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Old 11-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #16
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Hey Jersey Guy,

Good job, I'm envious. Have a blast.

I refuse to tip-toe through life - only to arrive at death safely!
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:38 PM   #17
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the trip that wasn't

great to learn that you decided to go on your trip. Rumor around here was you had canceled. Keep up the news and i hope you break the fun meter.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:05 PM   #18
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Thank you...I've really been looking forward to this trip and I'm thrilled it's finally under way!
Jim, remember - don't drink the water, drink the clear stuff = Patron. Ted, Mark & I will keep Colorado safe for your return. Cheers Gary
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:01 AM   #19
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So going to enjoy following your trip! Thanks for sharing it with us.....Nice job with the bike!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #20
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Hey Jim:
Good start so far, love the bike, and now I am subscribed. Looking forward to the posts, which I will pass on to the bunch at the Twisted Shaft MC. Have a safe trip.
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Thanks Doug. Sorry that I'll miss the Christmas party!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:25 AM   #21
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A breakfast fish taco from a street vendor in Ensenada is a great pre-ride event! Glad to be heading south this morning!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:28 AM   #22
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A nice rest stop with a view. The bike is running fine and I'm happy with my switch to soft luggage...less stuff and a narrower bike!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:36 AM   #23
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Just south of Ensenada is La Bufadora, an attraction that might be better skipped. It consists of a blow hole in the rocky coast that sends up a blast of water about 90'. And for additional pleasure you get to walk through a gauntlet of vendors on your approach. It's one of those things I felt compelled to see, but once is definitely enough.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:51 AM   #24
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Reminds me of the Four Corners area. At least you got a good picture of the water spout out of the deal. The 4 Corners is worth missing. Still, ya gotta go, so the rest of us know what to avoid.

Looks like you are off to a good start !
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:57 AM   #25
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Late in the day I came into the best riding so far...with higher elevation, beautiful desert scenery, and a great road to ride, the Parque National Del Desierto Central De Baja California is a treat. The picture is of a funky boojum tree...and as my Lonely Planet guide says, it's straight out of a Dr. Suess book!

I had my first opportunity to communicate with a Mexican truck driver in the Parque. I came up on him fast as his 18 wheeler was creeping up a steep grade. Slowing to assess the situation, we were approaching a blind left hand turn in the road so I had no idea what may have been coming the other way. The trucker switched on his left blinker...this is a signal that it's clear for me to pass. Talk about needing to trust! In a split second I surveyed the situation (the truck was in good condition with its load neatly covered) and swung out into the passing lane. My little DR got its throttle pinned as we shot by, to see nothing but clear road ahead! I was very pleased...I know these things don't always end happily!
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:13 PM   #26
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These pics are of a young German family: a father, a mother, and their 18 month old daughter. And yes they are on a 2 year bicycle trip to the southern tip of South America. Peddling, cooking their own food, and camping the entire way. Very impressive! Their blog is family_pedaleros.blogspot.com.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:27 PM   #27
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This was my breakfast stop for a burrito and cafe. And as you can see, that's Jou the owner out there raking his dirt yard after every set of footprints is made.



This is Matt, a Canadian on his KLR, who joined me for breakfast. He is recently out of the military, as well as some consulting in Afganistan, and is riding south for a year. I was told that I would meet far more Canadians and Europeans than Americans on this trip...so far it's true!
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:32 PM   #28
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These are 3 young Ladies from Vancouver, heading to Guatemala. Do they look scared? Unbelievable!
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:42 PM   #29
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One of several military checkpoints so far, but the first to search all vehicles. We're approaching Santa Rosalita on the Sea of Cortez. They just waved me by :)
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:46 PM   #30
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This is the harbor in Santa Rosalia. The Sea of Cortez looked very blue and very beautiful as I dropped lots of elevation coming into town.
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