Guatemala to Alaska and Back

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GuateRider, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Red 5

    Red 5 Been here awhile

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    Julio,
    thanks for all your hospitality when we were in Guatemala, I hope we can repay it when you are in Calgary. Sandra and I are in Chile now, we'll be flying with our bikes from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles on April 23rd. After touring around the south west for a bit we'll be heading back to Canada along the west coast, perhaps we'll see you on the road.
    Ride safe.

    Jordan.
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  2. oaxatwin

    oaxatwin Been here awhile

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    I knew it!!

    Say hi tu Ruben if you see him.

    Buen Viaje!
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  3. Red 5

    Red 5 Been here awhile

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    That is a very nice ride.

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  4. egwags

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    You're headed up to some incredible riding, so there are almost no limits, but I thought I'd throw out a few ideas. I did the ride to Fairbanks last year from Milwaukee and back, and I road Death Valley this past fall.

    I'd definitely recommend riding through The Mojave Nature Preserve and then Joshua Tree National Park on the way to Death Valley on the way up. Great time of year to be there. If you go, I'd recommend Titus Canyon first and foremost (IF you're ok with bouldery dirt and 180 degree switchbacks). Amazing ride. I did it two-up, so it's definitely doable - just depends upon your comfort.

    By hitting that area on the way up, you can enjoy the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) on the way down in warmer weather. I road San Fran to LA in November, and it's absolutely freaking amazing.

    As for the trip up to Alaska, I wrote a blog about our trip last year, and it might point you in a few of the right directions. Check it out, and let me know if I can answer any questions. www.longroadup.com

    Happy and safe riding!

    Off to Cabo via LA in a few weeks myself. We may cross paths.
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  5. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    In 2010 returning from a 3 Flags Classic Ride, I road the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to San Fran in mid September. I found it cool that year along the coast with most temps in the mid 60 to70. One thing about travelling the secondary scenic routes in California is that I've found that a 300 mile day is about it. A lot to see.
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  6. NeverQuit

    NeverQuit RoutineDefiant Adventurer

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    Oye Amigo, great to see your adventure is underway!!!!! I'll be watching.....and hoping maybe we cross paths again.

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  7. NeverQuit

    NeverQuit RoutineDefiant Adventurer

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    If you're still in Oaxaca, and stop by Cajiga (Juan Cajiga's) motorcycle shop, please say hi to Juan from Peter and I. We spent a few days there in 2008, when a piece of plastic accidentally broke off Peter's oil cap and fell into the engine. Just how far do we take this thing apart to get that plastic out!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

    (It was okay. Peter found the plastic in the old oil like 5 months later in Germany : )
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  8. martinef

    martinef Been here awhile

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    Que bueno saber de ustedes y que ya es hora de emprender el tan esperado viaje :D Nosotros estamos ahora en South Carolina y estaremos un par de años por aca, si acaso bajas por el Este los esperamos con mucho gusto.

    Un abrazo grande y gracias por toda tu ayuda, sabemos que les va a ir muy bien :clap
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  9. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Casa de la Cultura , San Agustin Etla , Oaxaca

    An incredible place... to bad I forgot my real camera at the hotel [​IMG]
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  10. JGBrown

    JGBrown Been here awhile

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    Let me know when you're coming through Vancouver!!

    For those of you who don't know, Julio is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet on a bike(He probably started on a Honda). He singlehandedly bailed out me and Nick when we ran into trouble in Guatemala on our trips.
    Looking forward to a wicked trip report!:D
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  11. ZOA

    ZOA Been here awhile

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    wow .. I love "casa de la cultura" ..muy muy lindo ...

    thanks .. I will follow you my friend :norton
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  12. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Thank you all for your comments !
    Muchas gracias a todos por sus comentarios!
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  13. MikeMike

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    Thanks for the link to this thread.
    See you on Friday for breakfast and a little ride through "the land that time forgot".
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  14. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    This morning I left Oaxaca, took the cuota to Tehuacan and from there I took the 150 up in the mountains to Acultzingo.
    On one part of the road the turns are kind of thight , so you have switch lane at a certain point ...really confusing if you have to switch over to the wrong side of the road:evil
    From there to Orizaba, then towrds Puebla to Ciudad Sedran and from there some old backroads towards Guadalupe Victoria and finally to Perote .
    Great ride ( Thx Mike for the info} , almost all the time with a great view on the Pico de Orizaba and Cofre de Perote, wich I will try tomorrow to ride up all the way to the summit at 4200 m

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  15. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    un posto da sballo :D

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  16. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Para ahora la east coast no esta en nuestros planes , but who knows..maybe some day some where...
    Buena vibra!!

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  17. GuateRider

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    Hola Jeremy, good to hear from you again. I will definitely getin touch with you when I will get in your neighborhood

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  18. GuateRider

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    Hola Don Richard , does this cualify as exotic ??

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  19. MikeMike

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    That photo with the hacienda, yep, that is the old road. Glad you enjoyed it, and if you liked that, I think you'll find Friday morning interesting.
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  20. marior97

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    Cool pictures Julio !!!!

    :clap:clap:clap:clap:freaky
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