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Old 01-23-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Minnesota to Puerta Vallarta!

Well, I'm really going to do this.
I'm packed, got maps in the gps, insurance bought, bike prepped,arrangements made....
What could possibly go wrong?

A little backstory. My wife Tammie and I take a winter vacation every year, and we have been to lots of places, cruise, Mexico, etc, and settled on PV as one of our favorites, we have been going there for the last 2 years now. We generally go with another couple [this year 2 other couples].
But every time we go I look longingly at those who drive down from the states for the winter and think how cool it would be to have that adventure.
So last year I really got the bug to ride down, but I didn't start soon enough in planning to make it happen.
The hook was set by this site and then last year I watched 3 guys go by in full gear on a couple of KTM's and a GS and I knew I had to do this.

So, on Tuesday Jan 26 [yes, I said January ] I will set off from Waconia Mn and head south.

I will update this thread as I go and as I am able [though it will not be heavy on photos , at least right away, I am not bringing the laptop, but I can do text from my Blackberry , I will try to add pics if I can get to a computer]

I am starting the thread now so I can link to it for family and friends that want to follow along.

so this,






needs to be consolidated into this

and fit onto this


which because of this

will have to start in this


We have been getting creamed by winter this year, but have had a break for the last couple weeks. I would ride from here if the roads were clear and the temps were at least 20f or above, but we are getting freezing rain and then snow this weekend, then single digits on Tusday so plan -B is for my good friend Tim [pic to be added later] to haul me south far enough to get to good roads.
I had originally made arrangements with an inmate from near Wichita to park my truck and trailer there for a while, but I have changed my plan.
[I do have a couple people that will come and get me on the way back if I get snowed in on the way back, or else I will rent a 1 way van]

So, a week in the sun relaxing, combined with a great adventure!
What could possibly go wrong?

Please feel free to chime in,[please keep it pg, some of my nephews will read this] and wave if you see me on the road!
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:20 AM   #2
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Good for you!



Good luck with your journey. I hope you have tons o' fun!
I also hope you end up posting lots of pictures!
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:34 AM   #3
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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Safe Travels

I thought about doing the same thing this winter but didn't quite make it.
So instead, I'm leaving the twin cities Jan 29th, trailering to Ark then riding over to Florida for 10 days. Have a great trip
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:21 PM   #5
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Got room for one more bike on that trailer?

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Old 01-23-2010, 05:15 PM   #6
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Safe journey mate! I'll be in San Carlos/Alamos next week so I'll keep an eye out for your bike.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:43 PM   #7
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What is your route to the Mexico border?
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:18 PM   #8
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When you get to Puerto Vallarta be sure to visit my friends, Bill and Annette at:
http://www.casaanita.com/
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:17 AM   #9
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Plenty of room on the trailer


My route is I-35 south thru OK city, then across texas to presidio.



Thanks for the tip, I will look them up if I get a chance, what are their names and your connection?
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:48 AM   #10
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:30 PM   #11
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Well, the bike's on the trailer and I leave in the morning.
Now, to suppress my excitement and get some sleep!
Right!
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:35 PM   #12
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good luck dad.
be careful.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:17 AM   #13
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Well, it's 710 am, we made it to just north of the Iowa border and the highway is closed due to too many cars in the ditches from last night!
We stopped for breakfast and to wait.

edit: car in ditch- major face plant!


got across Missouri border, warmed into the low 20's and roads look good so.....
Tim

and Jerry

dropped me off



what could possibly go wrong?!!!

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Old 01-26-2010, 06:08 AM   #14
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Not sure of your route but another winter storm is building. Should hit Nebraska tomorrow night. I'd go as far south as I could instead of going across Nebraska or Kansas. Good luck and ride safe.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:10 AM   #15
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have a great trip, wish i way with. keep us posted!
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