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Old 01-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #826
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Cool cool! Good to hear it has some positives. When I was planning I looked into a 950SE but couldn't justify the extra weight/power over the 690. Riding 2 up is a different story though. I hope it works out well for you.

How long in Central/South America?
Heya Noah, yeah want the weight of a 450 EXC and the grunt of the 950, 950 is big enough to move around on as well, smaller bike more compact means much tighter with two, all a compromise as you know, at least we have something that handles well so hoping it will see us through.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:00 PM   #827
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Wow, some party. Good burn. How was the boat ride?
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #828
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Wow, some party. Good burn. How was the boat ride?
L o n g .... started at 5.00 pm, we missed out on a cabin so saved $500 pesos .... WOHOHO more Gin!!

Boat docked at just after 11.00am, was 12.20pm before we got out of Mazhatlan.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:38 PM   #829
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:27 PM   #830
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:23 PM   #831
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you are great

you are great one of the best RR
I like your photos and your sense of humor .
I'm waiting impatiently to continue and updates
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #832
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Good to see you're back on it guys. Cool pics!

Just been down south for the DB1K & to enjoy the scorching Otago summer (ie narrowly avoid being snowed on )

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:14 PM   #833
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you are great one of the best RR
I like your photos and your sense of humor .
I'm waiting impatiently to continue and updates
Thanks man really appreciate the comments ... hope we can keep up the good work

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Good to see you're back on it guys. Cool pics!

Just been down south for the DB1K & to enjoy the scorching Otago summer (ie narrowly avoid being snowed on )

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Heya Clint, sounds like home has been hot ... we froze our arses off on the Baja .... wasn't in the game plan to wear my puffy/poofy jacket 3 days in a row there

Did Rosie go as well, must catch up with bro on it and check out KB for pics
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:54 PM   #834
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La Paz To Lo De Marcos

Leaving La Ventana on Baja we headed up to La Paz to the boat, arriving is La Paz we did a drive by look around on the way out to the Ferry terminal.







Arriving at the terminal we paid for our tickets, all went well until we left the ticket office, then they wanted $300 Pesos to park the bike ... port fees..WTF? we just paid our tickets!!!!

So some arguing and phone calls then f i n a l l y an English speaking lady said there is a port fee and it was $70.00 Pesos.

Back over to the $300.00 Peso people and yes that right it is $70 Pesos for motos ... here we go again.

$70.00 Pesos paid and we were good to go again but waiting for someone else to jump out with their hand out.

Getting onto the boat with time up our sleeve I went to tie Maya down, the shipping crew asked me where are my tie downs .... WTF this is your ship which I just paid to use?, so the guys comes up with a rope about 40 mm round..... nup that won’t work, then they bought truck size snig chains and I said very very polity like fuck!!.

So they found some rope and started to tie Maya down sensibly, they acted like they had never seen a bike before????



I had to do this all by myself including locking and tying as passengers are not allowed so they go on a separate bus.

After tying and securing Maya I went upstairs, by this time I was dripping wet and hot as, I found our seats and as luck would have my was and auto recliner or in English terms it was fncked.

Anyway leaving the gear there on our seats I went outside, set the socks out in the sun to dry etc ... nice.

Ellen soon appeared and we were reunited so I guess I will have to take her.

Soon as the boat set sail we commandeered some cool window seats that didn’t auto recline, we missed out on a cabin so we saved $500.00 Pesos ... always a bonus.





The sailing was smooth, not much sleep for me tho, maybe an hour over 48 hours so I was a bit dozy ... no one noticed any difference anyway.

Disembarking at 11.30 am we had to the aim of getting back to Lo De Marcos to see our Canadian family of friends, it was 12.40 pm when we exited Mazatlan with a 400 km ride ahead of us.





The traffic was thick with trucks and overloaded utes which slowed us down, luckily with the power of Maya this helped to get ahead.

Arriving at Lo De Marcos just on dusk we were greeted like family which was really really nice, riding through the entry gate I felt I was home again.

Hugs, kisses and smiles from George, Carol, Alexandro and Mabel were had so everything that makes a trip worthwhile, again the next morning catching up with Isy and Rod who were there to help when Ellen was struggling with her feet.

With an invitation to tea we had a quick shower, warmed up and turned into humans and were fed and watered like Kings and Queens.

Next day was a relaxer and reenergizer which was well overdue and needed, a walk along the beach and a bottle Red that night all was good.



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Old 01-25-2013, 03:46 PM   #835
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Leaving La Ventana on Baja we headed up to La Paz to the boat, arriving is La Paz we did a drive by look around on the way out to the Ferry terminal.







Arriving at the terminal we paid for our tickets, all went well until we left the ticket office, then they wanted $300 Pesos to park the bike ... port fees..WTF? we just paid our tickets!!!!

So some arguing and phone calls then f i n a l l y an English speaking lady said there is a port fee and it was $70.00 Pesos.

