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Old 06-20-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Around the World in 800 Days

I have been dreaming of this trip for the past 20 years, actively planning this trip for the past 6 months and now the first part of my adventure begins this Friday.
Hi.........my name is Ed, and welcome to my blog.
On Friday, my girl friend and I are leaving for Cabo San Lucas for a 9 day trip from Southern California. I guide off road tours for Chris Haines Adventure Company so I know Baja like the back of my hand.
In July, I am planning to leave from home and head up to Alaska. I want to dip my feet in to the Arctic Ocean among other things. I will be gone for a month or so. This trip will be shake down trip for what I have planned in October.
In the middle of October, I will start heading south through mainland Mexico, Central America, and South America. I want to reach the tip of the continent and then ship my bike to Europe so I can travel through Europe in the Summer/Fall of 2013. From there, I will go through the Middle East and if I survive, head down thru Africa in 2014.

I want to do a lot of hiking, kayaking and other adventurous activities. If you have any suggestions for my the Alaska part of my trip, I would love to hear from you

Ed
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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You'll love Alaska. I'll be up there in July as well. My bike is there now as we road up at the beginning of the month and I flew home (my dad has a place up there)

I am going to subscribe so I can watch your progress. I've tried to do this twice now and I am just not good at blogging. But I love reading them.

Btw check out Haines AK ... The ride there is fantastic.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Actually I'll try to put together a few must see places for you if you like. And I am sure many more will chime in too.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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Thanks Jason, I plan to be in Haines. I want to take the ferry from Skagway.
I just returned from Baja and getting ready to leave for Alaska on Monday.
Stay in touch
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
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Around the World in 800 Days

Sunday June 26, 2012
Every RTW has to have a start and mine is off to a great start.
My GF and I headed down to Cabo San Lucas for the week.
Our first night we spent in Ensenada.
We stopped at La Fonda for a Margarita. We went wine tasting at LA Cetto. We grabbed a beer and watched the sunset at Casa Natalie Boutique Hotel. And then dinner at Ophilias, the best restaurant in Ensenada.
The next day we road 500+ miles and we are camping at El Coyote in the Bay of Conception.
This was my first real outing for my 1200GS and I am liking it. It has good power. Gets good mileage and has an awesome range (which is a good thing in Baja). The temperature ranged between 60 and 95.......great for putting back a few beers and swimming in the Bay but hot on a motorcycle. I got to say my Rev'it Defender jacket and pants did a great job with the various weather, especially the jacket. The airflow is wonderful. My Rev'it Apache boots are nice at anything less than 80 degrees but above that, my feet got hot. I think it is partly because the engine layout on my BMW directs the hot air toward my feet. Not good for Baja but it will be beneficial when I head to Alaska in July. As an added benefit, the cylinders also shield the wind flow so my boots will stay dryer in wet weather (I hope). Well, the boots are Gore-tex so I will find out.
Next stop Cabo
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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This sounds like a good one, I'm in !! (don't forget....LOTS of pictures )
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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This site seems harder to navigate than the earth........how do I post pictures? Since I am new, does this site restrict me from attaching pictures to my posts?
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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We are back from Cabo. And this trip made me realize once again that I don't really like Cabo San Lucas. It is expensive and full of tourists looking for something that it is not. For now on, I am just going to stop at Loreto or the Bay of Conception and hang out on the beach with some cold beers. To me.....that is real Mexico. But I am glad we went nonetheless. It was my GF's first time riding to the tip so we had to do it. And it was nice to get a shower in a real hotel.
On the way back we camped at El Requision on the beach for 2 nights. It is my favorite spot in the world so far. We caught some fish, clams and scallops for dinner.
I have traveled thru Baja over 100 times in the past 10 years and I have not had one bad experience down there. The people that are fearful of Mexico are the people that never go but they are quick to spout warnings to everyone about its dangers.
On Monday, I am heading up to Alaska for about a month. I think I am going to log in about 10,000 miles along the way. More on that later......
I am going to upload some Baja pictures and videos as soon as I figure out how to do this
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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Pictures of my Baja/Cabo trip with my GF

My favorite place in the entire world......... so far

Playa de El Requision




Land's End........Cabo San Lucas and the end of the road

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Old 07-10-2012, 02:33 PM   #10
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Our ride to Cabo with my hot girl friend

Who needs a bike lock




Drinking some good tequila on the beach




Carmen floating outside our "hotel room"

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Old 07-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #11
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The long road to Cabo

San Ignacio



Me and my bike



I am afraid to tell you were this is.......the water temp is 90 degrees

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:23 PM   #12
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View of the Sea of Cortez from our room

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #13
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more pics

Swimming with the pelicans



Sunrise over Bay of Conception

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #14
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Not all of our trip was roughing it

La Fonda



Drinks at Hotel Natalie in Ensenada





My super cute GF staying warm along the Pacific Coast. Next few days were going the get HOT!!!!!!!!!

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:43 PM   #15
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nice start!!!
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