My KLR & I go South

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lexluther11, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Ever since I got back from my trip to Baja Mexico I have been thinking about returning again most
    everyday. I just enjoyed riding there so much with beautiful sunshine, scenery, culture and the people.
    So in a few days on Dec 22, I’ll be on my way again from Vancouver,BC. Last year I left Dec 24th,
    it was cold, raining and will be the same again when I leave Saturday. It just snowed here this
    morning but has turned to rain and hopefully be washed away when I leave. I don’t care about the
    weather.......I'm leaving for Mexico regardless of the weather. It will get warmer everyday as I get
    closer to the border.

    My plan is to take the I5 to Tecate and cross there. Ride Baja to La Paz and catch the Ferry to Mazatlan.
    From there I’ll make my way to Cozumel to meet a friend. Explore the Yucatan, Belize and hopefully
    meet up with some riders I know who are going to South America and ride with them for a few days.

    I have packed my 2 cameras and 2 GoPros. I very much enjoy taking pictures and video but I’m still learning
    and will try and share as much as I can with you all. I’m riding solo on my KLR 650 and it’s nice to know
    some of you will be following along with me.


    From my last trip to Baja.
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  2. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    As a fellow Canadian KLRista planning a South American adventure in <2 years' time, I'm definitely in for this one. Excited for your photos, videos, thoughts, and route. Enjoy the riding!
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  3. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Thanks very much and I can hardly wait to get on the road riding. Some friends of mine will be leaving for South America next weekend and I'll get you the link for their Ride Report once they start one.

    :D
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  4. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    That would be great, thanks! You're lucky, on the coast, that you can just get up and ride on December 22nd without worrying too much. It's funny, because last year I had no problem riding all winter as we didn't have too much snow. Temperature doesn't really bother me; it was usually -20 when I'd head to school in the morning. This year, however, we are having a much more normal year, and no one in their right minds would be riding. Good thing I'm not in my "right mind" :rofl

    Anyway, hopefully that bit of snow clears for you and you have a good departure!
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  5. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Lex - I look forward to following your adventure, we had a blast riding with you last year in Baja. I hope to get a RR going soon but my blog is live Here :D We are still planning on leaving Seattle on January 1 :eek1 I hope we can catch up along the way. Ride safe!!
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  6. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Subscribed.I look forward to the report.
    Post up a link to your friends report also.
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  7. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I think I got in board before the train leaves the station.

    Subscribed :deal
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  8. GaryM

    GaryM Huh? What?

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    Funny how homeless and KLR650 seem to go together so well....
    All I can say is go for it and be sure to keep us posted, as far as I am concerned running solo makes everything more adventurous.
    Posting alone from my shanty as my KLR freezes out there in the sleet.
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  9. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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    Thanks Donn, Gas Guy, AteamNM and GaryM.

    Donn is the friend I was talking about who is riding to South America. He has a Blog going so I hope everyone who interested checks it out and follows along. I wish I was going with them but that will be my next trip. Looking forward to this trip though:clap
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  10. tadhaas

    tadhaas Riding anything is good!

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    Hi Mark. My name is Tad Haas and I too am a friend of Donn Harvey's. He just turned me onto your blog/posts. My partner Gaila and I have been traveling in Mexico for the past month. What an awesome place. We are down on the East Coast now and heading into Belize. Enjoy your Baja time and hope the weather is not too bad heading south.

    BTW, Donn turned us onto your friends place in Belize so we are going to be checking it out http://www.theplacencia.com/placencia-hotel. Probably too rich for our long term travel budgets, but we will see. Donn said you were coming to Belize also. When do you arrive?

    Cheers for now. Tad
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  12. Velton

    Velton n00b

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    <----- Fellow KLRista hoping to visit Baja. Good luck! Subscribed!
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  13. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    I'm in for the journey. Got my first KLR a few months ago.:D

    BTW...great Baja photo.
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    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    I'm in!!!!!
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  15. roninwva

    roninwva Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a good read to follow as the rainy, dreary weeks are coming up. Ride safe and report as often as you can. :nod
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  16. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    Mark????
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  17. roninwva

    roninwva Been here awhile

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    Hey guys! Has this ride report continued? :ddog
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  18. donnh

    donnh Been here awhile

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    I got an e-mail from our protagonist a few days ago, he made it to Baja where he broke a few spokes after hitting a big pothole. :eek1 He's ok but the bike is parked while he's ordering some parts. I suppose he's a little distracted right now but hopefully he will post and let us know the story. I'm on my way south and hope to meet up with him in the next few weeks. :D
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  19. roninwva

    roninwva Been here awhile

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    Donnh
    Subscribed to your blog and will ride along (internet roads) with you guys as you head south. Smooth going and ride safe.
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  20. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    ok I hope he is fine and what ever happened I hope it did closer to the border since after my town (ensenada) everything gets slower .. I am in, as a KLRista I want to ride my land in the next 2 summers.

    OP amigo if you need something let me know and maybe I could help!

    Damasovi
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