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Old 11-28-2012, 12:49 AM   #511
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Love the Canada humor.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:51 AM   #512
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Gene/Neda...I apologize for displaying attitude last night in the chatroom concerning Tom's comment that those that use a GPS when travelling are not fun people. The way he said it smacked of some kind of minimalistic elitism...and it just struck a chord.
I do understand from others that Tom is a pretty good guy. That was my first time listening to Sidestanddown...

It was great hearing your voices, and hearing descriptions of your trip. I hope the two of you enjoy countless days and miles trouble free on your journey.

Let me know if you ever are in the N Ohio area (dunno why you would be ) and I'll show you around.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:21 AM   #513
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Really enjoyed sharing some time with you last evening. You neglected to post Mark and Susie's contact info, we enjoy roundness!! We will be that way later next week. I guess you are happy to have a few days off, and now happy to be back on the road. The new bars should help if you have another off. Looking fwd. to your next installments.

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:50 AM   #514
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Thanks so much for the support last night, guys! It was a fun (and slightly stressful) experience.

Stupid Skype wasn't transmitting our keypad tones to log into the conference call! You guys were great in the chat-room: "Keep trying! They're stalling on air!"
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:03 PM   #515
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Hands down one of the best ride reports I've read. I caught up to page 35 of the thread and now I'll just have to wait for more updates... .


Oh, and I hope to be able to do something similar in the future
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #516
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Just listened to the show, good job. Did you say you were in Rosalia or Santa Rosalia in Baja? I didn't get what was said.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:18 PM   #517
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From the looks of the map, looks like you were visiting the Temecula - Murrieta area.
Most excellent you got to ride Palomar Mountain!
Livewire- You are close. From Fallbrook we went out Highway 76 past Palomar Mountain to Lake Henshaw, up and over Mesa Grande to Santa Isabella, then up towards Julian. Outside Julian we took Winola Road around the north side of the hill to the Banner Grade. Down the Banner Grade to Scissors Crossing, then up San Felipe Road to Highway 79, back Palomar and up the hill to the Observatory. Unfortunately the Observatory closes early in the winter (I guess you call this time of year winter here) so no photos of the Hale Telescope or the big dome. Back down the Mountain and back home to Fallbrook just before dark. I'd planned on heading north around 79 to Diamond Valley and the Temecula Wine Country, or maybe taking the Palomar Divide Forest Service Roads, but we spent too long at lunch and ran out of time.

A nice ride with everything from the coastal hills to mountain meadows, oak forest, pine forest and western desert. No freeways, just good 2-lane highways.

It really sucks to live in So Cal! We sometimes go days without good riding weather, and it gets hard to justify having the bikes sitting in the garage gathering dust..............

If anybody is headed this way drop me a PM and we can suggest some good routes around the area.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:25 PM   #518
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Really enjoyed sharing some time with you last evening. You neglected to post Mark and Susie's contact info, we enjoy roundness!! We will be that way later next week. I guess you are happy to have a few days off, and now happy to be back on the road. The new bars should help if you have another off. Looking fwd. to your next installments.

http://ddo2jl.blogspot.ca http://patricia-coutts.blogspot.ca/
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I'm 4Rider here on the ADV forums. We are in Fallbrook and Susie and I are always happy to make time to meet riders passing through. So Cal isn't much of a destination for adventure tourers, but we do have some very nice rides both on and off the road around the area. ADV Inmates are always welcome at our house!

If you are still going to be in the area PM me and I'll send you my cell number so we can arrange to meet.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:00 PM   #519
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OK all, I gotta tell you what an incredibly great time it was having Gene and Neda stop by and stay with us for a few days. They are perfect guests, and within a short time of their arriving they felt much more like visiting family or the best of friends back for a stay rather then people we had just met.

If you are wondering what Gene and Neda are really like, well, they really are just what they appear to be in their blog/report. Always smiling, totally relaxed and truly in their element just touring around seeing whatever comes their way.


Their perpetual smiles on display


If you ever have the opportunity to meet or talk with them, don't pass that chance by. You will be richer for the experience!

A couple of photos from their stay:

Gene's up-armored GS



Clean & shiny, ready for whatever is next


Lots of new friends to ride with



Passionate about teaching- When in doubt, more throttle



No, really. More throttle. Like this........


TTFN. Headed south to warmer climes!




Wow. What a great pair of folks to meet and share time with!

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:06 PM   #520
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Whew! Been chasing you guys for a while now and just caught up. Thanks for all the work you put into posting your travels, it's great to be able to tag along...
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:44 AM   #521
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Such wonderful hospitality.......good on you, 4rider and family.

Where are they off to next?
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #522
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Caught up on the report and listened in to the Side Stand podcast. Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:09 PM   #523
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Such wonderful hospitality.......good on you, 4rider and family.

Where are they off to next?
Olvarez-

Thanks so much for the comment. I think we really came out on the long side of having Gene and Neda visit. Doubt they will be the last Inmates we will see/host here.

Gene and Neda are down in Baja headed to La Paz. They spent a night in L.A. Bay with a friend of mine, and should be in La Paz today or tomorrow where they should have workable internet access again. I'm thinking that we will hear from Gene shortly, or at least in the next day or two.

