Bellingham to Brazil, not coming back

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by PorLaTierra, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    I Quit my job today, I'm tired of my life here, I think I will ride to Panama, then Colombia, then Brazil...

    I do not plan to return home, I have some ideas and we will see where I end up.

    Tijuana? Honduras? Colombia and Venezuela!? As P. J. O'Rourke put it "How would your mother feel if she knew
    you were doing this? She'd cry. She really would. And that's how you know it's fun. Anything that makes your
    mother cry is fun. Sigmund Freud wrote all about this. It's a well-known fact."

    I have a motorcycle, a couple of passports, a wad of cash and I speak Spanish. I will
    leave March 5th, bomb down the Pacific Coast on Highway 1/101 from Bellingham, WA, to Tijuana where I will spend a couple nights with my good buddy Joel. "You can sleep in the trailer out back dude, if it starts moving at night its because the Mexicans are stealing it!" Then I will ride to Panama and devise a way to cross the Darien Gap in the cheapest way possible.

    I heard Colombia is really bad ass with a Motorcycle, I heard Venezuela has really cheap gas, and I heard Brazil
    is very large (large=lots of riding). I plan to spend a lot of time in those three countires.

    Here is my first couple of photos if you want to see my set up.


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    Ready to ride



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    Pelican Case


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    Trip to the hardware store.



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    Set up for easy removal.



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    Sweet!


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    This is my dad, he taught me everything I know about motorcycles



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    TOO COLD!


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    One more cold night in my little apartment and then...


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    Two lane highways to Mexico!

    Starts tomorrow (March 5th) we will see what happens
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  2. T.Low

    T.Low Been here awhile

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    1. Very cool. What bike are you riding?

    2. I need a job, what job did you quit? :D

    3. If you end up in Tijuana, it's because something bad happenned.

    3. I don't see any pics?

    4. I don't count very well, (maybe that's why I don't ahve a job)
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  3. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    1. '97 BMW F650
    2. I drove cars for a courier service and made delicious sandwiches at a wine/beer/cheese/meat sandwich shop
    3. Uh-oh
    3? now you can see them!
    4. Me neither, thats why I stick with a single cylinder
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  4. Reryder

    Reryder Onward through the fog...

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    Woohoo! You're livin the dream! Keep us posted.
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  5. ackja

    ackja n00b

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    Wow this sounds like something straight out of a movie
    Best of luck on your venture
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  6. h2oboy

    h2oboy Been here awhile

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    Looking good... in
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  7. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    That doesn't sound like a bad idea, I've been following Radiomans thread and it looks like there some fantastic places to call home in S.America... My wife and I half jokingly talk about selling out and heading that way ourselves and lately we've been talking about it more and more... I will follow this thread to see what kind of paradise you discover down there...
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  8. Gregg Wannabe

    Gregg Wannabe Just killing time

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    Good luck, I like your spirit. If you need a place to stay in San Diego, send me a PM
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  9. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    please continue (and have fun) :lol3

    YK
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  10. Zepfan

    Zepfan Been here awhile

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    Good Luck! I have similar fantasies:rofl I think I'm too much of a wimp though. If you make it to TJ let me know:D
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  11. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Sounds like you have all the planning you need for a little adventure. I highly recommend Peru and Bolivia as well a making a loop through the Guianas if you have the time.

    That Portuguese dictionary will come in very handy until you can start sleeping with one. :lol3

    Boa viagem!
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Yes. From one Northwesterner who fled south to another, expect free room and beer in Manzanillo midway down the pacific coast of Mexico. Shoot me a PM a day or two before you come through. Safe riding and enjoy!
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  13. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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  14. Brooktown Geezer

    Brooktown Geezer scooter guy

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    Following along. I love Bham...rode my Vespa up there last summer from San Diego, and it's currently in heated storage in Ferndale waiting for the next segment of my trip.

    Ride safe, and enjoy the trip!

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  15. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ..i'll bite...got a friend or two in the bham.
    lesse wot happens...:norton
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  16. manshoon

    manshoon Been here awhile

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    Excellent start........I wish I had the gumption to do the same thing, but with my wife having Cancer, it won't happen any time soon. GL on the trip man.....:norton
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  17. clarkebd

    clarkebd Huh?

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    Nice. Love the idea. Wish I would have done it when I was young.

    How old are you if you care to share? No obligations in life yet it seems, so I am assuming younger.

    I don't know that I could stay down south and be that far from family, but I sure have thought about it.
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  18. RainierDOG

    RainierDOG Adventurer

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    Two ways to travel: go with the flow or check-list. We remember years later the things that pierced our senses.
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  19. Jigo

    Jigo Westbound

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    You will love Brazil. Enjoy and have a safe trip. :D
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  20. jnorton1

    jnorton1 Been here awhile

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    Good luck!
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