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Old 09-08-2007, 07:57 AM   #61
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Eek This could be a bad thing

I almost forgot this:

Riding toward Vegas on I-15 there are long stretches of nothing. Well we were on a big long stretch and it was dark. My butt was falling off and I had to stop. We took the first exit and pulled off the shoulder at the end of the ramp. I just had to dismount for a while. We took off our helmets when another older car pulled over just where we did. It just stood there with itís headlights pointing at us. About twenty yards from us I could see figures in the headlights. At first I was kind of pissed about the headlights pointing at us, than I got a feeling that this could be a bad thing. I told Heidi to get on the bike ASAP and letís get out of here. Before we were gone another car pulled up next to the other car. We get the heck out of there.

This may have been nothing but either way we put ourselves in a bad situation just 30 miles outside of Vegas, where a lot of desperate people are. If your gut says there is something Not Right, take action. Itís better to be safe then sorry.

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Today we head toward Yuma, AZ where we will stage for the border crossing. The Sporty will get new rubber, a new battery, oil and filter. I think thatís all. Maybe a new set of plugs to carry.

Itís going to be hot in Yuma. Does anyone know of a camping spot between Vegas and Yuma?
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:38 PM   #62
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Old 09-10-2007, 03:17 PM   #63
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Hey Tom. Did I miss something? You are crossing the border again. Any chance you will end up in Creel mid October? I enjoyed meeting you there back in 04'. I plan on being there this year 15-19 October. I would look forward to meeting up if you are in the area.
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:53 AM   #64
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Hey Tom. Did I miss something? You are crossing the border again. Any chance you will end up in Creel mid October? I enjoyed meeting you there back in 04'. I plan on being there this year 15-19 October. I would look forward to meeting up if you are in the area.
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Hey BudLight!

Yes we are heading south of the border again . Iím trying to downplay the ultimate destination because with a 2 year ride like this itís not at all about the destination but rather about the ride and everywhere in between, we hope anyway.

For sure, Creel was in the plan but with the cancellation of the Horizonsunlimited event we decided to start down the Baja. We received a great tip from PapaDulce on Scorpion Bay. The description of the place sounds like it has Heidiís name on it . We should be around Mazatlan or Sayulita around the 15 th. Buzz on down if you have the time.

That was sure a great time at the 04í Creel event (Ride report) and it was a great pleasure meeting you. Heidi wants to check out the canyon some day. I hope the HU event finds another date.
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Old 09-11-2007, 11:45 AM   #65
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FYI - The event is on! Check out the Upcoming section. Its just not sponsored by HU any longer. The Ibarra Brothers and Dr. Arturo have it all organized for 16-18 October. I will watch your trip report over the next two years. Have a great trip!
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:11 PM   #66
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FYI - The event is on! 16-18 October.
Way cool (Link) . Maybe we will swing up. I hear Durango to Creel is one hell of a ride. Thankls Bud!

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Continued: Friday:
The Super-8 hotel is connected to the Ellis Island casino. Iíve always heard stories of great and inexpensive places to eat and drink in Vegas but Iíve never been to any of them. Well the Ellis Island casino has to be the standard, 1 dollar big micro-brewery beers, $4.95 full steak dinner or hungry man breakfast. I saw on TV the Wisconsin Badgers were playing the UNLV Rebels. Red Badger shirts were everywhere. Cheap beer, lots of food, you know Wisconsinites are going to find this place.

Of course the temperatures for where we are heading next are expected to be around 108 degrees, Yuma AZ. We were waiting for a piece of mail to arrive at the Super-8, itís a day late. We wanted to be on the road early but instead are stuck in the hotel lobby awaiting the mail person. Weíre not even sure itís going to be in the mail today or exactly when the mail will arrive.

The mail shows up at about one PM. Itís getting hot. Highway 95 south from Vegas is rough rocky desert. Anything under a hundred degrees feels good to us now but this 105 degree stuff is tough to handle. We do just under 200 miles and find ourselves on old route 66 and a handful of inexpensive motels. We crawl into our room and crank the AC.

