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Old 01-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #811
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Hi Kiwis,

Looks like you seeing some great stuff. We have hit Cancun and got the vehicle we are driving back (otherwise known as the drug mule car ) - hope to see you both soon.

Craig and Sharon.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #812
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Awesome ride report! Can't wait to see where the road takes you next!
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:29 PM   #813
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Nice parking job Andy. Are you going to wash it in the pool?
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #814
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Hi Kiwis,

Looks like you seeing some great stuff. We have hit Cancun and got the vehicle we are driving back (otherwise known as the drug mule car ) - hope to see you both soon.

Craig and Sharon.
Hope so, in La Paz tonight after an accidental long day, another seriously windy day.

Keep tabs, looks lie me may cross to mainland around 20th

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Awesome ride report! Can't wait to see where the road takes you next!
Thank you, least we are back on teh road now and able to tell more lies

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Nice parking job Andy. Are you going to wash it in the pool?
I didn't put it there .... true ... and yes the flu ... was not far off going to the doc which I never do, it started going to my chest then backed off so now I only feel like crap instead of death partly warmed up
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:48 AM   #815
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Cool to see you two back on the road and in good spirits, as well as the gin! Lovin the photos of the trucks etc. Reminds me of my time working in South Australia in the open cut coal mines and 50ºC. Maya looks a treat and a far cry from the dirty bitch that came off the truck a few weeks back. Keep the ride reports and the gin flowing. How is Ellen's foot now?
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:16 AM   #816
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You say pictures don't do it justice but that looks pretty dam windy to me. Wind isn't an easy thing to capture....being clear an all. But those trees and dust show it pretty good.

Glad you guys are back on the road. Loving the RR.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #817
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Mr Ozrockrat and myself were very happy to be able to become a small part of your adventure, we are very happy to have met you both and have you guys stay with us while waiting on the bike, panniers and other adjustments to your trip was sorted. You guys arrived as strangers but left as family, safe travels and we will see you guys elsewhere in the world....
We are still strange .... just you know us now.

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Again thank you to you both, you made AZ and more so Phoenix an enjoyable time when we were tried to the max with the new bike etc.

You guys have become a big part of our adventure and we hope we can catch up down south ... sounds like a great plan
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:42 AM   #818
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Santa Rasolia To La Paz

The day started out in normal style.

Pack up Maya, first trick was to get her back to the top.



Our plan was to get to Ciudad Constitucion and we made it there in good time by 2.00pm, we decided to carry on to the next town to find there was no accommodation and the wind was fair howling through.

Another 134 km would see us in La Paz so we made a break for it, the wind was an absolute torment making it yet another hard ride and great practice for Patagonia.

We passed some beautiful Cacti gardens of epic proportions



Beautiful bays full of holiday makers



A few washouts to content with but all pretty minor



Cool as twisty roads



With La Paz in our sights we made it prior dark and found a Hotel, it was a very busy place indeed.

The day we accidentally did,



Turns out the El Norte winds is what we had encountered over the last few days that had battered us and froze us, I hadn’t worn my puffy jacket since Alaska and certainly didn’t think I would wear it for three consecutive days in Baja!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #819
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Hi Kiwis,

Where are you? Still keen to catch up - we will be somewhere on the coast tomorrow between Salina Cruz and Acapulco and after that heading north.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:32 PM   #820
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Where are you? Still keen to catch up - we will be somewhere on the coast tomorrow between Salina Cruz and Acapulco and after that heading north.

Craig
We are in Lo De Marcos Monday and probably Tuesday night bro.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:55 PM   #821
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Hi there guys your making good time on the KTM ! luving the pics with the whales etc , i noticed at the salt quarry the dump trucks were KTM orange lol , weathers been ok here this week around 30 deg so hope it settles now for the rest of the summer ! in the 11 years i have lived here in Wanaka i have never seen thunder and lightning like weve had in the last month absolutely amazing there are a few scorched trees about ! hope we can catch up for a skype soon ? take care talk soon !
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:45 AM   #822
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Hey guys.
Glad to see you are back on the road. How do you find riding 2 up? Will it change your route any?

