No Jobs, No Responsibilities, No Better Time then Now

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by bigalsmith101, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. truckguy

    truckguy awesomeness!

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    San Diego is hands down the best place I have ever been, and I dont think I could ever spend enough time there
  2. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    is it me or we cannot see the latest images??? :cry

    Ride safe guys... and continue posting!!!!:freaky:freaky
  3. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    and out of curiosity...how much is enough in order to ride around world???

    it's a question that always come into my mind whenever I am thinking about riding the world!!!! :cry:cry
  4. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Success! Check it out. Took about 2 hours dammit.
  5. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Ahhhhh, Day 5. Yesterday was too many miles. We woke up LATE.


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    We didn’t get on the road till about 3pm. But in the mean time, meet Charlie, the Australian!

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    Charlie has been in the States for 3 months. He was only here for 5 days before he had a nice run in with a pickup truck. Luckily he was carrying full coverage insurance and it covered him completely. He’s staying with a family friend named Bill. A self proclaimed semi retired management company owner. Only bothers managing his personal properties now. He was an awesome guy! He fed us cheese and crackers with apples and beer the night we met him, and bagels with cream cheese with coffee the next day. Meet Bill.

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    Charlie, Tom, and I spent the morning sorting through our belongings, trying to repack, reorganize, and better sort our shit. It worked… For the most part. I still feel like I have too much stuff. Charlie is overloaded, and Tom is on the fence. This process will continue for the next many months to come. Things will come and go. We already know this.

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    Well. After that, Tom realized that he left his fuel petcock on, and his float bowls stuck. It flooded his bike. This of course is hindsight. What we did to fix the problem consisted of, removing the side covers, seat, gas tank and finally the carburetor. Then we took off the carb float bowl cover. This was a process in itself as the screws were stuck, and after beating the hell out of them, they had to be replaced with some spares. Yes we had some spares. We’re prepared. Eagle Scout style. Then we found out nothing was gummed up in his carb. Damnit. It ran well after that, all the way to San Diego, our destination for the day, and where we currently are now.
    We met up with Chad, a high school friend of Tom and myself. He’s an Electrical Engineer and has an apartment near San Diego State University. Awesome. Soon after arriving, we headed to a local spot for some beers.

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    Meet Chad.

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    See his apartment and all of our things laid out. When we arrived. He cooked us food! We had burritos. A place to sleep and free food. Thanks Chad! You're part of the Adventure. (Don't forget about Tom's dad's friend Tom either. He did the same!)

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    Finally, we found a nice place to sleep. I got dibs on the couch. Saweeeet.

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    The traffic on the way here was the only challenging bit of the day (besides Tom’s temperamental bike.) Having the Bluetooth com units was nice when Charlie unleashed his Aussie prowess and rode a few shoulders, and passed a few cars via lane splitting during traffic jams. I was plenty willing to keep up. Tom on the other hand is wider, and less experienced, and thus unwilling (rightfully so). It didn’t matter that I couldn’t see him, I just had to ask him where he was. Problem solved.
    We plan to cross to Mexico tomorrow, and make it to Ensenada, Baja California. We need to pick up a package for Tom at the post office (bike registration and title), grab some spare spark plugs at a shop, and be on our way. We can’t wait to find a cheap place to hang out for a while to enjoy our time at a slower pace. Mexican time. YES!
    --Alex
  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    You guys are covering some ground! Buzzing along nicely it seems.
    Baja is always fun,the beach towns are always nice to hang at and relax.
  7. zapjillski

    zapjillski n00b

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    We are very excited about your adventure. Your writing style and photos are great. You can't control the unplanned events but you can control how you react to them.

    Stay healthy and enjoy the unplanned events.

    Zap & Jill
  8. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    I'm in! :freaky:lurk Thanks for taking the time to take us with you. Travel safe!
  9. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    good reading...you boys take care and wish you well.
  10. jessepitt

    jessepitt Ride More

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    Make sure that the flooded carb did not flood the crank case and contaminate the oil with gas. It happens frequently and if not caught leads to engine failure. The thinned oil will not lube properly and it will destroy the top end (if your lucky,entire engine if you aren't) . Check the oil level and smell the oil as well. I would change the oil just to be safe, I have ruined an engine this way myself so don't take it lightly, it is serious.
  11. bttran

    bttran Been here awhile

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    Tagging along
  12. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    Footprint Rat race Dreamer

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  14. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    What a great spirit of adventure! Stay safe and happy trails!
  15. Bryn1203

    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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  16. Shellibean

    Shellibean Is my leg on fire?

