Heading south... hopefully all the way...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jrzyguy, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. jrzyguy

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    A breakfast fish taco from a street vendor in Ensenada is a great pre-ride event! Glad to be heading south this morning!
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    A nice rest stop with a view. The bike is running fine and I'm happy with my switch to soft luggage...less stuff and a narrower bike!
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    Just south of Ensenada is La Bufadora, an attraction that might be better skipped. It consists of a blow hole in the rocky coast that sends up a blast of water about 90'. And for additional pleasure you get to walk through a gauntlet of vendors on your approach. It's one of those things I felt compelled to see, but once is definitely enough.
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    Reminds me of the Four Corners area. At least you got a good picture of the water spout out of the deal. The 4 Corners is worth missing. Still, ya gotta go, so the rest of us know what to avoid. :rofl

    Looks like you are off to a good start !
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    Late in the day I came into the best riding so far...with higher elevation, beautiful desert scenery, and a great road to ride, the Parque National Del Desierto Central De Baja California is a treat. The picture is of a funky boojum tree...and as my Lonely Planet guide says, it's straight out of a Dr. Suess book!

    I had my first opportunity to communicate with a Mexican truck driver in the Parque. I came up on him fast as his 18 wheeler was creeping up a steep grade. Slowing to assess the situation, we were approaching a blind left hand turn in the road so I had no idea what may have been coming the other way. The trucker switched on his left blinker...this is a signal that it's clear for me to pass. Talk about needing to trust! In a split second I surveyed the situation (the truck was in good condition with its load neatly covered) and swung out into the passing lane. My little DR got its throttle pinned as we shot by, to see nothing but clear road ahead! I was very pleased...I know these things don't always end happily!
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    These pics are of a young German family: a father, a mother, and their 18 month old daughter. And yes they are on a 2 year bicycle trip to the southern tip of South America. Peddling, cooking their own food, and camping the entire way. Very impressive! Their blog is family_pedaleros.blogspot.com.
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    This was my breakfast stop for a burrito and cafe. And as you can see, that's Jou the owner out there raking his dirt yard after every set of footprints is made.

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    This is Matt, a Canadian on his KLR, who joined me for breakfast. He is recently out of the military, as well as some consulting in Afganistan, and is riding south for a year. I was told that I would meet far more Canadians and Europeans than Americans on this trip...so far it's true!
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    These are 3 young Ladies from Vancouver, heading to Guatemala. Do they look scared? Unbelievable!
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    One of several military checkpoints so far, but the first to search all vehicles. We're approaching Santa Rosalita on the Sea of Cortez. They just waved me by :)
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    This is the harbor in Santa Rosalia. The Sea of Cortez looked very blue and very beautiful as I dropped lots of elevation coming into town.
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    Hey there Jrzyguy,
    I saw you eating tacos at Carmelite's and I said, "Hot Dog, I'm going to track this guy down," and now I have. You'll be hearing from my Jrzyguy. Lovin' the pics.
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    best of luck!

    having lived a year in Mexico you'll find most of the travelers are Canadians and Euros. then when you add in the Americans in Mexico to this group, most all will say i'm not scared of being in Mexico...being scared is for those back in the US sitting around watching the news. the feeling is I'm living my life to the fullest here while those Americans are just hiding under rocks afraid to leave the house.

    p.s. nice DR setup!!! here's mine.
    this picture was taken in Guanajuato. a must see IMO. considered the most beautiful city in the americas.
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    Hey Puddin', what a nice surprise to hear from you on the forum! Just know, Jrzyguy is missing his Puddin'
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    Our DR's are nearly identical twins. A question for you...I'm sporadically having trouble starting the bike, even when it's warm. When it starts without a problem, it starts instantly. Typically, it eventually starts when I hold the throttle 1/2 to wide open...and for a moment, there's some black smoke from the exhaust. Yesterday, when it wasn't starting, I partially opened and immediately closed the choke...and it started (the engine was still pretty warm). BTW, it's getting the same mileage as a KLR I'm traveling with. So, what's you're best guess on the cause of the problem?

    Thanks for the heads up on Guanajuato...it's marked on my map as a "must see"! And BTW, I like your attitude!
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    Thanks for the good wishes...they are appreciated!
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    After having to postpone this trip last year, I was cautiously optimistic as the date approached. Even when you're a retired slacker, stuff keeps popping up to derail the trip. I finally accepted the fact that there's never a perfect moment to go away for a chunk of time. But I'm having a blast, and so far, the trip is surpassing my expectations...and they're pretty high!
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    In the water consumption department, I'm sticking with the bottled variety. And believe it or not, I haven't sampled the "clear stuff" yet. In the department of TMI, to date the plumbing is just fine.
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    Roberto, it's good to have a bud paying attention :)
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    We stayed in a Hostel 10 miles south of Mulege. The Hostel is 200' from the water, just behind the far hill on the right. On the beach in the foreground, the RV'ers set up for the winter...not a bad spot!
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    That is a New York plate you see on the GSA. My DR looks like a moped next to the Beemer. But in triple black and farkled to the max, it is a sweet machine!
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