|12-28-2007, 11:41 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: almost Memphis
North America 2007
From May until August 2007 I traveled North America on my V-Strom 650, visiting seven nations, riding more than 16,000 miles, spending less than $25 per day. I had no definite route in mind, merely a general direction. Few specific plans, and no scheduled date of return. This is my story.
I quit my job, moved all of my meager belongings into the attics and garages of friends. I'd purchased a 2005 DL650 in April and spent the next month outfitting it with the items I thought necessary for the ride. On a beautiful May day, all my gear and equipment clean, I set out from Memphis, Tennessee.
My first night I camped in Louisiana at a free(?) state forest campground.
Some things I saw on the way through Louisiana:
In Texas I illegally camped on the beach at Galveston State Park.
The next day I toured the area a bit and noticed my bike's perfect balance at the gas station.
I raced a crop duster.
My final night in the US, I camped at one of the many picnic areas in Texas, tent-free.
In the morning, a few snacks and top off the air in my tires.
My first picture in Mexico. I found the customs office and on the first tope in the parking lot, I bent the crap out of my skid plate bracket.
I crossed into Mexico at McAllen/Reynosa. The border zone was a chaotic mess, so I was happy to head south until the land opened up.
I camped that night next to a little country road.
I got off the pavement the next day and soon learned that Mexican gravel is often made of fist-sized rocks. Here you see a near-miss where the front wheel jerked to the right and launched me toward the fence. Somehow I stopped the bike in time without dropping it.
My first stop planned stop was in Monterrey to visit Alberto and Rolando, a couple of guys I met on the ST1100 forums. Rolando gave me a Monterrey Moto Club hat.
Although Monterrey is in the middle of a desert, it rained almost continuously my two days there.
To be continued...
|12-28-2007, 11:53 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Quit your job...
Oh, to be young again and feel such freedom from financial overheads.
twodear screwed with this post 12-30-2007 at 01:11 AM
|12-29-2007, 09:31 AM||#7|
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: On a set of 50,000 mile tires.
I've been waiting for this one.
Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die. ~Lewis Carroll~
|12-29-2007, 09:48 AM||#8|
1200 GS Rider
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Camas, WA
Great start Jamie
We're waiting for more...
2006 R1200GS; 2009 Husaberg Rally 570; 2011 Husaberg FE570
"Speak to me of summer, long winters longer than time can remember;
Setting up of other roads, travel on in old accustomed ways."
|12-29-2007, 09:58 AM||#11|
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Phoenix AZ
Keep going Bro! Nothing better than a good ride report on a cold rainy day...
"Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy." Einstein
"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." Berra
|12-29-2007, 10:07 AM||#12|
What are we waiting for?
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: South of Kansas City a spell
Snow, snow everywhere I look is snow....
I need this!
To me, the best kind of trips are the ones you planned on the way, allowed yourself to change, and maybe didn't end up where you expected. Klay
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