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Old 12-02-2012, 01:41 PM   #524
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Love the Canada humor.
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Mexico beckons us southwards, promising warmth and a change-up in culture that we've been inching towards our entire trip. We've done more preparation in the last week, than we have in the last 5 months on the road, researching border crossings and paperwork. All the reading we've done says to avoid Tijuana, the congestion at the border is horrendous. Do we cross at Tecate? Go as far west as Mexicali and then cut back into the coast?

As usual, we ask the locals. Mark said we shouldn't have any traffic if we just headed directly south since we were crossing over during Thanksgiving weekend. So we threw out all of our plans and crossed at Tijuana anyway.


A quick wave of a guard's hand and suddenly we are in Mexico!

As promised, there was very little wait-time at the border, and the passport control to enter the Baja Peninsula was non-existent! We found out that we did need a visitor's permit if we wanted to enter mainland Mexico, but this could be done in many places on the Baja. We got our permits and passport stamped at the Banjercito (bank run by the Mexican Army) in Tijuana anyways, but our Temporary Vehicle Import Permit (TVIP) would have to be obtained further south if and when we decided to cross into the mainland.


Mex-1 hugs the western coastline of the Baja Peninsula south leaving Tijuana

Piercing the veil between San Diego and Tijuana, we were assaulted by the acrid smell of pollution and the haphazard sprawl of shanties lining the hills. My immediately thought was, "It's India all over again!". We weren't frat boys looking for some illicit weekend excitement, so we didn't linger in Tijuana very long. Instead we immediately got on the toll road southbound and I was relieved that the stench of Tijuana evaporated away, replaced by the beauty of the Baja coastline.


Big Mexican flag in Ensenada

Mexicans love huge flags! You can see Tijuana's Mexican flag almost from San Diego, and as we approached Ensenada (about 90 minutes south of TJ), we saw yet another over-sized flag on the beach. We rode past the large cruise ships that dock here and vomit gringo tourists out into the streets of this port town. That should have been our first clue that this really wasn't the Mexico we were looking for. On a side-note, I was trying to figure out if "gringo" was a derogatory term or not. And was I a "gringo"? Or maybe a "chingo"? :) Then I Googled the term "Chingo"... and found out it was a swear word in Spanish! It means "a shitload" (a whole lot of). I've really got to learn some Spanish before I offend any of the locals with my ill-translated gringo puns!

As we were trying to find affordable accommodations, we found out everything is expensive here because all the tourists are willing to pay US prices on their Mexican vacation. Chingo de Gringos! Not good. We paid dearly for a run-down room on the outskirts of the downtown. It was the most we've paid since leaving Canada!


First Mexican meal in Mexico! Paying gringo prices for not very chingo tacos...


Serenaded in Ensenada. Hey where's his Mariachi outfit...?!?


Blurry photo because we were ready to bolt from the surly-looking mariachi who obviously didn't want his picture taken...

The next morning after breakfast, we met another rider, Johnny, who I'm guessing owns a Ducati dealership in Chicago. He visits Baja California quite often and he told us that Ensenada was a dump and to get the hell out as soon as we could. We were originally planning to take some Spanish classes here in town, but this conversation convinced us to go elsewhere.


Hitting the road again! Mex-1 southbound out of Ensenada

El Rosario is about a 3.5 hour ride south of Ensenada. Neda read about a great place to stay the night, very cheap and nice, called the Baja Cactus Motel. We scooped up the last room, a luxury suite above the lobby!


Neda is 3Ging on our balcony

So we got Neda a SIM chip in Ensenada for her iPhone and now she's addicted to the 3G down here. We're very surprised at the telecommunications infrastructure in Baja. Seems like they've got more coverage than some parts of the US! And cheaper as well!


Framed pictures of all the Baja racers line the walls of Mama Espinosa's, many of them personally signed. And Neda is still 3Ging...

For the next couple of days, we frequented Mama Espinosa's, a well-known seafood restaurant beside the motel. El Rosario is one of the first check-points in the famous Baja 1000, which runs the 1000 off-road miles from Ensenada to La Paz at the southern tip of the peninsula. While motorcycle racers complete the course in a little over 12 hours in riding time, we're taking a much more sedate, and less sandy route towards La Paz.

We stayed for a couple of nights in El Rosario, taking advantage of the motel's internet to Skype into Sidestand Up, an Internet radio talk show that we had been invited to participate in. It was a really fun experience! Before our segment we got to hang out in the chat-room and talk to some of the followers of our blog. It got a bit stressful when our Skype session dropped us from the call though, as I frantically tried to get us reconnected and Neda gave a play-by-play in the chat room. :)


Posing with the cactus trees

The next morning, we continued our own Baja 1000 southwards. Mex-1 is very nicely maintained, great pavement and the sections that weave through the mountains of the peninsula are very twisty, which gives us a bit of entertainment. Unfortunately, we can't apex properly through the left-handers because the road is so narrow and has no shoulders. This means that on-coming trucks and 18-wheelers consistently run over the yellow line into our lane for fear of running off the narrow road. And the faster they drive, the more they encroach on our side of the road! We run a pretty tight curb line through all the blind curves up and down the mountainside.


Hiking around the crazy cacti

There are tons of cacti here. And all sorts. Tall, skinny ones, short and fat ones. All different shapes and sizes. Thousands of them line the landscape on either side of the road and I imagine they are spectators on race day, watching Neda and I zoom through the curves of our Baja 10000. Speaking of which, we found out that we just missed the real race by a couple of weeks, that would have been amazing to watch!


Not sure what would have happened if she actually caught hold of it. 'Cause my topcase is already fulll...
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