International Taxi Service Reporting for Duty.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rev Kiecker, May 19, 2011.

  1. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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    After months and months of prepping my X-Challenge for some seriously long distance, solo, dirt travel my plans changed 4 days prior to departing.


    Originally I was going to ride down Baja, ferry to mainland, and meet up with my girlfriend visiting her parents and stay for a bit. Then I would travel back north to the Midwest to visit family and then do another ride :evil


    But back to story......



    Girlfriend :y0! ----- But I want to ride too



    :hmmmmm



    My X-Ch doesn't have passenger pegs.
    My SV650 would work but I couldn't take any gear as it's not equipped.




    Ring Ring........



    Hey Mark, why don't you take my bike?

    :eek1




    Now in complete disclosure I'm not sure if the owner called me or if it was the bike. You see this bike has been known to and thrives in being ridden long, fast, and hard and has probably been feeling a bit neglected with all the time the owner has been spending on his GS. Plus why beat up your own bike when another one is given to you? :lol3


    So now I have a new plan. I picked up the bike the following day and have been running around getting it all packed up for both of us including carrying all her riding gear and full camping gear for two. Tomorrow I cross the border and head for La Paz where she'll meet me. We'll spend the next couple of weeks or so camping beachside and hopefully enjoying a couple days in the surf. Eventually I'll get the two of us back to LA before I head back out on the road.


    So with that I bid you adieu as I start the official Kiecker International Taxi Service.




    Thanks again to ChiTown for making this happen :freaky

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  2. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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    Note I'm not carrying a laptop with me so most likely limited posts during....but she'll have one once I meet up so we'll see.
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  3. Marius356

    Marius356 back on Africa Twin!

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    I am going for a ride tomorrow, but only around L.A.

    I will continue my tour towards Vancouver on saturday morning.

    I might put up camp here, 30 miles south of Big Sur.

    Anyone interested in coming along?:freaky
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  4. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    have a great trip!
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  5. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint.

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    Be safe, have fun
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  6. liorsmotoride

    liorsmotoride Lior's moto ride

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    Enjoy be safe
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  7. izzyblue

    izzyblue Adventurer

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    What lovely memories....

    You did it mark! The bike looks great and ready for her next big adventure! But what's with the purple straps? :D


    To me the greatest reward of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so famiiar that it is taken for granted.... I wish you this.

    Bon Voyage my friends! Have a save journey! Enjoy !

    See you both when you come back. Big smiles and big hugs to you both!

    ~ Nancy
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  8. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    have a nice trip Mark.
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  9. Sly-one

    Sly-one Deskbound Adventurer

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    Sounds like a great time is in your very near future. I'm in! :lurk
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    same thoughts here!


    wish you guys a safe travel too.
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  11. jamin_mathis

    jamin_mathis Long timer

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    Is this what you get by being nicest guy on ADV?.... If I'm not mistaken this is not the first time someone has lent you a vehicle and wasn't worried about you taking it across international boarders. Have fun Dude, Subscribed!:lurk
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  12. DOUG5551

    DOUG5551 Adventurer

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    I look forward to seeing your pics and reading the tales :deal
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  13. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    :thumb
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  14. spenserj87

    spenserj87 Adventurer

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    Chi's bike was quite nice to me a couple summers ago - she likes playing chicken with stupid birds....

    I still covet an Akrapovic exhaust after riding her for 8 days.

    I know she'll love Baja - enjoy.
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  15. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    Nice bike! I especially like the sweet patch job on the head. A nice reminder of Chloride Cliffs on a beautiful day :clap

    Enjoy your trip :thumb
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  16. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    :lol3
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  17. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint.

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  18. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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    Very quick update.

    Yes, I'm still alive. Epic doesn't even begin to describe what this has been for me. I'm not quite sure what it is about the R12R but it freaking loves the dirt. Everything from gravel, baby-head and larger rocks, deep silt sand-wash whoops, and river crossings - it just gobbles them up. Nothing I've throw at it has it complained. Unbelievable! I'm beginning to think we are cheating with knobs and 12" of suspension.

