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Old 02-12-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Talking Ice, Burros, and Topes. Vancouver To Southern Mexico And Back

On December 16th I was ready to depart on an amazing trip on my bike that would let me escape the fridge winter cold for the warmth and exciting roads of Mexico, but first I had to go through that little country called the United States.

The day I left was the only chance I had to get a far south as possible before another storm rolled in covering all of the surrounding area with a blanket of snow that wouldn’t leave for weeks.

Leaving at 5:30 am with the outside temp of -12 Celsius!

I thought I get my accidents out of the way early. All of the sudden ice appeared under an overpass. Next thing I knew my bike slide out of it's lane on the I-5 and a semi truck was heading straight for me! Like in some sort of movie I rolled out of the way narrowly avoiding the back wheel of the truck, the wheel of the rear of the semi clipped the front tire of my bike spinning it further off to the side of the road. I got up and realized that I actually wasn’t hurt and the picked up my bike and didn’t see any damage. The only saving grace of the ice was that my bike and me just slid along not causing not even a scratch to either of us!

Then this truck driver pulled over to see if I was ok.

But moments after he pulled over a truckload of uninsured Mexican’s slammed into him!

Then some strange luck, A fellow motorcyclist, Mike pulled over to see what happened.

Turned out Mike was also riding south like me, only he was going all the way to South America. So we linked up and drove back to the closest town and spent the night in a hotel. In the morning we rented a U-Haul to make it through the now snowy passes in Northern California

The stupid cop had the nerve to give me a ticket!

Some drunk locals.

Looking to avoid this.

The U-Haul was looking like a good choice.

We arrived late in Sacramento, so we thought we’d stay in the UHaul in the parking lot…yup it was cold.

All clothing on, can’t wait for the heat of Mexico.

So back on the road, but it turns out the I-5 was closed just north of LA due to snow, so we have to take a major detour over to Barstow…along with every other truck going south…it was slow.

Ahhhh finally in LA, my friend Rob sets me up with a drink.

More soon....
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Looks like a great RR comming.........


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Old 02-12-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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Welcome to MEXICO!!!

waiting for more report and pics!!


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Old 02-13-2009, 11:37 AM   #4
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Then out to see John.

Back on the road in Arizona

Ahhhhh finally in Mexico!!!!!!

First night I stayed in San Carlos, about 450km from the boarder.

Good old Pemex. There were plenty, never had to worry about running dry. Gas was 7.9 pesos.


I like motorcycles!

Meet a cool couple that were traveling in this fully done up 1962 landcrusier with a custom made camper on the back, nice setup.

The very cool town of San Blas, more of a Mexican tourist town not to many Gringos.

My accommodations for the night, right on the beach.

Went and explored this stunning waterfall about an hour out of San Blas.

Almost ran over this guy.

Yeah! Churros!

Fellow San Blas campers.

My girlfriend Ambrosia flew into Sayulita to join me on the trip for three weeks down the coast!

Packed beaches - go anytime but New Years

PONIES - This one wanted to bite her hence the distance petting.

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Old 02-13-2009, 11:43 AM   #5
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Finally a quiet beach for some Let's Go reading - and a rare Mexican cowboy sighting.

Met back up with Mike in Barra de Navidad, where his folks got a place.

Feeding the crocodiles

A great snorkeling beach at Tenacatita

Mike getting his bike stuck, check out that tire!!!!

Many many Perro’s

Rooftop at our hotel in Barra

Only a few small waves but a lot of Mexicans wearing Mexico tourist shirts.


Mike’s folks gave us amazing hospitality - thank you very much.

Linked up with some Quebecers , that camped with us in Maruata, a cool hippie surf village.

Mike finally got a new tire!

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Old 02-13-2009, 11:55 AM   #6
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Great Stuff. Looking forward to reading the rest
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:51 PM   #7
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Looks like a great trip!
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:14 PM   #8
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Great trip! That was a tough start though.. man... you were lucky to walk away from that!!

And what did you get the ticket for?? Riding in winter??

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Old 02-13-2009, 03:32 PM   #9
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Great pics!
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Old 02-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #10
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I see the jet outside of Gila Bend !!!!

Nice RR.

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:09 PM   #11
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Very nice, very jealous.

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:15 PM   #12
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The waterfall pics were great! The adventure and fun really show in your report! Cheers.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:27 PM   #13
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Rough start to a Real Good Ride Report..Cant wait too see more..
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:34 AM   #14
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Nice work Noah!
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:02 AM   #15
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Sure hate reading Mexico ride reports...........keep it coming.
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