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Old 08-31-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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No Fumar Español: South from San Diego

Lets start off with the Ride Report trailer.

Given the current economic doom and gloom with no light at the end of the tunnel, my employer was offering unpaid leaves for up to 2 years. Gotta stay lean and keep the earnings looking good for Wall Street dont ya know. To most of my co-workers, in light of the cut backs, things look bleak. However, to me, it looks like an opportunity.

I thought it would be pretty cool to take a leave for a few months, load up my truck with a dirt bike and surfboards, and hang out in Baja. Ride, surf, drink beer, and generally just screw off until I run out of money. That sounds like a plan. So, I signed up for 3 months of no work and no pay.

Then I figured, wow, how cool would it be to do a really big Mexico and Central America ride? Very cool. So I decided that I should take a year long leave, do a great big ride and surf my brains out at every world class break from San Diego to Panama. I think a plan is coming together.

Then I got to thinking again. This is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have no obligations here at home. I need to do whatever is necessary to take full advantage of this opportunity. How cool would it be to take off from my home in San Diego ride south, and see where I wind up? Perfect. Now that's my kind of plan. So I signed up for 2 years of unpaid leave.

That was in July. I am now out of work. I rented out my apartment. I sold and/or donated all of my crap. I had too much crap anyway. For example, I now own exactly 2 pairs of underwear, and I think that's just about right.

This was my day job, and more often than not my night job as well. I've been flying airplanes around for most of my life. Sure, I'm going to miss it, but not for a while.......

I am welcoming the change of pace doing some world travel with a little smaller and slower machine..................

I have been pouring over South America ride reports trying to come up with a plan. After all of my research, countless questions to the Latin America experts, countless posts, and countless hours scouring over maps, the scale of what I intend to do finally hit me right between the eyes.

Holy crap. Am I really going to travel for 2 years on a motorcycle? How does one go about preparing for that? If any of you figure it out, please let me know how its done.

I am mainly an off road dirt bike guy. I have a bit of experience riding in the US and Mexico, but I have never attempted anything of this scale on a motorcycle. Up until last week, I did'nt even have a motorcycle license. I never really needed one until now. You just don't see many cops in the places that I ride.

A remote dry lake in southern Nevada: No cops.

The vistas of the lonely deserts of Southern California: No cops.

The stunningly beautiful barren wastes of Death Valley: a few cops, but not many.

The scenic remote two tracks of Mojave: about 2 cops for the whole place.

The jaw dropping star studded skies of the middle of nowhere, Mexico: only narcos and bandidos here.

Baja dirt. It just doesnt get any better: No cops at all.

But, I digress.

Now, back to the plan. I can hardly plan out what I'm going to have for dinner much less make travel plans for 2 years. So, the bottom line is that there is really no plan. In Baja I fly by the seat of my pants, but since it seems crazy to take off on a journey like this without a plan, I had to have a plan. My plan is to get on my KTM 990, cross the border into Mexico, and head in a more or less southerly direction over the next year until I cant possibly go any further south. When that happens, I will then make more plans. Is that a good enough plan?

I really have only a few goals.

1. To have fun and return home alive and well.
2. To learn a little Spanish along the way because right now I "no fumar Español."
3. To take lots of pictures.

When I tell people what I intend to do, I get some interesting reactions:

"Wow thats crazy, its dangerous down there. Did you hear about that guy that was riding his motorcycle in Colombia and got kidnapped?" I respond, "yeah, I did hear something about that."

Or another one, "What about the swine flu? Arent you scared?" Yeah, I'll be fine, I only eat fish tacos and I chase everything with Tequlia.

Or, "what about the narco wars? You'll be killed before you get out of Mexico! Its dangerous down there!" Well, I dont plan on doing any drug deals to fund my ride.

Then my favorite. "You're going to do what? You're crazy! Dont you know how dangerous it is down there?" Well, uh, yeah. Its dangerous here too.

Its disturbing that so many people let the sensational news media form their world views.

Of course its dangerous. Anything involving motorcycles has an inherent danger about it. My biggest challenge will be to keep my right wrist in check and not take too many chances. It is what it is.

There are of course like minded people, whose reactions are always, "whoa, holy crap! You are a lucky bastard. I wish I could go with you." These people are my friends.

So, while I'm feeling lucky, I invite you to follow along on my little journey south through the deserts, jungles and mountains. Through the bad roads, the mean streets, the narco wars, the swine flu, the corrupt cops, the coups and revolutions to the bottom of the planet.

Despite all the naysayers and doomsday peddlers, I think its going to be one hell of a positive experience and a heck of a good time.

Before I get underway, there are a few things to take care of. I'm close to departure and will post up some of my preparations later this week.

Hasta luego amigos......

Riding the Americas: No Fumar Español

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Old 08-31-2009, 05:21 PM   #2
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Hell yeah! Sounds like it will be the trip of a lifetime. Stayin' tuned.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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I'll be looking for you down south and we'll hoist a few

goodluck with your travels, party in Belize 2nd week of Oct that I know of, just saying
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:36 PM   #4
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This is cool. I have subscribed for two years...
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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I would love to do a trip like this in a couple years, have to make some more money, but thats no fun!

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:19 PM   #6
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Thumb I am in...

Well seens like i m going to see a lot of you for the next 2 years
Que Dios te acompane companero!!!
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:20 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by crashmaster

There are of course like minded people, whose reactions are always, "whoa, holy crap! You are a lucky bastard. I wish I could go with you." These people are my friends.
You know your audience well. Safe travels.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:30 PM   #8
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Go Vince!

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Old 08-31-2009, 07:33 PM   #9
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You have a very eloquent way of presenting your surroundings, and I look forward to reading of your travels. I plan to head that way soon and I hope our paths may cross. Do us all a favor and don't live up to your namesake, eh?

God Speed Crashmaster!
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:42 PM   #10
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Woo hoo, come on down! It is awesome in Mex.

Posting from San Cistobal de las Casas, after 130 miles of pure mountain twisties, dozens of Tope wheelies, hundreds of lovely turns, fifteen Mayan pyramids, and a Policia Federal Interceptor chasing me down. That's just today. Top that off with a few negra Modelos and Mexican Thai food, accompanied by a mad German fresh off an Ushuia run on the way to Vancouver. You'll fit right in.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:27 PM   #11
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You imply that you are a pilot and your name is crashmaster?! Awesome, just the person I want to meet.

It looks like our stories are quite similar. I'm heading out at the end of the week. My only real schedule item is Colombia Libre on halloween weekend. Are you going to that? Let's see where our paths cross!
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:18 AM   #12
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Sounds good.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:43 AM   #13
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Most Excellent !!!,...
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:00 AM   #14
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headed south

i to am headed south oct 09 mex ,belice,?? may we cross paths happy travels
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:41 AM   #15
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