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Old 03-06-2012, 12:24 PM   #16
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Excellent start........I wish I had the gumption to do the same thing, but with my wife having Cancer, it won't happen any time soon. GL on the trip man.....
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:40 PM   #17
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Nice. Love the idea. Wish I would have done it when I was young.

How old are you if you care to share? No obligations in life yet it seems, so I am assuming younger.

I don't know that I could stay down south and be that far from family, but I sure have thought about it.

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Old 03-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #18
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:25 PM   #19
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You will love Brazil. Enjoy and have a safe trip.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:49 PM   #20
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:13 PM   #21
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The West Coast, into Tijuana

Whew! I just got schooled in Mexican riding thanks Franco! Tijuana is badass and I'm glad Im out of there. So I bombed down the Beautiful Pacific Coast, let me catch you all up.

So March 5th showed up and it was raining. I decided to chill for an extra day, go to the doctor, get some sleep, make love to my girlfriend and eat food from my parents fridge, not bad living at home these last few days before leaving. Oh by the way, because somebody asked, I am 25 and I am doing one of my 'Mini Retirements' who knows what I will have when I am older.

The next day I woke up to blue skies and what!!?? In March?

Oh well, now or never I guess.

Off to a good start, the odometer at day 1:

Goodbye Bellingham,
Goodbye Snow,
Goodbye Girlfriend.

The ferry to Port Townsend, WA

Stayed in Portland, good beer coffee and huge bicycle lanes which is great, I'm a fan of anything on two wheels.

Stayed with good friends Aaron and Erika

mmmmm good coffee, can I live without it? We will see, I backpacked Central America when I was 21 and all I could find was Nescafe...

Hello Florence?

Ryan, hey thats me!

and I made it to the Ocean!

Highway 101

The Redwoods

In California the gas pumps are not circumcised so you have to fold back the foreskin and breath in the fumes to make sure you dont overfill

San Francisco

San Franciso at night

Does it get much better than this?

San Luis Obispo, I hiked up this cool hill to get a view of the city at night


Hang on theres more, the tijuana riding was badass, hang on while I go eat a taco, next update coming soon, whoa! this RR business is a lot of work! Its fun though.

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Old 03-18-2012, 09:58 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by PorLaTierra View Post

Does it get much better than this?

Oh yeah, it gets way better than that. Spectacular things await.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:19 AM   #23
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Beat me to it Crashmaster

If you have just the slightest idea that things may not get better than that. You're in for a ride. Things get SO MUCH BETTER.

[QUOTE PorLaTierra] Does it get much better than this? [/QUOTE]

P.S. Thanks for giving me a heads up on your ride. Good to see you on here. Pretty neat that you got up and are on your way south having only met you that one time at La Mesa in Bellingham. Crash less than I did, and you'll be good to go!

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:52 PM   #24
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Best of luck to you!
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #25
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Tijuana and Sonora

Ok so I went out for tacos and found crazy tricked out mexican hot dogs, then I got tired and fell asleep so here is the next set of photos. I am in Mazatlan now and hopefully I can get everything uploaded.

Crashmaster, it gets a lot better you say? I cant wait.
BigAlSmith, thanks for the tips man, I meant to call you before I left, got busy you know how it is.

Thanks everybody for all the kind offers for places to stay, I will take you up on them whenever possible. Advrider is an incredible network and I hope I can do my part to add to the collection of ride reports.

Ok where was I? Oh yeah, dirty stinky L.A.
I left there at 6am and there was traffic, went through Santa Barbara, then crossed at Otay where I met my friend Joel at the Carls Jr., he loves Carls Jr. so I knew he could find me there if I just went there and called him.

Unfortunately he had to work that day so I went on a really badass ride with his brother Franco who also used to live in Bellingham for a little while. He took me screaming through Tijuana and around to the East, South then West on the Libre to Rosarito, we ate burritos and then went weaving through traffic back to his house, couple hour ride. At one point he was passing a big truck on the right on an onramp and just barely squeezed by before the truck swerved left. His tires were touching the curb as he bounced over a cardboard box twisted the throttle, I went around the other way. TIjuan roads are messed up!

I rode south to Mazatlan and from here I plan to do fewer miles and chill out a lot more. Anybody know where I can buy a good map? I took a couple of sweet detours around the toll booths but I am trying my hardest to get down the coast without hitting the cuotas.

Any recommended routes through Mexico and CA would be greatly appreciated too. just PM me, or reply whatever.

Crossing was easy, look at the line going back though


Heres the little trailer where I stayed, next to Joel and Francos apartment

I used a big chain, a disc lock and a bike cover but I still woke up everytime the killer dogs started barking, I also saw the biggest dogs I have ever seen in my life, they travel in gangs no joke, in this picture the chain isnt all the way through, I just set it there to take a picture right before I left

Couple of days in TJ and then look who showed up! Alright dad! He caught up to me on his 77 R100 with his airhead T'shirt and rode with me for a few days, pretty cool

The North of Mexico

We drove through Tecate

Puerto Peñasco

These guys had a little too much to drink

Heres my dad with a Chihuaha

Thats it for now, stay tuned.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #26
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:25 PM   #27
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:22 PM   #28
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I'll be tagging along with report, have fun, stay safe.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:22 PM   #29
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visit us in Copan Ruinas,Honduras.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #30
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Subscribed !!! As Big Al says keep the shiny side up

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