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Old 01-08-2012, 06:59 PM   #61
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Thanks for the message man... yes couch surfing has been useful, ive done it a few times and it has always been a positive experience!

Ive got a 3 spare tube with me, one proper rubber one and one of 2 of those shitty plasticy ones..

hard to get decent tubes!!

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Hello,
I just read your posts and must say I am very impressed with your ride and determination. I know you wont make it to the east coast of the US, to North Carolina, but if you were to, a place for shelter and ample food and drink are here for you.

Dont know if you know about it, but there is an international site called Couchsurfing.org. As the name implies, people open their homes to travelers such as you. Might wish to look it up and see if you might find some people local to you. Camping has it's merits, but so does couchsurfing!

As you posted earlier, you sometimes feel guilty in taking people's charity. DONT! It makes people feel genuinely good to help other people, and they get the experience of meeting a traveler from another land. It's a wonderful way to share cultures.

From reading other blogs on traveling in Mexico, I would advise you to pack extra tubes, and tube repair kit and a tire inflater of some type. Of course, the tools needed to do a repair are needed as well. Lots of flats in Mexico from what I read. You probably have addressed this already.

Enjoy your travels and stay safe!

Dave

EDIT! I just checked out your blog, which I should have done first. I see you have all the tools you may need and aloso already know about Couchsurfing.org. My apologies. Dave
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:59 PM   #62
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I would think that it is about time for another update?
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:30 AM   #63
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Update would be nice on here... but he has been on his blog more... and has PARTIED in Las Vegas.

Would like to know if he got lucky, but, as they say... What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:03 PM   #64
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Viva Las Vegas!!!!!!

Hi Guys..
Wow I forget people are hungry to read about travels out there!.. sorry I havent updated recently!!
I'll try harder I promise!!
I am in San Diego making preparations to cross the border, which I will do in in the next week.

Below is an account of my time in Las Vegas..

Leave all your preconceived notions and ideas of Las Vegas behind. I was never really interested in visiting Las Vegas in the beginning, the idea of tacky hotels, gambling, excessiveness never really appealed to me and certainly didn't fit with the style of my trip so far. I imagined Las Vegas to be like a good looking prostitute with cheap perfume.

Las Vegas without doubt is a monument to capitalism, excessiveness and over indulgence, with architecture that is both shocking and beautiful, and sometimes both at the same time! Where else in the world could you recreate the Sphinx, New York City, Paris and Venice and get away with it and make no mistake these are not cheap recreations, (gaudy as some may be) but these have been executed with the opulence and grandeur with no expense spared; marble, brass, chandeliers, stone sculptures, fountains, the lot.

Las Vegas consists of The Strip and the Downtown area. The Strip is where most of the action takes place, the downtown area is a little more laid back and down to earth (relatively speaking of course). I spoke to one girl and she said the Downtown area was a little more sleazy and dirty and that's why she liked it. Go figure..(random use of American terminology).

Each hotel attempts to be more extravagant than the next, both in architecture and live shows. The Mirage puts on a show with pyrotechnics and water resembling a volcanic eruption ever hour. The Bellagio puts on a impressive water fountain display. Treasure Island puts on the Siren's Show where a bunch of hot and sexy girls dance and frolic on a large replica galleon ship and entice some equally good looking pirate dudes to their boat where they are summarily robbed and mutual frolicking occurs..
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These shows are put on every hour at least and at a cost of thousands every time and this sums up the over the top, larger than life Vegas experience. The whole Vegas strip is a playground in a literal form, it is like an adults theme park or adults Disney Land, but with bad language and nudity. There are hundreds of thousands of people here and their sole purpose of being there is to party and have a good time, which makes for a great atmosphere. To enjoy the true Vegas experience you have to spend a bit of money, and I got totally sucked right into that and spent more money than I had anticipated, but I had been traveling so long by myself I felt I needed to go a bit wild!

