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Old 08-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #16
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Day 4 The Great Basin

Day 4 Ukhia State Park to Alturas California 550km 8.0 hours
I got rolling really early to get a good run in today. Most of the day was like a huge flashback to my Mobius 9 trip.





I rode through the vast desert of the Great Basin in Oregon. Unlike the Mobius trip, this was all pavement. The wind was ever present all day and a headwind too. I’m exhausted after fighting it for 8 hours. Although the roads are straight and sometimes boring, I enjoyed the day as always.











Hmmm....looking like I could lose a few lbs up front. Central America should fix that
Tonight I’m in the Hacienda Hotel in Alturas California








Road side repair (Actually in a Rite Aid parking lot)


Tomorrow Reno and Lake Tahoe
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:51 AM   #17
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Catch Up ????

Come on, Dave !!! I am sitting here having breakfast in Guatemala and I thought you might have caught up by now !!

Seriously though, you seem to be making good time so enjoy it all and look forward to the border crossings. I lost more weight in Canada & Alaska than I have down here so don't bank on it.

Best wishes, Dave.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #18
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Come on, Dave !!! I am sitting here having breakfast in Guatemala and I thought you might have caught up by now !!

Seriously though, you seem to be making good time so enjoy it all and look forward to the border crossings. I lost more weight in Canada & Alaska than I have down here so don't bank on it.

Best wishes, Dave.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:23 PM   #19
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Day 5 Smoke gets in my eyes

Day 5 Alturas California to Lake Tahoe California 375km 7.0 hours

Today I slept in a bit and got started at about 8:30. Knowing that there was some more high desert riding ahead of me I opted for a more westerly scenic route.




I rode west on route 299 to Canby and then turned south on 139 to Susanville and eventually on to Reno. There was noticeable smoke in the air as I left Alturas. The fires in Yosemite are massive and the smoke is all blowing north. By the time I got to Reno the smoke was burning my eyes and throat.





In Reno I found a spring that will suffice to repair my brake pedal but I didn’t install it because my tools were buried and it was darn hot in the parking lot.



cool rig at the bike shop



Once I had the spring I called Chris in Tahoe Vista where I was going to spend the night. Chris offered up a bed after I contacted him through ADV Riders tent space thread. After riding up the fantastic Mt Rose highway I found Chris’s house at about 3:30. Chris helped install the spring and supplied an extra one for the road.



After a short walk and a great Italian dinner at Lanza's, Chris gave me a little tour of the area.













Thanks Chris! It was great meeting you
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:41 AM   #20
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This looks like it is going to be a Great Adventure.

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:59 AM   #21
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Nice start to your report! And subscribed.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:10 PM   #22
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See you in SA??

Hi Dave,

Looks like you are off to a grand adventure. Look forward to potentially bumping into in South America.

Ride safe, we will be following along.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:57 PM   #23
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This looks like it is going to be a Great Adventure.

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Thanks DirtSquirt, glad to have you along

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #24
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Nice start to your report! And subscribed.
Only on day six of 180, having a great ride so far

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:00 PM   #25
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Hi Dave,

Looks like you are off to a grand adventure. Look forward to potentially bumping into in South America.

Ride safe, we will be following along.
BcDano I'll be in Colombia late November, what's your plans?

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:14 PM   #26
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Baja or inland?

If your heading towards the Baja let us know and maybe we can meet up somewhere there.

Jeff
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:04 PM   #27
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If your heading towards the Baja let us know and maybe we can meet up somewhere there.

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I plan on crossing into Mex at Tecate probably Sept 2, would love to meet up. I'm looking for someone to share the cost of a cabin on the ferry to Maz.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #28
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Day 6 It's getting hot out here

Day 6 Tahoe Vista to Lone Pine California 470km 9.5 hours
It was a long day today despite my resolve to shorten them. The smoke had cleared somewhat at Lake Tahoe so was able to get a few nice photos of Emerald Bay.

The “Tea House”






South of Tahoe the smoke was once again thick and annoying but the roads fantastic twisties.


By the time the smoke started clearing the roads straightened out and the temperature began to rise



A very stickered guard rail










By the time I reached Lone Pine it was 36 Degrees. I found a Hostel in town and paid $25 for a dorm style room.






I got great advice about getting food at the "Taco Truck"



Tomorrow Big Bear Lake
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:21 AM   #29
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That is a lot of miles on a DR650, be safe!
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #30
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fellow Canadians

We ship from Panama City to Bogota end of September and then we head south. Maybe we will see you on the way back up from Ushuaia in February?

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