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    So far your adventure has been wonderful to follow. Hope you get a chance to surf the waves in Baja and get sand in your shorts:lol3
  17. jab1026

    jab1026 Adventurer

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    I'm in....

    Yeah.. hit the road until there is road...
  18. nomad888

    nomad888 Adventurer

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    :lurk I'm in
  19. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Ahoy! Dia seis y siete están aquí. Estamos en Ensenada, y entonces necesito escribir y conversa en espanol! Jajaja. (Hey! Days five and six are here. We are in Ensenada, y so, I need to write and converse in Spanish! Haha)
    Just kidding! So far so good. We crossed the Mexican border yesterday at Tijuana. It was pretty straight forward…. Not. He is DAY SIX
    We woke up pretty early in comparison to the days before, and were out of Chad’s apartment at about 10am with a few goals in mind.
    First, let’s get the hell out of the parking lot. That took a while…


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    Second. Get Tom’s bike title and registration from one of the 4 major San Diego post offices. THAT took a while. We went the one that said they had his mail, 18 miles away. They didn’t. 22 miles back the way we came, and we were at the one that DID have it. Success!
    Third. Buy some spare sparks plugs for our bikes because the lame ebay vendor that sold me 10 sent them to late to arrive before we left Seattle. Dammit. Well, we just never got that taken care off.
    Fourth. Put my cell phone on standby. Easy. 5 minutes and I was done.
    Fifth. We’re hungry. We need to buy some food. But we’re in a hurry. Ugh. Lame AM/PM food to the rescue. It did the trick.
    Sixth. Cross the Mexican border, FINALLY. Haha. That was a joke. We just drove through. Oops. Mr. Australian needs a passport stamp. We’re in Mexico. Turn around. Drive back to America. Drive right in. Easy. Turn around. Drive back, get in the Declaration line, park our bikes, Tom stuck around, and we searched for stamps. Not only does he need a stamp, Tom and I needed a tourist visa as we plan to be in Mexico for more than just a few days. Soooo, we walked back into Mexico via the border agents advice. Why? We wanted to import our vehicles. We cross. It didn’t work. No we need to wait in line to get back to the States again?! What? Hell no. So we talked a border agent.



    He says, “Ahhhh Mayne, just walk back unda that bridg dare, back the way you come. Justa keep goin when yous see thata sign dat sayes no entry. Ifa soldier getsa mad, just tellem you needa stampa en your pasaporte. Yous a tourist. Tell hima youra tourist. No problem. You justa walk back in dataway.”



    So, we did just that. We walked back into the United States of America, like we owned the place. An American and an Australian. And not one single person even noticed. Nothing happened whatsoever. We just simply walked right in. What a joke.



    Finallly we all three ended up with a tourist visa, and we decided not to import our motorcycles as of yet as it isn’t required in Baja. It’ll be a necessity when we take the ferry from La Paz, Baja to the mainland of Mexico. That can WAIT.



    And so, we were in MEXICO BABY!!!! Sweet. Next stop is Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to meet numero cuatro of our newly formed posse of motorcycle adventurers; Sara, of New Mexico, formerly Colorado, riding a 2005 Yamaha XT225.



    We hauled ass after we crossed into Tijuana Mexico. We didn’t really want to be around that area for long. Too many people with too much interference in our lifestyle. More relaxed please. So, we jumped on Highway 1 to Ensenada on the Toll Road. 81 pesos later each ($6.90), and 100 kilometers (60 miles) we were in Ensenada at the Motel America. Cheap when split 4 ways. $8.50 each. Check it out!


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    Check out our Motorcycles, AGAIN! Add the XT225 to the group and all of a sudden our bikes are massive.



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    And the room. Is it small? Yes. Do we care? No. Are two of us sleeping on the floor? Um, yea. So what. We rotate it. Right on.



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    Well, first step first. Chat with our new friend.



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    Oh right. Meet Sarah!


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    Next, time for some food. No pictures for this one as I spazzed and left the camera in my tank bag in the motel room. We had asado (grilled beef) tacos with guacamole and cilantro on our choice of corn (maize) or flour (harina) tortillas. They were 14 pesos each ($1.20) and I ate 5. They were so good. Tom had 3. Charlie had 3. Sarah had 1. We ate 11. It was awesome. After stuffing face, we headed back. It was time to finish.
    And now it’s time for bed! Tom caught the floor that night. Both he and Charlie volunteered. Good men.



