Lobsters to Llamas, Maritimes to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Kedgi, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Kedgi

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    Dudes and Dudedettes, faithful readers.

    I learned this morning my Dad died. His heart could not take his injuries. My brother's wife Lucy is a nurse and my brrother also works at the hospital. They assure me he received absolutely the best care possible.

    So, today I did NOTHING. I met two young men Jason and Marshall who are staying in the same Hotel I am in Zipolte MX.They are hitchhiking the same route I'm riding. Very nice upstanding smart young guys. Today we did NOTHING. Nice after 8000 kms on the bike. I needed a day off,.In Marshall's words we came, we saw, we did NOTHKedgiING

    Pictures to follow!
  2. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    Very sorry to hear about your loss.. my condolence to you and your family!
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    My deepest sympathies to you and your family Dwight on the loss of your dad. Cherish the "good" memories.
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    I'm really sorry to read about your loss. May you have Peace.
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    Sorry to hear about your dad....
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    My condolences to you and your family. Ride safe.
  7. BMW Bandit

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    Hi Dwight:

    Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. My thoughts are with you and Angele.

    Ride safe,

    Ken
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    My sincere condolences to you and your family.
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    Dwight, I am so sorry and my deepest condolences to you and your family. Let me know if you need anything. Be safe my friend.

    J.
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    sorry about your dad... keep your spirits up and keep enjoying what you're doing
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    I want to thank all of you for your kind words and for thinking of me and my Dad.

    I also want to thank all of you who have donated to this ride report so generously.

    I know somewhere down the line I will pass it on. Maybe to some less fortunate family this Christmas. At least that's what I have in my head. Maybe it will just go to the few pesos I pass out to little kids like the one's I saw in the square in Oaxaca but, rest assured, you kind donations will do some good

    I am stuck in Zipolite Mexcio for two more days....by choice! This is a Tropical Paradise. I am staying with the most kind, generous family imaginable. My two new friends Jason, from Alaska and Marshall from NC are outstanding young men. Marshall went to his room yesterday and came out with a violin. (he carries it backpacking, how cool is that?) and he played.......... MAGNIFICO!

    He played gorgeous violin music as we watched the waves on this magnificent beach. How could it be any better? He even played the Mexican and Canadian National anthems. Wow!

    I have always been blessed with good friends.

    Kedgi

    I'm going to post some pictures today, I promise, stay tuned.

    Kedgi
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    Thank you so much Jody, you're an A1 guy. I know we will be friends forever from our chance encounter in Port A. I'm coming back to see you again as soon as I get the chance. Or, we can meet here in Zipolite one day! What an awesome place.

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    I was deeply saddened this a.m. when I opened your report and read of your fathers passing. Just know that even though many of us have never met, we are still connected by common interests, philosophies, lifestyles etc. So my friend, I said a prayer in honour of your father and hope that the next few days of reflection are a comfort to you.
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    I saw Lobsters and then Shediac and had to keep reading as I'm a former Shediac resident myself (Point Du Chene) ;) Enjoyed reading about your adventures.

    I have a Versys which I dream about doing a trip like this on. How is the KLR for this sort of thing?
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    Sorry about your dad...My sincere condolences.
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    Very well said. I can't tell you how it feels to be so far from home but to be connected to all of you that now know me and are sharing this ride with me. I feel we all share a common bond of a love for travel and motorcycles. It's fantastic to be able to share with you all, this ride, my thoughts, and friendship.

    The ride will continue but for now, I am stopped in Zipolite, and taking a break.
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    Thank you

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    Dans Le Pointe! Cool!

    I love my KLR. I wished on some of the smooth mountain roads I had something with a lot more horsepower to blast by the trucks and buses, but then on the road to Zipolite from Oaxaca which I will tell you about when my picture download (very slow internet) I wished I had a smaller, lighter bike. There were thousands of impossibly tight turns, some I had to go to first gear just to make it around. I can't imagine who ever thought it would be possible to put a road through those mountains. What were they smoking? It is the twistiest, road I've ever seen and the twisty section goes for at least 120kms. I found myself wondering, does this road really go somewhere? Amazing!

    To get back to the KLR, people down here flock to it. "Moto Grande!" is what you hear. I am beginning to feel the same way about the bike. It's Huge! Bang for the buck though, where else can you find a bike that will take you anywhere you want to go for such a fair price. I think having said all that my next bike, will be a bigger bike, just because you can cover so much ground on Interstates on a faster bike, and get to where you want to ride, easier.

    You too can make this trip. Your Versys would be an excellent ride down here. Mexico is a wonderful Country. You have to see it to believe it..

    I am so happy I've come here I can't describe it! Never seen or even imagined anything like it.:D
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    I wasn't looking forward to riding in Oaxaca traffic again after my trip into town. I got up early, packed up and was ready to go like at 7:30. I had looked at the breakfast menu in the hotel restaurant and it looked good.

    They do things differently down here. That motel and restaurant are right downtown in a big city and when I left around 8 they still didn't have the restaurant open. Hundreds of people walking buy and going to work and they were shut. Not sure I understand that.

    If I owned that palce i waould be in there at 6am frying potoates and onions making sure noboday that walked by could resist the smell coming from my kitchen.

    I equate it to having a downtown restaurant in Montreal or Toronto and not opening up in the morning. Hey, the Mexicans can do it their way but I found it strange and am just reporting.

    So I blasted out of Oaxaca and was pleased to find that traffic was lighter than it had been in the previous afternoon. Maybe because I was going against the flow.

    I figured I would ride out of the downtown core and then get a coffee. There don't seem to be nearly as many OXXO store in Oaxaca State as there are in the rest of Mexico. About ten miles out I saw a big Pemex (gas station) with a convenience store but I couldn't get over two lanes to get in there because of traffic so I rode on in search of my coffee until at about 20 miles I hit this place another Pemex with a Tienda (small store) Closed! I find that funny. Thousands of cars and tons of potential business going by....Closed? I gotta open a Tienda down here.


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    I rode another 40 or more miles before i got a cup of coffee in a nice little coffee shop in the middle of nowhere that was open and brand new, It reminded me of a Blendz in Canada but it had a Mexican Trademark, I've forgotten

    I had a great cup of coffee but I heard for the first time, this trip, the Spanish greeting "Hola" which only seems to be used in beach areas, I knew I was getting close to the beach.....or so I thought. I was about 120 or 130 kms from the beach but the GPS was saying I wouldn't get there for 4 hours. How could that be. Little did I know what was ahead. If you can average more than about 30kms per hour Mexico 175,, you need to be road racing. What a road!
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    My computer battery is done and there is no plug out here on the patio. I'm going to recharge it in my room, more later....stay tuned!

    Kedgi:deal