"Fly-ride West ride Canada to Mexico & points between

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rockin Rollin, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    OK, I'm back.:D
    I could not miss the 9th annual ADV Eastern Rendezvous. This was the 3rd year for me. Took the Strom the last 2 times. Took the Husaberg this time. It was great!!!:freaky :rayof
    Didn't get any pics at the RDV but there are plenty nuff on that thread anywho. Did get some good ones of some exciting trails I found on the way back however.:evil Here they are:
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    Now back to the Beach house in Baja:D Fly-Ride report, below.:ricky
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  2. Rockin Rollin

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    So this was really cool. Mike & I rode down the coast to the next town down. It was lunch time and we had thought
    this was where Sheri said her sister in law (Mexican) ran a restaurant. So we asked a local and he told us to go to
    this Pink house just right in the middle of subdivision looking just like any of the other homes. No sign that it
    is a restaurant. Anyways we go to the door and the lady cannot speak any English but it was "oh yes come on in". So
    here we are in her Kitchen/dining/family room with her and her 3 cute kids. She makes us lunch. Hamburgers. The
    Kids are quite intriged by us but can also not speak any English. Anway we all communicate as we can and we enjoy a nice lunch. It was really cool! So we pay & leave twice as much $ as she asked for. Then everybody comes out to bid
    us adue. Here is the picture. (By the way it was not Sheri's sister in law & we were in the wrong town.)
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  3. Rockin Rollin

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    Last nite, at the beach house. That is Shari on the right. Nice lady. She has various accomodations at Bahia
    Asuncion. www.bahiaasuncion.com
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    These pics are right off her back deck. She has the nicest location in the whole area. It would be nice to stay
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    Time to move on. I needed to call home & get a few things organised b4 I got going so Mike took off & we would meet
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    I had a wee spill on the way. Was pretty tough to get the bike back up.
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  4. Rockin Rollin

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    Met back up with Mike in Gerro Negro. We rode right thru Catavena which is spectacular in nature. Mike needed to get home however & so we took no pics & rode thru to El Rosario just Before dark. I do have a lot of pictures of that area in my Baja2009 report below.
    Mike left for home next morning. I stuck around for a bit to do some laundry, then rode north to Erindera & Coyote Cals Hostel, on the pacific coast once again. I had stayed here last year when I dirt biked Baja. Beautiful location on the Pacific.
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    Met Matthew & Barnaby here. Brothers, here from England. Here on a surfing adventure. Really nice guys. They had actually travelled across the US making a movie prior to this.
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    Love that surf crashing in on the rocks.
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    First nite here was also my first nite getting sick/diarria in Mexico.:(: Ended up being a good cleanout of my system but I didn't get much sleep that nite.:nah
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    Elevation here was ~9000 feet & had snow & ice, & a sign NO MOTORCyCLES.
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    It was a great curvy road but suface condtions at time had light loose gravel which was hard to see. Coming back down the mountain I came around one corner & suddenly found myself in a 2 wheel drift. Keeping the bike upright put me off the road into gravel & rock leading to a cliff.:yikes I was able to hang on & slow the bike & turn back toward the road with a very limited amount of time before a big ditch opened up as the road started down. Went thru the upper part of the ditch & bounced back up onto the road just in time. Exciting! Whew!::baby
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  5. advtenn

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    Hi Roland, As always, nice pic's.

    Glad your two wheel drift worked out for ya.
    I am not a fan of the two wheel drift.:evil
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  6. Rockin Rollin

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    You would know Todd:muutt I was lucky there wasn't any guard rail.
    Thanks for comin ta visit.:D
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  7. Rotten Ronnie

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    I still want to know how you got the Husie out of that mud hole. lol.
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  8. Rockin Rollin

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    Ya:p3rry :becca

    Well Ronnie, let me just tell you that it involved a lot of this:becca :baldy :fall :confused :yikes :arg :bluduh :topes :scratch :umph :pissed .
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    Yah, it was a real draaag!!! :knary

    But finished with:jump :smile6 :ilmostro :ricky
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  9. Rotten Ronnie

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    Lol. It looks like you're having a great ride. The seashore pictures are some of the best I've ever seen. Thanks!
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  10. Rockin Rollin

