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Old 12-23-2012, 04:43 PM   #16
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Wyoming and the Beartooth....WOW

Jackson WY is a quaint touristy town at the gate to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.



welcome to wyoming by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



shed arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We had a great camp spot near the river at Gros Ventre.



teton river by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The smoke from Idaho fires was still there a bit, but we were lucky to get great views of the Tetons at sunset and the next day.




teton sunset by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Dan Tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The visitor center here is incredible. There are very picturesque views along the Jenny Lake scenic drive.



Tetons tee pee by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Jenny lake by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara dan jenny lake by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Church of Transfiguration by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



speed roadkill sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



sara mirror tetons by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Then it was on to the famous Yellowstone Park to see the geysers, boiling pools, and mud pots. The upper falls were very impressive. We had several “wildlife jams” from wondering bison, but the best was the Bison pace car that luckily for us was in the oncoming lane as there were at least 50 cars and motor homes behind him.




welcome to yellowstone by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Thermal pools Yellowstone by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Dan at upper falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



sara at upper falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


This led us up thru the north east part of the park to Cooke City, MT and the AWSOME Beartooth Scenic Byway. We met Robert “the Scot” at the summit.



beartooth sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



beartooth summitt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



dan on beartooth summitt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



robert by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The route ended at Cody with a stay in a Teepee and an oil change in the Walmart parking lot. The Buffalo Bill Center is well worth the admission and plan to spend half a day here.



Cody tee pee by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



beartooth highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



IMG_1106 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




oil change by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



sara at cody by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC02090 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



red tail hawk by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Turkey Vulture by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC02072 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Next for a close encounter with the Devil’s Tower. We played the music and brought mashed potatoes, but still no aliens.



DSC02096 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC02101 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC02115 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We came upon a huge mine with shovels so big you can drive onto them and the biggest dump trucks in the world.



DSC01326 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC01333 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC01330 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #17
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South Dakota

You could spends weeks riding in the Blackhills of SD. There are lots of off road routes too (though we almost were killed by some moron going 100 km in his Subaru on the Nemo road). The town of Deadwood is a bit too Vegas for us and there were over 20,000 people there for Hot Deadwood nights.


south dakota sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02155 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



deadwood saloon sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


deadwood cody sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


deadwood show and shine by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Mount Rushmore is worth the visit for sure. The film and museum should not be missed. The ride from the monument south thru Custer State Park is AWESOME! Wind Cave National Park lives up to it’s name with the big gusting winds especially in the afternoon.


Mount Rushmore by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Old 12-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #18
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Colorado...not just a winter wonderland.

We were in Nebraska, but only for 3 hours.


welcome to Nebraska by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Welcome to Colorful Colorado! We had so much scenic driving here. Each road seemed better than the last.


welcome to colorado by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We headed out down a dreaded interstate 25 in super windy conditions, but luckily we headed west on 34 thru Rocky Mountain National Park. The Bighorn pass is incredibly stunning high mountain route.


sara at Bighorn pass chipmonk by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sara and dan at Bighorn pass by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


dan at bighorn summit by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The town of Granby is super cute and the food at the local bar is very good.


trailriders in Granby CO by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

It was then west on the 40 to go south on the 9 thru Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Fairplay. Then we rode on down the 285 south to Beuna Vista and east on the 50 to Montrose. This is where they have one of the original Mc Donalds with only 1 golden arch. We stayed at the KOA and had a great evening with the RV’ers Ula and Karl (Thanks for the beer and snacks). It was all good until the automatic sprinklers turned on FULL force for 45 min at 3 am. Our tent is waterproof, but not if the sprinkler head is shooting up under the fly.


one arch McDonalds Montrose CO by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sara and wine with Karl and Ula by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Black Rock National Park here is beautiful and there is a VERY steep VERY windy 5 -mile paved road from the rim to the bottom of the canyon.



black rock canyon map by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


black rock canyon 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


black rock canyon sara and dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


black rock canyon 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan at blackrock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We had heard about the scenic drive to telluride so we jumped at the chance to change up the route to Moab. At the end of Telluride town there is a steep and windy gravel route up to the falls and the old lodge. Utah here we come!


Telluride falls 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


telluride falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


falls by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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Utah…Arches, Bridges, and Canyons

We set up camp at the Moab KOA and met up with Deb Hewson again. She showed up and cooked us up an amazing gourmet meal including smoked Cornish game hen, Morel mushroom risotto, and rose hip panacotta. The camper in the next site Calvin is a very cool dude so we asked him to join our BMW commune.




