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Old 09-19-2009, 10:32 PM   #31
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Once I finish posting here i'll give it a try on Stromtrooper. I should wrap everything up in a couple of days. Work and parties have slowed me down.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:09 AM   #32
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Day 13

We pack up and leave Hot Springs although we didn't go to a Spa it was a very relaxing day. We take some very nice roads towards Texarkansas. We have been looking forward to Wednesday and having Chicken Pot Pie at Cracker Barrel. When we get to Texarkansas we stop to have the pie and they have run out! We ask where the nearest Cracker Barrel is and are told Houston! We decide the pie will have to wait for another visit.



We make it to Texas. The bike is running well. We feel close to home Texas is our last American State. We also have a dragon, adv and Indianapolis MotoGP sticker to prove we are hard core riders (ha ha)

It is now getting hot. We go around Houston and decide to stay at the KOA in Waco. It will be our last night camping.





On the way to Waco we stop at a gas stop and discover "The Blue Skies Cafe" which is owned by Willie Nelson. It is a huge place with a theatre with a group of people taking a dance class.
We take a picture of another great sunset and of one of Willie's many platinum albums.



We take set up camp and take a shower. Next stop San Antonio. We go to San Antonio a lot so know it well. The KOA has a Jacuzzi and I am looking forward to a nice soak.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:52 AM   #33
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Day 14



We pack up the tent for the last time, strap it on the bike and then Ivonne realizes she has laft her glasses inside the tent. We unroll the tent and there they are. Nothing has happened to them, So we head south on I35.



We stop at a Cracker Barrel where we both have become addicted to this game.

We also make a stop at a shopping mall and buy a couple of watches. It is very hot. We go a little further and stop at San Marcus Outlet where we do some shopping. It is still very hot.



We make it to the San Antonio KOA where they reopen the store to check us into a Cabin. We will have a good rest tonight after doing the laundry, soaking in the Jacuzzi and packing everything.

Mexico is now very close.
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:47 PM   #34
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Day 15

I lube the chain again and we strap everything on the bike. This has become a routine that I am now used to.
We leave San Antonio and head toward Corpus Christi. We will have breakfast on the way. Suddenly we are out of San Antonio and there is lots of nothing. We finally have breakfast at a gas station.
We ride through a lot of very, very, very hot boring countryside.
We want to cross the border at Los Ebanos but we arrive too late. Although it is early we call it a day.



We stop at the local Cracker Barrel and get delicious fish and chips. It reminds me of England and the fact that I need to go there to see my mum.



We get a room at a very nice new Motel.



It has a big swimming pool and a sauna. I step into the sauna and realize that I don't need it as we spent most of the day riding the bike in one.
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:15 PM   #35
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Day 16

We leave our Motel room and head for Los Ebanos.



Los Ebanos is a Ferry crossing. Ben and Jen had told us about it when they stayed with us. I thought it would be a nea way back into Mexico.



The town is pretty run down. It has a very tired feeling to it.



A little explanation of the ferry crossing.











We arrive to the ferry which is a very relaxing way to cross back into Mexico. We py our 2.50dollars and the guy tells us we don't need to wait in line as motorcycles and bicycles and can to the front of the line. We ride onto the ferry and 3 guys start pulling it across into Mexico.
Once we get to the other side there is 1 customs guy who just waves us through. Once out of customs it is a few miles to the town and then we turn left to Reynosa.
We go towards Linares and get stopped at an inspection point. We get asked if the bike is Mexican. Ivonne nods and we continue on our way.
This was a great way to get into Mexico. It is hard to believe in these days of computers, 9/11 and terrosists etc that you can cross a border on a hand pulled ferry.



We stop to get gas at a Pemex. All gas stations in Mexico have attendants who punp the gas for you. Credit cards are seldom accepted. We relax a little in an "Oxo" which is like a 7 eleven and are at a lot of gas stations. The bike is running well, it is cloudy so not too hot. It feels good to be back in Mexico.



We stop at Linares and have some great food. It rains quite a biy while we are eating but stops just before we leave.



We take a road through the mountains that goes to Matehuala. The sky darkens and we stop to put on our rain gear. We get about 15 mins of very hard rain. I discover my rain pants are not as waterproof as they used to be.



We stay at a motel called "El Oasis" it is 26o pesos and is okay. I wouldn't recommend it if it is really hot as it doesn't have A/C.

Ivonne asks what there is to see in Matehuala and the grl tells her "Walmart". We go downtown but there is nothing to see. I think the girl was right. There is a casino but it has Bingo machines.

Mexico beats Costa Rica in a qualifying game for the world cup but I fall asleep before it ends.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:38 PM   #36
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:02 AM   #37
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Day 17

I normally want to get home at the end of a trip but I really wanted to keep going, turn around and do it all again or go south to unknown places.
Unfortunately, I have to be back at work on Monday ans today is Sunday!



