Ottawa-Inuvik-Tierra Del Fuego

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Super Tenere, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Had a good night at the Lilac Oaks Campground in Valley Center, Ca. Checking the stats on my tires twice a day, and then will need to put them on, so today will look for places that can do it for not to much money.


    Had a great get together with Wei (NomadicOne) and Paul with Asli that are also going to Mexico and beyond, we will be going as a group and that should be better when it comes to getting hassled by the authorities and other unwanted things.


    Have tallied the amount of money that I have spent for the last 50 days (25% of the trip) and have come just a few dollars short of $3000 (30% of the trip). Not bad considering that it also includes a oil change and several Park entrance fee's, this should be easier and get better when we hit south of the border.


    Jeff
  2. paulsc

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    Hi Jeff! Asli & I just went through your thread, cool trip so far! Looking forward to riding to mexico together!
  3. Super Tenere

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    Thanks Paul, same here and will make the days seem less long.

    Jeff
  4. Super Tenere

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    Last couple of days just hanging out and camping around in the mountain's of San Diego, been riding the crazy twisties around here, man what a job this is but someone has to do it, Hwy 76 to the S6 in the Palomar Mountains to the Observatory is awesome and there are a ton of others but that one stuck out.
    Pictures to follow because this camping has very slow connection.


    Jeff
  5. Icy Roads

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    I love San Diego you lucky dog!
  6. Super Tenere

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    Thanks Icy Roads, there are so many crazy roads to ride around here, and the weather is great, man what a job.

    Jeff
  7. Super Tenere

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    As promised the pictures of the Palomar Observatory and the bikers hangout.


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    Here are the pictures of my old tires after 21837 km's or 13648 miles, the rear is almost finished but the front has some cupping going on but would be good for a couple thousand more if needed, not bad considering the roads I have taken with them, lets hope the next set last as long or better.
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    After finally having my new tires installed I am ready to go to Mexico, will head out after meeting up with Wei, Paul and Asli just before the border tomorrow.


    Jeff
  8. Super Tenere

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    First I would like to thank Tim, Kari and the kids for being so kind as to have my tires shipped to them and for hosting me during this time, it was great to see you guys again and forever grateful for the generous hospitality that you offered.
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    Got together with Wei, Paul and Asli just before Mexico and headed to the border that took about 2 hrs to complete, then down Hwy1 and then Hwy3 across to San Felipe.
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    Tomorrow of the beaten path along the Gulf of California, and according to Wei it's only about 200km of off road, we will see about that come tomorrow.


    Jeff
  9. grahamspc

    grahamspc Smitty

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    Very good mileage out of those tires...compared to Metzlers on my GS....I may have missed a thread..are you replacing them with the same tire??..enjoy Mexico.
  10. ReadyFreddy

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    Wow, Jeff, that's really good!! Almost spent that in the two weeks Down East!! so you're doing great budget-wise....You should teach a class to my youngest daughter about frugality..hehehe:lol3
  11. ReadyFreddy

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    Hey Jeff, It MUST be a HIGH-CLASS joint that you stopped at here...look at all the Victory Cross COuntry owners that go there!!!
    You MUST give me the address..!!:clap
  12. Super Tenere

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    Hey grahamspc, great mileage for sure, had heard lots of great things about these tires and glad I did go with them, 2nd set the same only the rear is not the Dakar series because they had no stock (Dakar's are 4ply), so we will see if this rear holds up as good as the first.

    Jeff
  13. Super Tenere

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    Thanks Anthony, it takes lots of instant meals, camping when you can, commitment and I have had so many stay overs from lots of great people that have made all this possible.