Keep on keepin on!
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:59 AM   #823
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Hey guys.
Glad to see you are back on the road. How do you find riding 2 up? Will it change your route any?

Keep on keepin on!
Heya Noah, yeap great to be turning tires again for sure, I even enjoyed the ride yesterday other than bein bloody tired from 1 hours sleep in 48 with the ferry crossing then 400 km south to Lo De Marcos.

Two up is ok, I don't have to watch my mirrors for Ellen anymore and overtaking is a breeze with the power, we really don't have a route to change but will be a little more cautious in the sandpits for sure.

What we will do now is swing the Jesses off at camp and do more day runs to the harder stuff so a change in style more than route.
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La Ventana

Leaving La Paz we headed south to La Ventana to stay with some friends of friends, we were welcomed in which was very nice and nice to have a break while getting better, for the first time in a week we could say it was warm.



Our first day was to relax, go for a walk on the beach, we also took a local ride to Bahia de Los Muetros and out to the lighthouse at Punta Arena.

Us in front of a plant



A trip out to some hot springs



Turning Maya in a sandpit



Time to get out of the sand .... gotta love hp!.... just shift that sand behind me......



Down to the beach to watch kite boarding, some talented people riding them





Photo op .... does my bum make that boat look small?



Getting around here in the sand has its moments and once or twice I left a couple of small swerves and trenches



On the way to the lighthouse





The lighthouse



Some ruins ..... and a knackered concrete structure



More plants



I originally put my helmet and glove there out of the wind ... then I liked the picture



The old structure and old lighthouse base



Next on the plan was to do a ring circuit of the bottom of Baja for as look, total 390 km day return taking in all the sights and places, an uneventful trip was had along with a beautiful lunch from stall beside an industrial area.



No pics of this day tho .. bit slack really but nothing r e a l l y caught my eye.

Saturday night we went to an event called Burning Bush which was the 10th annual event, a small brother event to Burning Man in the Arizona Desert.

This was absolutely fantastic, never seen anything like it, what an effort these guys went too, fire displays lit up the sky with assistance from petrol, diesel and LPG ..... totally cool pyrotechnics with good music and atmosphere.

As it was a rising from the ashes theme the Phoenix was the feature of the night with huge wooden birds with wings able to be flapped with human power.

Here is a multitude of pics, got SO many but you get the story anyway.

Structures awaiting their fate





It started



Our crew from left to right, Jill, John, Brenda, Ellen and I



The burning sphere ..... my fave, this was totally cosmic lying on the sand looking up underneath it, best had with a dooby or whiskey to enhance its effects





Now shot darkening the structure ... check it out!!











The bubble man



Some burning plants



A close up looking into the burning plant



Some Phoenix birds that the wings operated and were fire breathing





The big Phoenix on the beach



The volcano erupts





Finally the hill that goes boom .... this was REALLY cool and let off quite the boom with a totally cool mushroom to go.



Apart from that it has been boring .
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:38 AM   #825
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Heya Noah, yeap great to be turning tires again for sure, I even enjoyed the ride yesterday other than bein bloody tired from 1 hours sleep in 48 with the ferry crossing then 400 km south to Lo De Marcos.

Two up is ok, I don't have to watch my mirrors for Ellen anymore and overtaking is a breeze with the power, we really don't have a route to change but will be a little more cautious in the sandpits for sure.

What we will do now is swing the Jesses off at camp and do more day runs to the harder stuff so a change in style more than route.
Cool cool! Good to hear it has some positives. When I was planning I looked into a 950SE but couldn't justify the extra weight/power over the 690. Riding 2 up is a different story though. I hope it works out well for you.

How long in Central/South America?
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