No Jobs, No Responsibilities, No Better Time then Now

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

  1. Mr.lien

    Mr.lien Behind the line

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    awsome title, give me more spirit to do it :D
  2. kooster

    kooster Adventurer

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    Good start to your RR. I will be following along. Just a note about your bike papers, registration, title, and insurance. Make many copies of all of them. Be sure to keep the originals stashed and present the copies when asked for them. Make sure you have all the proper paperwork required or you could have problems getting the bikes our of one country and entering the next. If you have a moment read the Corporate Runaway's RR and their problems at boarder crossings in Central America. It could be useful.

    Safe Journeys.
  3. benihaha

    benihaha Al's Dad

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    Keep 'em coming Ali!
  4. armycopter

    armycopter Adventurer

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    Good luck guys! I'm In.
  5. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Ahah! Off road! Awesome.

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    Under the advice of the local tourism agent, we headed out Avenida Ruiz, all the way to the end. We ended up on a local hill top. It was awesome. Check it out!


    We got to see some of the local government housing. It was quite the sight.

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    They all are about the same size and shape.



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    Just on the other side of the hill, Tom spotted some horses as well.
    Tom’s hilltop.


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    The horses. A mare and her colt?


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    And then thought he’d like to pet one. So he did.



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    We also noticed a wacky rock.


    El stone de hairy ass.
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    View from the rock was good too. If not full of mini homes.



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    It was soon time to eat. So we found our favorite taco stand.
    Ahhhh, taco stand. Yumm!


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    Then we hit the beach. On our moto’s. It was awesome. Great weather for while as well.



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    Sarah headed back to the hotel, Tom stuck around for a while, and then headed back. He doesn’t like the sand. Charlie and I just hauled ass. It was great.



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    Charlie began to ponder if it gets better than this. I assured him that it does. It will. And we’re on the right path. He agreed of course.



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    We leave Ensenada tomorrow morning, headed for midland Baja Mexico. Our first destination is a park of some sort. Should be good to camp in. The day after we’ll head to La Bahia de Los Angeles. If we’re lucky, we’ll see some whales. We’ve all seen whales before, but this should be good anyway.



    We looked at the map of Baja Mexico that Sarah brought along with her. It’s a damn big place. It gave us a good dose of reality. We’re 60 miles south of the US border. Soon enough, we’ll be much further south, with MUCH more to go. We can wait.



    As a notable side note. Tom is keeping tabs on our vacation in his own blog on blogspot. His writing is not to be missed, and covers much of the detail that I might not add on my posts. His photos are generally complimentary to my own, if not the same. You’ll likely enjoy it just as much as this ride report as well. Here is a linky.



    www.thetomreport.blogspot.com


    Until next time. Onward!


    --Alex
  6. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    The grocery store we buy some food at. Along with beers. And even tequila.

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    The fish market. We’ll save cooking some fish for later. It’ll never be too far away.

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    After we hit the beach, we had our bikes washed for 40pesos at the local car wash. It was less than $4.00. The value in the states? At least $20. These guys spent 20 minutes on each bike. It was seriously long enough to get us to tell them that it was good enough, and in fact, cleaner then when we bought them. It was totally awesome. The bikes are shiny!

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    They were cleaning under the fenders, around the spokes, the wheels, the hubs/spokes, the side covers, the windshields, the mirrors, the tire sidewalls. Everything. The Jefe (boss man) stood alongside the others and pointed at dirt. They obeyed. It disappeared. Muchas Gracias amigos.

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    Ciao for now. Next update sometime next week!

    --Alex
  7. Footprint

    Footprint Rat race Dreamer

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    ohhh washing a DS bike on a trip... bad mojo! :D
  8. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Opa? That's a pretty rare fish, they're a deepwater fish if I remember correctly.
  9. no_clue

    no_clue Adventurer

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    so there I was nursing my impressive hangover on the couch and reading ride reports, and I see an ugly mug in a photo that looks a lot like my buddy Charlie from Australia. Wait up just a minute, it is Charlie WTF!!

    He's been a lazy sod and posted nothing since leaving so I'm glad you boys are picking up the slack. Looks like a great trip, hope you're having fun.

    I don't know if I'll get to meet you guys but I'll be catching up with Charlie in Costa Rica in June before riding South to Argentina. I hope to share a beer with ya then if it's to be.

    Until June, good luck staying out of trouble with that Charlie bloke around. I suggest you hide your beer and women!
  10. DUALATP

    DUALATP Adventurer

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    Very Cool Ride Report....thanks...Keep the pics coming..:clap
  11. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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mso-para-margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> Ugh, Day 9!


    Dia Nueve. You F’ed me hard Number 9. Love potion number nine my ass. F’ed Hard. Hard enough to nearly rip my right pelican case pannier from its mount. Hard enough to crack my pannier mount. Hard enough to grind an edge off my pelican case. Son of a bitch. And to think that Tom and I wondered how our gear would hold up in case we laid down our bikes. Well. Today, day nine. DAY NINE! Day nine gives us an answer.


    Here goes day nine.