Welcome to Utah and f 800 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dinner by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Cheers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Sara talking to Calvin about feelings by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



It is pretty hot here after 11 am so we hit Arches National Park at 7 am for an 11.6 km hike to the double O arch. Then we had some time to tour the other sites including the delicate arch, balanced rock, and double arch.




Double O arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan in the o by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan on the Primative trail by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




private arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Landscape Arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




red rocks of arches by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Balancing Rock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara hiking by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




morning at Arches by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Tamara at the visitor’s center told us how great the sunrise was thru the Mesa arch at Canyonlands, so I managed to convince everyone to get up at 5 am to see it. There was a full moon setting just before the sun -rise too. It was worth it for sure.




sunrise thru the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sun hits the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sun hits the rock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sun hits the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




red rocks by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sunrise gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




BMW gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Dan did a bit of diagnostics on the bikes and the boys did some bodge jobs to fix up some issues on Deb’s bike.




Diagnostics by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




debs new fashion mirror by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



One of the most scenic Byways in the USA is the Colorado Canyon from Moab north to the Interstate.




Dan and Sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




go pro riders by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan and Sara by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Deb joined us on the tour of the Utah parks….. in summary Natural bridges (not worth the effort), Capital Reef ( very cool rocks and pioneer relics), Bryce Canyon ( wow the hoodoos are so cool), and Zion (most amazing park ever including a 1.1 mile tunnel thru the mountain).


We got all our gear packed up and headed out south from Moab in the wide-open spaces.




breaking camp in Moab by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



GOPR5364 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The first stop was a detour to Natural Bridges National Park, which after Arches is disappointing, but we have park passes so we used them.



Natural bridges Nat Monument by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Then we headed north towards Capital Reef, with a stop for a swim and lunch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.



Riding to Capital Reef by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Glen Canyon Nat Rec area by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Capital Reef Nat Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Capital Reef is a cool park with more rocks, but also was the home of pioneer homesteads and there are still orchards there.



Fruta area by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Glen Canyon Nat Rec area overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




P1110148 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park ridge road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




curve by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Dan on curve by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sara video by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand staircase overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We camped for the night and Deb and I whipped up an apple crisp from the apples we had picked.




Apple crisp by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Bryce Canyon is really interesting and the hoo doos are just too cool.





sara riding to Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



wwr heading to Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



dan on the way to bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



natural arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



team BMW by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Lunch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan and Sara at Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





self portrait by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The ride to and thru Zion National Park is WOW! The scenery and colors are amazing.



Zion Mount Carmel Highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




tree by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We hiked to the lookout and brave Deb dangled over the edge.



Trail to the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Trail to the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Deb at the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



over the edge by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




We drove thru the 1.1 mile tunnel and took the shuttles up to view the angel’s landing.




1.1 mile tunnel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sara at zion by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We had a bit of a long day and ended up well after dark looking for a place to stay. In the end we got and shared a hotel.



Heading to the Grand Canyon we drove thru the VERY HOT vermillion hills and hid in the shade at the gas station. I think our hotest temperature this day was 45 degrees.



dan riding past the Vermillion hils by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Vermillion hills by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



ride to tuba city by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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Arizona ....not just a desert

What’s surprising about Arizona is how green it is. When you are driving down to the North rim of THE Canyon there are forests and meadows right up to the rim. If you have only a short time choose the south rim for sure.



welcome to arizona with 800 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


gang at Welcome to Arizona by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


us at North rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


us at North rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


dan at north rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sara at north rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


North rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


gang at north rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We spent a very sketchy night camped at the Quality Inn “campground” in Tuba city. This is a horrible place and we were so worried about Deb with all the meth addicts around she slept in our vestibule.



Tuba city by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Then we parted ways with Deb so she could run for the border before her visa expired.



Saying bye to Db by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We toured the South rim on the bikes and via the shuttles to hermit’s rest. Luckily we arrived after the labor -day weekend so it was not mobbed and we camped at Mather point.



Dan at the South rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


South rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


South rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara at the south rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara at the south rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


dan at the south rim by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Hermit's rest by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


elk by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Flagstaff is a nice town and Dan found the perfect hotel. First the price was an amazing deal and then across the street was Walmart, a huge Laundromat, a self car wash with air-dry wand, a jiffy lube for the oil drop, and a tripadvisor 5 star Indian restaurant. We hung out here to rest up and regroup. We rode to the Montezuma Castle thru Sedona and the Red rock Scenic byway.


