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Old 12-05-2011, 09:05 AM   #46
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Coolant spraying to your face is a well known F800GS / F650GS issue apparently:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=611531
Lucky it's not a shafty

Have a great trip!
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:32 PM   #47
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Lovin' the RR ... keep 'em coming!
As a relative noob to blogging from the road, I'm curious what sort of setup you're using for writing, compiling, and uploading your updates (software, hardware, etc.).
Cheers,
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To write my updates I just use a simple text editor called TextEdit on the Mac -- similar to WordPad on the PC. I process the pictures using Aperture 3 (plus Photoshop sometimes). After processing, I upload the pictures to Amazon S3 for hosting, but there are more convenient sites like SmugMug, Flickr, pbase and PhotoBucket. I've met a few riders on the road who are using Google's free Picasa editing software + hosting service.

Hardware-wise, I'm using a MacBook Air with a few external hard-drives from LaCie for storage & backup.

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Old 12-07-2011, 01:57 PM   #48
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To write my updates I just use a simple text editor called TextEdit on the Mac -- similar to WordPad on the PC. I process the pictures using Aperture 3 (plus Photoshop sometimes). After processing, I upload the pictures to Amazon S3 for hosting, but there are more convenient sites like SmugMug, Flickr, pbase and PhotoBucket. I've met a few riders on the road who are using Google's free Picasa editing software + hosting service.

Hardware-wise, I'm using a MacBook Air with a few external hard-drives from LaCie for storage & backup.

Take care,
Thanks from me also for the info, appreciated Slowphil
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:02 PM   #49
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When I first seriously considered embarking on this trip, my plan was to quickly head "south of the border", speeding through Mexico and into Central America. Many opinions on ADV and HUBB deemed the U.S. "too expensive" and Mexico "too dangerous", so quickly dispensing with both seemed logical.

My plans changed. I realized that this trip is not solely about riding south. It's also an opportunity to visit old friends, some of which I haven't seen in many many years. Accordingly my route meandered from Toronto to Chicago, down to Texas, back up to Colorado, then westward through Arizona and Nevada. I did a huge detour but I'm glad I took the time to see familiar faces.

It was now time to visit some friends in California and to get the bike serviced one last time before entering Mexico.




Visiting Ellie in San Francisco

Ellie's brother Ramon was one of my best friends back in high school. Their oldest brother, Dani, lives in nearby Aptos (beside Santa Cruz) -- just minutes from Ted Porter's BeemerShop. How convenient!

I gave Dani a call and he answered: "we're going shooting, wanna meet us at the gun range?" D'oh, of course!!



Dani having fun at Los Altos Gun Club

Pistols, rifles, shotguns… we had a blast. Living in Canada, I don't get many opportunities for sport shooting; it was a treat.

The ride from Santa Clara to the gun club in Los Gatos was pretty fun too, mainly because I took the wrong turn (despite the GPS). I ended up riding through a small, super-twisty road. Some of the curves were so steep and tight that even in 1st gear I almost scraped the pegs!



Many nice roads to explore near Los Gatos

My service appointment at BeemerShop was still a few days away, so I just chilled out at Dani's place and checked out the Santa Cruz area, including Aptos itself and nearby Capitola.


S.S. Palo Alto, Seacliff State Beach, Aptos

I headed to the beach and was bewildered by the sight. By the pier was the Palo Alto, a ship made out of concrete! The ship (a tanker) was built during World War I. Steel was in short supply then so instead the U.S. Naval Shipyard constructed the tanker using concrete. However, by the time the Palo Alto was completed in 1919, the war had already ended.


Capitola at Sunset

I really enjoyed hanging out in Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area. Being an I.T. nerd, I've often considered moving to the area, but my few trips to Silicon Valley never really impressed me. Now I can totally see the appeal of living there.

Tomorrow I'm taking my bike in for service & new tires at the BeemerShop, followed by a quick ride down Highway 1 to Monterrey Bay and Carmel, before finally, Mexico.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:28 PM   #50
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C'mon Peekay, we need an update......
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:34 PM   #51
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mas fotos !!!!!

Estaremos pendientes del viaje y de mas fotos !!!!!
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #52
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If you need anything while heading down through LA, let me know. Hell--depending on the day you're down maybe I'll cruise to the border with you. ;)
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #53
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Really enjoying the photos and narration.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:02 AM   #54
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Looks to me like his last update was from December. Does he have a website he is updating? Has anyone heard from him and know if he is still riding and OK?
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #55
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More please...

Pretty interesting read on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon.

Love to see more!

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:55 AM   #56
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Looks to me like his last update was from December. Does he have a website he is updating? Has anyone heard from him and know if he is still riding and OK?
I checked his SPOT link in the first page and looks like he is in Ecuador.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:48 PM   #57
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Apologies everyone! I got waaayy behind in posting. I meant to resume this RR after I finished the ride (originally planned for Dec/Jan), yet here we are in mid-March and I'm still on the road!! I have so much respect for those who are updating their ride reports in real-time!!

Lots have happened since my last post (mainly good). I was having some beers with
Radioman back in Medellin and he quipped "hey you're still in the U.S. according to your thread!"

It's time to re-start this thread. Thanks everyone (and especially Sunday Rider) for keeping me honest!!!
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #58
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Good! We're all glad to hear from you! We were beginning to think you fell off the face of the earth!or maybe......
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #59
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Wow great posting...I really enjoyed this and look forward to more...
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #60
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Excellent Peekay glad you are well. Post when you can, life on the road is tough enough.

On your SPOT page it has the finish date as March 31, 2012. Does that mean it will not update past that date?

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