Though you could also come here and not spend a whole lot and still really enjoy it, but you would leave feeling you had missed out a little. You see the true Vegas experience involves gambling, going to see shows and clubbing and that will set you back. But you can easily get a great cheap hotel on the strip and enjoy just checking the whole place out and soaking up the atmosphere.

Despite what you may think it is not just a playground for men, though obviously the entertainment has been geared towards men, but this place is packed with girls who come here to party also, and the women equally love the over the top glamour, the lights, the pretty dancing girls and of course they like getting dressed up too and watching men blow their money! This is definitely a place for the ladies too. .

Day 1
I arrived in Las Vegas with a Claudia and Elisa, a couple of girls I met at the hostel in Venice Beach. We booked into the Imperial Palace at a cost of $48 dollars (total) for a large room with 2 Queen size beds. That night we decided to take in a show. We went to see the Blue Man Group, a funny, rythmic percussion show with banging music, lights and luminous paint. It was a little disappointing 80 % was very ordinary but 20% was great.

Day 2
I headed off by myself on a tour bus to the Hoover Dam, and to check out the newly constructed by-pass bridge. Heavy traffic is now banned from the dam in case of a terrorist attack, thus the requirement for the bridge. The new bridge is pretty impressive though, and interestingly it took longer to build than the dam! The Dam tour was like an exercise in brain washing, we were ushered into a room to watch a video that told us all the negative things about the Colorado river before it was dammed up. And once the dam was built, well we were shown pictures of people casting in fishing rods, people water skiing, loads of grass and farm animals. Hardly a mention of the +100 men that died during its construction, the displacement of people, disruption to the eco system up stream and downstream of the dam. I love engineering projects and that's why I came and no doubt it is impressive, but don't insult people's intelligence with dumbed-down infomercial style "factual" documentaries! The actual truth about the Hoover Dam is far more interesting!
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I parted company with the girls earlier that day as I wanted to do my own thing so I booked my own room in the Imperial Palace two nights at $48 for the first night and $24 for the second . That night I walked around Vegas most of the night, popping in and out of places and checking them out, there was plenty to see. I also played some cards with some people, drank some beers and lost about $100! grrr

Day 3
I got up and walked about the casinos which are going 24 hours, with people gambling the whole time. I wanted to learn craps. After and hour watching I was none the wiser! I didn't gamble, I had learned my lesson the previous day. Las Vegas wasn't built on winners.

That night I went to see a show called Absinthe at Ceasar's Palace. What a show, it was hilarious and impressive. I could only describe it as a dirty, sexy, funny, offensive burlesque acrobatic show. This show was $80 and worth every penny.

The Day 4

I checked out of the Imperial Palace and decided to go to a Hostel so I could meet fellow travelers, plus the room rate in IP had risen dramatically. I headed to a Hostel called Sin City, but immediately didn't like the vibe there with the manager insisting I book in for 2 nights.

I headed down town to Freemont Street. Near the top of Fremont Street is the Freemont Experience where the street has been covered in a dome shaped roof for several blocks. The entire roof surface of the roof is a giant TV screen that projects images and visual displays. There is also a zip line that runs a couple of blocks, where punters can zip above the street. There are also a couple of stages where bands play and entertain the crowds. I really liked that area, but its quite away for the main Strip.

New years eve

After the disappointing stay in the hostel and feeling a little lonely and sorry for myslef (boo hoo), (the Venice Girls had also since left) i decided there was only one thing for it.. The plastic came out and I booked a room at the Luxor and bought myself some new threads. I found a bunch of couch surfers on a Las Vegas forum and we arranged to meet at New York New York hotel on the Strip to ring in the New Year.

I checked in to my hotel put on my new clobber and hit a liquor store. No bottles or cans were allowed on the strip, so the resourceful store owner was busy funnelling spirits into plastic botttles for people and had ordered in cases of plastic beer bottles. A big celebration was planned and the largest New Years Eve fireworks display was planned from the rooftops of the 8 hotels on the Strip.