Dan at Montezuma castle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Montezuma castle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Now we are off to New Mexico for some bike service and new tires at Sandia BMW in Albuquerque.

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New Mexico....TEX/MEX

The Welcome to New Mexico sign says it all.


Welcome New Mexico by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


On the way to Albuquerque we took a detour thru the Zuni Nation to take in the Petrified Forrest National Park. There were some cool petroglyphs there too.



sara at the petrified forrest by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Petrified tree by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Petroglyphs by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Lucky for us we booked some service at Sandia BMW on the day they had a big event on. The local university students let us try out their formula 1 car. The dealership also had Chris “Teach” Mc Neil there putting on stunt riding shows and he even signed my bike “when in doubt throttle out”.


Sara in race car by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Teach Mc Neil by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Teach Mc Neil by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Teach Mc Neil and us by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Teach Mc Neil and sara lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Taking the scenic route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe over the Jemez Mountains we stopped at the Bandelier National Monument. They had had a huge flash flood last year and there were a lot of sand bags still there.


sara Bandelier flood by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Bandelier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan at Bandelier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sara at Bandelier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

In Santa Fe there were celebrating the 300th Fiesta with music, dancing, a parade, and tons of food vendors.


Dan in Santa Fe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara at Santa fe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Fiesta by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Now we are off to chase the Dragon.

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It's about time you guys got back to updating this RR... what were you, busy riding or something?
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Happy Holidays from Sara & Daniel @worldwideride.ca


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WWR Video Episode 1

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Riding in search of the Dragon

Heading east from Santa Fe we plotted a course for The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This involved fighting horrific gusting winds for 3 days across the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. If was well worth it though as we encountered much more scenic riding in Mississippi and Alabama.


Welcome to texas by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We lived it up in Amarillo at the Big Texan Steak Ranch with Bill and Graham from NYC.


Dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Texas stake house by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

In Oklahoma the wind was so strong we were too tired to take any pictures other than of the welcome sign. Wow it is flat here and the only “sights” are the wind farms. At one point Sara got struck by such a huge gust she was blown from the far right of the highway across 2 lanes and into the left median. Wow that was scary.


dan at welcome to Oklahoma by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara and Dan welcome to Oklahoma by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We stopped in the childhood home of Bill Clinton at Hot Springs Arkansas. This town was the center of healing Spas in the 40’s and 50’s and was especially popular with baseball players the likes of Babe Ruth.


welcome to Arkansas by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


bathhouse row by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Crossing the mighty Mississippi River we headed for Corinth Alabama. Visiting the Civil War Interpretive Center was a real learning experience. This area was of major strategic importance because it was at the crossroads of the two major rail lines at the time. We also learned what a “dry county” means.


Dan at mississippi sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cotton by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara Alabama sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Resting up in Scottsboro Alabama and then waiting out tornado and flash flood warnings in Murphy North Carolina we had our sights finally set on the Dragon’s tail at Deals Gap.


North Carolina by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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Chasing the Dragon thru the Smoky Mountains

We LOVED the roads in Tennessee and North Carolina. The Dragon though the most famous is far from the only beautiful curvy scenic drive. There are stunning views of the Smoky Mountains from the parkways. The motel in Murphy NC gives you a biker kit with maps rags for your bike. We were holed up here for 4 days waiting out the end of the hurricane.


Smoky Mountains by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara and Dan on the parkway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Smoky Mountains by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Untitled by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort is located at the heart of the Dragon. There is a lot of Testosterone there. We met quite a few fellow Canadians there also.


dragon sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara and Dan dragon sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Tail and bike killboy by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Testosterone central by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

I noted that were no BMW parts on the tree of shame.


Tree of shame by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Professional photographers wait along the Dragon ready to snap your picture in one of the 318 curves in the 11 miles.


129 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara Dragon by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Daniel Dragon by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Now we head south to The Big Easy. We were stopped in the store parking lot and a local guy drove up in his pickup. He gave us his favorite snack food Banana flavoured twinkies.


Sara at Piggly wiggly by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr






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The deep South.....Now what you'd expect at all.

Heading South from Tennessee we landed in Hattiesburg MS. We got into the Southern spirit by having Alligator gumbo for dinner.


Aligator gumbo by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This town has a very cute downtown core. Our preconception was that Alabama and Mississippi would be vast fields of cotton and Tobacco and that Louisiana would be a big swamp. Wow, were we wrong. These states are lush and green and covered with trees. The biggest crop in Louisiana is not seafood, soybeans or rice, but trees!


hattiesburg by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Arriving at the gulf coast we were greeted by a cooling salt breeze.


