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Old 12-28-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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North America 2007

From May until August 2007 I traveled North America on my V-Strom 650, visiting seven nations, riding more than 16,000 miles, spending less than $25 per day. I had no definite route in mind, merely a general direction. Few specific plans, and no scheduled date of return. This is my story.

I quit my job, moved all of my meager belongings into the attics and garages of friends. I'd purchased a 2005 DL650 in April and spent the next month outfitting it with the items I thought necessary for the ride. On a beautiful May day, all my gear and equipment clean, I set out from Memphis, Tennessee.



My first night I camped in Louisiana at a free(?) state forest campground.



Some things I saw on the way through Louisiana:





In Texas I illegally camped on the beach at Galveston State Park.



The next day I toured the area a bit and noticed my bike's perfect balance at the gas station.





I raced a crop duster.



My final night in the US, I camped at one of the many picnic areas in Texas, tent-free.



In the morning, a few snacks and top off the air in my tires.



My first picture in Mexico. I found the customs office and on the first tope in the parking lot, I bent the crap out of my skid plate bracket.



I crossed into Mexico at McAllen/Reynosa. The border zone was a chaotic mess, so I was happy to head south until the land opened up.



I camped that night next to a little country road.



I got off the pavement the next day and soon learned that Mexican gravel is often made of fist-sized rocks. Here you see a near-miss where the front wheel jerked to the right and launched me toward the fence. Somehow I stopped the bike in time without dropping it.





My first stop planned stop was in Monterrey to visit Alberto and Rolando, a couple of guys I met on the ST1100 forums. Rolando gave me a Monterrey Moto Club hat.



Although Monterrey is in the middle of a desert, it rained almost continuously my two days there.





To be continued...
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:51 PM   #2
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:53 PM   #3
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Quit your job...

Oh, to be young again and feel such freedom from financial overheads.

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Old 12-29-2007, 01:20 AM   #4
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Nice Bike and Post. Waiting for more....
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:56 AM   #5
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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I whish I had balls to camp on the beach.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:31 AM   #7
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I've been waiting for this one.


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Old 12-29-2007, 09:48 AM   #8
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Great start Jamie

We're waiting for more...
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:56 AM   #9
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Okay, I'm intrigued.

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Old 12-29-2007, 09:57 AM   #10
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Awesome post keep it coming
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:58 AM   #11
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Keep going Bro! Nothing better than a good ride report on a cold rainy day...
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:07 AM   #12
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Snow, snow everywhere I look is snow....

I need this!

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Old 12-29-2007, 10:09 AM   #13
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Sweet!! Don't keep us waiting!!
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:02 AM   #14
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Your story sounds vaguely familiar

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:06 AM   #15
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Kaneman, izzat you?
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