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Old 10-16-2013, 10:22 PM   #16
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Must be the Pina Colada aftertaste

Day 5
Work up in Northern Utah. We camped off the highway. We drove the Flaming Gorge road last night. It was pretty sweet. No lights anywhere, no traffic.


Woke up this morning and road 10 switchbacks down the mountain. Went to Betty's a classic american diner in Vernal. We then spent a while removing a few links from Trevors chain.


Leaving town, traffic was stop and go (due to line painting). Trevor was jogging beside his bike for exercise, he then tried to jump on while it was moving because traffic had started to pick up. He ended up putting it in gear and wiped out in front of a huge line of traffic. We both laughed for a good while after that! What a clown!


We then proceeded to drive uphill and against the wind for a half an hour in the wrong direction because we missed a sign. Opps!



We grabbed some food and headed out into the desert looking for a place to camp. Found a buried bunker of sorts. Creepy. No lights anywhere in the desert. Set up camp.....
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #17
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Moab.... where adventure begins.

Woke up outside of Green River Utah, drove straight to Moab. Stay at a campground and did laundry and showered for the first time. Headed over to Poison Spider with a rough idea of what the map of the area looked like.


We ran into these guys on vintage bikes several times throughout the afternoon just givin er!


Kyle doing a little hill climb!





Awesome views



Gold Bar Rim





We quite a few people throughout the day all giving us information on the difficulty of what was ahead. People would say: "If you can get past the giant crack then it'll be smooth sailing" so we blindly pushed on and got past the crack after another wipeout and turned the corner only to see a 9 foot wall of rock with tire tracks and oil from broken jeeps all over the place. We built a small jump/ramp at the bottom of this wall and ended up jumping the bikes up and just barely landing on top without falling back down.




We got kinda lost for an hour or so searching and running into dead ends/cliffs/gourges everywhere so finally we ditched the bikes and hiked around looking for the trail. We ended up finding where we wanted to go and soon after ran into a group of 4 mountain bikers.We were relieved to see someone again finally, and to reassure us we were on the right trail. They were going to keep going the way we came.



An hour or so later guess who we ran into pedaling away up a huge hill towards us.... Haha they did a big loop! A little frustrated and sweaty they continued on but light was fading and decided to head back out to the highway where we met again.


We checked out Gemini Bridges.








We met a Calgarian Air Canada Pilot back at the campsite. He was a fellow rider and a great guy to talk to.

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Old 10-18-2013, 05:34 PM   #18
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Oh, this got a little wet too I guess.

Day 6
Woke up at 2 am to a thunderstorm scrambling to get our flys on in the wind. It rained off and on all night and morning. We packed up and put on full rain gear for the first time. Trevor kept referring to himself as a stuffed turkey.


We left Moab and headed for Monument Valley. We stopped at Kayenta for lunch at Sonic's (fast food chain). I proceeded to leave my camelback behind. Lots of Navajo people selling handmade jewelry.


Later on we ran into snow in Arizona!!! Chilly day of riding but over 700km.


Rode through Zion national park in dusk. Traffic was light and the road was amazing. Definitely on of the top motorcycle roads I have ever ridden.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:46 PM   #19
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Day 7

Day 7

St Georges to Las Vegas.

Drove about 2 hours. Most of the drive was flat interstate.



Did a bunch of running around in the afternoon. Got a new pelican case for Trevor and some new camel backs for both of us. Stayed at my cousins Ashley's and Cal's house for one night in Las Vegas and got a new chain and tire mounted in their garage. Thanks guys!

I started the trip with a brand new Shinko 244. For some reason it threw the knobs off half of the tire. I still used it for 4,500km but the one side was almost worn flat. It was just the single centre knobs. I will try to find a photo.

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Old 10-21-2013, 03:50 PM   #20
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BMW Las Vegas.

Wow what a day. Who would have thought... Definately
a highlight.
2013 BMW 1000RR!!!!


We won big at the poker tables. Ended up trading up one of the DR650s for this bike.


Haha, I wish. We had this beauty for an hour and a half courtesy Las Vegas BMW dealership.
Bike was a little more responsive than the DR.....






Spent the night checking out the sights of the Las Vegas strip. Both of us forgot a camera so no pics but it was a good night. Cheered on some old people playing slots and got some free drinks!




We met some cool people. I didnt get home until 7 am! What a night.


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Old 10-21-2013, 03:54 PM   #21
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Day 9, 10 and 11

Day 9
Spent the day sleeping and hanging around. We were out late last night...


Day 10 - Monday October 14th.
Even though it was Columbus Day (Canadian Thanksgiving) we headed over to Ricor Shocks. We met the crew and got to work rebuilding Kyle's rear shock. It was really cool to see all the intricate parts that go into the shocks.

