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Old 10-11-2007, 03:09 PM   #91
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Day 45 Tuesday October 9

Carpenteria, CA

Actually now that I look back on it, I'm not sure if the seals were today or yesterday.

First thing today I went to the bike shop to see if they had some parts that I needed and to get some more oil (since my bike was leaking I had used up so much oil that I needed more).

They gave me the number of a shop in Escondido to get some work done to the beast, and I ordered $650 worth of parts.

I hit the road, saw a sign for a closed road near Refugio Beach. Closed, eh, sounds like a challenge. It wasnt. When I go to the top of the mountain the road wasnt closed, it just wasnt maintained any longer by the state, still in decent shape (decent for an xr, dont try it on a goldwing). But at the top of the mountain I had this view.



it looked much different with my actual eyes. It seemed like the sea was above the mountains, kind of disorienting.

I changed my oil near the top of the mountain and rode down.

In Santa Barbara I found an internet cafe. Awesome!!! I didnt know we had those in the US. I spent a couple hours here, and thats really what got me mostly caught up to date. Just a couple days ago I was 30 days behind in my posts.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:15 PM   #92
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Great pics and story - it reminds me of my ride through that area this summer. This looks almost as much fun as getting snowed on in Colorado in the middle of June.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:38 PM   #93
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Great pics and story - it reminds me of my ride through that area this summer. This looks almost as much fun as getting snowed on in Colorado in the middle of June.
You got snow in Colorado in the middle of June????

I was up over 12000 feet in late september and got rain instead of snow. Some guys have all the luck .

UPS is a piece of shit. They gave me a wrong adress to ship a package too, so that I could pick it up. But that didnt matter, because they lost the package anyway, before it made it... Well they say that they should be able to find it on monday... probably... UPS sucks.

Picked up a bunch of parts in Escondido, CA today, getting some work done on monday, and then hitting the border ASAP. Gotta find a nice small town to cross the border at. Any suggestions???

josh
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:21 PM   #94
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Hi Josh, i just found your thread, i'll be keeping an eye out for you as you head south of the border... i'm living in nicaragua and i got a room for you.. good luck and ride slooow!!!
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:34 PM   #95
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Good ride report so far. My humble advice - take lots of pics. All the time. This is a trip of a lifetime and you don't wanna regret not taking more pics of it 5 or 10 years down the road when you're stuck in some shitty job and trying to remember how awesome life really is.
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:59 AM   #96
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Thanks for the report and I will continue to tune in.

Be safe and take care.
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:49 AM   #97
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Hi Josh, i just found your thread, i'll be keeping an eye out for you as you head south of the border... i'm living in nicaragua and i got a room for you.. good luck and ride slooow!!!
Sweet. I'd love to meet you Salcar!

I followed your story, and it seems like you really travelled well.

I would love to meet up with you in nicaragua.
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:31 AM   #98
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You got snow in Colorado in the middle of June????

I was up over 12000 feet in late september and got rain instead of snow. Some guys have all the luck .

UPS is a piece of shit. They gave me a wrong adress to ship a package too, so that I could pick it up. But that didnt matter, because they lost the package anyway, before it made it... Well they say that they should be able to find it on monday... probably... UPS sucks.

Picked up a bunch of parts in Escondido, CA today, getting some work done on monday, and then hitting the border ASAP. Gotta find a nice small town to cross the border at. Any suggestions???

josh

Cross at Tecate... about 65 or so miles, depending on routing.

Great trip from a fellow Tarheelian!
When you get back in the area, lemme know, I;ll buy you a beer or 12
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:51 PM   #99
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Awesome trip! I like how your on an older bike and not the vanity GS or KTMs. Enjoy the ride
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Old 10-13-2007, 10:08 PM   #100
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Sweet. I'd love to meet you Salcar!

I followed your story, and it seems like you really travelled well.

I would love to meet up with you in nicaragua.
i sent you an email

waiting for more reports from the road...
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Old 10-13-2007, 11:31 PM   #101
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Cross at Tecate... about 65 or so miles, depending on routing.
Yeah, Tecate is the way to go. Much more scenic and far less hassle than crossing at Tijuana. If you must cross at TJ, make sure you do it during the well-lit hours of daylight. People have had some bad experiences near the border down there at night or in the very early morning.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:47 AM   #102
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You got snow in Colorado in the middle of June????

I was up over 12000 feet in late september and got rain instead of snow. Some guys have all the luck.
I didn't think so at the time as I wasn't expecting it to get that cold and result in the white stuff. In Ontario , June is for sun, and snow is unheard of. Now I know better about them mountain places like Gunnison and Monarch Pass running on a different schedule.
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:30 AM   #103
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What a trip...great pic's...staying tuned Josh
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:47 PM   #104
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Awesome trip! I like how your on an older bike and not the vanity GS or KTMs. Enjoy the ride
I would have liked to do this trip on a nicer bike, except for two things.

A GS would cost so much that I'd have to come back 6 months earlier.

I couldn't justify taking a bike solo on a trip like this if I wasn't prepared to leave it and walk away if something really bad happens. I can accept losing an 11 year old bike with a lot of miles on it... wouldn't be so easy with a $12,000 bike that was brand new.

I am still in Escondido waiting for monday so I can take the beast to a shop and get some work done. Then I gotta pick up a package in San Diego (if UPS can ever find it) and then its Mexico time! I wish I could cross sooner, being so close to the border and having to wait is making me paranoid, I keep thinking that it might be a little crazy to be doing this trip on my own. If I'd gotten the work done in San Fransisco or Vegas and then just ran down and crossed the border without thinking about it, I'd be much less aprehensive. Or maybe its just bothering me being stuck in the same place for several days.

Motion is medicine.

I gotta get back on the road.
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Old 10-14-2007, 01:25 PM   #105
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Motion is medicine.

I gotta get back on the road.
There's a quote, fer sure.
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