The plan is to hit the road early and be in Yuma before noon, itís only about 200 miles. We pass through Lake Havasu at about 8 AM and the temperature was already 97. Ouch ouch. I gas up just before an 81 mile stretch of nothing. It Is HotÖ We buy a gallon of cold water and fill up all our jugs. Weíre thinking survival here.

OK again Iím not making any of this up. Weíre about 20 miles down this hot road with nothing before we hit Yuma. The bike just dies. I tried the starter while we were costing and it seemed to turn over weak. We have plenty of gas. Iím wondering if the battery shorted out internally, or maybe that stupid power adapter I installed shorted. A few days ago we lost our right blinker, itís not the bulb. I wonder if thatís related.

Heidi and I start to prepare for a long haul in the hot desert sun (we are in the middle of nowhere!). About 5 minutes later I try the starter. The bike fires right up. We hop on and start to head back to the town 20 miles away. After about a mile we change our mind and decide to risk it and turn around and point it to Yuma with fingers crossed.
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Made it to Yuma, we thank our lucky stars. Weíre checked into a cheap motel with a pool and life is good. Yesterday I got two new tires and a new battery. The blinker wires inside the wheel well were all fried and shorting out. Iím confident the shorted wires had something to do with the bike dying the other day. Iím glad to have a new battery anyway. I removed the electrical outlet also just for peace of mind. Iím sending the AC inverter home.

We are on schedule to be across the border on the 15 th, just as planned. So stayed tuned! Much more fun to come. VIVA MEXICO!
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:39 PM   #67
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:35 PM   #68
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We like Moab. It’s a fun tourist town geared toward adventure activities; rafting, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, four-wheeling. This is biking country. If you are a biker, road or dirt the Moab area is not to be missed. Heidi and I can’t say enough about the place. A ‘do-again’ for sure.



My wife and I stopped in Moab for a few day's on are way home from West Fest.






and yes we plan to visit again


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Old 09-12-2007, 06:57 AM   #69
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Hi Tom,

When you install the new battery also inspect the cables. On my Sporty the vibration broke most of the positive cable lead wires and the electrical system did strange things too.

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Old 09-12-2007, 08:18 AM   #70
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Battery cables looked good. Thanks Hipster
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Sweeet pic Road Rash! Moab rules
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We are taking care of business in Yuma. I bought all new padlocks. One of the Brinks locks refused to open one day and another started getting sticky. Luckily the frozen lock was not on a pannier. I had to get it cut off. We have Master Locks now. Picked up 3 more water proof stuff sacks from Wal-mart for $10 and some toiletry stuff. Today Iím picking up motorcycle liability insurance for Mexico at a local Sanborn office. Iím getting out the Baja Map. I threw away all our USA maps, except a small section that includes the route between Yuma to Mexicali. Iím thinking of all the stuff I want to do before crossing the border, I can feel a buzz inside my body. Should we head for San Felipe the first night or go straight to the west coast near Ensenada? Ahhh!
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:33 AM   #71
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Great story and trip. Kudos to your partner for hanging in there with you. I think your choice of bikes is great. I considered a Sportster this spring before my Alaska trip but settled on a wee-strom. Did you have to fabricate the brackets to hold you panniers? Keep the reports coming and good luck to the both of you.

edit... Went back and read your preparations for the bike, etc., answered my question.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:55 PM   #72
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Iím thinking of all the stuff I want to do before crossing the border, I can feel a buzz inside my body.

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:19 AM   #73
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:09 PM   #74
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Laugh Leaving Yuma AZ:

Before leaving Yuma we went through all our gear. We sent home a package weighing 9 pounds, all stuff we decided we can do without. It felt good to lighten our heavy load.

