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Old 10-14-2013, 07:23 AM   #46
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Loving Baja.

walls

Hit the dirt, or maybe the dirt hit me? Either way I was fine, the board was fine, Mr Olympia, as my bike is now named, in loving memory of that young scallywag Wally McGintas, was a little worse for wear.
However being the trooper that he is, Mr Olympia fired straight back up and did not even mention his superficial injures. Turns out coming into a sandy corner to fast and hitting the brake is not the thing to do. Live and learn, live being the key word here.
After a few more near misses, I thought it time to call it a day, before my luck ran dry. No trees insight to hang the hammock, I once again hit the dirt. Sore dusty and tired, sleep came with ease.

PA080099

PA080102

Some pretty amazing sunsets over here.
More can be found on the blog. www.afewsketchymoments.com also a link to my instagram feed there.

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Old 10-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #47
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Were headed to Ione, Wa., it's in the NE corner of Wa. then into BC headed to around Princeton. I have a friend there who's been asking for us to visit for years so were going to try. Plans are coming together but nothing is for sure yet. Will post here when things are for sure, is there a better way to contact you while you travel? I gather your not going North to Ak. The Canadian Rockies on a bike will be great. Do you still have our e-mail?
I'm in on this RR. Please excuse the hijack, but Tuna101 when you go
to Ione be sure to post. I lived, for a very shot time in Metalline Falls and
have a strong interest. Hijack off.

I'll be watching this RR as I am truly interested in small bike touring.
Keep it coming.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:22 AM   #48
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I'm in on this RR. Please excuse the hijack, but Tuna101 when you go
to Ione be sure to post. I lived, for a very shot time in Metalline Falls and
have a strong interest. Hijack off.

I'll be watching this RR as I am truly interested in small bike touring.
Keep it coming.
That post was awhile back and we never made it to Ione.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:45 PM   #49
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PA080102

Hah, I have a very similar photo on my old XT from a similar miscalculation.




Great RR, keep up the good "work"
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:05 PM   #50
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Gott'a love touring on the XT225.


Did you try mounting the surfboard above the bike, like a roof? Probably wouldn't handle the wind, but if might have kept you dry in the rain.

Thanks for sharing the trip. (My XT225 is jealous..)
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #51
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Hah, I have a very similar photo on my old XT from a similar miscalculation.




Great RR, keep up the good "work"
Must be a xt thing to smash the windscreens. One less to worry about.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:32 PM   #52
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Rain, rain.

Here I was thinking Baja did not rain.
Never to worry though, as I meet up with some fellow adv riders. Also on small displacement bikes. Dan is on a super sherpa and jon is on a Tw200.
With any luck the weather will ease by tomorrow and we will be able to ride together for a while.

bug flood

At least the rain is warm.

me in rain
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:03 PM   #53
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Mud and rain.

Short cut? Not so short. Full story and more pictures on the blog. To lazy to bring over to here.

Mud hole

after2

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:38 AM   #54
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That answered my questions, thanks for sharing Matt. Hang in there!
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:59 AM   #55
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Just saw this report ,subscribed to it now. I love ride reports with small bikes , especially if the writer is on a budget.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:32 AM   #56
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Gott'a love touring on the XT225.


Did you try mounting the surfboard above the bike, like a roof? Probably wouldn't handle the wind, but if might have kept you dry in the rain.

Thanks for sharing the trip. (My XT225 is jealous..)
Hey Glen. No have never tried the roof mounting. Have seen a bike with it though. Maybe one day I will try it out. Thanks for reading the rr.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:33 AM   #57
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Just saw this report ,subscribed to it now. I love ride reports with small bikes , especially if the writer is on a budget.
Well you will be happy to hear I am on a pretty tight budget.
Hope you enjoy the rr.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:34 AM   #58
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The last couple of days have been a bureaucratic nightmare. Well maybe not that bad, but boring as hell none the less. So hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen while I now write about the whole affair to bore the shit out of you.

As you saw in the last post, the rains came. This slowed me somewhat, as I was trying to reach the ferry on tuesday. Well I truly missed that one. No problem thursday it is. Mr Olympia came roaring into La Paz first thing thursday morning after having broke down twice on the way. His carb is now held together with super glue and J.B, or is it J.P weld? As one of the little supports for the float decided it was time to have a lay down. Now this may sound like I know what I am talking about, but I don't wan't to give off a false pretense. I have no idea how to fix a carb. When Mr Olympia shat the bed on the side of the HWY I just pushed him to the first house I saw and knocked on the door asking for help. The lady there sent me in the direction of someone else, who sent me to another and so on, until I knew most of the village. Finally I knocked on the right door and help was on the way. That night the carb had its first rebuild. Now Mr Olympia was coughing and splattering, not running like the champ that he is, more limping like a beaten dog. Strong as he is though, he limped for around 100kms to the next town. Where I found a moto mechanic. This guy brought Olympia back to fine health.
Now being mid wednesday afternoon we powered south to just outside La Paz where we set up camp for the night.

camp

On arriving in La Paz I headed to the airport to get my passport stamped. Not possible I was told, and sent to the immigration office in the city. Here is where my torment began. From the office I was sent to fill out a form online, which I failed to do correctly, thus being denied. So I thought fuck it! I will be able to blag my way on to the ferry with out the right paper work. So we raced off to try and catch the ferry. Well I guess my wheeling and dealing is not what it used to be, as there was noway I was getting on that boat with out the correct paper work. So back to the office I went, which was now shut. So the following day was spent messing up one document at a time. Finally they took pity on me and started to help out. To be honest it was not such a big deal just left a paper trail as long and boring as a russian literary masterpiece.
The moral to this saga is. If you come to Baja and plan on going to Mainland Mexico get your stamps at the boarder you cross in from. Gone are the days of doing it with ease in La Paz.
Fingers are crossed to leave on the sunday ferry. Think I will sleep on the docks tonight just to be sure not to miss that darn boat again.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:16 PM   #59
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Mainland

Well I finally made it out of La Paz and onto the ferry.

ferry

The ferry ride was really nice. Being the tight ass I am however, there was no way I was going to pay extra for a room. So I found my corner and up went the Hennessy Hammock.

hammock

After leaving the ferry in mazatlan I got my boogie on in search of waves.
There is no need to name names. But I found a few.

stall

peace

Now in the sweaty humid tropics life is getting sticky.
I took my riding jacket off for ten minutes pulled in to a Pemex, smelt something funny and looked back to find my fucking jacket was on fire. This is less then ideal to have a fire at a gas station. But all was well.
So the cycle south continues.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:36 PM   #60
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After all that those waves look like they are worth it, very nice. I wouldn't leave there till it went flat!!!
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