I was soon on the strip and met up with the couch surfers who were in town. We partied on the street and rang in the new year there, after that people split into groups, some night clubbing and some just soaking up the atmosphere on the strip.


The next day I chilled out in my room and relaxed a little. Then went to see a show called Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil. Its described at the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil, there is plenty of impressive acrobatics and semi nakedness. Personally I found Absinth better in both areas and more entertaining. :-)



I intended having a quite night but it's impossible to do that in Vegas. I headed for LAX nightclub in my hotel and ended up being invited to join these London guys who had paid top dollar for VIP treatment in the club, they had a host who's job it was to get drinks or whatever they wanted and a girl whose job was to get them, well, girls..
They also had a couple of bottles champagne and Jack Daniels on the table which I unselfishly volunteered to help them finish off.

They were funny lads, one of their requests in an accent not dissimilar to similar Russel Brand was " get us some girls lovely", "what kind? any preferences?' the hostess inquired.. "you know them ones with the skinny ankles, yeah some of them.. and with a nice bum too.."

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At 3am the london lads went off to another night club and I tried to go home again... but I ended up gambling with some people till 5am.

All in all a good Vegas night..

The next day I picked up the pieces of my brain, peeled my haggard and tired body off my bed, packed my gear up and headed to Venice Beach to recover from a hectic few days in Vegas....



As I said at the the start, forget your preconceived notions of Las Vegas, everyone should experience Vegas once in their life, and just enjoy it for what it is..

Viva Las Vegas..



There is also a post about my night spent sleeping under "Kurt's Bridge" in Aberdeen WA, where Kurt Cobain use to hang out under and inspired some of his songs. I will post here soon also if people are interested.

Mexico soon!.... cant freaking wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:09 PM   #65
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Update would be nice on here... but he has been on his blog more... and has PARTIED in Las Vegas.

Would like to know if he got lucky, but, as they say... What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
haha.. yeah I have not given enough info to discern that.. lets just say it was fun and there were plenty of girls in vegas.. :)
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #66
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I would think that it is about time for another update?
Here ya go!!! :-)
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:40 PM   #67
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Finally got around to editing a bit of video footage. The footage was taken on Seven Devils Road in Oregon. It was such a nice day I spent it playing on the road and shooting vids.

Hope you like

ps. I am still in San Diego making preps for Mexico. Got wasted with a coupe of marines one night in Oceanside. Result was lost/stolen laptop and smashed up helmet... long story but my head wasnt in it at the time...

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Old 01-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #68
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Very nice.

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:50 PM   #69
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Very nice.

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Cheers man!!. glad you liked it!
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:54 PM   #70
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Awesome stuff dude! I love that Ryan Sheridan song, it will be on my Ipod tonight. I'm sitting here in my cell, I mean cubicle, as I type this and that song really makes me want to flip my desk over and walk out! Looking forward to more, enjoy the ride dude!!
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:34 PM   #71
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cool trip man, sittin in county armagh readin your thread

that sucks about the marines/laptop/helmet incident

this trip is awesome, id love to do a big trip but cant work out how to finance it lol do you just have to save up like 20 grand or have you got sponsors lol!!
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:10 PM   #72
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Awesome stuff dude! I love that Ryan Sheridan song, it will be on my Ipod tonight. I'm sitting here in my cell, I mean cubicle, as I type this and that song really makes me want to flip my desk over and walk out! Looking forward to more, enjoy the ride dude!!

hahaha.. thats exactly the effect I was looking for! tip your desk over tell your boss (or your prison guard) to GFY and hit the road haha..

Seriously love that album.. sums up my trip!!
cheers for watch in man..
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #73
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cool trip man, sittin in county armagh readin your thread

that sucks about the marines/laptop/helmet incident

this trip is awesome, id love to do a big trip but cant work out how to finance it lol do you just have to save up like 20 grand or have you got sponsors lol!!
Alright man.. good to see a fellow Irish man here..

