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Old 10-19-2012, 05:31 PM   #61
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Have a great trip bubbles...

Be safe and report much!
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:40 PM   #62
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I met you too at RMAR in Colorado

Wow... you've done some traveling since then, enjoy you're newest adventure!
Happy travels!
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:01 PM   #63
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THIS. So much this.

Excited to watch it unfold
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:08 AM   #64
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Its fun to see those I have met on the road before find this thread! There have been so many miles since then

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We crossed the border in Tijuana, MX without troubles and carried on south… A varied group of 5 strangers met with similar intentions: adventure.






The many many miles of Baja:



some rock climbing:







Great food (yes, lots of tacos)



And haciendas with secure parking for the bikes:







And lots of gas stations:



and so the adventure begins....
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:19 PM   #65
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and so the adventure begins....
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:04 AM   #66
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #67
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I'm in!!!

Good luck and happy adventures on your journey.

I'm hoping I can do this same run in the near future.
Your shared experiences will be appreciated.

You go girl! Ride on...thanks for taking us along for the trip.

Cheers,
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:52 PM   #68
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Great start!! Looking forward to following along on your journey!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:27 PM   #69
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the craziness of ferry crossings...

There seems to be a lack of information out there for what it takes to get you and a motorcycle across the Sea of Cortez. The group of 5 of us had an unspoken goal to ride through Baja Ca in a time efficient manner. Collectively we were more interested in seeing the mainland. When we crossed in Tijuana, MX we did not stop at Imagracion because we didn’t have to. We rode on. We kept seeing signs for it where we would stop for the night, but the consensus was that we could get all the appropriate stamps for the ferry crossing in La Paz. Maybe that was true if we had not arrived on a Saturday afternoon in preparation for a Sunday ferry crossing. Through Baja Ferries, passage from La Paz to Mazatlan is only Sunday, Tues, and Thurs. When we arrived at the banjacito to get the needed paperwork, we were informed that it was just the paperwork for the bike importation (this was after waiting an hour and a half for it to open.) But since we didn’t have our tarjeta de tourista (tourist card…with the stamp that show we imported ourselves) we couldn’t do anything with the bikes, nor could we buy ferry tickets. We would have to wait until Monday for the Imagracion office in La Paz to open (but still wasn’t guaranteed to give us a stamp since we should have received it in Tijuana). Other options were riding down to Cancun (about 300 mi away) or as two other travelers aboard rode back to Guerro Negro (again 300+ mi north) to get the stamp. It was the brilliant idea of one of the crew to get the stamp at the customs office at the local aeroporto (which was luckily an international airport and open on a Sunday morning). The officers there were kind enough to help us out with the tourist cards we needed. Rushing back to the office to get the paperwork for our bikes (processing 5 motorcycles takes some time) only to find out my bank decided to not allow any more use out of my debit card and no amount of phone calls would connect. After pooling for the needed funds, we weighed our motos (aout 330Kg a piece) and went to the ticket office to buy the last 4 seats (there are 5 of us and I freaked out a little being the last in line told that I wasn’t going to have a seat…not understanding I was still allowed on board – I really need to learn more spanish). Alas, we made it on the ferry for a 16 hr crossing and met up with 8 other motorcyclists on the same route.



Right after this shot, the KTM on the far left fell over, causing the second to tip and hit the ground then any hand close by rushed to the third, just in time to keep the rest of the bikes from the domino effect.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:22 PM   #70
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Catching up on days...

Had to enjoy the sunrise over the sea of Cortez





After the loading off the boat, we went hit up a hotel in Mazatlan to relax for the afternoon and catch up on sleep we missed on the ferry.





2 more were added to the group (rounding out the number to 7) and in search for food for the evening, we hopped on a taxi truck and got the scenic tour of the resorts only to return to our hotel and walk to a taco stand just down the street.

It said hot wheels on the windshield...how could we go wrong...







On the road with 7 proved to be max capacity as we made our way to Puerto Vallarta. Our fearless leader makes it official as to where we are headed next:




Somehow we found a hostel on the steepest street in town.



From Puerto Vallarta, we split the pack...two headed south along the coast, continuing in the warm and humid tropical miles, one headed off to find long term parking, and so we the remaining four went inland to the highlands with promise of cooler temps and colonial cities:


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Old 11-04-2012, 03:23 AM   #71
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Subscribed! Following you on Facebook as well, have a great and safe trip Alison!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:20 AM   #72
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Glad to see you are finally on the road! Have fun and be safe!
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:53 AM   #73
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Glad things worked out with immigration and you had a good voyage.

For those of you planning a similar ride into Mexico, you need a visa or tourist card if you will be in Mexico for more than 24 hours, even in the free zones of Baja, Baja Sur and western Sonora. There is a lot of good info on the ferries on ADV and lots of other good info on crossing the border here and in other places. The "Is Mexico Safe" thread has ferry info if you search. The website for our hotel has specific and up to date info for crossing at Nogales, Naco and Douglas/Agua Prieta including working through the visa and TVIP process. Check http://www.losarcossonora.com/index.php/thehotel/maps/attheborder
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:21 AM   #74
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Thanks for the Hot Tip on the Ferry Schedule...I am headed that direction in January from Phoenix on a 3 month walk-about!
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:19 PM   #75
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Time for math...

iding in Puerto Vallarta with a group of 7 proved to be max capacity when traveling along 2 lane mexican highways. Some gestures to pass slow semis took upwards of 10 min for the entire group to re-gather. So the group dispersed: 2 headed south along the tropical coast, 1 stayed, and 4 of us rode into the highlands for cooler temperatures and more colonial cities.



the town of Tequila came later in the day than expected, so we ended up paying more than we wanted to for the evening since the only place we could find in a lively town with secure parking was one of the nicer establishments in town.



The next morning the group split again, 2 of us taking off early, me in hopes of being able to stop and take more pictures (like the girl that i am), and a leisurely walk through a town market. Besides, knowing the other 2's speedy capabilities, we agreed to meet in Patzcuaro for Dia de los Muertos festivities. They made it, but we never did. We stopped just short of it in Zacapu as night settled over us and enjoyed a festivities on a small town celebration.





We liked it so much, we stayed another night at Hotel Plaza Zacapu (I highly recommend) and caught up on things like laundry. Plus we couldn't beat the secure parking next door at the conveniently closed doctors office:



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