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Old 09-01-2013, 01:40 AM   #1306
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Went into the Sequoia National park today and did the General Grant and General Sherman trees they were amazing, the General Sherman is the oldest living tree apparently and between 2300 and 2700 years old. The park itself isn't as impressive as the redwoods so if you had to choose one or the other id without a doubt say the redwoods were the ones to see, it was pretty cool to see the oldest living tree in the world though.

We rode out of the park as it was just so busy, im sort of already over the crowds in the US national Parks so we ended up in a small town called Exeter not far away. The riding through the park was nice albeit a little slow but that's ok the views more than made up for that.
Tomorrow we head into the hills and ride the Sherman Pass I'm a little suss on the fuel situation with it being a 170 miles to the other side so I'll be cutting it fine on this piss poor little tank on the Gs 800 and for some reason my fuel consumption has been down a fair bit, im not sure if it's the fuel or the bike but the other day I only got 270 k's out of a tankful and I was just cruising along, I know when I hammer it I can get as little as 200k's out of a tank which really sucks, the new Gs has a 23 litre tank I wish it was interchangeable with my model but its not unfortunately.

From there we will hit the 395 and into Death Valley and over to Las Vegas, everyone's been saying it will be too hot to ride it but what's the worst that can happen if we have a problem out there, I have to set up some shade and have a drink while Ewa walks off into the desert to find us help, gawd love a, by the way Ewa don't forget a cold drink when you come back honey ill be waiting, toodaloo sweetheart.


Some of the countryside on the way to the Sequoia National Park was dry but really nice.
















Boys and their toys over here in the states
















Ewa enjoying America's Christmas tree the General Grant







A couple of young pups growing in the carpark, these little fellas are about 1500 years old.






Me in front of the General Sherman biggest living tree at between 2300 and 2700 years old, amazing.







The views on the ride out were pretty nice so was an enjoyable ride




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Old 09-01-2013, 06:42 AM   #1307
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Your RR is awesome as usual. After the states, are you going to Central and South America or back to Australia?
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:48 PM   #1308
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Your RR is awesome as usual. After the states, are you going to Central and South America or back to Australia?
Hi Blue Im heading into Mexico by the 2nd of October then riding down through Central America to South America, I plan to be in Brazil for the soccer world cup next year so got a bit of time to get to there, im actually not even sure what month it is on but im guessing between July to September sometime.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:07 PM   #1309
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Unbelievable - how did I not see this sooner? You do such a great job with the pics and write-up. It's like you're a local rather than someone just traveling through. Seeing the local side of each country has been great. Safe travels.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:16 PM   #1310
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Hi Blue Im heading into Mexico by the 2nd of October then riding down through Central America to South America, I plan to be in Brazil for the soccer world cup next year so got a bit of time to get to there, im actually not even sure what month it is on but im guessing between July to September sometime.
It is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:51 PM   #1311
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It is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
Cheers Blue that's nice to know it's sort of sooner than I was thinking but its ok gives me a goal to get to the bottom of South America then start heading up. I want to slow down a bit when I get down there its been a mad 6 months.

By the way we have taken a day off and I was going through my blog and realized I hadn't uploaded many or any photos for that middle section of Malawi to Egypt so have been going through and adding a few from that part of the adventure, it was the time Advrider stopped letting you just use attachments and you had to link it to another sight and it took me awhile to sort out my smugmug account.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #1312
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This is what happens if you misbehave young Ewa lol



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Old 09-05-2013, 02:22 AM   #1313
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Hey Sheldon Kiko here, what route will you take thru Mexico? Greetings from DXB
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:50 PM   #1314
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Hey Sheldon Kiko here, what route will you take thru Mexico? Greetings from DXB

Hey mate, I'm not exactly sure id like to ride Copper Canyon. Mike the American guy I rode with through north of Africa lives somewhere in the middle north of Mexico City so plan to be in that neck of the woods at some point so if I entered somewhere in the middle it would all link up but then there is my nephew in San Diego who would be nice to catch up with and that would mean id enter through Baja and Tijuana, ill know more in the next week or two, any suggestions.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:18 AM   #1315
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After spending a few days relaxing in Exeter a one horse town it was on to the trail of the 100 Giants Parker Pass, Sherman Pass and 9 Mile Canyon Road which would take us towards Death Valley and what a fantastic days riding it was, here's just a few photos of the day.



Ok a one horse town with no horses







An old saloon in the middle of nowhere, I guess its not in the middle of nowhere if you live around here but it was for me.







Heading out towards the Parker Pass.







Then we came across the Trail of the 100 Giants, if you are ever in this part of the world put this on your agenda, absolutely amazing, not to mention great riding around here and pretty much had it to ourselves other than a Polish couple who Ewa got talking to and one other couple, it was so nice after the other parts of the Sequoia National Park that were absolutely chocker block with people.







Lets play where's wally, can you find Ev she is in this picture somewhere.







Give up this might help



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Old 09-06-2013, 01:20 AM   #1316
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Simply amazing



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Old 09-06-2013, 01:23 AM   #1317
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Finished with the Parker Pass now its onto the Sherman Pass















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Old 09-06-2013, 01:30 AM   #1318
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Time to wind our way down the 9 Mile Canyon Road another amazing road to ride. There was a little sand and dirt on the Sherman Pass that made the ride a little tricky and kept the speeds down but with the views like they were it was all fine to go slow and enjoy all this, we only passed 3 cars in 57 miles so its a fun ride.











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Old 09-06-2013, 01:31 AM   #1319
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Mojave desert or Death Valley mmmm Death Valley it is.







Riding north along the Owen Valley I think it was.







Turning right off the 385, Death Valley next stop.



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Old 09-06-2013, 01:38 AM   #1320
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Met a couple of Ukrainian guys that live in Chicago out on a few week ride, after chatting to them for awhile at the regulation sign photo we headed up the rod and camped the night not far outside of Death Valley.







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