Well I dont think you need 20g!... think you could do it ALOT less.. just depends what you are willing to put up with. For me the best times are when you are slumming the shit out it... camping every night, eating out of super markets, and couch surfing. But dont get me wrong I spent a bit also and like a good meal and a few beers every now and again too, but i meet people doing it waaay cheaper than me.. a 6 month trip might only cost you less than 5 g's and thats including shipping the bike..

I have no sponsorship.. but who knows i might go that way soon.. i saved for a while for this.

If you want to to go enough you will find a way to make it happen!!! however long you want.

Couch surfing is free..
Camping is free -usually
Random offers of accommodation are free.
Random offers of accommodation from Adv Riders and Horizons Unlimited guys etc etc are free..
South america is cheap..

just some tips..
keep her lit!
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #74
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keep goin down to Mexico, there is the real adventure amigo!!!!!!
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So Long USA... Hello Mexico...

I left Timmy's place in LA with the intention of going to Duke Hem's place, picking up some clutch plates which I had ordered and had sent there and only staying a few days... but I ended up staying for 2 weeks!!

Like Tim, Duke had contacted me through a Honda C70 forum here in the USA. I arrived at Duke's house after a very heavy drinking session the night before with a couple of Marines who were stationed in Oceanside. On the way to Oceanside I was circled by an Apache Gunship attack helicopter. Clearly they viewed me as a threat (or else they were laughing at me) so I twisted the throttle and hauled some serious ass, I must have got an extra 2 mph out her as I opened that throttle up, the little beast. Anyway details are sketchy at best from my night on the beer with the Marines, but my helmet met a sad demise after serving me well. Sorry helmet. But anyway I arrived at Dukes to a warm welcome. Duke showed me around his house in La Mesa just outside San Diego. He showed me outside into the back garden and said "here are the keys to your apartment, you can stay here as long as you like, he then opened up the fridge and he had it stocked with a six pack of beer with and some food!

Duke has 2 Parakeet Yellow Honda C70's, and one blue one bought as a doner bike, but nothing has ever went wrong with his other Honda's to require its use! In the 90's (i think) Duke and his friend took a trip to Jamaica, where they decided to rent some motorcycles- enter the Honda cub. Duke had so much fun scooting around the island on the bikes he decided he had to own one. When he got home he set about looking for one.. and then another.



 




 

On the first day we went for a spin on Duke Honda's for a burger.



 


Later that evening Alica, Duke's better half ;-) arrived back from work so we headed into Old Town for some Margaritas and Mexican food. Old town is a nice spot, the entire area has been designated a national park, the area mainly consist of very old adobe buildings and hacienda style houses with white washed walls and red clay roof tiles.

Over the next few days, I was helped back to health from by Alisa during the day when she was around and plied with alcohol by night. One evening we went for a couple of margaritas for happy hour in a nearby Mexican restaurant and then went back to their house and made a serious dent in a very large bottle of Tequila with Alicia insisting that she show me how to dance.



 



Several times I attempted to make plans to leave but that never happened there was always a good reason to stay another day or 2! Both Alicia and Duke went out of their way to show me around San Diego and I had the best time there. Alicia made the most awesome Mexican food and Duke made great Margaritas. I only touched the surface of San Diego, I wasnt not very interested in seeing everything as I had other things on my mind... Mexico for one!.. I had to make sure I had all the necessary documentation, insurances etc etc.

But whilst there I manged to sort out loads of things.

I was introduced to Aaron Leegan (a man of disputed decent). Aaron invited us to a motorcycle meet called The Spokesmen- "A drinking group with a motorcycle problem" . There were loads of great bikes there, but the one that stole all the attention was the kitted out overlanding 90. The next day I received an email from Fox News requesting an interview, one of the Spokesmen had posted my trip on a website and they got wind of it. See the piece below.