    Sorry Anthony you would only Rune that :rofl

    Jeff
  14. Super Tenere

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    Day 57


    Luckily they added 50 km's more asphalt road before we hit the crap, and we made it about 10km past Alphonsinas where the road was completely washed out, we stood there a while considering if we should make the 5 meter drop down the side of the road but after walking down the 45% grade and scoping the rest of the crossing things did not look good, and if we did take it there would be no going back, the sloop would be good for a light motocross bike to take but us with our heavy loaded bikes would not be a good idea, at that point we were also exhausted from the hot sun the days ride plus the crappy road, so we turned back and stayed at the Hotel on the beach in Alphonsinas that night.
    Had a great swim in the warm Gulf sea with the rest of the gang and then diner with looking at the incredible night sky with shooting stars, all that with a well deserved cold one of course, life is good.

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    We decided that it would be best to head back to San Felipe considering the road condition, and so on our way back we hit a rain storm and got thoroughly soaked of course, but it was a warm kind of soak. Some of the towns roads are impassable due to the high water and the Motel's courtyard has turned into a swimming pool, so for now they let us keep our bikes stored under the entrance canopy, how nice is that.


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    According to locals it has not been this bad since 20 years in San Felipe.
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    Tomorrow back to Mex1 via Ensenada and then eventually down to La Paz and the ferry to Mazatlan.


    Jeff
  15. DRRambler

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    Boy am I glad I checked in, my plans were to ride down the east coast of Baja, but now it looks like I have to change that.
  16. Super Tenere

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    Hey DRRambler, the east cost Baja is only for the die hard motocross people for the moment, at least until they fix the road and by the looks of it that won't be any time soon.

    Jeff
  17. Super Tenere

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    Made the ride back to Ensenada and then down the Mex1 to San Quintin, currently staying at the beautiful Mission Santa Maria Hotel, and the price for a room with double bed is only 600 pesos or about $48. plus sharing the room with Wei only makes it $24 a piece, that's not bad because some camping's did charged more then that. Will take some pictures tomorrow because we did get in after dark.


    Jeff
  18. Super Tenere

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    Here are some of the pictures of the Hotel Mission Santa Maria in San Quintin.
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    The bikes standing safely in the hall of the mission.
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    This morning we have left Paul and Asli to go on there own ride, they are not going to Tierra Del Fuego so they don't have as much of a must get here by a certain time agenda then us, during the last few days we have become good friends with them and we wish them a safe journey ahead, we also hope to maybe see them down the road some time again.
    Here is a link to there blog: http://theroadtoca.tumblr.com/


    Wei, Paul, me, Asli.
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    Today we went through an area known as the rock garden and this is really cool to see all those rocks just piled on top of each other.
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    Jeff
  19. Super Tenere

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    Stayed at the Malarimo Hotel in Guerrero Negro last night for 580 pesos ($46) for a room with AC and headed to Loreto today were we are now at the renown Coyote Village, the price is 450 pesos per person but this includes all you can drink and a gigantic breakfast, just a simple breakfast will cost you about 100 pesos and the all you can drink thing well we won't get into that, except that 450 pesos is not a bad deal.
    On our way to Loreto we stopped at Santa Rosalia out of curiosity to go and see the all steel Church designed and manufactured in France by Gustave Eiffel himself thinking this would be something spectacular of course, well you be the judge.
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    While at the Malarimo Hotel I started talking to Gunther originally from Germany and now San Diego who runs a Yamaha marine dealership, anyway as it turns out he used to ride and organize motocross races in the Netherlands back in the 70's and that's when I was also doing the races, we were hanging around in the same circles back then and I may have meet him but can't remember it and now meet this guy out here, what are the odds in that, just think about this for a moment out of all the hotels that he and our we could have picked and or places that we could have been, this is astronomically huge. Had a great talk with him and later on he asked Wei about his chain and what he would do if it breaks down, needless to say he did give some good advise to Wei and his chain breakdown program that was none existing before, so was this coincidence, maybe but I think not.


    Jeff
  20. Dan Diego

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    Enjoying your RR, Jeff. I met up with Paul/Asli and Wei in San Diego to discuss the ride.

    Will add a photo of their bikes soon...for a before/after comparison!

    Following along.

    Dan