1 Year on 2 Wheels

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CanuckCharlie, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Day 1 - 272 Miles - Lafayette, IN

    I can’t believe the day has finally come! I also can’t believe I got my pre-departure checklist completed! It’s been an incredibly stressful month and I wouldn’t want to go through that again. I invited a few friends over for a quick gathering on Saturday morning and set to take off at noon. (Don’t feel bad if you didn’t make it. It’s Labor Day long weekend and I gave a very short notice.)

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    I promise that I will be EXTRA SAFE on this trip mom!

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    Thanks for all of the support guys and gal! My friend Glen (far right) will be joining me on this trip for the first two weeks. :)

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    It’s GO time!!!

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    Guess what I’m doing? (No, I’m not making out with my bike) My back was getting sore after the first hour so I had to relocate my hydration pack. No more sipping on the go…

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    Rode about 6 hours into Lafayette, IN and celebrated day 1 with a juicy steak. :D
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  2. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    What a great send off!
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  3. mototrekkin

    mototrekkin Adventurer

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    Awesome! The anticipation is killing me too. 3 more weeks for me till I hit the road. See you later.
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  4. Passim

    Passim Still here

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    I agree with Parcero, Great send off... safe travels Charlie and Glen.... :thumb
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  5. alshaffer

    alshaffer Been here awhile

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    Makes me want to hop on my 1290 and just roll... anywhere! All the best, and enjoy the hell out of every moment!

    Are you posting updates on Twitter btw?


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  6. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Buen viaje! I am recuperating from nasty spill I took on Trampolin del Diablo and staying at my gf's brother's mountain cabin outside of Medellin for few more weeks.. I'll tune in once in a while, and maybe our path will cross when you are in S. America. I think my gf's brother is interested in starting to host BMW travelers from USA heading south (He rides a R1200GS) but he haven't pulled a trigger on putting his cabin on Tent Space yet.

    Anyway, ride far and safe!
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  7. Kattzoo

    Kattzoo Adventurer

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    I'm so in! I agree with the others, great send off. Hope this trip far exceeds your wildest dreams.
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  8. SteveOnTheWay

    SteveOnTheWay Been here awhile

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    Following and good luck!
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  9. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    :thumb Epic
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  10. German

    German Ich liebe Bayrischen Mist

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    Charlie - safe travels. looking forward to your stories
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  11. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Day 3 - 1088 Miles - Denison, TX

    First couple of days riding through the US was pretty uneventful but we weren’t exactly taking our sweet time to take in the scenes. We did a quick pass through the town of Casey to check some ‘Big Things’.

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    Temperature was in the 90’s all day. It was very refreshing taking a dip in a cold river.

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    We set up camp in Richland, MO.

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    As we were about to heat up some MRE’s, a nice family from Lebanon, MO at the next campsite gave us some food and a fire starter log. Thanks a lot guys!

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    It was around 100 F all day through Oklahoma and Texas so we had to take plenty of water breaks and end up covering only 408 miles each day in about 10 hours of riding.

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    Drying our tents in the hotel

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  12. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    I'm a little too old for social media so Facebook is all I got :p
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  13. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    That sounds fantastic! Let's get in touch when I'm closer to S. A. (mid to late November)
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  14. oldgsbob

    oldgsbob n00b

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    good luck Charlie,
    I used the Stahlratte in October 2011 and it was one of the hightlights of our tour. Met lots of other travelers and had a great time.
    Bob
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  15. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    You are off to a great start! I'm guessing only one more day in Texas and then your bike's windshield will be sporting a Mexican TVIP sticker?
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  16. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Yeppers, the heat wave in TX is just brutal. Can't wait to get into mountains in Mexico to cool off.


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  17. CanuckCharlie

    CanuckCharlie Been here awhile

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    Day 6 - 1853 Miles - Santiago, Nuevo León, Mexico

    The 2 day ride through Texas heat was brutal as temperature hovered around 100 F. We only covered about 400 miles per day in 10 hours since we had to take a water break every hour or so. At each stop we soaked our shirts and neck rolls with water and stuff our pants pockets with ice to keep cool. Many gas stations along the way were out of fuel due to hurricane Harvey.

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    We crossed into Mexico at Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas in the afternoon of Sep 6th.

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    The staff at the Aduana (Customs) were very friendly and efficient. We got all of our paper work done and were on our way in less than half an hour. If you are planning on riding/driving your US registered vehicle in Mexico you will need the following:

    · Mexican Auto Insurance: You will need separate insurance as the US insurance does not cover Mexico. I got mine online prior to the trip through Lewis and Lewis Mexican Insurance. Just as a reference, a full territory/ full coverage 30 day insurance for my 09 R1200GS valued at $10k cost $220 USD.

    · Tourist Visa (FMM): Required if you are staying more than 7 days and cross by land. Cost is 500 Pesos (approx $25 USD) and good for 180 days.

    · Temporary Vehicle Import Permit (TIP): To be obtained through Banjercito (a government agency). It’s basically a money withheld to prevent people from selling their vehicle in Mexico. You will need your registration/title and the cost is 8283 Pesos ($490 USD) which will be refunded when the vehicle exits Mexico.

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    We attracted a small crowd while waiting to get our paper works done.

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    Riding through hectic traffic of Nuevo Progreso

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    We got a free escort from the Federales on 2D heading west.

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    Followed by some torrential downpour minutes later…

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    Highways in Mexico are of two types: Cuota (Toll) or Libre (Free) which usually run parallel to each other. The tolls on 2D weren’t much ($11 Pesos/moto) but there is toll booth every 10 minutes and it was just a pain trying to get money out while wearing a rain suit so we decided to take 40 instead of 40D towards Monterrey. The free roads are in slightly worse shape than the toll roads but are in decent shape and also run through small towns. Most Mexican drivers are very courteous and will either use left turn signal or pull over to the shoulder to let faster traffic pass.

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    We were drawn to the smell of road side tacos and stopped for some lunch.

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    Represent…

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    We rode in the rain and darkness into the mountain twisties. It was getting a little too adventurous for my taste. My visor/glasses were fogging up and I’m soaked to the core. There are potholes and topes (speed bumps) everywhere and lot of sections were flooded. Wet roads here also felt a lot more slippery than US roads…or is it just me?

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    We made it!

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    At first I thought it was a bird…check out the size of this moth!

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    It was late into the night and restaurant was closed so we devoured some MRE’s and called it a night.
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  18. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    Nice pace! Looks like it's been a dream ride so far.

    When you get to Colombia, you're going to love the fact that motos ride for free on toll roads. No more scrounging around for money with gloves and gear on.

    As for the Mexican roads and rain, I felt the exact same way. They seem very shiny when dry, sort of weirdly polished looking probably due to all of the traffic rolling over them and years of oil drips and diesel dust being ground in. Riding them in the rain when they're even shinier does tend to keep one on their toes.

    Ride safe and soak it all in.
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  19. Passim

    Passim Still here

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    Excellent update Charlie... :thumb
    Only 359 days to go... I've never been to Mexico but I have noticed on occasion that a fresh rain on hot pavement can be a bit sketchy.
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  20. mototrekkin

    mototrekkin Adventurer

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    Awesome! chugging along Charlie. keep the pics coming.
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