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Old 08-11-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Over the pond and beyond....a Brit in the Americas.

Hello! Welcome to what will probably be a very average ride report...

So, the plan is...what there's a plan?!?

The plan is to get my bike out of Newark customs by Friday and head down to Tellico Plains to pick up the TAT. I have the tracks for the TET so will follow some of that on the way and probably take a look at the Dragon too.

Assuming I survive the TAT then it's down into Baja and Mexico, stop to brush up my Spanish in Guatemala, the Stahlratte over to Colombia and down to Chile in time to see the Dakar roll into Iquique. From there down to Ushuaia and back up into Brazil for a few months work. (I lived in Sao Paulo for a while).

I'll be riding a KTM 690 Enduro with Rally Raid EVO2 tanks/fairing and far too much crap strapped onto the back.

It would be great to meet up with as many ADV'ers as possible along the way. If your on the tent space list then look out I could be coming your way!

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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A 100 mile or so blast down a windy motorway to the shipping agents near Heathrow. Into the warehouse and down to crating up the bike.



You think your 690 Enduro is a light bike? Mine must have a lead filled frame! With the panniers on and my riding kit and tank bag in a bag on the seat the bike was on a wooden pallet built for the crate.* It topped the scales at 273kg !?!!!

My panniers weigh 27kg and the guy said there was about 30kg of wood in the pallet. Lets say my riding kit and tank bag are 20kg that leaves 196kg...* Surely there must be something wrong?? I topped the scales at 88kg so they were accurate for that weight....hmmmm.





So after packing the bike and going through the process to get my bike back in NY I'm now sat with my last pint of English beer that I'll have for a while.

Next stop the apple that is large...


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Old 08-11-2014, 02:21 PM   #3
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:28 PM   #4
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:34 PM   #5
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Hey Nick,

If

a) you're doing all of it, and/or
b) if you have happen to cross into Canada near Vancouver, BC - let me know - you can drop by, borrow the garage for some repairs, any help we can give. Or just a quick ride in the area - whatever you like.

PM me if interested.

cheers,

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #6
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Hey Nick,

If

a) you're doing all of it, and/or
b) if you have happen to cross into Canada near Vancouver, BC - let me know - you can drop by, borrow the garage for some repairs, any help we can give. Or just a quick ride in the area - whatever you like.

PM me if interested.

cheers,

CM
Thanks for the offer but Canada will have wait awhile...

Here's a rough plan:



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Old 08-11-2014, 03:03 PM   #7
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Awesome! Looking forward to the report. No worries on the beer, a lot of fine brewers here as well....Cheers and safe journey over.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:08 PM   #8
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Going to ride the Americas but skipping the largest country in the Americas? But you're so close, man!



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Thanks for the offer but Canada will have wait awhile...

Here's a rough plan:



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Old 08-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #9
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Going to ride the Americas but skipping the largest country in the Americas? But you're so close, man!
I know but no time this trip.

It will have to wait for the next trip, maybe a go at the TCAT??

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Old 08-11-2014, 03:21 PM   #10
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Enjoy your adventure Nick! I have subscribed with great interest :)
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:07 PM   #11
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In! Looks like a great ride. If you are in Los Angeles, you are more then welcome to stop by, borrow the garage/tools, etc.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:42 PM   #12
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In! I love RR by visitors to the U.S. It's always interesting to see our country through others' eyes.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:48 PM   #13
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This should be great. I'm out of your way (southeastern/coastal South Carolina) but if for some reason you come this way, be sure to let me know. Workshop w/lift, stuff like that. Glad to help out if I can. BTW, that's pretty much the "classic" Americas route I think, you should have a great time!

P.S. What did Phoenix charge? I'm headed the other way next year.


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Old 08-11-2014, 08:58 PM   #14
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this looks like a very good plan
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:20 PM   #15
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Keep us posted on your RR bolt on goodies. Want to know how they hold up to long distance travel. My Evo II stuff shows up in a few weeks.

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