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Old 11-05-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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2up to South America on a Super Tenere

After a hectic start in Anacortes Wa we have finally had time to start our blog. Currently we are San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Bear with us as we figure out the best way to document our trip.

More to come...

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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Here we are....in the beginning

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Old 11-05-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:51 PM   #5
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Fun with friends in California on the way down

Friends from Kenya had a really cool sidecar setup on a Ural....we both had rides....hmmm...wonder if this is the way to go...though not sure we can fit it in the lobbies of the Mexican hotels we are soon to visit:

Thanks Linda and Ron!

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Old 11-05-2014, 02:02 PM   #6
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Camping near L.A. at Pymid Lake

Camping at Pyramid lake was a good shakedown for our new superlight weight gear....other than the bug bites...it went well. hard to believe this desert wilderness is so close to L.A.
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:59 PM   #7
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Puke Into Mexico at Tecate

We crossed into Mexico at Tecate on Oct 6th after a nice stay with fellow ADVriders in Chula Vista. After a couple days in Ensenada at a motel in town we went on to San Felipe...where we found friendly gringos who offered a place to stay and introduced us to our favorite taco stand.




Then on Gonzaga Bay...the road ended shortly after Alfonsinis on the way to Coco's corner. We had a $$$ lunch at Alfonsinis and set up camp at the nearby palapas...very nice.

The new road is very nice...little traffic


Our camp at Gonzaga Bay...bike inside!



View from Alfonsins


The road to Cocos...2up on a Super Tenere...no problems...took it slow.


Finally at Cocos...glad we aired the tires down to 25psi....we got good advice and some survival tips from Coco....the road had been closed a week earlier due to the hurricane...but was is good shape for us.





After a Coke at Cocos and some rough road we finally made it to Mexico 1 where it was green and fast. The bike did great on the sand and rocks but we were glad to see pavement. (note...speed in kl/hr...mot MPH! )

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Old 11-06-2014, 12:02 PM   #8
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On to Loreto...fresh evidence of hurricane damage

San Ignacio was in pretty bad shape....mud went into most hotels rendering them closed. We found a nice a/c room for $32. Then on to Mulege and Loreto:



The marina at Tripui was ok...but there were 14 cruising boats sunk. Apparently most owners were not present at the time...from our former life as sailors this is a story we know all too well.



In La Paz we did an oil change with 20w50 Lucas synthetic...expensive at 200 pesos per quart but nice to put behind us. The moto shop let me change it in the "showroom" which was nice and easy....better than my plan to do it in the hotel parking lot.



Then a cleaning at a car wash and on to check on ferry tickets and get the TVIP. Tecate could not do it and the office at La Paz could only take cash (usd) as the Banjacito was still apparently still no-op...moral of the story...always have an alternative to a cc.



We were able to get the last cabin on the Baja Ferry date we wanted so we had a very comfortable and troublefree passage....conditions were perfect with smooth seas.



Got some good sleep!



On arrival in Mazatlan we stayed at one of Sjoerds picks ....the Belmar Hotel...huge, funky and historic with good bike parking and a great location with a pool:



Reading room:



And inexpensive apartments that can be rented long term. Note it is hot in Mazatlan and some rooms don't have a/c.



Then Carl got a stomach bug....so we stayed 3 days before departing for ruta 40D...the most fantastic road in Mexico!

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Old 11-06-2014, 02:18 PM   #9
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Always nice to see a bike being used for what it was made for.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:17 PM   #10
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Thanks for the Trip Update

Thanks for the update and pictures. We'd been wondering if things were going OK. You're missing out on our first real set of winter storms -- winds in the San Juans tonight could be 60 mph (or now that you're metric, approaching 100kph) and driving rain.

Its good to see you've started up a thread, we'll email links to some of the locals up here -- be safe and have a great trip.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:37 PM   #11
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Thanks B and K!

We saw a 2009 white Vstrom today and more KLRs than you can count. Today was 55f in the morning going to about 78f this afternoon...with sunny skies...walking up the Ancha (main street) in shorts and Teves .... perfect.

K says hi...and thanks for passing around this blog...
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:43 PM   #12
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:47 PM   #13
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Hi!

I will be following! When will you pass through the Tapachula area? If you are using that route. My girlfriend and I are in Guatemala traveling at the moment, but we live north of Tapachula and will be home in about a week.

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