    Oh sunny Ensenada. We shall leave you today. Where are we going? South. To somewhere below where we are now. On the map we see, La Bahia de Las Angeles. Let’s go half way there. Sounds good. Well, that’s about Rosario. Sweet.
    Onward! Sarah on the fly. I was chasing her (at 55mph) so she was the photo subject at the time.

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    I buzzed ahead of everyone and snagged a couple photo’s as they rolled on by. First Tom, and then Sarah again.

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    Time for some good. Hambureguesas and papas for 40 pesos. Add a coca, 12 pesos. Less than 5 bucks. Can’t beat this shit. Gets cheaper as we head further south into Mexico. Awesome.

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    Ahhhh, what’s that I hear? A bit of Mexican advertisement? Bet your ass it is.

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    Ahhh, the roads were good, and the traffic was light. But what is that I see? A road alongside the road? Yes it is! Let’s ride it! How fast? Fassssst enough. Charlie took his turn.

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    Getting down to the road was an exercise in caution. Gotta make sure you leave the road correctly, and hit the gravel / hard pack dirt at the right speed/angle. That was the easy part. The hard part? Going slow.

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    Why should we go slow you ask? Ahhhhh. Because things like this jump up to bite you in the ASS!!!

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    Gnarly ruts. COMBINED WITH MUD!

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    And ending with MORE RUTS! DAMMIT!

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    SON OF A BITCH!!!
    Oh by the way. Half of those ruts and smear marks? Those were my tires. And my ASS. And my pelican case. Yea. You heard me. Kiss my ass dirt!

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    My bike was loving this shit.

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    And my bike (Klous) kicked that muds ass. NOT the other way around.

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    Me? I got dirty THROUGH my helmet. Hell yes. Love this!

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    However, my pelican case didn’t enjoy the tryst we had with the dirt. In fact, it hated it. Damn dirt bent the hell out of my luggage rack. And cracked it in two places.

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    And the other side of the damage.

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    And what it SHOULD look like.

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    Other side.

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    The next gas station was literally across the street from the crash site. Best part, and the part I didn’t photograph was the little boy that ran across the street and unabashedly starting hawking his wares. A cooler full of tamales. I didn’t buy any buy Sarah did. He got some gum off of Charlie and Tom, and laughed when they took a picture of my dirty pants. He was a goofy little kid, probably about 7 years old. Loving life when we 4 gringos slid into town. Pun intended. Damn kids do the darndest things.
    Well, after that, I rode slow(er) as the bottom of my right side pelican case mount is now nonexistent, and my rack is bent to all hell. And we rode to Rosario, which apparently is the last gas before we are able to ride to La Bahia de Los Angeles. So we stopped for the night.
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    Ugh. My shit is all wacked out now.

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    But it doesn’t matter, because it won’t cost much to fix the problem, and it won’t be hard either. But dammit. It’s a pain in the rear for sure.

    Soooo. How did it happen? I’ll start at the beginning.

    I was hauling along the road, cruising safely at about 60-65 mph. Not an issue. Well that road along the side of the road looked fun. So I wanted to ride on it. It was great fun for the first mile or so. But it was a bit gnarly too. So I got back on the road. Well. Charlie thought it was a good idea too. So he hopped on the road too. You saw the photos above. Well, I thought I’d better get back on that dirt.
    And so I did. And shortly thereafter, I was moving along at a good clip. Until I saw the mud, and it was too late. I didn’t slow down. I simply chose what I thought would be the best route. And I think it was. I was going about 60mph, if not a bit faster. And suddenly I was sliding along quite nicely on my right side. My front tire hit the ruts, but my back tire slid up above it. I went down fast, low siding it. Getting very dirty along the way. Grinding an edge into my pelican case. Letting my Rev’it Sand pants take the abrasion out of my ass.
    My Pelican case saved my bike. No damage to the bike whatsoever. I slid about 250 feet before I hit a very small stump at about 5mph. The damn stump is what did the damage to my pannier rack. I had slid free and clear for quite a while, and it wasn’t until the stump that anything major happened. I hit the stump, and was knocked loose from my bike. I had been riding it out the entire time until I hit the stump. The bike went down, and I slid perpendicular to the road. About ¾ of the way into it, I began to spin clockwise until my bike had spun 180 degrees, at which point the stump inserted itself into the equation, and I let go/was removed from my bike. My head hit the ground in a very MINOR way, and I was instantly up to lift my bike off the ground.
    The bike started and ran well. Nothing besides the pannier mount was bent. My helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, and boots were intact. I was fine. Even now, even 6 hours later, I am not even sore. Excellent. Tom and I had discussed who would be first. I was first. Success.
    Mom and Dad. I’m not coming home soon. The bike still runs. I am physically well. The bike needs little fixing. Don’t be scared/worried. It was fun. Enjoy it with me! That’s why we ride ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time).
    Charlie was the only person to witness the slide, and had just turned off his helmet cam. What a shame. He admitted later that he was worried that his day was about to get a bit more intense then he had planned it to be. However, I had other plans. Back on the road!
    A quote from Charlie, “I reckon that’ll be the best Stack of the entire trip! Stacking it up at 60mph hardly ever ends in a result like that. Well done! I thought for sure it’d be worse than that!”
    Woohoo!!!
    --Alex
  12. Shellibean

    Shellibean Is my leg on fire?

