Portland, OR to Buenos Aires, Argentina Before Christmas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TanukiPDX, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    I would have to have a farm or rabbit feet to feel that lucky lol. It's the black pouch below the Ktm tool bag to the right of the riding jacket.
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  2. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Alright guys, tomorrow is the day of departure! Spent some time prepping my stuff and I think I am basically ready to go. Need to help clean up around the house this afternoon still lol.

    Follow along with my GPS location here:

    www.brentcheney.com/anartistabroad

    I will also continue to post on this site as I can.

    Thank you all for the support!

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  3. oneway

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    Good job! Be safe.
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  5. BLucare

    BLucare Ambitious, but rubbish

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    Have safe trip! Looking forward to following along :thumb
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  6. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    Go out there and make us jealous!!
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  7. 97707

    97707 Go Long

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    Looks like you got on the road and down around Ashland according to that site. Pretty cool if it works to follow the trip all the way. Tech wonder that is gonna contrast big time with the third world immersion you're headed for.

    Congrats y buena suerte!

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  8. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Yes Sir thank you! I actually made it just south of San Francisco today. I should be in San Diego tomorrow evening!
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    I am sure that I am like the rest of you in that the night before a journey, is like the night before Christmas, you just don't sleep. I woke up at 6am bright eyed and bushy tailed, but I was still tired.

    I loaded up the bike, made final adjustments, and I was on the road a few minutes before 7am. Traffic was light leaving town, and it felt like I was just heading to work. The cities I passed through started looking less and less familiar though as I got further South. I have driven all the way to San Diego before, but with much less frequency. Although the cities and towns felt vaguely familiar, my adventure was really beginning to take shape as home felt further and further away.
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    As I trekked down I5, the road had a few curves here and there. It was more interesting than further North, but still I5. At some points, especially near Eugene, my ice warning appeared on my dash. It was actually quite surprising.

    Eventually I stopped at Mt Shasta for gas and a quick photo up. [​IMG]

    The mountains started to shrink as I worked my way away from Mt Shasta and towards San Francisco. The mountains were slowly replaced by fields full of crops and hundreds of workers in the fields bringing in the harvest.

    Eventually I found myself crossing the Bay Bridge and entering San Francisco. As I crossed the bridge and traffic begun locking up, I remembered that I was now in California, which meant I could split lanes. So even though my bike is completely loaded to the teeth, I was going to take full advantage of this California treat. There were a few close calls, but nothing to write home about. The bike did very well at not knocking mirrors :)

    Once I had battled through the lines, I would meet up with Paquo off of the ADV Rider forum who had a spare fuel filter for me. Apparently even brand new KTM bikes suffer from fuel pump and filter issues. They choose to patch the problem rather than repair it. Paquo (Steve) lives on a very steep hill, so I had to look at the area a few times before deciding on proper placement for the bike.



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    After a very pleasant conversation with Steve about his family, his dog, his GTI, and more importantly his 1090R, it was time to head south to the Home of Yohan and Brittany! Not only did they allow me inside their home, but they offered me a bed, warm water, and an amazing dinner made by Yohan himself. They were incredibly hospitable people with great conversation. Yohan has been riding with his dad and friends for a while now. He even rides two up with Brittany. Currently he has a Tiger 1200 which is a pretty mean machine! They are still deciding on a bike for her.

    I am starting to see why everyone says this trip takes so long. I want to stay a few days everywhere I go and just get to know the people! I guess all of the people I meet will have to come stay with me in Oregon as they prepare to conquer the PNW.
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  9. Byah

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    Good to see ure on the road! Will be watching ure adventures!

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
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  10. 97707

    97707 Go Long

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    ++ Your luggage looks pretty compact and not too top heavy.

    + Making good time.

    + Keep sending those reports. If they stop, we're gonna wonder what happened to you.
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    RainRider45 Been here awhile

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    liv2day Been here awhile

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    So cool to read about the folks you meet and stay with along the way, looking forward to all the installments on this one :thumb
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  13. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Hey guys! Thank for the comments. I head into Mexico tomorrow, so I do not really know how long it will be before I have internet again. Possibly tomorrow night?

    Today was another exciting day, and I still haven't left the US!