Sara on the gulf coast by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

New Orleans also really surprised us. The French Quarter is so quaint. The architecture is a mix of French and Spanish styles. We did a lot of walking around the narrow streets and along the Mississippi River Walk.


Dan new orleans by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


New Orleans by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


New Orleans by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


wraught iron by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Bourbon Street is certainly a different place before and after dusk! There are all kinds of people in wild costumes.


parade by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


game day by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Bourbon street by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara with alien by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The hotel was near the Cathedral, which when lit at night is stunning.


shadow by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Heading out on the water we learned the difference between a Swamp and a Bayou. We found out what Creole life on the river was like. There were a whole lot of Gators too.


swamp tour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


swamp tour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


swamp tour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


swamp tour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


swamp tour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


swamp tour by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


dan and aligator by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There are three types of Plantations and we visited the Laura Creole Plantation. The docent we had was very good and her heavy accent made the stories she told so much better. The house has been restored and is surrounded by 200-year-old live Oak trees. The rest of the grounds contain as yet un-restored out buildings including slave houses.


live oak by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Laura plantation by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Laura plantation by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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We rode from New Orleans along the Gulf Coast of Texas. It is amazing to see how much damage has been done by the hurricanes.


creole sign 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


cameron 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


freighter at ferry crossing by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Ferry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We had to wait out another storm ourselves on Galveston Island, but we used the time to rest and enjoy some great ice cream at Rita's. There were also a few ferry crossings.


ferry to Galveston island by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


galveston ferry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


beach by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Hurricane by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sara on pier by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


dan at Ritas by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Thanks so much to Arturo Torre for rescuing us from the HELL of Gulf Coast BMW. He hosted us at his home and toured us around Houston.


Arturo Toree by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

It was with some trepidation and anxiety that we set off from Hondo this morning. The was dense fog which leant an eerie feel to the day too. We rode the 110 miles to Eagle Pass to cross the border. We paid our 5 USD toll and waited in the 30 degree heat to get to the Aduana or customs building only to find the official for the import permit was on holiday. This meant we had to convince them to let us return so we had to pay the 5 USD toll to cross back into the US. Then it was to the American customs officers whom we had to explain why we were back in the US so soon. Lets try this agin....we find bridge number 2 which is the truck crossing and just like at home there was no line.



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We had some help from the friendly locals and customs officials. Ultimately we obtained our tourist Visas and an escorted ride to find the fast route to the vehicle Import office by the head of border services! Dan managed to get our bikes imported and our permits affixed.


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Now for the ride to Monclova! We passed thru several police and military check points, but were stopped at only one where he really just wanted to check out the bikes. By the time we arrived at the hotel it was 4 pm and 38 degrees. Luckily we head into the mountains to cool off tomorrow.

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Today we left Monclova and headed south east to Saltillo. This was a nice short 200 km day. We only had one stop at a military check point....Again he wanted to see the bikes and was very curious to see our camping gear. We bought our first Mexican gas from Francisco and met some fellow riders headed to a rally in Saltillo. We have a very cute hotel in the historic district very near the Cathedral de Saltillo.



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Coahuila plate by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan at Hotel Urdinola by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Hotel Urdinola by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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We walked around the town ate Tacos with a cipro chaser for lunch. The shops are full of fancy ball gowns, cowboy hats, and very high heel shoes.



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central square by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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street by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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shoe heaven by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Dan found a great Pollo Restaurant where we had dinner for 2 with beer for 9$.Daniel has discovered "MUI Natural" which is a delicious yogurt sundae shop. We went there twice today. There was a great punk rock band playing up the street with an amazing horn section.


dinner for 2 with beer 9$ by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We were staying a short walk to the Alameda Zaragoza Park with a lake in the shape of the Mexican republic.


park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


They have dyes the water in the fountains all kinds of bright colours.



frog by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We laughed so hard when we found out later that this says don't walk in the garden and NOT don't pee in the garden which is why we took the photo.



pisar sign by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


park bench 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We were allowed to climb the bell tower and explore the roof of the Cathedral de Saltillo. There is a small hole in one of the shutters in the tower and this produces a pin hole colour camera effect on the walls of the tower room. From the roof you can see the whole city.


Cathedral Santiago by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


doll maker by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


climb up bell tower by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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birds by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


cross on hill by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Cathedral by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Then of course more Tacos, we are in mexico after all. Tomorrow to Zacatecas.


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