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    12
    Hey Al! Glad to hear the gear held up and the bike (and you) are still in one piece. Nothing like a little mud to make a fun stretch of road into a treacherous one. They wouldn't call it adventure riding if you went on straight asphalt with no challenges. I'm sure more to come...adventures, that is.
  13. nev11

    nev11 Adventurer

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    Southampton England
    I'm in this is good.
  14. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser www.ridingacross.com

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    Good luck Guys!! :clap
  15. drJEFFs

    drJEFFs Where in the Hell...

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    4
    Location:
    Abingdon, Virginia
    this is awesome, i have been thinking of doing something similar...now that i am laid off. i only have a 1990 dr350s, but i think it could do well. you all are inspiring!!!
  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Location:
    chico,just below rag dump(nor-cal)
    You guys(gals) are doing great! I jacked up the pannier mounts on my DR on a trip,I fixed it the best I could and then wrapped a Rok strap all the way around the Pelican box and looped it through the upper luggage rack,this worked great and kept the loaded boxes from trying to sag and bounce when bouncing along rocky roads. Simple fix but worked for 9 days of back road abuse.
  17. Coots

    Coots That's what she said

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    Spokane, WA
    Tom and Brady went to Gonzaga University together. Brady’s apartment has a bitchin view.
    Brady “Bones’” view


    I am so in on this one. A B'ham boy:evil (where I grew up) and a Zags boy (where I am from) Go Zags...:clap

    Nice report can't wait to see just how far you go. Thanks for taking us along.
    -Coots
  18. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

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    FLint Hills
    Cool RR, thanks for sharing with us!!! :lurk
  19. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    the Root, Western Montana
    Hey Alex, great report. Rack plates look like they're working well! :evil Have a great time and be safe, we'll be watching from here (still freezing dammit).

    Steve
  20. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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    Mom and Dad, check your email.

    I went off the road again yesterday. And I honestly can't tell you why. Because I don't know.

    It happened around a curve in the road, less then 6 miles from our departure date yesterday, just south of Rosario, Baja California Mexico. I don't think I was going too fast, but I can't remember. I went off the road at an angle, and missed the curve entirely. I was probably going 50mph. Maybe a little faster, but most likely not slower.

    I was riding last in line, but Sarah happened to be in front of me and by chance, saw it in her rear view mirror. She turned around to help me. Also by chance, Charlie's right hand mirror broke off just down the road. An American guy had just driven past Sarah, who waved him down, and he took off to catch Charlie and Tom who'd had luckily stopped at the side of the road to find Charlie's mirror. Tom and Charlie came back to meet up with Sarah and I.

    Tom then went to get a truck for my bike. Tom asked the closest people he could find for help and found the local volunteer medics. No shit. They pulled out stethescopes, a neck brace, and ace bandages right there on the spot. My front wheel is f'ed, as is my rear wheel. My frame is slightly bent, but not too bad, and my forks are bent backwards just a little as well. I was wearing all of my gear. Helmet, Jacket, Pants, Boots and Gloves. The pants were zipped into my jacket to prevent them from separating in a crash. THe zipper held up perfectly. The truck took my bike an hour north to a town called San Cuintin where I am now. I was loaded onto a stretcher ( I was dazed but coherent the entire time) The stretcher and I were placed in a truck, and driven north, met by an ambulance, and I was then switched over and taken to the hospital. I had x-rays of my chest and right arm, and hips. Nothing in my body is damaged/broken. Only bruised. I had an ultrasound taken of my guts. Nothing wrong with them, no bleeding other then in the skin where my bruises were. Literally, I am perfectly fine. And apparently, I speak fluent spanish when I am dazed and semi-concious. Hahaha.

    Tom and I bought insurance the day after we entered Mexico. My deductible is $500. I didn't need my deductible. The ambulance ride was $200. The hospital bill, for a night in the hospital (I left this afternoon), x-rays, an ultra sound, a Saline/Pain medication/Anti-inflamatory IV drip, and two meals was $290. To get my bike to the motorcycle shop where it is now was $250. My insurance covers only my health, and not the bike. So I won't be making a claim. My insurance company was contacted by Tom, very soon thereafter, and everything is ok. They contacted me via email, and because my cost of health care was below my deductible, everything is fine. No problems there.

    I am buying new/used wheels from the motorcycle shop, they are going to straighten my forks, front axel, and frame, and I will be on the road again the day after tomorrow or the next day. Maybe more. The cost of brand new equipment from the States would exceed $1500. I will spend MUCH less this way.

    Tom and Charlie and Sarah rode back to the hotel that we stayed at the day before last, and are headed south to Guerrero Negro in the morning. I will be traveling solo until I catch up with them. Don't worry, I won't haul ass. Just slow and steady.

    All is well for now. Pictures to come tomorrow!

    --Alex