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Old 02-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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Someday is here!

Someday! Is here. Salome, Arizona
Salome, Arizona is home to a few hundred people during the summer. Why so few people? It is located smack dab in the middle of the desert about 100 miles west of Phoenix. Summers are quite warm. Then in October and November the population increases dramatically as Snowbirds from all over northern lands migrate to soak up warm sun rays as they run amok.

After 22 years of enjoying the wintertime pleasures of dealing with wood fired heating systems, frozen water pipes, and shoveling snow in Oregon, I am now a resident of Salome. It is perfectly poised as a training area for Adventure desert riding. It makes a great jumping off spot for touring Baja California and mainland Mexico. You can ride for thousands of off road miles . . .



. . . . . or stick to less traveled back roads.




The bike is loaded. Bills have been paid and pre-paid. The weather is good. I'm aging by the minute. I am ready for the next step; the ride from Salome to Nogales, Arizona and its Sister across the border - Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

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Old 02-02-2014, 08:15 PM   #2
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"Someday!"
Like many readers of these varied Ride Reports, I have often found myself muttering, "Someday". Well the years are starting to catch up with me. (Seventy five, so far.) If I continue to sit and whittle away the days, they are going to all run out and I will have gone nowhere.
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Which bike should I take? I rode a Goldwing Trike on the Four Corner's Tour. The WeeStrom carried me over the "Rattle Snake 1,000" course to qualify for the Iron Butt Association membership and then toted me from Cold Foot, Alaska to Cabo San Lucas. I love the Beemer on quickie 1,000 mile trips. The Harley is good for the evening run to get a Slurpee down at the 7/11 store.
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On past trips, the bikes were loaded with upwards of 200 pounds of basic essentials - besides my 180 pounds of bone and tissue.
Then I began (and still am) reading John Downs, South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure. Whoa! Maybe there is a better or different way to travel. I had previously read and watched Crashmaster tour for two years with a single shirt and pair of pants. Maybe I could down size my safari. Finally, Travelbugblues. Elisa flew to Australia, bought a Super Sherpa, strapped on a bicycle basket and some fabic panniers and was off carrying fewer items than I usually haul around while moping about in my own neighborhood. That did it!
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The Yamaha TW200, hidden behind the bigger bikes was brought out to Front and Center position. To address basic ergonomics, I installed - raised - Hi-rise ATV handlebars adorned with a G.P.S. and a camera mount, to clear a larger gas tank. The new 4.1 gallon tank vs original 1.6, give the bike a 300 mile range. On the front, I fashioned a small shelf for a bicycle handlebar bag containing extra inner tubes, a pump and patches. The rear sports a plywood platform graced with a lockable Wal-Mart tool box and bicycle panniers left over from long ago touring days. A small tent, sleeping bag and a Thermarest mattress form a back rest. A welding rod container tube from Harbor Freight holds chain lube. Total out of pocket expenses for the plywood, tool box and storage tube was less then $30.00. I already had the other items. O.K. I bought the gas tank and hi-rise handlebars for another $250.00. With the bags and box packed - I'm carrying a total of 44 pounds of my new list of basic essentials.
(O.K. I will prepare a list of what I consider essentials, later.)


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Now, with the transportation wrinkles smoothed out. Where should I go? It's February. I am in southern Arizona. North and East are cold and snowy. Westward is limited by that big Pacific pond. How about South? Baja? No. I need to see some new territory. Mainland Mexico it is.
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Where in Mexico? How much of Mexico? I am not a tourist. Tourists have destinations and schedules to keep. I follow my nose, wander about needlessly and occasionally heed people's recommendations. My firm plans are: I will enter Mexico at Nogales and expect to turn north somewhere on the Yucatan peninsula - we'll see.
This will not be a speed run. My intent is to travel no more than 250 miles per day. I will stop everytime I get the urge. I'll take photographs of what interests me. (Pretty girls are always good. ) I will keep track of expenditures. I will utilize motels/hotels and camp when necessary. I am not carrying cooking gear. I hope to keep the Ride Report as current as possible. (This paragraph sounds like a New Year's Resolution list. . . . and I love sunsets, long walks on the beach, warm puppies, am all for eating right, exercise, and World Peace.) gag!!!
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If you have the time and the inkling, I'd sure like to have you along for the ride. You can even make suggestions about what I should see and do. I have made a past career out of ignoring advice. Maybe this time I will be different. - - - -- Nah. . .. Doubt it.

My "Someday" is February 6, 2014. John
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:36 PM   #3
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In! You have the right attitude for Mexico traveling Looking forward to the RR
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:28 PM   #4
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Can't wait to read your ride reports...YAY for the TW!!!
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:13 PM   #5
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:38 AM   #6
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Great start! Keep up the good work.

small bikes = big fun!

Go git 'em


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Old 02-03-2014, 12:46 AM   #7
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:34 AM   #8
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I like the small bike/old age combo. Gives me hope. Happy trails brother.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:42 AM   #9
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Good luck. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your adventure, thanks for letting this desk jockey ride a long at least in spirit.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:56 AM   #10
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Go Minimalist. I need minimalist.
Watch out for those bags and you muffler, tho.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:03 AM   #11
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I'm in for your ride..
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:19 AM   #12
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I'd stay off the toll roads on a TW, the locals drive very fast
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:27 AM   #13
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Well thanks for the encouragement folks. It has been 70 degrees plus for the last month. February 6 now has rain forecast. It never fails to fascinate me how that happens. God sure has a wicked sense of humor.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:33 AM   #14
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In... Uno mas cerveza por favor....dos tacos, eu tu.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:51 AM   #15
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Looking forward to your updates

Looks like you have the right attitude and the right bike. I rode my tw last year more than any of my more capable steeds. There is something about this turtle touring mule that always brings a smile to my face. Safe travels, Dave
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