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Old 04-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #61
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Hey Doug!

Mexico... it's not like the said is it? It's better!

Looks like you've been having some fun!
que es mucho mejor!

SilCOG this month, what's up, you in?

Colorado this summer? Still pondering this one. Need to talk with Patobravo about it.

[edit] Just saw your "Where am I riding", Death Valley huh?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:06 PM   #62
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Burt spends some time talking to the guy, it's kind of a Spanglish conversion. I think Burt might be getting some second hand smoke, he says getting hungry! Mike breaks open a can a spam which makes a good snack.


No long faces here Don't eat spam often, but that was tasty, thanks Mike.

Seems 4.20 may come early in El Tanque






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Old 04-05-2012, 08:28 PM   #63
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que es mucho mejor!

SilCOG this month, what's up, you in?

Colorado this summer? Still pondering this one. Need to talk with Patobravo about it.

[edit] Just saw your "Where am I riding", Death Valley huh?
Definitely in for the secret mission. I'd like to talk to you both about Oregon.

Got back from DV on Sunday. I'm missing it already.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:42 AM   #64
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Sounds like it might work. It could work as a marinade also.


May have to do it a couple or three times. ..finish w/ a dash of Tabasco...Lovin the RR
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #65
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Great report.

You are now fully qualified to report all incidents of Mexican un-safeness to the Is Mexico Safe thread, and to make all necessary fact-finding trips back to Mexico, to verify said reports.

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #66
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Hi Chabon,

Great Ride Report I've been wanting to do the same trip for a couple of years now.

I'm trying to decide between taking my DR650 or the WR250R. I think the WR would be best, but I'm concerned about fuel (i.e., hard to get 91 octane). How did the WR's do on lower octane...any issues?? If they are having issues (pinging, etc.), I'll take the DR....since it'll run on anything But, I'd prefer the WR due to it's weight, etc. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry for the highjack, but your input would really help.

Great writing/pix by the way!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:47 PM   #67
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Great report.

You are now fully qualified to report all incidents of Mexican un-safeness to the Is Mexico Safe thread, and to make all necessary fact-finding trips back to Mexico, to verify said reports.


Yes, I believe more research is needed before I come up with a firm conclusion
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:50 PM   #68
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Hi Chabon,

Great Ride Report I've been wanting to do the same trip for a couple of years now.

I'm trying to decide between taking my DR650 or the WR250R. I think the WR would be best, but I'm concerned about fuel (i.e., hard to get 91 octane). How did the WR's do on lower octane...any issues?? If they are having issues (pinging, etc.), I'll take the DR....since it'll run on anything But, I'd prefer the WR due to it's weight, etc. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry for the highjack, but your input would really help.

Great writing/pix by the way!!!
The WR would be more fun on the rougher sections, but then Mike had no problem with his KLR650, and I mainly had problems due to my experience level.

All Pemex's had 91 octane, maybe the other guys can chime in about fuel, they might have had to go with lower octane one time???
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #69
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Outstanding, great witty narrative on an adventure that I am sure is deeply implanted in your cerebral cortex. Oh and the lay terminology is "Poof Dust" cause as you found out it goes poof and is NOT a good substitute for "Monkey Butt" powder


It was a good thing Brad was along as sweep...... you need to buy him a couple of beers.
Putting together the ride report is so that I will have a reference to go back to if my memory should fade (likely). Brad sure liked being in sweep. He probably wondered what would be lying in front of him around every corner! Looks like I might have to head up north and treat him to a proper dinner, with drinks.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #70
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No long faces here Don't eat spam often, but that was tasty, thanks Mike.

Seems 4.20 may come early in El Tanque





This picture cracks me up, especially knowing the circumstances of the situation.
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Stage 8 Navajoa to Santa Ana

Stage 8 Navajoa to Santa Ana, 317 miles.



This was actually the first time we spoke to another gringo on the whole trip. We only saw one car from New Jersey and one car from California the entire trip! The gringo was looking for a handout as his car had burned up ( in New Mexico) and he wanted to continue to Guatemala. We filled up with gas this morning and I was airing up the tires when I had a sidestand mishap and dropped the bike, this would be the tenth and last time the old girl would end up laying down on the job on this trip. I tried to pick it up and strained my shoulder, this would be the most bothersome injury and am glad we are now on paved road and at the end of the trip. Have to use my right arm to lift my left hand up to the handlebars. Makes pulling the clutch a bit difficult also.