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    And so ends day five. 1500+ miles into our journey already. Now, we’re slowing the hell down.



    And so begins day SEVEN! Up and awake at 9am, I decided I wanted to go to the grocery store for some breakfast. On the way there I swung by the Marina.



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    The boats were either fishing boats or personal vessels. Probably some tourist operations in there as well. I don’t really know.
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    Back from the grocery store we started cooking. On the menu this morning, eggs with a diced red pepper, seasoned with local (or so we think) chorizo sausage, and cooked in a camping fry pan with some olive oil. Scrambled and tossed into a flour tortilla, and we’re eating breakfast burritos. Bitchin.



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    Off for a jaunt around town, and we stopped at the local wifi joint/coffee shop. Sarah has discovered the wifi password (1234567890) and we had something to drink. Tea for Sarah. Coffee for Charlie and Tom. A coca for me (coke). Happy as clams we all were.



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    For those of you interested in an updated ‘stache photo. See Tom’s scruffy cheeks and progressive ‘stache.



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    It’s progressing nicely. We’re all happy for him…..
    Cruising the streets today was good, and we saw some local stuff. Nothing too exciting.



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    Bird of Paradise Flower. First I have ever seen in person. My first thought was. Damn, that looks like a bird. And was future educated by Sarah as to its name. Well. That made sense.



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    Check out the Dog. He was king of the block. Don’t F with him.
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    Nothing too much more exciting happened today.
    PSYCHE!
    We went off road! And all the photos are on Tom’s camera, because I spazzed out again and didn’t snag my camera on the way out the door. Suffice it to say. We hit some gravel trails. Sarah saw her first real offroad experience. I rode her bike down some gnarly hill of a trail for her, Charlie realized the full weight of his bike, Tom’s panniers got in his way, and I hit 65mph on some dirt. Saweeeeet.


    Let’s get lunch. Sweet. More tacos. Same stand, different location. Great asado tacos. Reminder, don’t eat the damned roasted jalapeno. Not hot, by Mexican standard, is HOT AS HELL. No I can’t eat spicy food. Yes, it f’s me up. Lesson learned. Damn that sucked.
    Lets go back to the hotel. No photos here either.
    Let’s go to the beach! Sweet. Sarah opted out, so Tom, Charlie and I rode down the coastal waterfront road looking for access to the beach, on our moto’s. Hell yes. We found it. And Charlie and I hauled ass on the beach. 60mph? Yes please. We rode to the end, and we rode back. And we rode down again, to where Tom finally was. He doesn’t like the sand. He wasn’t happy going fast enough to glide over it. AND his panniers were fully loaded. Not so much fun. So he took off, finding a road re-entry point at a different spot.
    Charlie and I kept messing around, riding the beach. What an experience. It’s normal to do this here, so no one cared, and politely moved out of the way when they heard us coming. Thanks everyone!
    After Charlie and I were done, we headed back to the hotel. Wait? Where’s Tom? Well, he’ll be ok. Let’s drink a beer. Beer’s finished. Where’s Tom? Should we go back? Maybe his supposed re-entry point didn’t re-enter very well. Is he bogged down? Stuck? In need? Ok, I’ll go back.
    PSYCHE! Tom arrives! Did he get stuck? Yes. Bogged down? Yes. F’ed re-entry point? Yes. He hat-tricked the beach. Dammit. No more sand in his near future. Eh… We’ll see about that. Hopefully not!


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    He was tired, and hot, and sweaty. Hahaha. And soon, he was back up to par!



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    And we then headed back to the coffee shop.



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    And here we are. Wired in, updating our respective sites. Enjoying our time. Eating some fries, drinking a coke, having a good time. Not going anywhere soon, we plan to spend tomorrow here as well, and continue on south in two days time. Expect to see photos of the off road and beach in the near future. For now, it’s Taco time!
    Until next time, I hope you enjoyed!
    --Alex
  20. Biker's Mama

    Biker's Mama Adventurer

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    Hi Alex and Tom,

    Louise here.
    Cruisin on the sand in Baja, sweet! Thanks for keeping us posted with all the great photos!:freaky