My big ride - A Kiwified Dutchman heading South from LA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Normlas, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. HalfTwain

    HalfTwain n00b

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    Way to persevere, sir! This will be quite the adventure, and quite the story, especially given this prologue..! Enjoy!


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  2. Tyrepower

    Tyrepower Been here awhile

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    Rok Straps from now on. No more Okky straps I would suggest.
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  3. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    Adventure (guess you could call it that?)---- B4 the Adventure starts------You have the right attitude-----will be following along, Cheers!!
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  4. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Good to hear you're continuing with the ride. Look me up when you're in LA and we can meet for a beer or two and I can share some info on Mexico and beyond. John
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  5. motomrider

    motomrider Adventurer

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    You won't be just another couch surfer after this adventure, wouldn't worry about that :D
    Good luck and ride safe!
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  6. Normlas

    Normlas Adventurer

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    Thanks John, kind of you to offer, once we get a bit settled in LA I'll flick you a PM and we can try and catch up for a cold one.

    BTW - is there a paper map or map book that you might recommend for California and/or Mexico as a backup to the GPS?

    Just back from the Doc's and the dodgy eye is all good to go thank goodness.
    Busy packing and arranging stuff, probably a bad idea but I am actually taking some bungee cords..... just going to be a bit more careful with them, but they are bloody useful.

    My emotions are swinging all the way between "WTF am I doing panic attack" through to "woohoo here we go" every 10 minutes or so - I guess / hope that is normal :)

    Just two more sleeps !!!
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  7. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    Good to hear! Let the wild rumpus commence!

    BTW: I gave up bungees after the 2nd pair of eyeglasses wound up with deep gouges from incidents similar to yours. It finally struck home just what could have happened if I were not wearing them. ROK straps FTW.
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  8. Tyrepower

    Tyrepower Been here awhile

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    Yes, ROK Straps. Online or at any good adventure bike place. Not that expensive. Cheaper that hospital time in a foreign land........
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  9. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Hey Normlas - The best book/map on Baja is the Baja California Almanac but unfortunately it went out of print a few years ago and used copies are now selling on Amazon for $150+. I was lucky to buy a copy many years ago and you're welcome to photo copy it, however, it's probably too detailed for what you're doing. A good map that you can get at any good book store and a few beers with me and you're good to go. I have been to Mexico countless times including a recent two week ride through the eastern part...and I worked down there way back in the 90's. I recommend you spend a lot of time exploring Mexico as it is one of my favorite countries between here and Tierra del Fuego...and I've been to all of them. Granted it's been a few years and I've heard fabulous things about riding in Columbia now. When I was there last time...there was a war going on. Wouldn't hurt to pick up the Lonely Planet Guide to Central America and the one on South America when you're getting your maps.

    Look forward to seeing you in LA. John
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