    Wendy and I have never ridden dirt together. Assuming she'll be ok I'm really looking forward to getting some more dirt time. I think she'll surprise me as she's quite adventurous and loves being on a bike. I've been away from much connectivity since crossing in the border in Tecate. I found out today I'll be meeting her on Tuesday afternoon in La Paz. I fully expect us to take a day or more before hitting the road. Wish us luck. I also hope to upload my story thus far and some pics ad well.

    Thanks again for following along.
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  19. DannyG

    DannyG I have the waypoint.

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    :rofl
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  20. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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    Day 0 and Day 1.

    So where were we? Oh yeah, Chitown graciously spoon fed me his R12R to ride to Baja where my girlfriend would meet me in La Paz a few days later and begin our trek back to Los Angeles.

    I had ridden to Baja once before and despite having a few issues (http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14520799&postcount=18421) the trip and riding partners were awesome, but I still wanted to go back and ride more. This was going to be the trip. On the way down I'd be solo so I wanted to play a bit, and then once picking her up change to a more relaxed pace and have a really good couple's ride back.

    Side note: 2 days prior to leaving I finally received my new camera, a FujiFilm X100 (http://www.finepix-x100.com/). I'm also editing and posting from an unfamiliar format too - that being my gf's Mac. So please bear with me if I have to strong arm through both - but enough with minor excuses, let's get to the ride! :clap

    After the initial post last Thursday I suited up and headed for San Diego. Chitown had a working gig in SD and just finished prior to my arrival but still had a prepaid room that he left for me. Game on! The entry foyer to the Hyatt downtown is one of the biggest I had ever seen. Although I left LA a bit late to avoid traffic, the restaurant was already closed, but I did made last call. This was literally the last thing I found as I walked out of the apartment.

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    Lately I've been trying to avoid using alarms so I woke when my body said it was ready. Skipping breakfast I suited up and found a note Chitown left me.

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    Sorry dude, I can't promise anything, but we'll see what happens. Btw, tip overs are completely different than crashing. The no crashing I too would like to avoid.....tip overs....... shurg :lol3

    So with that I headed for Tecate and had another completely uneventful border crossing. Seriously - you pull up, you talk to no one because you see no one, and a gate lifts for you to ride through. It really is a let down. The day before leaving I skimmed through Chitown's Winter Madness thread (http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14940556&postcount=142) and decided I was going to start my ride and mimick their's and then make routing decisions in route thereafter. I also had made one last phone call to Wendy who said she'd be in La Paz on Monday which gives me 3-4 days to get there.

    Mex 2

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    Lunch just before San Felipe. If this is what food was going to be like all the way through Baja I accepted I'd gain 15 lbs. Sooo good. :dg

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    I buzzed into San Felipe and came across two other riders - also on ADV from FL and SC named Chris and Dave iirc.

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    Just beyond San Felipe is this really cool rock/island.

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    I wanted to get closer to the rock so I found a road that headed that way. I also found out the R12R can stand upright without using a kickstand.

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    Hopefully this isn't a sign of too many things to come.

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    But I did end up kind of getting the shot I imagined.

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    About 30 kms after Puertecitos the road finally turns to dirt.

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    The road isn't too bad but with plastic panniers that have seen 66k+ miles of abuse it's best to take it bit slower. I was really starting to get a feel of how the bike handles in the dirt I was surprised just how well it does. Not thinking anything crazy, but rather just hoping future conditions will also prove confidence inspiring. I was also really enjoying the slower pace and was able to see things I probably wouldn't had otherwise. It wasn't until about 6p or so when I finally pulled into Gonzaga Bay. After a long hot day in the saddle my bath tub was a welcome sight.

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    Although I rode in, others parked at the end of the runway.

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    Dave and Chris also made it here tonight.

    Route from Day 1.

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    First stop tomorrow - Coco's Corner for hopefully a nice cool beer :slurp

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