While there I also attempted to change out my clutch plates again, but I did not put the new ones in as the they thinner than the old ones (which appear to be working fine now).



I hung out with Aaron and we chatted and drank few beers. Cheers Aaron and Jenny!

Time to Leave...

Once again thanks to Duke and Alicia for a great time in San Diego..!!

After a struggle to get my bike packed up and trying to find my keys, i eventually got going around 9.30am. I was trying to get to South Bay Motorsports at 10 to see Ted a guy I met at the Spokemen motorcycle meet also. Ted had offered to sort me out with a new helmet. So I decided pay him a visit.

I picked out a helmet, some glove and some chain lube courtesy Ted and South Bay Motorsports. Thanks Guys.



I was back on the road by 11.30 and headed towards the border. After 5 months in North America I was ready to leave, the excitement had gone for me, North America has everything and is a great place to visit and I have met some really great people there, but I longed for adventure, for different cultures and different challenges.. Mexico was calling me and I was excited to be going !!!

Hello Mexico



I hit the border around noon expecting the crossing to be a nightmare, but it was easier than I thought ( albeit very drawn out), but thankfully I had some good advice before hand so I knew what to expect. Crossing the border in Mexico is very strange as YOU have to know what the procedure is. No one stops you and asks for your passport or asks how long you will stay or anything.* It is totally up to you to voluntarily stop and get your documents straight. The reason is there is a Zona Libre in effect. Americans do not need to any visas or special permissions in place to enter Mexico or bring your vehicle in provided you are staying less than 3 days and do not go past the Zona Libre which extends approximately 25 kms into Mexico. But some people venture further in without the necessary documentation, and more people simply do it unwittingly and suddenly find their tourist cards and their temporary vehicle importation documents being demanded at a police or army check point, and if you do not have it, your vehicle can be impounded or at best you will be sent back to the border to get the necessary documentation, and you will most likely get a fine. (A Canadian friend I met at the hostel in Ensenada voluntarily went to the tourist immigration office in Ensenada (100kms inside the border) to request a Tourist Card as he had not been told he required one at the border when he crossed the previous day. He was fined on the spot and then had to pay for a Tourist Card...its ludicrous).

So after a bit of tooing and froing I sorted out the Tourist Card plus the temporary importation permit for the bike. However the Immigration officer only gave me 30 days. I requested more but he decline twice, so i gave in and completed the paper work. Normally tourists are given 180 days!

I was back on the bike at 2.30pm and headed for Rosarito, I found a place to stay at a cost of 30 dollars and i was allowed to bring my bike into the room.



The next day I headed for Ensenada. I found a nice hostel with some nice people there so I decide to stay.

I went of for some drinks that night to Hussong's Cantina the oldest bar in Ensenada apparently and met a bunch of Mexican and French students there.



 

 

 



I love the music and food in Mexico and the people are very friendly, there is so much to see in Mexico and 30 days* just wasn't* going to be enough. After exhausting all avenues to try and extend my permits at the local immigration office in Ensenada with the help or Laurentina at the hostel. I decided I had to face the border again; export my bike, cancel my permits and do it all over again. So I headed off 100kms back to the road and tackled Tijauan again. This time with a little more confidence.

I met the lady at the office and completed the necessary paper work to export it, Then I said, gracias, hasta leugo to the lady, rode off and then met her 2 minutes later at the import window and done the whole process again! But I was delighted I had fought the Mexican system and won (kind of), plus I knew I was going to enjoy Mexico.

Whislt in Tijuana I also made in-roads with the local Policia



Several nights is a row I ended up meeting up with the students I had met in Hussongss in Ensenada andeach night I told them I was leaving the next day, but it was hard to leave.

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Gracias Amigos...

 

Eventually I got myself together and headed off- Next Stop San Quintin

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