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Old 09-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #16
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Hey guy, are you going to Torrey this year? Wished I could have made it before leaving for SA.

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Old 09-23-2013, 09:06 PM   #17
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Jackie (Brown???) and Valentino.

Have a great trip and let me know when I can book the blue room..

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Old 09-23-2013, 10:01 PM   #18
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Jackie (Brown???) and Valentino.

Have a great trip and let me know when I can book the blue room..

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Old 09-28-2013, 08:48 AM   #19
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Video Diary...

A small video produced - A nice visit with a great couple at All Moto Tire.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:53 PM   #20
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René aka "Fat Man Bass" is my twin, we met in the Netherlands





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Old 09-29-2013, 12:54 AM   #21
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Cool2 How sweet it is

We peeled the miles as fast as the sun burned the clouds from the sky, and finally left the rain of the Pacific Northwest behind, entered sunny California at Crescent city, and camped among the redwoods.



Angela is such a mule



Wow



After the avenue of the giants, between Leggett and Fort Brags, Valentino erased some of the chicken strips from the rubber. Indeed it was sweet.





Stopped in Santa Monica to visit a friend and

Sample local delicacies and enjoy some of the local culture





First anecdote of the trip:

Valentino walks into a gas station in Centralia, WA, this conversation with the young lady behind the counter ensues.

- Good morning sir!
- Good morning.
- Are you German?
- Huh… no
- Are you sure?
- Huh yes, I am Canadian
- Really! And you came all the way from Canada on your motorcycle.
- Yes, but British Columbia is only about three hours away from here.
- But it is so cold!
- Huh… well not really.
- Ok, if you say so. By the way I come from Alaska, but I live here now. - Bye bye have a good day now.





Just getting warmed up with the video cam set up. We will get better as we inch our way south. Tomorrow we party, Monday we recover, Tuesday we hit Douglas, AZ.

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Old 09-29-2013, 08:43 PM   #22
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Following the Sun with Jackie and Valention

One and a half days to go....Maricopa to Douglas to Batopilas. Just another fat old rich guy posing on a big expensive BMW....

Wait, I'm not fat OR rich.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:34 PM   #23
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Hola, it's Teal from Steve's party tonight. Good luck and safe travels, I'll be checking into your RR every step of the way.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:19 PM   #24
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Hey guy, are you going to Torrey this year? Wished I could have made it before leaving for SA.

Glad you are following along!

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Steve, you know that your idea of "making it to Torrey" is to spend less than an hour there. I think your riding time will be even better spent on this trip. Have a great ride and try to save your Bikopotomas falls and crashes for the sand. Better yet, try to avoid the sand.

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:12 AM   #25
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Steve, you know that your idea of "making it to Torrey" is to spend less than an hour there. I think your riding time will be even better spent on this trip. Have a great ride and try to save your Bikopotomas falls and crashes for the sand. Better yet, try to avoid the sand.

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Jonathon, great hearing from you. Glad you are coming along on our ride. Friends make us rich beyond words!

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:13 AM   #26
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Hola, it's Teal from Steve's party tonight. Good luck and safe travels, I'll be checking into your RR every step of the way.
Hola, Teal!

Glad you could be here to help send us off!

See you soon, and thanks for the shirts!

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Old 10-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #27
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A couple of pics of the crew heading out this morning. I believe they're in Douglas, AZ tonight.



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Old 10-02-2013, 10:07 PM   #28
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Following the Sun with Jackie and Valention

Hey JimboC,

Glad you are along for the ride! We crossed the border around noon, took care of our paperwork, and we're now in Nuevas Casa Grande. Had a good meal and found a nice motel for $32.

Hopefully we'll get some pix up soon. So far we've just been riding to get down here. Maybe now we can slow down and start enjoying the trip!
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Talking Viva Mexico

Hidalgo Del Parral might just have done it for me. Here I was finally over a thousand kilometres from the US border and most things Americana. Although we could not help but to notice the Walmart and Sam’s club as we entered the “ciudad”. Sitting crouched at an old and squeaky desk, the warm blowing breeze was lazily lifting the blinds of our kitsch room at Hotel Acosta. I felt a great sense of peace, we were finally on our way. I know we have not found our groove yet, but the reality of life to come is slowly seeping in, an for a brief moment I felt elated by my surroundings. Our bikes were neatly tucked in the lobby of the hotel, under the watchful eyes of our host Alvaro.

Who say's you can't fit big bikes in the lobby?



Hidalgo Del Parral


From our 360 degrees terrace, I could see three churches from another era that beckoned a visit.

Not that I am religious by any stretch of the term, but I like to rest my eyes on history’s best witness. Architecture; religious or not has always afforded me that pleasure during my travels.

Hidalgo Del Parral, one of Mexico’s many mining towns. Here the minerals have been extracted and exploited by the Spaniards as early as 1562. The French and English banks also did their best to ensure a one-way trade system was established to complete the exploitation cycle. Some time after the end of the Mexican revolution, one of its most illustrious hero, General José Doroteo Arango Arámbula aka Francisco Villa, aka
Pancho Villa, was assassinated here for reasons that are still debated today.


According to Wikipedia the city has a population of approximately 101000, about the size of Fargo, ND and Green Bay, WI.

Earlier in the week, we left Glendora, CA a quaint extended suburb of LA and rode the painful line called Highway 10 East to Arizona. It runs from California to Florida, and the 760 km or so to Tucson was mainly desert dotted by big box stores. Good thing we had to exit for gas a couple of times or we would have forgotten how to negotiate curves.

We then darted south to Douglas AZ via Tombstone and we got to play Cowboys and Aliens.

Sometimes the Aliens win.



We entered Mexico at Agua Prieta, we were lucky and had the formalities completed in about and hour. Stamp this, copy that, pay here, stamp there, stick that here, that’s how it’s done competently and with a smile.

Note to self: teach US and Canadian border officials to be as friendly as their Mexican counterparts.

From Agua Prieta we darted to Nuevo Casas Grandes, and completed our two-day run of about 1250 km.



The next morning was the ride to Creel, where we had the intention to cross Copper Canyon south to Batopilas and East to Hidalgo Del Parral.



We received inconsistent reports re. the condition of the road, and opted out. It was not an easy decision, and Valentino was disappointed to turn back, but considering we are barely on the first few weeks of a six months journey, two up on the pig big, I know that the opportunity to ride challenging roads will come again.

Happy people, something about Mexico and motorcycles





Life is good, tomorrow we give Angela a break, visit Hidalgo Del Parral, and I post some more Pics.



Just a tease




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Hidalgo Del Parral




After looking at this photo I figured I could you use a shave



So I treated myself to the the first shave of the trip; $50.00p, it does not get better than that


Regardless of how nice the ride, a day off from sitting in the Russell Day-Long saddle can also be a blessing. We stroll around Hidalgo Del Parral, "Parral" to the locals and enjoyed the colourful hues of the city




























They like bikes too



Visited the “Palacio de Alvarado”, the former house of Don Pedro Alvarado, at the time the richest man in the state of Chihuahua, and one of the richest in Mexico. He was known as benevolent and was liked throughout the land. This rich benefactor even proposed to pay off Mexico’s national debt. The President at the time; Porfirio Diaz declined the offer and was quoted to have said “that the Mexican debt belong to the whole nation and not just one patriot.”

Sounds to me like this politician, as many today, had more than one master to answer to.


Thank you Hidalgo Del Parral for your welcoming streets and agreeable people.

¿En donde esta Pancho Villa? En el corazon de todos los Parralenses…
¡Viva la Revolucion! ¡Viva Mexico!


Tomorrow we ride and head for Durango

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