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Old 12-18-2012, 03:29 PM   #586
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i gotta question, scrolling thru looking at pic's.... for the big guy... what were your reasons for picking the bigger GS Adventure, over a smaller 1150 or straight 1200 GS ? can you shoot me your reasons ? send e-mail to me at "MLCollier5895@yahoo.com"

my thoughts are . . . you won't be able to use the greater gas tank 'cause your mates all have limited gas range . . . but that's just one thought. thanks in advnace. mark
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:23 PM   #587
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i gotta question, scrolling thru looking at pic's.... for the big guy... what were your reasons for picking the bigger GS Adventure, over a smaller 1150 or straight 1200 GS ? can you shoot me your reasons ? send e-mail to me at "MLCollier5895@yahoo.com"

my thoughts are . . . you won't be able to use the greater gas tank 'cause your mates all have limited gas range . . . but that's just one thought. thanks in advnace. mark
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:21 PM   #588
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Looks like its going just Dandy! Miss ya both!
Howdy, Carolyn! Hope things are going well on the ranch. You're going to have to change your handle to KamTeeM...? Love the new ride!

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Gezz we will have to get our A into G to catch up with you guys
Hey A&E, we are moving in slow motion, you'll be caught up to us in no time and blazing the trail ahead of us on that new Orange Terror. I'll definitely keep tabs on where you guys are, I have a feeling we'll be exchanging war stories over a cerveza or 6 in the near future!

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"Take a road less travelled" ha? I like this Canadian film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7wN4...yer_embedded#!
It's funny, I did a solo trip across Canada in 2008, and that movie came out the very next year. When we watched it, I felt like someone took a movie of my life during the previous summer. Every scene was taken from the all the places I stopped at!

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i gotta question, scrolling thru looking at pic's.... for the big guy... what were your reasons for picking the bigger GS Adventure, over a smaller 1150 or straight 1200 GS ?

my thoughts are . . . you won't be able to use the greater gas tank 'cause your mates all have limited gas range . . . but that's just one thought.
Hi Mark, are you referring to Kevin in Ottawa/Vancouver? I'll let him answer, I think he's got an ADV account.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #589
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Cómo es su español?
Muy lento para mí. Aprendí una nueva expresión: "Me defiendo"

Learning Spanish is probably one of the toughest things I've done lately. I'm not used to something not coming to me very easily. There are three parts to learning a new language: reading, listening and speaking. The reading part is the easiest, as I can pick apart the written words and supplemented with my sad knowledge of French, can piece together an accurate translation.

Over the last couple of weeks, I thought I understood the spoken word pretty well, but then realized I was filling in a lot of the gaps with educated guesses and implied words. Not to mention, our instructors and our homestay family were very good actors, conveying their meaning with hand gestures and pantomime. When I closed my eyes and listened to them, I didn't understand a thing.

The hardest part for me is speaking Spanish. I am very self-conscious about opening my mouth, it takes such a long time to remember the vocabulary and recall the conjugations. Neda is so much better at picking up new languages and has a head-start on learning Spanish (my fault, I was lazy). Because we're in the same class and together at the homestay, I end up not talking very much and just letting her do all the speaking. I'm like that unused muscle that atrophies because the dominant muscles do all the work...

I'm a lot better than when I started, I can tell, but not as far as I thought I'd be at this point. Oh well, seems I've got quite a bit of time and practice in front of me.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:05 PM   #590
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at this point I would get all your documents and each photocopy your drivers licsense, passport and tourist card on 1 sheet and your tvip on another sheet...
Taking all your good advice to heart.

We haven't run into any crooked cops yet, but we've heard lots of first-hand horror stories from locals and travellers, so we're going to prepare ourselves. I have to admit, the whole concept of "la mordida" really rankles my sense of justice and fair play.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #591
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Muy lento para mí. Aprendí una nueva expresión: "Me defiendo"

Learning Spanish is probably one of the toughest things I've done lately. I'm not used to something not coming to me very easily. There are three parts to learning a new language: reading, listening and speaking.
I've been in Mexico 5 years. Started with zero español. No lessons, just what I learned from my construction crew, housekeeping staff and my neighbors. I know lots of words but conjugations still escape me. Some days I think I'm hot stuff and the Spanish is pouring out of me. The next day - nada. I get by but so did Tarzan. I decided that I didn't care if I sound like an idiot when I speak Spanish. Lots of people claim I sound like one in English any way. So I just talk. I keep telling myself that it can't be that hard since the 3 year old next door can speak Spanish.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:16 AM   #592
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Taking all your good advice to heart.

