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Old 11-01-2008, 10:54 AM   #31
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Puerto Vallarta...Portland...?

Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct 7,8: Days 15, 16

Tuesday: Chava's 20 plus roosters start at 3:00am, then again at 5:00 and 7:00. And right outside my window! Actually, they don't bother me too much...


Chava, Marc and I went to have breakfast at one of his favorite places--no gringos, only locals he tells us, well except today!


After we walk around PV looking for Marc’s language school. After we locate it Chava has to go to work and so Marc and I roam the downtown area.

We watch the pole flyers...







One of the vendors grabs my attention because he DOESn’t call out to us. He’s selling big, beautiful wooden puppets, the kind you make dance with strings--very nicely made. He’s got all the cartoon characters you can imagine--bugs bunny, tweety, bart, batman, e. coyote (ok, he doesn’t have roadrunner, I asked). He pulls out speedy gonzalez, and since that’s my wife’s last name, my interest perks up. I always try to buy her something and this looks pretty funny cause her nickname in grade school was just that, speedy. He tells me he handcrafts them, paints them and signs each one. Six months making them, six months selling. He starts out at $30 (carísimo, I tell him). I really couldn’t pay more than 15. He gives me the “you’ve got to be kidding me” look and starts in again about the quality, that he’s the only vendor cause he personally makes these (I believe him, he shows me all his tools, and how he fine tunes them), that 30 isn’t that much. I tell him I’ve just ridden two weeks on a motorcycle, that my money is running low…He suggests $25. I say 18, he says no, I walk, he shouts out what’s my best offer, I say 20, he says “you’ll buy it for $22“. I say OK. My wife loved it. Man I wish I could regatear more over prices.



It's only 11:00, but like Mazatlán, it's entirely too hot and humid, so...


I spend the rest of the day packing, deciding what I’ll leave behind and what I’ll take home.

Marc and I discuss just how serious we are about continuing this ride to Costa Rica towards the end of January. We figure we’ll need 10 days to 2 weeks at a comfortable pace (From Pvta to CR I did the trip in a week by car a few years back, too quick), and I’ll need to check with my in-laws to see if they could use an extra hand around the farm. Marc will have had 3 months of Spanish by then and should be fairly comfortable with the language. Of course, then I’ll have my bike in Costa Rica and can leave it for future trips in Central America, or maybe even South America. Or I can ride it back home at some point. If Marc decides not to go to CR, then I simply fly back to Puerto Vallarta and ride back home to Portland, this time, I think I DO go back via Baja.

We go out in the evening to a Cuban bar and listen to some good music. I’ll have to bring my wife back to this place, very good chance to dance.

Wednesday: I’m all packed and I just need to prep my bike before leaving at noon. I change the oil, oil the chain and I’ll leave every / anything else for when I return. I ride it over to Chava’s brother’s house and there it sits, waiting for me.



We decide it's finally time to take a photo of the two of us together...


One last hug goodbye!




On my way to the airport I see a big boat...


Suerte con el español, Marc!

Total miles: 0; Puerto Vallarta, return to Portland...to be continued
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:41 AM   #32
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November 2

Been home now for over 3 weeks. Made it to my sister’s wedding, event that changed my trip substantially, but maybe for the better? Had she not called with her news, I would simply have ridden to Baja, spent a week there, and then ridden home. Now I have the chance to make the trip more than I originally imagined by riding to Costa Rica where I will probably leave the bike for some time allowing me to explore Central America. Anyway, since I’ve made mention of it so much, and if you’ll indulge me with a couple non-mc trip related photos, here’s my sister’s happy day. A beautiful wedding in every sense…



My daughter...much different suit for me!


Couple of days after I got home I hopped on my other ride, my trusty 04 Sportster. Wow! What a difference for I had gotten used to the height of the KLR650 and now I was stubbing my toe every time I put my left foot down at stops. Didn’t realize how bad the sporty shocks were till now. Even the KLR stock shocks cushion the ride substantially more. I think about selling the sportster and buying a new 09 KLR, the black one looks really nice, but now after a couple of weeks, I’m getting used to why I bought the sportster in the first place. It too is a very fun bike to ride. My recent day trip through the Columbia River Gorge:

Not a bad riding day!


My other ride...






Things I would do differently: not a whole lot. More trip time would have been nice. I bought the KLR only 6 weeks before I left, so more time with the bike would have been a good idea. I didn’t have any real issues with the bike except the blown fuse, but that’s pretty good for a 3,000 mile trip. The tires I put on before leaving, Pirelli MT21, are a bit knobby for the mostly hiway riding we did, but they performed just fine. The rear still has maybe a thousand and the front looks great still. This was the first time I’ve ever really ridden with somebody on a long trip. It would be fun to try something like this with 3 to 5 riders. More problems, but more adventure perhaps too. Soooo, if you’re interested in riding to Costa Rica end of Jan 09, and Marc’s and my plans pan out, let me know!

I think I can see Puerto Vallarta...




Total miles: 0; Portland…waiting to continue…

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Old 11-02-2008, 07:00 PM   #33
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Enjoyed the report!! thanks for sharing it!

The trip to Costa Rica sounds tempting. . . since I live 4 hours away from Puerto Vallarta and I ride a XR650R. . . Ill let you guys know.