I pack the bike for the last time this trip.

We go across the road the a much nicer hotel, Las Palmas, and have breakfast.
We then head home.

Near Queretaro trafic comes to a stop. I thread my way through and discover that a truck has gone off the road. We narrowly squeeze by the tow truck by pulling in one of the dry bags on top of the pannier.

We were going to stop in Queretaro but there is a lack of good communication and we end up having lunch at the same place we did on our way out 2 weekls ago. The Barbacoa is even better this time.

We get to Mex City and take the toll road around the city to get home. I wouldn't norally do this but there is construction on the "Periferico"



The final reading on the Odo is 31857 miles so a grand total of 4804 miles from my house to Indy and back. Not counting the ride from Corbin Kentucky to Greywolf's house.



2487.2 miles from Indy back to Mexico City.








We take the final pictures. We have done it and we have the stickers and t-shirts to prove it.

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Old 09-21-2009, 08:10 AM   #38
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Nice ride!

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Old 09-21-2009, 08:34 AM   #39
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Great report, thanks for posting it.

I enjoyed following your trip the last few days.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:36 AM   #40
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Conclusion

It has been just over 2 weeks since we got back and the I have just finished he report. I have some final thoughts and observations in no particular order.

Thank youto everyone that helped us including Greywolf and his family, Dwayne and Frank, Paul and Laura in New Orleans, Billy in Houston, Mark, Kevin, Jack and his wife all in Indy, the 2 Chris's in Corbin, Seth in Little Rock. There are probably others but I can't remember but thanks anyway.

There are a lot of Harleys on the road. It seemed like almost every bike we went by was a Harley. Most of them going quite slowly. We spent about an hour behind 2 Harleys that were going at a normal speed. There are also a lot of Harley dealers they seem to be everywhere.

Travelling is easy in the States. There are gas stations, restaurants, motels, campsites everywhere. There is no reason to really plan you can just go and stop somewhere before it gets dark or even ride during the night. We never rode at night.

Next day shipping is a reality. You can order parts and they will arrive the next day.

Internet is incredible. Without the net we might still be sitting in Corbin Kentucky.

Indianapolis is a long way from home. Almost 5,000 miles in 2 weeks is too much. A month would have been great for the trip. We missed a lot of hings on the way there and back. We were riding in Texas and I noticed a sin that said "Pleasanton Home of the Cowboy". I would have liked to have stopped and had a look but we simply didn't have time.

Ivonne is unbelievable. She spent hours on the back of the bike with very little complaint. She pushed the bike up a hill and said nothing when the bike bump started and I rode off without her! We have been married for 31 years and it just gets better.

The V-Strom is a great bike. It is comfortable, fastish, can carry a lot of stuff and breaks down so you can meet fantastic people. I am a little worried about this stator problem but hope now it is fixed for good. The rectifier part number was changed so I am hoping that it was improved and the problem won't come back.

Valentin Rossi sometimes makes mistakes. I think he was shocked to see me in the crowd turned to check if it was really me and lost control of the bike. There is no other explanation.

After writing this I have tremendous respect for riders that can write up there travels constantly and so well. I struggled to write this and just couldn't seem to put down in words the feelings I had during the trip.

Travelling by bike is really travelling. Experiencing the changing weather conditions, feeling ever mile, your heart missing a beat when a dog starts to cross the road in the Mexican mountains. The bike wallowing a bit it turns because of the weight on the back. People just coming up to you to ask questions and wish you a safe trip. None of this happens when you are in a car.

People especially motorcyclists are great.Everywhere we went we met interstin people. I had some great conversations with people about a wide range of things.

Well that' s it. I hope you enjoyed it and thanks to all my friends we were able to have a great advebture not just a trip.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:04 AM   #41
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:17 PM   #42
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Garry great ride report. Glad to see you are back home ok. It was good to meet you and Ivonne.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:40 PM   #43
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Hey Garry, great report!! Dick just pm'd me with the link. Hate I missed you two when you were so close. I would have loved to put you up for a night or 2, fed you, showed you some good roads, and maybe some of our great beers.

Sending you a PM.


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..... Valentin Rossi sometimes makes mistakes. I think he was shocked to see me in the crowd turned to check if it was really me and lost control of the bike. There is no other explanation........
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:13 PM   #45
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Outstanding report Garry. Frank and I enjoyed you and your wifes company. I am still wondering if she even understood a thing Frank said, hahahaha. Even I have a hard time understanding him now and then, LOL. I know I probably didn't look like the typical Strom owner, what with a Harley shirt, camo pants and boots on, and two sizes larger than most strom owners hahahaha. If you two ever head back in this area again, let us know. We'll take more time and show you around the "GOOD" parts of Kentucky, not just Corbin. :) :)
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