We haven't run into any crooked cops yet, but we've heard lots of first-hand horror stories from locals and travellers, so we're going to prepare ourselves. I have to admit, the whole concept of "la mordida" really rankles my sense of justice and fair play.
I have heard of that type of corruption, with slightly different circumstances, directly from friend victims in NYC, Boston, and I experienced it in Arizona and NY. I think it is everywhere.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #593
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Taking all your good advice to heart.

We haven't run into any crooked cops yet, but we've heard lots of first-hand horror stories from locals and travellers, so we're going to prepare ourselves. I have to admit, the whole concept of "la mordida" really rankles my sense of justice and fair play.
the feedback I got from rider I meet in Sayulita is those who rode through Baja never really experienced crooked transit cops. however those riding around Mexico mainland and coming from points south did experience it. i guess the mainland transit cops get paid so little that bribes are part of their pay. not sure the deal in Baja.

i'd say justice and fair play are things of the US and Canada...the land of laws. south of the border things are more about taking care of your needs and getting things done...mordida is just an extension of this. i'm sure you've noticed how people move through space available to them vrs the rigid this is my lane stay out US mentality. you'll see this even more as to head to the more crowded mainland.

biggest tip i can offer up is buy a separate wallet and put a few pesos plus and old credit in their. use that as your pullout wallet in case you run into any situations. a transit cop who makes $500 dollars a month seeing your big wad of cash at a stop will want some if you show it. petty theft is a bigger issue so secure everything on your bike. people as a whole a very honest in mexico, but not all are. in the end most will just see you as $$$.
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i gotta question, scrolling thru looking at pic's.... for the big guy... what were your reasons for picking the bigger GS Adventure, over a smaller 1150 or straight 1200 GS ? can you shoot me your reasons ? send e-mail to me at "MLCollier5895@yahoo.com"

my thoughts are . . . you won't be able to use the greater gas tank 'cause your mates all have limited gas range . . . but that's just one thought. thanks in advnace. mark
his bike is not an ADV.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #595
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i gotta question, scrolling thru looking at pic's.... for the big guy... what were your reasons for picking the bigger GS Adventure, over a smaller 1150 or straight 1200 GS ? can you shoot me your reasons ? send e-mail to me at "MLCollier5895@yahoo.com"

my thoughts are . . . you won't be able to use the greater gas tank 'cause your mates all have limited gas range . . . but that's just one thought. thanks in advnace. mark
Hi Mark, are you referring to Kevin in Ottawa/Vancouver? I'll let him answer, I think he's got an ADV account.
What? Who are you guys calling "big"?
It's actually camera trick; I'm only 5'9", it's just that Gene and Neda are very tiny...

Mark - If you were indeed inquiring about my GSA, I will limit my thread-jack and get back to you separately.

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Our first week in La Paz has been very taxing. Every day, we're up early to have breakfast and engage Alicia in some morning Espanol, then off to escuela for cuatro horas of intensive vocubulary enhancement and verb conjugation. When we get back in the early afternoon, we have a little break then another session of homestay language practice over lunch. Our evenings are spent in the room doing a bit of homework and massaging our aching heads, random Spanish words leaking out of our ears.


Practicing "las compras" (shopping) en Espanol in Todos Santos

So when the "fin de semana" (weekend) finally arrives, we feel rested enough to take a day-trip south to Todos Santos, a beach-side town recommended to us by Felipe, our Spanish instructor. It's about an hour's ride away from La Paz, and the road winds up and down the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. Lots of fun!


Bringing forth the Mayan Apocalypse...


Misione de Nuestra Senora de Pilar in Todos Santos


Musta forgot the rosary beads in the car...


Lobby of the Hotel California, Todos Santos

Yes, this is *THE* Hotel California, made famous by The Eagles song. I was a bit disappointed. I think I was expecting a real dive of an establishment, the kind of place a washed up, disillusioned Don Henley would check into and muse poetic about the twisted lives of the hotel's mysterious occupants. We walked through the lobby and halls, but no Mirrors on the Ceiling, no Pink Champagne on Ice. Just a very trendy, expensive hotel that steers visitors to the very large gift shop selling "Hotel California" souvenirs.

We didn't spend too much time there...