IMGP1196 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

IMGP1197 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

IMGP1198 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr


Here’s a tip, it is hard to break a 500 peso note. Best place to break a 500 is at Pemex. Other places won’t have change. All I had to pay for breakfast was a 500 and they had to go over to Pemex to get change for me.

IMGP1199 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

We are out of the canyon and mountains now. All desert from here on. The best of the scenery is behind us, but the trips not over. Still need to get home!

IMGP1200 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Good day riding, just making our way north. Pass through the edge of Guaymas and head north towards Hermosillo.

IMGP1201 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

IMGP1203 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

IMGP1205 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Bypass the toll road as we did at the start of the trip and stop in Parquis for some fine goat tacos and grilled whole onions. A school aged girl spoke a little english here. I asked her what was good and she recommended the hamburger. Do they have pink slime in Mexico? I doubt it, but I went for the goat!

IMGP1206 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

IMGP1207 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

I think they can grow grapes anywhere. Vineyard along the bypass road.

grape vinyard by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Made it to Santa Ana and stay at the same hotel.

IMGP0907 by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Walk up the road a ways and have dinner at Elba’s. I ordered half a milanesa and it covered the entire plate! The toxic chemical I put on my finger seems to be killing the little alien that lives alongside my fingernail off! Pulled shoulder is starting to hurt pretty good.

elbas by DDMcGinnis, on Flickr

Now I should mention here, for all you scientifically minded people, that if your boots and feet are wet or damp for more than 4 days something odd starts happening. I'm sure it has something to do with bacteria, fungus and mold, but not having a microscope on hand I'm just guessing. I think I will dub this "Biology Experiment on Steriods Gone Wrong"! You will be pleased to know that there are NO photos.

Tomorrow we should be back in the states if all goes well


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Old 04-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #72
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I'm trying to decide between taking my DR650 or the WR250R. I think the WR would be best, but I'm concerned about fuel (i.e., hard to get 91 octane). How did the WR's do on lower octane...any issues?? If they are having issues (pinging, etc.), I'll take the DR....since it'll run on anything But, I'd prefer the WR due to it's weight, etc. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Premium (Rojo) gas was available in the larger towns for the most part. I did run several tanks of regular in my WR. I couldn't tell the difference between the two. No pinging or issues.

Also had a DR650, which is simple, reliable, and a great Mexico bike.

Between the two I prefer the WR. Better suspension, lighter, and more fun offroad. Can also run 70 down the highway.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #73
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Chabon and Bgunn,

Thanks for the feedback I'm taking the WR!!

Once again, great Ride Report
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #74
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Stage 9 Santa Ana, Mexico to Blythe, CA

Stage 9 Santa Ana, Mexico to Blythe, CA via Lukeville, 393 miles.

ZERO photos today, sorry. We are backtracking the same route we took south at this point so really nothing new. Shoulder is hurting to much to lift the camera anyways.... Might be some helpful information below for turning in your Temporary Vehicle Import Paper, could save you a return trip to the checkout point.

Train wakes us up again, just like on our first day in Mexico. Kind of a solemn day for me, I’m not ready to end the trip. Go back to Elba’s for breakfast (kind of the Denny’s of Mexico). A lot of highway miles today, a toll or two, return the Temporary Vehicle Import papers, and a checkpoint. The place to return the Import Papers is about 20 miles south of the border crossing. A very nondescript little building sitting at a southbound checkpoint. I wonder how many people miss this and have to return from the border to get their vehicle checked out? You would think they would put it on the northbound side of the road, or at least some kind of sign. There is some writing on the wall of the shack, hard to see. Simple procedure, they verify your VIN and process the paperwork to refund your credit card the deposit fee ($200 in my case). When I got my permit online I double checked the VIN on the steering head. The VIN was hard to read but possible. Well, at the checkpoint the guy had trouble reading it. He called his supervisor, took 30 photos, had me remove seat and check the VIN sticker, more photos, more phone calls and after 30 minutes I was okay to go. Whew!