The guys at Ricor were super friendly and helpful. We went for lunch at In & Out (first for both of us!) with the founder of Ricor, Don Richardson. Very nice guy! We then headed over to Carters Powersports and got our wheels balanced. We had thrown some weights on in Montana but it was nice to make it a bit more precise.
We then went to Walmart to purchase some groceries for supper and did an oil change in their parking lot. Gotta love $12 5L bottles of oil. A lot of running around today.


Day 11
We spent the morning walking around waiting for one last package to come in from Warp 9. At about 2:00pm we picked it up from my cousins house and headed to Tucson for the night. We drove by the Hoover Dam, but it was closed. Not much of a highlight.
You may notice Trevor is carrying an extra tire. We both ordered second rear tires to Las Vegas. I put mine on already as the old one chucked about half the knobs. Not sure why. Trevor's is still holding up well.
Not sure if you can see them in the photos, but this is where the first real cactus' started appearing. The ones that you see in childhood stories.


We got in around 10, grabbed some food and headed to bed.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:41 AM   #22
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Bienvenidos Mexico

Headed to the border early this morning. There are police everywhere as we got closer to the border. Its insane.
Crossed into Mexico without really stopping, no one really cared that we were even there.
It was crazy. You cross through a gate and instantly you are in a third world country. Trevor and I kept telling each other how weird it felt. Its all part of the adventure. We headed in 21Km and reached immigration. We got our tourist card and our vehicle permits without issue.
We continued on to Hermosillo to spend the night. It was beautiful weather, finally consistent heat.


We spent the evening walking around looking for authentic Mexican food which is actually harder than you think. We found a lot of hot dog stands and fancy American restaurants. Hopefully it will get easier the further south we head.

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Old 10-24-2013, 07:43 AM   #23
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Day 12

Day 12, 2nd day riding in Mexico. Hermosillo to Los Mochis 500km.
Woke up early and started off doing some bike maintenance. We both checked our valves. Kyle wanted to do this before we left but never had the time and it was bugging him since. It took us a couple hours as we had never done it before. Intakes were fine, exhausts was a little tight on both bikes. We also lubed our chains. Kyle's is starting to wear out badly. Some of the inside rollers are gone. He was planning on this and has a full spare set with him.

Polished off a nice sized pollo for lunch at a roadside bbq place.
Pulled into a nice pink hotel as it was getting dark.. pay by the hour or for the night was the question... haha Definitely for the night.



Trevor went into town and grabbed some pesos/food for the evening and morning. Trevor was a bit nervous about the bike while grocery shopping as he was just wandering around with no idea as to what to get. Ended up with a loaf of bread some peanut butter and a kilo of yogurt. A few apples as well..




Day 13 Los Mochis to Tepic 700km.
7a.m start. Gassed up and hit the road. Took toll roads most of the day which added up to more than we had expected. Roads were perfect though and we made decent time.


We noticed how the climate is changing. The desert is disappearing and we passed some good sized farms. Mostly crops but the occasional large pig and chicken farm. Saw the influence of big seed companies like Monsanto, Pioneer and Dow.


Ended up getting pulled over by the policia for speeding?? We both just denied everything including knowing even a word of Spanish. His English was terrible so within a few minutes and him finding out we were Canadian he frustratingly waved us on. Also passed through a military checkpoint where they were searching random vehicles.
Pulled off the main road when we saw the ocean for the first time and found a beauty of a diner on the beach for lunch. 10 amazing taco's and empenada's later and only a few bucks we headed for Mazatlan.


The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We took a non toll road which led us through a decent sized town and did some sweet weaving through traffic after we started following a local on his little 125cc honda. Found a little hotel in Tepic which was super hot and humid with no ac. Feeling good though.
Trevor cleaning a pinapple in the super narrow hotel room sink.

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:48 AM   #24
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Sounding good

50/50 tires might serve you guys better than full knobbies as you will likely be doing more paved riding than off-road....good luck w/ those NoTell motels
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:56 PM   #25
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Sounding good

50/50 tires might serve you guys better than full knobbies as you will likely be doing more paved riding than off-road....good luck w/ those NoTell motels
Thanks for tuning in.

We are currently running shinko 244s. We were getting 10k out of a rear tire this summer not sure why the knobs are falling off.
I found a Metzeler Sahara tire in Mexico for a decent price so I think I am going to grab it on Monday and carry it for awhile. Probably wont do much off roading until Peru.

