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Old 02-03-2014, 10:37 AM   #16
Manuelsv
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Location: Somewhere between Phoenix and Argentina
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Wicked PM sent

Hey there..
I just PM'd you my number.. I am originally from Mexico, and I have ridden down all the way to the Guatemala Border 2x, and heading down again at the end of march.. Call me and I'll hook you up with some insider info and perhaps link you up with some of my friends down there so you can have some connections along the way!
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:41 AM   #17
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If you have the time and the inkling, I'd sure like to have you along for the ride.



Hi Calimusjohn, thanks for the invite, don't mind if I do! This looks like a fun ADVenture.

Liking the choice of little TW, even though you have bigger machines. More and more riders seem to be taking their smaller ride and maybe having just as big an ADVenture.

Keep it coming

Ride safe

Cheers
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:42 AM   #18
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Oh hell yeah!

You are my hero! Most people never make their "someday" happen. Nice work... I live in Oregon and just finished shoveling my driveway. You have me thinking...
Thank you and travel safely!
Brad
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:51 PM   #19
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We have another snow storm forecast for Feb 5th.
I'll be enviously reading about your adventure - thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:59 PM   #20
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I am 67, recently retired and arranging several long distance rides beginning this April.

So subscribed and looking forward to following you!

Be safe,
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:19 PM   #21
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:19 PM   #22
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Good ol "Somedays"

I am definitely in. I look forward to your updates and your adventure to follow. Good luck on your travels.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:34 PM   #23
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Go get em... I am in.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:02 PM   #24
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Location: Sprague River, OR & Salome, AZ
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Someday is here!

I am always asked about what I carry. You would not believe all the stuff I have taken off my previous "Essentials" lists. From living on a boat for three years and some long ago bicycle touring, I've found that a printed list of: "What's Where" - saves a lot of frustration. So here goes:
FRONT BAG w/ "SPOT" on top
Front Pocket
Disc Brake Lock
Knife
Flashlight
Top Pocket
Tyvek Gloves
AA & AAA Batterys
Main Pocket
2 Inner Tubes w/ Patch Kit
Ratchet Tie Down
3 long Bubgee Cords

SADDLE BAG "A"
Top Pocket
T.P.
Vet Wrap
Side Pocket
Lonely Planet Guide Book
Neck Warmer
Main Pocket
3 T-shirts
3 shorts (Hanes Boxer Briefs=no seams to sit on!)
3 socks
Swim suit Note: All in plastic baggies with air squished out.
SADDLE BAG "B"
Top Pocket
T.P.
Vet Wrap
Side Pocket
AAA Mexican Guide Book
Main Pocket
Mosquito Jungle Hat
Warm up Pants
Cargo Shorts
Shoes
MEDICATIONS - LOTS!
Dop Kit
TOOL BOX w/ Padlock
New O-Ring Chain w/Master-Link, Chain Press
Spare Eye Glasses, Steri-Pen
2- Screwdrivers, Small Vice Grips, Large Vice Grips
8" Adjustable Wrench, Logbook, 2 Pens/Pencils
ACER Computer w/pwr cord, Nook w/pwr cord
Cell Phone w/pwr cord - no Mexican Coverage
Tire Irons, Tire Pump and Gauge
Cup, Fork, Knife, Spoon, Harmonica
Light Socket, 6' Extention Cord
Head Lanp, Batterys, Crank Flashlight
Whistle, Ear Plugs, Butane, Lighter, Harmonica
Electrical Tape, Duct Tape, Tie Wraps, J.B. Weld, Para-cord
Ear plugs, Bug Spray -Deet
ADV Flag, Peanut Butter, Energy Bars, Wiffle Balls, Girl's Hair Bands
Registration, U.S. Insurance card, Mexican Insurance, T.V.I.P.
2 Spark plugs, open/box ends- 7/16, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19mm
Socket Wrench, Extention, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18mm
TANK BAG
Hot or Cold Wx Gloves
Paper Maps, Notebook, Pens,
Camera, Drink Bottle
Spanish Phrase Card, Microfiber towels, Candy/Gum
Multi-Purpose Tool, *Small "Wiffle" Ball*
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*When I stop at Military Check Points - I'm usually waved through - I break out a Small "Wiffle Ball" (Hollow Plastic ball with slots in it that slow its progress.). I toss it up and invariably, I miss catching it. Guess what? A game starts. Yeah, I donate the ball when I leave to cries of, "Wheelie ! ! !" Those very young Soldiers are about bored to death. They spend an average of three months at a rural checkpoint location before moving to another one. I ask a lot of questions. My Spanglish is pretty awful, but almost always there are a couple of Soldiers that speak English.
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On the seat are strapped my sleeping bag, air mattress a small tent and Bike Cover. Chain lube is in tube. Chain cleaning brush is bungeed to frame under left pannier. 10' of Safety wire is wrapped on the frame. The entire pile weighs 44 pounds. Undoubtedly I have forgotten something. Wal-Marts are in every large town in Mexico. Money is in several locations - Vet wrap makes an in-expensive money belt for arms or legs.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:51 AM   #25
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Good for you! I took my WeeStrom to AK last year and plan on doing the CO and NM portions of the CDR this year after I get old enough to do it (70 this month.) I subscribe to the minimalist view; my list is even more sparse than yours but travel in MX is different than travel in CD/AK. Watch out for banditos! (The kids at the check points also like to get their picture taken sitting on the bike with their rifles!)
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:59 AM   #26
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Go John...We will be looking forward to your reports here in Oregon Buddy.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:31 AM   #27
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Location: Magalia, CA./ Butte & Siskiyou C.
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Thumb I'm in...

I hope when I'm 75 (if I make it that far ) I'm still able to ride.
Ride on, looking forward to your future updates.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:55 PM   #28
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Subscribed!

At 45, I'm raising kids and strapped (other than 1-2 weeks per year) to the house - outside of which it's snowing right now. Dang right I'm in!

Thanks for getting me planning what I'll be doing in 30 years! By then, maybe you'll be ready to sell me the TW!!
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:10 PM   #29
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In!

The TW caught my eye a couple of years ago.. been wondering if it is all one would really need.

I'll be tagging along with great interest.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:22 PM   #30
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Location: Smithereens- or what's left of it in NY
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In! Love my TW but will be heading the same direction as you on a larger bike next month. How long do you think you will be on the road? We may cross paths. John Downs is a great read too. His RR is one of the best.
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