Bellingham to Brazil, not coming back

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

  1. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    Whew! I just got schooled in Mexican riding thanks Franco! Tijuana is badass and I'm glad Im out of there. So I bombed down the Beautiful Pacific Coast, let me catch you all up.

    So March 5th showed up and it was raining. I decided to chill for an extra day, go to the doctor, get some sleep, make love to my girlfriend and eat food from my parents fridge, not bad living at home these last few days before leaving. Oh by the way, because somebody asked, I am 25 and I am doing one of my 'Mini Retirements' who knows what I will have when I am older.


    The next day I woke up to blue skies and what!!?? In March?
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    Oh well, now or never I guess.

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    Off to a good start, the odometer at day 1:




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    Goodbye Bellingham,
    Goodbye Snow,
    Goodbye Girlfriend.



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    The ferry to Port Townsend, WA

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    Stayed in Portland, good beer coffee and huge bicycle lanes which is great, I'm a fan of anything on two wheels.

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    Stayed with good friends Aaron and Erika

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    mmmmm good coffee, can I live without it? We will see, I backpacked Central America when I was 21 and all I could find was Nescafe...

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    Hello Florence?

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    Ryan, hey thats me!

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    and I made it to the Ocean!

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    Highway 101

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    The Redwoods

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    In California the gas pumps are not circumcised so you have to fold back the foreskin and breath in the fumes to make sure you dont overfill


    San Francisco

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    San Franciso at night

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    Does it get much better than this?

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    San Luis Obispo, I hiked up this cool hill to get a view of the city at night



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    L.A.
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    Hang on theres more, the tijuana riding was badass, hang on while I go eat a taco, next update coming soon, whoa! this RR business is a lot of work! Its fun though.
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  2. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Oh yeah, it gets way better than that. Spectacular things await. :D
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  3. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    If you have just the slightest idea that things may not get better than that. You're in for a ride. Things get SO MUCH BETTER.

    [QUOTE PorLaTierra] Does it get much better than this? :D[/QUOTE]


    P.S. Thanks for giving me a heads up on your ride. Good to see you on here. Pretty neat that you got up and are on your way south having only met you that one time at La Mesa in Bellingham. Crash less than I did, and you'll be good to go!

    --Alex
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  4. Droptop50

    Droptop50 Been here awhile

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    Subscribed!!:lurk
    Best of luck to you!
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  5. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    Ok so I went out for tacos and found crazy tricked out mexican hot dogs, then I got tired and fell asleep so here is the next set of photos. I am in Mazatlan now and hopefully I can get everything uploaded.

    Crashmaster, it gets a lot better you say? I cant wait.
    BigAlSmith, thanks for the tips man, I meant to call you before I left, got busy you know how it is.

    Thanks everybody for all the kind offers for places to stay, I will take you up on them whenever possible. Advrider is an incredible network and I hope I can do my part to add to the collection of ride reports.

    Ok where was I? Oh yeah, dirty stinky L.A.
    I left there at 6am and there was traffic, went through Santa Barbara, then crossed at Otay where I met my friend Joel at the Carls Jr., he loves Carls Jr. so I knew he could find me there if I just went there and called him.

    Unfortunately he had to work that day so I went on a really badass ride with his brother Franco who also used to live in Bellingham for a little while. He took me screaming through Tijuana and around to the East, South then West on the Libre to Rosarito, we ate burritos and then went weaving through traffic back to his house, couple hour ride. At one point he was passing a big truck on the right on an onramp and just barely squeezed by before the truck swerved left. His tires were touching the curb as he bounced over a cardboard box twisted the throttle, I went around the other way. TIjuan roads are messed up!

    I rode south to Mazatlan and from here I plan to do fewer miles and chill out a lot more. Anybody know where I can buy a good map? I took a couple of sweet detours around the toll booths but I am trying my hardest to get down the coast without hitting the cuotas.

    Any recommended routes through Mexico and CA would be greatly appreciated too. just PM me, or reply whatever.

    Crossing was easy, look at the line going back though
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    Franco
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    Heres the little trailer where I stayed, next to Joel and Francos apartment
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    I used a big chain, a disc lock and a bike cover but I still woke up everytime the killer dogs started barking, I also saw the biggest dogs I have ever seen in my life, they travel in gangs no joke, in this picture the chain isnt all the way through, I just set it there to take a picture right before I left
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    Couple of days in TJ and then look who showed up! Alright dad! He caught up to me on his 77 R100 with his airhead T'shirt and rode with me for a few days, pretty cool


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    The North of Mexico
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    We drove through Tecate
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    Puerto PeƱasco
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    These guys had a little too much to drink
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    Heres my dad with a Chihuaha
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    Thats it for now, stay tuned.
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  6. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Can't wait to see the adventure unfold!
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  7. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    same here. Subscribed.
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  8. falconbm

    falconbm falconbm

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    I'll be tagging along with report, have fun, stay safe.
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  9. gerardoviavia

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  10. Lunatic

    Lunatic Dan Keyhoety

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  11. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    in....i like the vibe.

    safe travels,
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  12. samohT

    samohT Adventurer

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    Sounds perfect, no plans and just the open road ahead...

    I am sure the ride will get better than what you showed as I can look out my window and have a better ride (I Live in Thailand)...

    Safe journey...
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  13. busdriver803

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    :thumb Looking forward to seeing where this goes. The idea of packing it up and heading south has been :norton rolling around in my head for a while now! :freaky
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  14. rfischer71

    rfischer71 n00b

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    is it just me, but your buddy Franco looks a lot like a young Bob Dylan, especially with the black and white treatment.
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  15. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...dang! Made alot of progress in a few days!


    ...with a gurlfren like that, my bet is he'll be back! :norton
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  16. BullShatter

    BullShatter Been here awhile

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    Looks like the beginning of an EPIC Ride!
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  17. Coots

    Coots That's what she said

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    From a former Bellinghamer to another (actually Lynden, but close enough) good luck, I will be following along. Could not agree with you more about being tired of this rat race. If you make it to Argentina, keep an eye out for a piece of property for me, some where around Salta.

    Good luck and safe travels.

    P.S Really cool your dad caught up with you.:freaky
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  18. RiderJones

    RiderJones sketchy

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    The idea of ditching the job and hitting the road to the sunny south is going to be awfully appealing to a lot of people ... especially to pale sun starved northerner's who've barely survived the winter .... and for that reason, I'm in.

    :clap
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  19. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    If it wasn't for a wife, 2 kids the job and a mortgage I'd be doing the same. I hate winter.

    I'm subscribed :lurk
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  20. Snowkarver

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    Looks like a plan, with great photos too. I'm in! :lurk
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