Back over to the $300.00 Peso people and yes that right it is $70 Pesos for motos ... here we go again.

$70.00 Pesos paid and we were good to go again but waiting for someone else to jump out with their hand out.

Getting onto the boat with time up our sleeve I went to tie Maya down, the shipping crew asked me where are my tie downs .... WTF this is your ship which I just paid to use?, so the guys comes up with a rope about 40 mm round..... nup that won’t work, then they bought truck size snig chains and I said very very polity like fuck!!.

So they found some rope and started to tie Maya down sensibly, they acted like they had never seen a bike before????



I had to do this all by myself including locking and tying as passengers are not allowed so they go on a separate bus.

After tying and securing Maya I went upstairs, by this time I was dripping wet and hot as, I found our seats and as luck would have my was and auto recliner or in English terms it was fncked.

Anyway leaving the gear there on our seats I went outside, set the socks out in the sun to dry etc ... nice.

Ellen soon appeared and we were reunited so I guess I will have to take her.

Soon as the boat set sail we commandeered some cool window seats that didn’t auto recline, we missed out on a cabin so we saved $500.00 Pesos ... always a bonus.




Hey, it's good to see you on the road again.
So guys, how much they charged you for the boat trip? how many time it takes to reach Mazatlán?
Keep going, we are really happy to read you.
(sorry about my english)
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:27 PM   #836
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Wicked Hi Andy and Ellen

Weather here is great , high 20s every day, had the Mad German stay last night . We went up to Mikes for drinks and the geman kept us entertained as usual, biggest laugh was when he told us you couldnt get into Singapore with long hair in the 1980s so he had a white Arab robe which he changed into on the plane , he said the immigration man looked at him funny , a german with kiwi passport dressed as an Arab. Mike an me are riding thru to Walter Peak today then Earnslaw to Queenstown and the long way home . Ride Safe Cheers Toddy
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:20 AM   #837
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Thanks!

Hi Andi and Ellen.
I just got caught up on your report. Its been a great read. You guys have really had some struggles along the way, but here's to a smooth ride for the rest of your journey and lots of great experiences to come!
Thanks for sharing your adventure!
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:19 PM   #838
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Hey, it's good to see you on the road again.
So guys, how much they charged you for the boat trip? how many time it takes to reach Mazatlán?
Keep going, we are really happy to read you.
(sorry about my english)
Ok, details are $1078 Pesos for Ellen, $1963 Pesos for Maya and me.

There is also a $70 peso port fee which they don't tell you about, first off they wanted $300 Pesos until they re m e m b e r e d that motos are $70

Ship left La Paz at 5.00pm, arrived Mazahtlan 11.30 am following morning, was 12.20 pm by the time we got out of Mazahtlan and on our way.

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Weather here is great , high 20s every day, had the Mad German stay last night . We went up to Mikes for drinks and the geman kept us entertained as usual, biggest laugh was when he told us you couldnt get into Singapore with long hair in the 1980s so he had a white Arab robe which he changed into on the plane , he said the immigration man looked at him funny , a german with kiwi passport dressed as an Arab. Mike an me are riding thru to Walter Peak today then Earnslaw to Queenstown and the long way home . Ride Safe Cheers Toddy
Heya Toddy sounds great mate, sounds like fun in the camp and say hi to Mike.

All is wel here, couple more things to get sorted on Maya and hopefully plain sailing from there on in.

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Hi Andi and Ellen.
I just got caught up on your report. Its been a great read. You guys have really had some struggles along the way, but here's to a smooth ride for the rest of your journey and lots of great experiences to come!
Thanks for sharing your adventure!
Heya Sgio, thanks for your kind words, hopefully now things will be a little smoother.

Nutha report in a coupla days, nothing too much yet tho, went for a great ride today with Spencer
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:27 AM   #839
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Wicked Hi Andi and Ellen

Ride to Walter Peak was great as usual Andi . Called in at Malc and Cags on way home , there good , they r buzy putting solar panels on roof of there house . Had my 1st ride on 950 ADV and would sooner have a SE. Riding position and bars suited me better on SE . SE is lighter to ride and more responsive , better susp. Didnt like wind turbulance from screen , Mike couldnt beleive how quite and smooth the DR runs . 11 sleeps and im away on stress leave again . Ride safe guys .
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Ride to Walter Peak was great as usual Andi . Called in at Malc and Cags on way home , there good , they r buzy putting solar panels on roof of there house . Had my 1st ride on 950 ADV and would sooner have a SE. Riding position and bars suited me better on SE . SE is lighter to ride and more responsive , better susp. Didnt like wind turbulance from screen , Mike couldnt beleive how quite and smooth the DR runs . 11 sleeps and im away on stress leave again . Ride safe guys .
Saweet .... the boys gettin full are they mate

Have to say I and really starting to enjoy the SE now , Adventures are great bikes and having ridden Scotts 990 Adv back to back with his SE my heart still says SE
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