login here: https://oc.bmwusa.com/ I know there's an easy-to-find number. The site appears down right now, though.
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