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Old 01-17-2015, 08:00 AM   #1
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Mexico: Virgin journey! Let's see what happens!

Sitting here in the coolness of what's left of a clear morning in southern Louisiana, I have some of my tools gathered around me as I prepare to embark on the greatest adventure of my life. Just across the breakfast table, just on the other side of my now empty coffee mug, is a black, smallish DSLR camera I picked up just yesterday. To my left and within easy reach is my iPhone 6+, another recent purchase and of course there's this new Apple laptop that promises to deal me its share of misery as I struggle to navigate this new terrain in creating "threads," ride reports and for God's sake, trying to upload a picture. You see, I'm going to be a little challenged here, but what you see will represent the best I can do and hopefully, as I go, I'll get better.

A little about me:

I'm 64 and just retired after more than 40 years in the newspaper business, working just about all ends of the trade, from reporter to publisher on pubs ranging from small weeklies to larger dailies. Grew up in rural NW Louisiana and was one of 14 in my graduating class in '68. Never was worth a damn in basketball, but played anyway. A few bikes along the way. Left for the Navy after flunking out of college, college again, kids, you all know the drill. I guess you could say I've been waiting on this day a very long time. After a career that mostly limited vacations to two weeks or less, I've got time on my hands. No more got to be at the office, put on the suit and tie, eat the rubber chicken dinners, no I'm a free man and I'm going to follow a dream while I can still hold up that little KLR and keep it pointed in the same direction while moving.

You see I'm a going to Mexico, but I don't know
exactly where!


Other than the camera, the phone and computer, I've got my bike outside, actually two bikes (the other is a '12 Goldwing). In the process of doing the mods, adding bags, different rear shock, side racks, and the like to get my skinny butte down the road in a westerly direction. Right now, I know that I'll probably ride from here on NOLA's Northshore, to Laredo, cross there and we'll see where we end up. Know I want to leave not later than early March, maybe mid-February, but anything else is going to be dictated by when I've got all my things together. No set date to return.

She sez I can go, but honey I'm gonna miss ya!


That would be Kim as in Kim Pham, the beautiful lady who's still in her working career but graciously and unselfishly has blessed my journey despite her fears, misgivings and concerns for my safety. She actually thinks I'm a little crazy, but then I guess most of you adventurers know how I feel. Hate to use a cliche, but it kind of says it. It's there and I want to do it. Don't have anything really to prove, but my love for motorcycles, riding, beautiful scenery, other cultures, learning Espanol and the requisite time off — why not?

And a bow to!

All the inmates who've spent their time posting all this information that has helped and continues to help me prepare myself for this adventure. Certainly to those who host the site. A lot of names come to mind, but the threads and posts such inmates as Tricepilot, Bato, Advford, h2oboy, Kiko, ShizzMan, Acetones, Sjoerd Bakker, AkRider, Donnie, Turkeycreek and more, all have not only been instrumental in helping me prepare, but also have fueled my imagination. This past year while waiting for retirement, I've live vicariously through them and others. I am indebted, but damn what fun I've had too!

My beautiful lady who puts up with me

Don't know if that's in order of the header, but that's my Kim. Plan is she'll fly down to somewhere to join me for a few days or so, do some riding together and then fly back.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:03 AM   #2
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'11 KLR 650 all stock now, but adding stronger suspension components, saddle bags, side racks.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:01 AM   #3
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:05 AM   #4
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:13 AM   #5
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:15 AM   #6
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Stop in on your way, I'm just a few miles from I-10 and 1.5 from I-35
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:18 AM   #7
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Stop in on your way, I'm just a few miles from I-10 and 1.5 from I-35
Might you have a cool one to quench the thirst of the weary traveler?
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:42 AM   #8
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:58 PM   #9
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Where in NW LA are you from? I'm from Shreveport. Grad from Fair Park in 1965.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:00 AM   #10
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Where in NW LA are you from? I'm from Shreveport. Grad from Fair Park in 1965.
Ace, we would be from the general same area. I grad'd '68 from Stanley High School, about 45 miles south, southwest of Shreveport. About seven miles east of Logansport. Living in Hammond since April b4 Katrina in '05. Hope to hook up with you one day. You must be about 90 miles from me. Right now, I have time to do some things I like since I hung it up Dec. 31.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:11 AM   #11
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Make this trip a great one! Mexico's gonna be fun for you! Don't over plan or prepare but cover all the important bases. Your timing lends toward the direction of Copper Canyon, as late enough to be warmed up a bit there.
I'd been "down there" many times but my MC trips started after retirement, when no schedule is the best schedule. Enjoy!
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:16 AM   #12
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Westward Bound

My renewed passport should be here in a few weeks and I was planning to head west (on my Mighty DR) when the weather gets better to re-visit the Big Bend TX area.

Will follow your preparations.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:26 AM   #13
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:27 AM   #14
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Make this trip a great one! Mexico's gonna be fun for you! Don't over plan or prepare but cover all the important bases. Your timing lends toward the direction of Copper Canyon, as late enough to be warmed up a bit there.
I'd been "down there" many times but my MC trips started after retirement, when no schedule is the best schedule. Enjoy!
Thank you, Kentuckid Sent you an email!
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:24 PM   #15
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Don't forget your Geaux Pro Hero4 cam.

Lots of great video ops sliding thru the Aqueducts.
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