A couple miles up the road was a police checkpoint where they had us pull over to secondary inspection (under a shade tree). Burt was our official spokesperson at the checkpoints, not sure what he said, but seemed to have a good rapport with the authorities. This time they brought out the drug sniffing dog (it was in a little crate under the shade tree). Kind of looked like a stray dog they picked up off the street although I think it was a Belgian that needed grooming. The dog did its thing and when it got to Brad (Brad was standing under the tree) it started licking his hand. Now I don’t know how these things work, but I had visions of Brad breaking and running under a hail of automatic weapons fire or being tackled and handcuffed on the spot and all of us thrown in some jail. Brad slowly turned his hand around and I could see something white in his hand, could this be a small bundle of cocaine what the hell is going on here? Oh wait, now I see, its the lid to his water bottle, I guess the dog was thirsty.

One more stop at a gas station for some cheaper gas and to use up the last of the pesos. Now it's a straight shot to the US border at Lukeville, glide right through the Mexican side. For some reason Google maps will not route across the border at Lukeville. Don't be fooled, you can cross here and it is low traffic and easy. And since you are on a bike, if there is a backup of traffic, its okay to shoot to the front of the line. Only one car in front of us at the US side. I considered jumping in front of the one car, but felt it unnecessary at this point :. Five minutes and we are all on US soil. We survived Mexico. We now cruise through Organ Cactus National Reserve to Gila Bend where we grab lunch at a Subway and fill up with gas. We will part ways here, the guys to Yuma and my goal is Blythe.

All freeway miles to Blythe. We had been cruising between 60 and 65 as a group. Where the F650 had shortcomings in the dirt, it shined on the freeway and I cranked it up to 80-85 to stay ahead of the trucks. Any of you guys ever feel discriminated against when you check in at a motel? First motel eye-balled me and said they had no rooms, all booked up, even though the parking lot was almost empty. Guess they thought all my biker friends would show up and throw a party or maybe I just looked like s&*t??? They said to go across the street, “that motel will probably take you”. Second motel acted like they were doing me a favor, in Mexico they made you feel appreciated and welcome everywhere. The only good thing that happened at the first motel was that my airbox puked a shitload of oil all over the driveway right in front of their door (Karma)! This is something I hadn't seen before, guess I will add the rest of my red racing oil I bought in Mexico and hopefully nothing bad will happen to the engine.

TV finally works, not worth the extra $65 it costs to stay at motel stateside. Get a bag of ice and put it on my shoulder. Watch TV a few minutes, news about multi-millionaire hollywood couples not getting along, politicians plying their wares, gossip, commercials, really just a bunch of stuff that doesn’t matter. Turned it off after realizing I hadn’t missed anything by being out of touch south of the border.


Should make it home tomorrow. Plan to get off interstate ASAP and go up and around Joshua Tree National Monument.

EDIT:

Just checked my post and seems boring without photos. So here are some stock shots I found on the internet just to jazz it up a little.

Here's my Motel. It was nice and clean, had hot water, ice machine, the standard fair for a USA motel.



Here is the motel that 'disallowed' me. I won't mention names. I really wanted the hot tub and big breakfast they have. Some of these particular motels have cool little pancake makers and you can make your own pancake. It was not meant to be.



My motel was behind this diner. I walked over to have dinner, but it was pretty dirty and disgusting. Some other people showed up at the same time and we all kind of moaned and did an about face - Went to SIZZLER.


Price of gas is going to go up. This is why....




Here was my exit. This might help you recognize the proper exit for the motel district, please file this in your photographic memories.



This guy lives in Blythe, I didn't see him as I didn't go over and visit the prison. He some famous graffiti person, wonder if he does his own ink?



Well, that's it for tonight. See you tomorrow.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #75
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Well, Glad you made it back in one piece. I do believe once the soreness subsides and the Doctor fixes you right up (probably rotor cuff) You want to do it again only maybe just stick to Mx 200 and head to PV. (easier on the body)

Thanks for sharing the adventure, I have traveled many of the same miles. While reading your tale of mishaps I started whimpering like a Lab around water..... wanting to jump-in. I so need to go back.

Thanks,


OH! weren't you scared? Black SUV's in nocturnal stealth mode, military SOG's repelling in, in the wee hours... sure it wasn't a movie set.

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