Ill pass the invitation on www.tequiladezert.com our local adventure forum
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:55 AM   #34
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Enjoyed the report!! thanks for sharing it!

The trip to Costa Rica sounds tempting. . . since I live 4 hours away from Puerto Vallarta and I ride a XR650R. . . Ill let you guys know.

Ill pass the invitation on www.tequiladezert.com our local adventure forum
Glad you enjoyed the report. Marc would probably appreciate having another XR650 along...spare parts!

I keeed you.

We're thinking of leaving Jan 22-25 there abouts, and we have basic camping gear (tent, sleeping bags), but would probably hotel it more often than not.

We should know if this is going to happen or not by late november / early december, so stay in touch!...
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:35 PM   #35
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I wasn't flipping you off, I had to lift my leg over the bike because of the 3 inches of padding on my seat. Great report and great pictures. Hey, the offer is still on the table for the TAT. I will be leaving July 1st.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:49 AM   #36
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I wasn't flipping you off, I had to lift my leg over the bike because of the 3 inches of padding on my seat.
3 inches of padding...likely story.

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Hey, the offer is still on the table for the TAT. I will be leaving July 1st.
Where will you be leaving from? I could 1) leave my bike with relatives in AZ or Colorado and wait for you or 2) ride all the way back to OR, then ride to meet you somewhere...
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:33 AM   #37
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3 inches of padding...likely story.



Where will you be leaving from? I could 1) leave my bike with relatives in AZ or Colorado and wait for you or 2) ride all the way back to OR, then ride to meet you somewhere...

I will be leaving Jellico TN July 1st. I met a guy on here so I have at least one riding partner and we are going to try to do about 200 miles a day. I'm guessing with bike maintenance, flat tires, and rest days, we might be riding through Trinidad Colorado area around....... the 17-18-23? I don't have a clue. I will keep you up to date if anything changes. I think it would be easier if you road out to meet us so you don't have to buy a plane ticket and HOPE we show up on time.
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I will be leaving Jellico TN July 1st. ...we might be riding through Trinidad Colorado area around....... the 17-18-23?...I think it would be easier if you road out to meet us so you don't have to buy a plane ticket and HOPE we show up on time.
Ok, because yeah, if I left my bike in Phoenix and then met up with you in July, that would mean missing a lot of riding in the intervening months. I do have my sportster, but I might sell it. Plus I don't want to leave the bike w/out running that long...again! I'll be thinking abou it...
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:42 AM   #39
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Well, nearly time to continue this trip. I leave Portland, OR for Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday, Jan 27. I'll spend the 28th getting the KLR650 ready and maybe do a test ride with Marc the 29th and 30th. Then I'll head N for Mazatlán and hope to cross over to Baja via the ferry.

Marc will continue the trip by heading south for Oaxaca for more language study.

I hope to spend about 10 days in Baja and meander north and at some point veer off the main road and head for the the east side, eventually will cross at Mexicali. Then it's head for Oregon and hope the weather isn't too cold!
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Tomorrow I leave for Puerto Vallarta!

Back in October I brought most of my riding gear home with me because I have another bike here (sportster). Now I gotta pack it back up, take a few more winter clothes along for when I get to N. California and OR, there's some items that Marc requested (he's heading south, me north), and then I'm off.



USAir told me that the tire can be my carry on (they charge $15 the first bag, $25 the second!!).

Everything else has to fit in this:


My friend Chava will pick me up at the airport, and Wed. I'll meet up with Marc to see if we can't get the bike started. The battery seems to be dead for sitting the last 3 months. Actually, they tried to start it in November (after a month of sitting) and it wouldn't start then so we'll see.

Time to bring the KLR home!
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:49 AM   #42
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The trip continues...

For the Oregon to P Vallarta stage, I posted after the fact. I ll try to post as I go for the return home...

Made it to P Vallarta on Tuesday and now its Saturday, about ready to head north. Flight from Portland to Phoenix was hi lited by the fact that Phoenix airport has the most amazing biker friendly bathrooms. They have a tire holder in the bathroom stalls!!!



Camelback mountain in Phoenix, use to hike that about 3 times a week...memories...



Arrived about 5 pm and Chava, an ol friend from Phoenix days picked me up. Marc, my riding buddy who came down from Portland with me back in Oct, was there as well. We spent Wednesday getting the KLR ready to go. First thing we had to jump start it, battery water level was WAY down. Did start and then cleaned air filter, regular maintenance stuff.



Thursday we would test out my bike by riding out to San Sabastian, a little mountain town about 55 kilometers east of Vallarta...
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:12 AM   #43
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Day trip to San Sabastian

I brought Marc some dead animal skin for his honda 650 seat, looks like a buffalo...

Marc has been studying Spanish for a few months, so he rented an apartament...view from his pad...


Bikes ready to leave Chavas house for San Sebastian...


We head north thru Ixtapa and then east for San Sebastian...
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:56 PM   #44
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The road followed a deep ravine on our way to San Sebastian...

Saw signs to protect the boars, deer, mountain lions, but for this?






Lunch time in San Sabastian.






We begin our ascent to La Bufa, rocky viewpoint area at 8000', you can see it top right.
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The cobblestone turns to dirt and 180 turn after another, small streams, cooler weather, lots of fun riding...





View of San Sebastian from above...
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