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    Best thing about staying at a hostel is the neat people you meet.
    This is Mike & Sarah, Rock climbers from Zion.
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    This is Bob traveling solo on a Honda crf230, riding from home in Venice beach near LA. He was on quite an adventure, riding as much offroad as possible he had to camp out twice overnite trying to get thru particularly difficult trails. Lost his sleeping bag prior to the last overnite. I believe he had been as far south as Loreto. Amazing he was doing all this on a 230. :huh
    Prior to leaving home, getting his bike ready part of the challenge & sprocket combo was so he would be fast enough to outrun a dog:stfu . Well that would be good! Especially in Mexico. He was fairly well equiped for any emergencies. Sounded like he was having some good times.:p3rry Always cool to meet people like this. Hey Bob!
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    It was really great time at Coyote Cals.:getiton The People, hey guys!:wave :flip & the location.:kumbaya
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  11. Rockin Rollin

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    Passed thru Ensinada on the way back.
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    This apparently is the bridge they start the baja 1000 from.
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    Then went across hwy3 east, saw this on the way.
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    Spent last nite in Baja as the first, in San Felipe. Met a few other riders. Had a beer with these guys. The one on the left is Steve. ADVer from Tennessee. His brother took the picture. We had some good laughs together & hit it off pretty good.
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    Steve had already it it off on the trail with his KTM.:p3rry Extra adventure. Pretty good bash there Steve. Whoh! Dented right thru his bash plate cracked his casing & was spewing oil.:puke2
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    On the way back to Vegas I met the back of a major traffic back up coming into Quartsite. I just hit the passed lane but soon had to pull back in with the traffic bumper to bumper. It was tough to find a lace to pull in. Saw a fellow biker & quickly went to pull in beside hime then saw there were 2 bikers. Oh well no choice now it's 3. Buddy tells me it's just all traffc backed up from the lite a few kilometers up the road. Well :topes i gotta make time. Got a flight to catch. I look over to the side of the road & notice just a ways off the road is an ATV trail. Awright!:evil I head off the shoulder thru the ditch & over to the trail. Well now I'm going somewhere. All the traffic is staring my way with jealousy all over thier faces:huh while I'm standing up bounding down the trail 7 passing them all on my Dual Sport. Yaa!: :ksteve
    I got up to the lites, cut back onto the road & away I went.
    Up the road in lake Havasu I stopped at a Wall-mart for some oil, I'm at the cash register & this kid is pointing me out & whispering some thing to his parents. Now they're all lookin at me. So I say, "ya-ya that was me passin everone offroad".:queenie The Guy says "Wow you looked just like one of those Dakar rally riders"! Cool!:thumb
    Next stop, Vegas. Get Suzi back in storage, Fly-home.
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  12. advtenn

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    Hi Roland, I would like to ride the burg again some day, in better conditions!:thumb
    I remember this cool and rainy day.:jive :(: Good thing you had the heated grips!
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  13. Rockin Rollin

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    Hey we still had fun & now I've got a great Tennessee T-shirt. Thanks Buddy!:D
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  14. Rockin Rollin

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    Copper Canyon Mexico
    This report is going to be a quickie as I am behind on Ride Reporting. This will be just highlights & best pics. There is so much detail especially when it comes to going into Mexico but just not enough time to tell. It is certainly very different down there & many times I really felt like WOW "I am really out there!" especially the fact I was riding on my own. I never felt unsafe or threatened at any time and for the most part all the people I met were wonderful. The trip was unfortunately too short as I was only in Mexico for a total of 6 days.
    First order of business on the trip was bike maintenance as Suzi got beat up pretty bad in Baja. This is at my storage in Vegas. Which was my storage & Fly hub. Start & finish point.
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    Well this is fast forward right to the Copper Canyon, some amazing twisty roads to get to Creel where I was staying.
    This rock would rock back & forth so Rockin Rollin had to go out & try it. Fun!
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    Stayed at the Hostel in Creel.
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    Parked the Bike in the Kitchen.
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    This Girl is Laurence. I was fortunate she was on the tour I took & was the only person Who could speak both Enlish & Spanish so she was my interpreter.
    Interestingly she is actually French from France & now lives in Mexico, running an adventure compny that provides spanish lessons while people come out for
    various adventures. http://www.adventuremexicanschool.com/ We had no sooner come back from the Copper canyon & she went back out on an atv adventure.
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    The Hostel (Not Hostile) greeters!
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    This area is the area of the Tarahumara Indians. They sell their crafts to tourists. I had brought along a bunch of stuffed toys to give away to the young children. They would have to accompany the mother. This young girl was such a happy thing & was dancing around. She was thrilled to get the little toy.[​IMG]
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    Tomorrow I ride to Batopilas.
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  15. Rockin Rollin