Getting ready to hit the beach

What we're really here to see are the pretty beaches just outside of town. It's about a 10 minute ride through some gravelly and sandy roads, and I'm glad that we unloaded most of the heavy gear off the bikes. Even so, we wobble our way through heavy sand to reach the beach's parking lot. Stupid, crappy Tourance tires.


How to take pictures of the waves coming ashore


Picture of waves coming ashore


How not to take pictures of the waves coming ashore

Felipe told us that a popular attraction in Todos Santos is the Turtle Release. The beaches here are an important nesting site for sea turtles, especially the endangered Pacific Leatherback. Unfortunately, the beaches have become home to all sorts of human activity - dune buggies and other powersports, and people taking their (hungry) dogs out for a walk. All of which destroy turtle nests buried in the sands.


Checking out the incubation greenhouse

Between the nesting months of October to April, volunteers comb the beaches at night and relocate the sea turtle eggs to a protected incubation greenhouse, providing a better environment for hatching success. The sites with the round fences around them are nests that are ready to hatch soon. The fence stops the turtles from trying to instinctually head for the waters, and allows the volunteers to gather them up in the late afternoon.


This baby is seconds old! It just crawled out of the sand having broken out of its egg!

The project is aimed not only at replenishing the sea turtle population, but also to educate visitors, who are encouraged to "assist" the baby turtles to make it to the waters without being trampled on by dune buggies or joggers, or eaten by dogs or birds.


We each "adopted" one baby turtle and walked them to the edge of the shore


My baby! Feeling a bit paternal here...

Sea turtles live to about 100 years. I got a bit choked up when I realized that we were here on their Day 1, helping them increase their odds to make it to Year 100. The odds are still stacked against them, even when they make it to the waters unmolested, they'll have to face aquatic predators, but at least we're evening the imbalance that we caused in the first place.


Day 1 of 100 years


SO CUTE! These little guys know exactly which way the waters are


And they're off...!

A line was drawn in the sand so that we didn't leave deep footprints on the shore that would impede the baby turtles' progress to the waters. And also to stop us from accidentally trampling on them, as the incoming waves occasionally pushed the turtles back on shore. I wanted to walk my baby turtle all the way into the water, but we are told that it's good for them to struggle on land as it prepares them to swim in the waters.


Off into the sunset, goodbye baby turtle!
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:11 AM   #597
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The breadth of your experiences on this trip in truly amazing. From bears to turtles, the Wave and the waves and all the interesting people you write about. Thanks for having us along
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:56 AM   #598
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The sea turtles, ah the sea turtles. Picked up my GSA yesterday, this thread is inspiring.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:02 AM   #599
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the feedback I got from rider I meet in Sayulita is those who rode through Baja never really experienced crooked transit cops. however those riding around Mexico mainland and coming from points south did experience it. i guess the mainland transit cops get paid so little that bribes are part of their pay. not sure the deal in Baja.

i'd say justice and fair play are things of the US and Canada...the land of laws. south of the border things are more about taking care of your needs and getting things done...mordida is just an extension of this. i'm sure you've noticed how people move through space available to them vrs the rigid this is my lane stay out US mentality. you'll see this even more as to head to the more crowded mainland.

biggest tip i can offer up is buy a separate wallet and put a few pesos plus and old credit in their. use that as your pullout wallet in case you run into any situations. a transit cop who makes $500 dollars a month seeing your big wad of cash at a stop will want some if you show it. petty theft is a bigger issue so secure everything on your bike. people as a whole a very honest in mexico, but not all are. in the end most will just see you as $$$.
Its sad that the main blight of this beautiful place is human beings. The more I read of Mexico the less I want to bike there. There are many, many beautiful places in the USA to visit, why ask for trouble ? There is corruption in the US and Canada but it is more of the passive aggressive type. " Sir, I'm giving you this ticket for going 60 in a 55 zone for your own protection" LOL My epic ride will include most States and the West coast of Canada, not Mexico. All I've been reading is "getting this and that paperwork is a PITA" I'll vote with my feet....errr wheels.
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... My epic ride will include most States and the West coast of Canada, not Mexico. All I've been reading is "getting this and that paperwork is a PITA" I'll vote with my feet....errr wheels.
I won't do a thread jack here but it seems you are reading this RR but not understanding the deeper meaning. Gene writes with joy of each new discovery, be it turtles or crazy paperwork rules. You chose to stay "safe" and you miss out.
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