Has anyone used the Saharas?
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #26
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Learning how Mexicans Drive

Day 13 Tepic to Morelia (Approx 500km.)
Started the day off on the toll roads and followed them all the way to Guadalajara. The road was amazing, it weaved through the hills and mountians with very light traffic. It was very scenic. We had a blast.
Guadalajara is quite a big city. We gassed up at the outskirts and made our best effort in crossing the city. Looking at the map it appeared there was a ring road..... After about 60 km and several wrong turns we made it out of the city. Traffic and roads were very busy.
While traffic may look crazy, the drivers are actually amazing. We have seen no accidents and have never felt uncomfortable. Traffic just flows, that's honestly the best way I can describe it. Lanes are optional, if you want to go somewhere you just start going and cars just slow down a bit and you slip in. We had followed a little 125 CC honda weaving through traffic the day before and learnt how Mexican traffic worked. We started lane splitting and taking full advantage of being on a bike. Tons of fun and adrenaline flying between two lanes of stopped traffic and driving on the wrong side of the road for miles because people would just move over a bit for you.


After leaving Guadalajara we took a non toll road. We stopped for another full chicken at a roadside BBQ place. So good!
The road had a lot of construction. At one point Trevor ended up passing a semi on the gravel part of the road that was under construction flying over a big ridge to get back on the road again! The entire ride was a lot of fun but hard to get many miles in.
The non toll roads pass through all the towns. In every town there are a series of speed bumps called Topes. For some reason Mexicans are very afraid of these and just crawl over them. We take advantage of this by passing as many cars as we can on the shoulders.


We motored on and ran into a thunderstorm late in the afternoon. We past through the worst of the storm only to realize that we missed the turn to Morelia. We talked to a very helpful mexican named Pedro who advised us it was 1 hour to the next town or 1/2hr back to Morelia. Because it was getting dark we opted for Morelia and additionally Kyle had found a hotel that looked decent online. It was pouring rain and very dark as we pulled in to Morelia. Quickly we came to the conculsion that we were never going to find our hotel and decided to pay a taxi (150 pesos) to show us the way across the city. Streets were flooding, it was quite the ride.
The next morning. Hotel California courtyard. Nicest hotel room yet.


Day 14 Vibrato Mucho.
Woke up a little later the usual and we were packed and on the road around 10am. We had planned on about a 3hr ride to Cuernavaca to visit Trevor's friend.


The night before Kyle's bike was acting strange, vibrating more and more. Kyle thought it was just the chain on its last legs. It was the original chain and we had brought new ones. Trevor changed his in Las Vegas. Kyle tightened and lubed the chain and we hit the road. 20km outside of Morelia we pulled over as things were still not good. The bike was shaking madly.
We discovered that 9 of the rear spokes had snapped. What Kyle thought was the chain skipping because it was loose was actually spokes snapping. Crap! Trevor approached three Mexicans across the road asking about a repair shop. Since today is Sunday everything is closed. They said a shop in Morelia would be able to fix the wheel. After a short discussion they hopped in their cars with their grandparents, wives, and kids; we slowly drove the 20km back to Morelia stopping in front of a Yamaha/John Deer Dealership. We thanked them for their help.


We headed for the town centre and stayed in the ancient Hotel Morelia
Checked out the Cathedral and "pan" (bread) festival that was going on.

We also checked out the International film festival that was taking place but just about every show was already sold out. We explored later on that night with the niece of the hotel owner and friend that was working at the hotel as well. We had a good time practicing Spanish and just chatting.


Day 15 Monday Oct 21, 2013.
We set off with the Hotel owners daughter and the niece from the night before in search of a bike shop capable of fixing the spokes. We decided that the girls should have the helmets so we ended up getting even more attention than usual cruising around the city with hair flowing in the wind. haha


Eight repair shops later we found one that was willing to experiment with not necessarily the right parts. He told us it would not be as strong but he could make it work for now. We are extremely thankful for the girls help as they translated for us and we would have had a very tough time navigating the city.

They were quite intrigued by the tubliss system.

Cutting and welding the spokes to the right length with no eye protection.

Just chilling and had a great taco lunch!

Very happy Kyle. Thanks again girls!


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Old 11-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #27
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What's up guys? I'm knee deep in Alberta snow and need some inspiration.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:13 AM   #28
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Los Pollos Hermanos reminded me of Pollo Campero, a fast food chain in Guatemala.

I'm subscribed to this thread so hopefully there's some more updates soon!

And stay safe guys!
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:54 AM   #29
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These two chickens are probably lost in their adventuring.....which is good for them ....but frustrating for the keyboard riders .

It becomes a challenge when duty to a ride report hijacks the purpose of the adventure....


Chicken Boys: Ride on....write when it suits you.

We will figure out our snow problems and Seasonal Affective Disorder on our own in the meantime...
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #30
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Hi

Sorry about the delay guys! I will be posting a ton of updates the next couple days. We are in Roatan Honduras chilling for a week. Good time to catch up.
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