Guatemala to Alaska and Back

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  1. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Thx for the info ; I still haven't made up my mind where to go next...tough call with so many options :D
  2. GuateRider

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    An other tough day in the office : wine tasting all day long in the Lodi region with Doug, aka holckster :D:freaky:D
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    When your hardest decisions are which direction to point your motorcycle, life is truly good!:happay
  4. GuateRider

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    You are so right about that !!!!!
    Well the struggle is over , I made up my mind,i made a decision...at least for the next few days until my wife comes back from Guatemala on Thursday : I will go and explore the Lake Tahoe area :ricky:ricky:ricky
  5. klous-1

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    AS long as it wasn't mad cow burger bar....

    That KTM is PACKED! people say I carry a lot!

    And when I said about "filling that roll" (ie riding along) I did of course mean "role"....I don't want to be eaten, mad or nay!
  6. Red 5

    Red 5 Been here awhile

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    Hey Julio,
    I spent some time catching up on your trip this afternoon, it looks amazing!!!! Reading about your trip has got me got me thinking about the road again even though we've only been home for a few months. Thanks for the inspiration,
    Jordan.
  7. GuateRider

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    Mad or not, it was good :evil:evil:evil








    Hola Jordan,
    good to hear from you. How is life in Calgary? Working again ? It's good to know, that my RR does inspire....
    Saludos,
    Julio
  8. GuateRider

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    Yesterday morning I rode out of Lodi, headed to Lake Tahoe. My host,Doug, decided to come along for some part of the road and so he lead the way out of Lodi and up into the foothills. Being a local boy, he picked all kind of small and smaller but really beautiful backroads :clap:clap:clap


    And here he is, my personal tour guide :D


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    And these are some of the views we had on our way up to the foothills


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    And then we got to the small but interesting town of Mokelumne, packed with historical buildings


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    And from there on we started to get away from the heat and up the mountains we went and the scenery got more impressive


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    Immigrant Lake


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    And from here on, it was all downhill to Lake Tahoe


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  9. Carl Stark

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    Glad to hear that Luisa is able to join you on your journey. These journeys are meant to be shared!:clap
  10. GuateRider

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    Hola C&J, good to hear from you guys . How are things in Sheridan ? Yes I'm looking forward to Thursday:norton, because like you said : Sharing it makes a hell of a difference
  11. GuateRider

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    2 days at Lake Tahoe and I still have mixed feelings about it. Its beauty is impressive,but there is something that doesn't let me enjoy it completely and I don't know exactly what it is . All the people around it, the tremendously ugly buildings on the Nevada side ,.... who knows????

    Here some pics that try to show its beauty



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  12. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Julio, I know what you mean about Tahoe. A bit of advice. Go to Incline Village on the Nevada side, rent a mountain bike at the bike shop there (Village Ski Loft) and take a ride up the Flume Trail. It starts out as about a 1000 foot climb from the Ponderosa Ranch but then gets flat and spectacular all the way up to Marlette Lake. You can buy me a beer for that advice later. :lol3
  13. GuateRider

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    Thx Vince , but I was already over Ebbets Pass by the time I got your message , too bad .
    As far as the beer, any time once your done with your diet :D:D:D
  14. GuateRider

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    Yesterday morning I realized that summer was over, it was cold when I left Lake Tahoe . As soon as I got out of town, the temperature dropped to 36 F and for the first time on this journey the ice warning signal on my bike came on .
    I put on my silk under gloves and my liner and I enjoyed the fresh air and the great weather ! Cold climate is great, when it gets too cold you can protect yourself . On the other hand with hot climate , there is not much you can do besides calling it a day and :freaky

    I was headed for Ebbetts Pass and then on back to Lodi .
    The scenery was great and the further on I went, the better it got



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  15. Alaskajeff

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    Very nice indeed Julio! Enjoy whats left of summer in the lower 48:D Old man winter has already made his presence known here in Alaska:cry

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  16. GuateRider

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    On my way to the airport to pick up Luisa :clap:freaky:clap
  17. captkumu

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    Julio,
    Are you coming down the Baja to La Paz? ...... If so it would be great to host you and Luisa and maybe a few beers and a Panga ride.....
    Let me Know ....John
  18. GuateRider

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    Great pic, Jeff !! The temperature up at Ebbetts Pass the other day was pretty close to what your picture looks like :evil
    But down in the lowlands it's still hot
  19. GuateRider

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    Hi John, thx for the invite !! beer and Panga sounds awesome :D:D:D
    We still are undecided if we should go to Baja or through the mainland .
    1600 KM of hot desert ...:huh and riding 2up on an overloaded bike would keep us away from a lot of the nice but sandy places...
    How long will you be down there ? I'll let you know as soon as we make up our mind
  20. GuateRider

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    The other day, Doug took me to one of his weekly dinner with his bike buddys . They have had this weekly dinner for 10 years now, and they try to change the restaurants as much as possible, meaning that sometimes they have to cover quiet a distance in order to get there . Anyway, that night they were going to meet at a diner just outside of Sacramento.
    We went in Dougs truck and he took some small back routs through the delta , what a different and beautiful countryside !!!
    We stopped in a small place , called Locke. A town build by Chines immigrants long time ago , with interesting wooden construction and something like a living ghost town



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    And Doug, as a good contracter as he is , could not resist and he had to try to fix this building :D



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