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Old 07-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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My solo adventure to the west! (6000miles)

Hello fellow ADVriders!

I would like to show some pics from my recent ride from Saskatchewan, Canada. To the boarder of Mexico and back.

A little about myself:

I am a 22 year old who spent a long cold Saskatchewan winter dreaming about this trip- and went for it. Most of my riding experience comes from racing motocross.


I had just under one month to do this trip on my 2009 DR 650. I have always wanted to visit the west coast.

I was inspired by other ride reports on here especially "Prairies to Penguins"
I met a lot of great people along the way even some riders from this forum (ran into eddywoodgo!)

I did not have much set plans, just left town with a small tent and sleeping bag etc. Mostly camped along the way but did stay in a few hostels/motels as needed. Even got to sleep on a sailboat!



I will continue to post pics from my journey I hope you enjoy.

This video has always made me want to ride to the coast
http://youtu.be/Q_ZtjSkOxpE
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
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This was the route I took. There were some pretty long days of riding.

Day 1: I made my way to a small town just above the border of USA. Its sure a great feeling to finally hit the road after wanting to do something like this for so long. I decided to ride as long as the sun was up to get past the flat prairies that I am so used to.

I arrived at a motel and it was pretty late and pouring rain. Parked the girl inside.


the next day I started making my way through Montana. Beautiful state!





Through Idaho I hit some pretty cold temperatures and froze my butt off in the rain. I felt it was the best plan to just push through because warmer temperatures were only hours away.
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Salt Lake city was a pretty great place to visit. I have always seen the Salt Flats on t.v. and knew i had to see them for myself. Of course I did a speed run. I don't think I broke any speed records that day!






I did some camping in southern Utah in a town called Beaver. I still regret not buying some of their town merchandise that said I (heart) beaver.

Here is my camping setup.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:50 PM   #4
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Some more Utah.


as you can see my soft dirt tire did not like this trip at all. It is amazing how different northern Arizona is to southern Arizona. Plenty of very fun roads to ride. Reminded me of the cartoon Road Runner






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gotta love airplanes

showing off the DR


found some other adventurists

stayed at a hostel in Phoenix AZ
you sure meet a lot of cool people in hostels. There were some great things to see in phoenix. I went to an art museum and had some beers with some new friends while watching live music.
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Heading down to Tucson. Man it was hot!!

made my way to the airplane graveyard






found the biggest cactus I could

found a nice cheap motel to park my bike for the night, and fix a minor electrical problem
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:06 PM   #7
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just looking at this picture makes me cringe. As i was leaving this area i lightly bumped into one of these cactuses thinking it wouldn't break through my pants. Well it sure did. I had to use two rocks to get it off my leg What can I say, I am not used to cactus!
joshua tree park near Palm Springs, CA
2 hours of great riding with a cheap entry fee.



putting the DR to the test



i always liked visiting local bike shops
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:11 PM   #8
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Nice pictures and stories.

Did you get the bike sorted?

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more palm springs area: riding through the strong winds wasn't very fun. Experienced some pretty heavy traffic for the first time. gotta love lane splitting.

Made my way to San Bernandino, CA for the first National Motocross races. Camped for 2 days and met some great friends.

was pretty neat to see the pros in person that i have been only seeing in magazines my whole life.






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I then started to head down to San Diego, CA
One of the friends I met gave me a place to stay on his other sailboat.





living the dream







I ended up riding to the border of mexico for the heck of it, and to my surprise there was nothing worth taking a picture of. Just a standard border crossing haha.
I then went to San Diego and rode over the bridge
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Very cool!!
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next up was San Francisco, CA. This was my favourite city on the trip. Very fun for riding.
rode down lombard street about 10 times that day and even had my bike fall over infront of a bunch of people lol poor DR...







great china town



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you really see some interesting rock and plants along the coast

stopped in for a coffee at a neat place by the water



moo.


found a pretty cool shop in a small coast town. They were very friendly and helpful. They even let me change my oil there and borrow tools!

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this beach was incredible. definitely my favourite beach I've been to.

I have always wanted to ride on a california beach like this







one of my favourite pics from the trip below.
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