ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-24-2013, 05:24 AM   #1
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

The Big Day is finally here. Me and my DR650 are leaving today from the Northern latitude of 53 degrees in the prairies of Canada and headed to 54 degrees South at Ushuaia.

A TON of planning and reading fantastic Ride Reports here has brought me this day. My friends and family are meeting at the local Suzuki dealer (Riverside Motosports in St. Albert) to see me off in a big way. We've invited the public to join us and bikers are going to follow me out of town in a convoy.

Inspired by my Brother in Law who suffered a Spinal Cord Injury and also by the story of Ozymandias The trip is also a fund raiser for charity (not me )
I hope to be disciplined enough to produce a Ride Report worthy of the asylum. Here we go...!



Thanks Kedji for inspiring the name of my ride
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
Tex76
Motersykle Advntyers
 
Tex76's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2012
Location: Plano, Texas
Oddometer: 858
Keep it coming, buena suerte!!
__________________
"We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
2007 BMW R1200 GSA, 2009 DL1000, 2005 DR650
30:Unemployed and Homeless (2 months and 10,000 miles)
The Lost Texan, Wanders East
Tex76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 07:26 AM   #3
poolman
Gnarly Poolside Adv.
 
poolman's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Darnestown, MD
Oddometer: 712
All the best for a safe and amazing journey

Cheers,
__________________
~~~~~~
poolman

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Costa Rica Solo
poolman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 07:50 AM   #4
greygeezer
Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Vancouver, Canada.
Oddometer: 52
DR650
South America
:
greygeezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 08:46 AM   #5
kalahari-k
Kalahari-K
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Oddometer: 170
Good bike choice

Your bike is almost a twin of mine. It will be fun watching it move south on your trip. Best of luck.
kalahari-k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
Thanks for the love guys!
I'm in a low end hotel in Bonners Ferry Idaho with sketchy WiFi. I'll attempt to make a post....post haste!!
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
noved
Whitehorse
 
noved's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Calgary
Oddometer: 62
Good luck!
__________________
"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions."
"When I die, I wanna go like my grandpa…peacfully…sleeping…not screaming, like the passengers in his car…"
noved is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2013, 07:50 PM   #8
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
Day 1

Day 1 August 24, 2013-08-24
St.Albert to Goldeye Lake Campground 358km 6.5 hours



Photos H. Yates



The Group ride started after a cheque presentation and a few speeches.





We had about 20 bikes along for the 45 minute ride to Onoway where the group disbanded.




I said an emotional farewell to my wonderful wife of 25 years. Not a good-bye but a “see you soon”.



An uneventful ride ensued on roads I have driven or ridden many times so few stops and no photos. I needed to make some miles before dark.
I’m sitting in a great campground Called Goldeye Lake near Nordegg Alberta on Hwy 11. As I’m typing this into my laptop a fellow approaches me and asks if I’d like a plate of food. Taken by surprise, I say yes! He must have seen me munching on trail mix and took pity on me. He brings over a plate with a huge BBQ’d chicken breast, campfire potatoes and onions, and pickled beets. Thanks Dean and family!!



Tomorrow will be the Icefield Parkway!

Oh, and yes my bumb is sore!

DRRambler screwed with this post 08-27-2013 at 06:48 PM
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2013, 08:41 AM   #9
Manolito
Patagonia guide
 
Manolito's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Argentina
Oddometer: 237
I'm in
Hope to see you down here
__________________
Bikeless

Going to Ushuaia? Stop in Rio Gallegos and let's have a beer
Manolito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 06:03 AM   #10
scooter_kenny
Adventurer
 
scooter_kenny's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: CANADA
Oddometer: 27
Hay, hello from Calgary. I just found your report last night. All the best.
scooter_kenny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 07:41 AM   #11
lakota
Geeser
 
lakota's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Annapolis MD
Oddometer: 2,885
Great start to a ride report. I'll be following along.
Ride Safe!
__________________
IBA #42016

my ride reports

follow my ride

lakota is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #12
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
Quote:
Originally Posted by TEWSTER2 View Post
I'm In!
Good to have you along!

Quote:
Originally Posted by scooter_kenny View Post
Hay, hello from Calgary. I just found your report last night. All the best.
I was born in Calgary so I won't hold that against you

Quote:
Originally Posted by lakota View Post
Great start to a ride report. I'll be following along.
Ride Safe!
It's been fantastic so far. Loving Mexico.
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #13
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
Day 18 Historic Queretaro

Day 18 September 10th Tequila Jalisco to Queretaro 450km 6 hours

We got a late start today and had a nice breakfast at the same cafe we at the evening before. It’s a little cafe in the main plaza of Tequila. There is a 400 year old church watching over the square as we ate Huevos Rancheros and drank wonderful coffee.



We then walked around the central area for an hour or so. This place is named Tequila for a reason.











We retrieved the motos from the distant parking area. After loading them and donning gear still wet from the downpour yesterday we hit the road at about 1pm. Actually my gear was fairly dry but my left boot had filled with water for some reason. The weather was perfect for riding and it looked like we may stay dry at least for awhile.









The plan was to get to historical Queretaro today 450km away. In our path was Mexico’s second largest city Guadalajara and we wanted to go around it if we could. GPS was only moderately helpful so paper map consults were frequent throughout the day.

Starting off on the free roads we made slow progress behind trucks and busses. Eventually it was apparent that if we were to make it to Queretaro it would be dark when we arrived. Finding a toll road helped us make time but did spend about 30 minutes on the dark freeway.
By this time food was the most important item on our minds. The tacos we found were the best yet in Mexico.



We rode up and down awesome stone streets looking for a hotel eventually finding St. Martin’s Hostal in the historic district. The location and bike security was perfect so the decision was made to stay for two nights.







Tomorrow we’ll see Queretaro in daylight.
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #14
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
No Internet in my hotel folks, update in a few days. It's raining extremely hard at the moment. But I'm dry in a restaurant.

Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk 2
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2013, 04:13 PM   #15
DRRambler OP
AKA Albertastrom
 
DRRambler's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Vancouver Island
Oddometer: 838
Hopefully there is something helpful here. Feel free to shoot me any questions you may have.

Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk 2
DRRambler is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 10:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014