Lone Ridin' 15 Countries: California to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cycleTown650, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Forastero

    Forastero n00b

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    It was a pleasure to have accompanied in El Salvador, I hope you achieve your goal and get to Argentina without complications.

    Sincerely Cristian (Group workshop motorcyclist don alex) Taller Alex
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  2. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Thanks to YOU for posting...
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  3. TwoWheelsOneJourney

    TwoWheelsOneJourney Adventurer

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    Hey there - hope your ride continues to go well. You are about two months in now, so quick question (or maybe a dual question): based on the gear you listed back in July, I am sure there are some items that may not be getting much use. For instance, you brought a down sleeping bag, but you seem to be staying with locals quite a bit (which is likely far more interesting than a tent). So, given your experience to-date, which three items might you have left back in the States. And, what three items do you wish you would have packed from Day 1, or plan to acquire soon? Good luck on the ride ahead!
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  4. XTWalt

    XTWalt Been here awhile

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    Outstanding report. Please keep it coming.

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  5. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Cristian, I am glad I got a chance to ride with you and your club. Thank for the shirt and the well wishes.
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  6. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Thank you for reading!
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  7. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Great question. The first thing that jumped to my mind of things I would have not taken is a spare rear sprocket. It's bulky, heavy, and I may not even use it if I keep up my chain maintenance. I also found that many large cities have a Kawasaki dealers so sourcing one should be easy. The second thing I would have left is my notebook, not sure why I even brought it as it's the 21st century and any time I write it's on my phone or laptop. The third thing I should have left and which I should have upgraded is the stock KLR tank bag. When I ride, the tank bag sags onto my crotch like an old pair of boobs, causing a great annoyance and distracting from the ride. As the tank bag is such a high use item for me, I should have just bit the bullet.

    The things I am acquiring or have bought since I left is a new moto cover since my cheap one that I brought with me started to tear apart from the California sun. I also bought a new Allen key set as the one I brought was connected to each other which made it hard to get into tight spots. The third thing I need to get as mentioned above is a better tank bag.

    In regards to my down sleeping bag and camping equipment, I am an avid camper/backpacker so all my gear is light, takes up little volume, and easy to carry. I stowed my camping gear in my low use pockets of my pannier bags so I don't see it much when packing/unpacking. Although I have not been camping as much as I thought I would, I like having the option to camp. Also, I see myself doing more camping in Chile and Argentina and having all the camping equipment before I started on this trip, there was no additional cost of buying camping gear.

    I hope that answers your question.
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  8. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    Yo Elijah, I enjoyed catching up on your RR. Keep making the most of your journey. So stoked for you.

    As to what you have to look forward to in South America - so many places to wild camp and use your camping gear once you're further south.

    Cheers,

    Dan
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  9. rboett

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    Great Trip,, something to enjoy from the cube farm.
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  10. TwoWheelsOneJourney

    TwoWheelsOneJourney Adventurer

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    Thanks for the details! I will be crossing the Mexican border in about a week, so every little piece of intel is helpful. Good luck as your ride continues and maybe we will cross paths way down south.
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  11. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Enjoying the RR! Can't wait until I get to make the same trip. :lurk:lurk:lurk
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  12. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Dan, great to hear from you.

    Thanks for the heads-up, I am eager to do some wild camping soon.
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  13. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Glad I can help. Are you doing a ridereport of any sort?
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  14. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Got some catching up to do, El Salvador has been very interesting. I will update the report within the next few days as I am leaving El Salvador tomorrow morning for Nicaragua.
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  15. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    El Salvador, where do I even begin. I had no idea what El Salvador would bring and thought I would be taking showers out of a bucket and dodging bullets, boy was I surprised. My base was in Santa Tecla which is 15 minutes south of San Salvador and I explored the country from there. Santa Tecla is very well developed like any other big city in El Salvador. As I explored El Salvador, I realized I had dropped off the travelers map as I was the only gringo around anywhere I went making my experience in the country unique.

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    The following day, my host Juan connected me with Oscar and Eliu who were part of motorcycle club who invited me out on a day ride.

    The five of us got breakfast early morning and set out to explore the country (Oscar taking the photo).

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    Typical El Salvadorian breakfast with Platano, a deep fried banana.

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    We got down to the beach where I was able to quench my thirst by picking my own coconuts from the trees. You have to check them for coconut juice first before tapping as many of them were empty.

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  16. Nice Goat

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    Awesome reporting so far! Keep it up ... we are reading!
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  17. airborndad

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    EXCELLENT RR !!!
    really enjoying it, keep all of the amazing stuff coming
    cheers
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  18. cycleTown650

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    We then headed off to a waterfalls called Chorros de la Calera which was up in the mountains where it was much cooler. There is a town nearby called Juayúa where there is a food festival every weekend which we stopped at to pick up our lunch.

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    We then headed to Santa Ana where we met up with more people from the motorcycle club. Cristian and his club surprised me by giving me their Beatles themed club shirt, thanks again guys for the shirt and a great ride.

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    The following day I was invited to Juan's brother in law birthday party, which I was happy to attend as this was one of the best parts of staying with a local, is meeting other locals. The experience I found is completely different when staying with locals versus hostels or camping. For instance, a lot of these people were around during the El Salvadorian civil war and had many stories to tell.

    Keke the birthday boy second from the left.

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  19. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    I continued to explore El Salvador with Kathy, Juan's niece who was also visiting from California.

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    We ended up going to Lago Llopango which was a beautiful lake but due to recent heavy rains the water was "gross" as quoted by a local there.

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    Unsatisfied with Lago Llopango, we headed for Lago de Coatepeque the following day. What an epic lake!

    We had lunch at one of these restaurants over the lake.

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    While we were waiting for our food, I was watching a lady fish. As I started talking to her, she invited me to try my luck.

    I caught my first fish ever with just some fishing line on a stick. Not that big by I was stoked as I tried fishing before without much luck.

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  20. cycleTown650

    cycleTown650 Been here awhile

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    Lago de Coatepeque reminded me of Crater Lake in Oregon.

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    A great place to spend a whole day swimming, relaxing, and eating.

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    Riding two up with the bike loaded was not an issue even when the road got rough. With Kathy's back resting on the box, I used my back protector which I put in her jacket to prevent the box from beating her back up, it worked perfectly.

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    We headed for the mountains where we would be exploring some coffee plantations near a small little town called Concepción de Ataco.

    Doing this on a week day meant we got a private tour and were the only ones there.

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