What is left of our survival kit (the beer is not part of the kit :)
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:12 PM   #75
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Ok, we planned it just right and entered Mexico early on a Sunday morning, just like Iíve read one should do to avoid the long lines and hassle associated with crossing on a busier day. We first went to register the motorcycle with customs. We find the building right away and a guy tells us that we canít do it here today and that we will either have to wait until tomorrow or do it somewhere else. We look at each other with a big F formed on our faces. How could this be, we crossed here on a Sunday 2 years ago with our jeep and had no problems. It doesnít matter. We canít get it done here today. We discussed going back to the US and crossing again tomorrow. The US is less then 100 yards away but that means we will have to pass through the US customs and that could be a real hassle. They could require us to unpack all our stuff for a search and probably would. Double F. We went to the Immigration office to get our tourist card while we were still thinking what to do. The people there were very polite and told us we could clear customs for the motorcycle in La Paz where we are planning on taking a ferry to mainland Mexico. GREAT! We hop on the bike and proceed into Mexico relieved.


Weíre tooling through Mexicali looking for highway 2 heading west. This is a big city of about a million people. Downtown there were people lying on the street all over the place. It looked like most of them were sleeping on the street. Itís so weird thinking the USA is just over there a stones throw away. We wondered if these people came here from all over Mexico hoping to cross the border illegally and failed and are now down and out living on the street. Yesterday was Mexicoís Independence Day, a big day of celebration, maybe these people had been out partying hard the night before and are just sleeping it off. Possibly a few but there were just too many of them.

We expected to just run into highway 2 but the road we were on suddenly had a roadblock with police directing traffic. I pulled the bike up to the roadblock and asked a police officer, in Spanish, how to get to the road to Tecate. He replied in English ďDo you speak Spanish?Ē I said ďUn pocoĒ (A little) He replied back with a big smile ďGood, I donít speak EnglishĒ We all laugh. He calls over to another officer who came walking over saying ďParle vouz FrancaisĒ Now we are all laughing. This guy spoke English well and was very helpful to us. It was still a challenge to find the highway but Heidi and I are used to this. Donít panic and just try the roads that feel right.

The predicted highs for Mexicali were 105 degrees. I was dripping sweat on the counter while filling out my tourist form. Soon after Mexicali we started going up in elevation and the temperatures started to cool. This was a great ride, double lane freeway through rocky mountain scenery. At Tecate we turned south on highway 3 toward Ensenada.


Ensenada was a lot bigger than we expected. It was great seeing the Pacific Ocean and all the seaside scenery but getting through town took forever. There were still a lot of celebrations going on for Independence Day. This seemed to add to the slow traffic.

After Ensenada the traffic almost vanished. We were thinking of maybe camping that night along the Pacific coast on a beach somewhere but we came across all the camping spots too early in the day. We wanted to get deeper into Mexico before stopping. We stopped for gas at San Vicente. I asked the gas attendant if she knows of a good restaurant in town ďPuede dicerme donde es un restaurante bienĒ She points to a place right next door, a quaint little Mexican restaurant. The waitress there hands us the menu, opens it up and points to the selection ands says ďOnly Mexican foodĒ Like she was thinking we wanted American food or something. We thought this was weird but blow it off thinking we are not that far into Mexico and there are probably a lot of Americans coming through here during the Baja races wanting American food. Well the food was fantastic, the hot sauce was hot and I shouldnít have tried to finish the whole thing. It was just too good.


It was late afternoon and I was getting fried. We have been on the road since 7:30 AM. We cruised through several medium size towns. I pulled over and stopped in most of them to talk with Heidi and discuss an option of spending the night here. Heidi was adamant about pressing on and hopefully finding a camping spot on a beach. We get to Colonia Vicente Guerrero where there is a tourist sign with a palm tree pointing toward the coast. We head down that road. The road was dirt, rock and bumps. It soon became apparent that the beach was a lot further then we wanted. We turn around and get back to the main road. I tell Heidi that Iím toast and need to stop now, she agrees. We pull into a nice little place, motel Sanchez. Twenty bucks for the night and we are set. Ice cold beer is right across the street and we have a beautiful little courtyard with a huge tree in the middle to enjoy it under.




I had to take off the back of the toilet and manually flush it but what do you expect for twenty bucks? At least it flushed.

Right across the street from the motel was OK Disco karaoke bar. I slept like rock and Heidi listened to bad karaoke all night. I did wake once about three AM to purge my fabulous Mexican meal but then fell right back to sleep. I guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach. At least I didnít have food poisoningÖ.
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