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    Leaving for Batopilas.
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    Cool rock formations around Creel.
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    Rugged road going down to a deep canyon. Batopilas & tropical climate at the bottom.
    It is so beautiful it can be easy to loose your concentration. Alas!
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    Getting to a place like this I like to be right in the heart of the town. Well this was it, A guest house right across from the town square. The concern however security for the bike. Well no problem. A few bricks to get up the curb. Couple more to get up through the front door, ride thru the front vestibule, kitchen dining area & right down a ramp into the courtyard. Park right outside my room. Cool! & Secure!
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    The lady here is the owner. Her name is Monse, she took good care of me the short while I was here, like a mother, very nice.
    I enjoyed my first ever fresh bananas right off the tree, grown right there in the courtyard. Yum!
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    My room was right there to the right of the hamock.
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    This was sunday & fortunate for me there was a Fiesta happening that evening in the town square. Right out the front door. Nice, a 12 person brass band,
    Mexican music of course. All the people dressed up beautifully. It was really nice.
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    So here was something interesting. A few Dogs seemed to actually be a part of the party. Actually there were a number of them kind of trapped in the raised courtyard which was enclosed by the people. & it was just totally ignoired by the people. Normal! Well at one point when the band was on break 2 of the dogs are going at it right in the middle. Again nobody seemed to pay any attention at all!!!
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    I faded about 2 in the morning & could enjoy the music further laying in bed. The fiesta went till 5am. Woh, these people like to party!:freaky
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  16. canadian XR

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    OK Roland your making me jealous ..... be safe

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  17. Rockin Rollin

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    Heading back out.
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    This was a beautiful guest house overlooking the river just outside of town. I met & spoke with the owners when I was on
    my way into town. Artouro & Victoria. Nice people, they offered me a beautiful room for only $50 for the night. If I was
    with my wife this would have been the place. Being on my own however I prefered to stay in town & that was only $20 which
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    Stopped here & went for a swim in the river. It was very hot & so felt great.
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    So I had just come around the corner and find myself staring at the grill of a truck moving at high speed swinging to my side of the road coming round the corner. I swerved to miss him but then was blinded by the dust. Well you can see what happened, I ended up running into the side of the mountain.
    Ouch! Banged my elbow pretty good. It was bloody, even with the fact I have armor on the elbows. Good thing!
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    The views were so spectacular!!!
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    Heading back up from Batopilas I will be heading for Sarafina to see more of the Copper Canyon
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  18. Rockin Rollin

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    The Copper Canyon at Sinfarosa.
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    As you can see it was late in the day here. I didn't know for sure where I would be staying for the nite. This always keeps the trip exciting. I checked out the closest towns but didn't like the look & so ended up riding an hour & half into the nite to go back to Creel which was now on the way back north. I had to start heading back to Vegas tomorrow. It would take at least 2 long days riding to get back.
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  19. Rockin Rollin

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    There are a lot of different things to be aware of when in Mexico. :topesHere are just a few.
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    :pissed which are speed bumps which will usually have warning signs as you approach as you can see here. Problem is when there is no sign & you don't see them early enough. WHAM!!! UGH!!! Not Fun. They are a pain but do their job of controlling Speed or getting tuned in pretty good.:umph :nonoThe other interesting thing is I never did see any other type of speed enforcement ie. radar. So you do tend to ride a little faster.
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    So here is another common sign & something you better watch out for aas well as many other animals which could be on the

    road at any time. Watch out round those blind curves.
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    Evidence! Just about a kilometer past the sign.
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    Oh hello. You winking at me?
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    Next: Back in the USA!!
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  20. Rockin Rollin

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    Back in the States it was now early evening. I'm in Arizona. Decided to stay the nite in Bisbee. An old mining town with a huge open pit mine,wh ich I never got a pic of. Did get these however. Interesting & artsy town. & good pubs, restaurants.
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    Ended up spending the nite in the town Jail.:huh
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    So now it's back to Vegas put Suzi back in her little garage & fly home.
    Next trip back to Vegas, :ricky to Death Valley, Califonia coast at Morrow Bay. Ride the California Pacific coastal highway 1 to Monteray. Head east to see the Sequioa nationa park. Yosemity NP. Then finish in San Francisco.