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    I woke up and enjoyed some fresh fruit and an energy drink for breakfast before loading the bike up. Yohan was nice enough to ride with me out of town on his way to work, so I followed him through the San Francisco morning commute.

    Eventually Yohan turned off and headed to work, while I continued south towards LA. The roads were really nice, it is all farmland, but you also ride through some nice hills as you circle San Luis Reservoir moving towards Los Banos. As you ride through the farmland you smell all of the fresh fruit. Life seems slower through this area, and you have a hard time believing you are in California.

    As I ventured further south, I saw more of the LA area sites I am used to, like Magic Mountain in Valencia. Traffic was pretty smooth the full way down to LA as well.

    Once in LA I stopped by the Corey Helford Gallery to see their collection of D*Face paintings as well as their mural on the side of the building. I have been a big D*Face fan for a while now, so it was really cool to see his works in person. I would highly suggest stopping by there if any of you live near LA.

    As soon as I left the gallery, I was back on the road escaping LA. Traffic had started to pile up, but I was able to use my newly acquired lane splitting skills to get to Oceanside where I ran my fuel range down to 0 before coasting into the Chevron station.

    I have family in San Diego, so their home was the goal for tonight. As an added bonus, our old dog Senna lives here, so I get to hang out with her tonight before I head off to Mexico in the morning.
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    We enjoyed Rubios and Cold Stone tonight, but now it is time to check the chain, the tires, the fluids, and update my blog.

    So far so good!


    Just in case you guys wanted to watch loaded up ADV bikes splitting lanes in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ps, this was my first time, so dont tell me I was doing it wrong, I already know lol.
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  14. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Thank you he called me yesterday and told me he bought one lol. So there’s an oil cooled rallyecoming for sale in the spring :)
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  15. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    People are what make it an adventure!
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  16. PsammonOfDoubt

    PsammonOfDoubt Adventurer

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    ten un viaje seguro, have fun on the 1090
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  17. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    What a long day. Started in San Diego where I met up with a stranger named Keegan. We met online, it’s nothing serious.

    We made our way to Tijuana where we had about 40 mins of paper work to do before heading south towards La Paz.

    The start of the ride was breathtaking until about Ensenada. The cliffs were amazing and the architecture was unique. We kept a good pace and moved along the coast. Once we got to Ensenada we jumped all over looking for atm’s and an oxxo for Keegan to buy insurance.

    After Ensenada, the road moves inland and you ride down a straight road as you pass nearly 50 identical towns. They were all flat and there was no way to tell them apart.

    The ride was relaxing and we made it to hotel El cactus in good time. As an added bonus, we are staying next door to the famous mama Espinoza’s restaurant. It is a Baja 1000 famous eatery.

    More updates and video to come. Thanks everyone for following along. 8CA8B9BB-1413-41EE-BBCA-19FEB27F5FE5.jpeg 85ADD26B-818A-47E3-8451-469EE85D00D0.jpeg
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  18. NitramGlobal

    NitramGlobal His Spanish is picante.

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    Sweet man! Can't wait to see and read more! I see you have BMW soft bags on a KTM. Be careful. I've here'd there is some chemical engineering with those. If you use them on another bike they will self destruct! :lol3 Keep us posted.
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  19. ladyknieval

    ladyknieval Been here awhile

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    Watching your thread, as I have watched you with the new 1090 both here and on Facebook. Good luck, be careful, and enjoy! I got 10 yrs on you and maybe I can do this someday.....:raabia
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  20. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    Thank you so much for the support! It has actually been pretty crazy how involved the community has been with my trip so far!

    Last night we were so exhausted that we were up and ready to go around 7am today.

    We walked outside to see that 4 other BMW bikes had made it to the hotel after dark last night. Our bikes were covered with Dew, so I toweled off my bike and started to load it up. While I was working on that, the riders from the other bikes came out and started to talk to me. They were locals riding the area, but had lost some screws to one of the bikes, so they were waiting at the hotel for parts to come. A really great group of guys, and very friendly.



    After filling the bikes up, we were back on the road. riding towards Mulege. The ride would be about 400 miles and take us through some pretty interesting terrain.



    The first section was full of cactus, hills, and brush. It was interesting because it was so dry and different from what I remember. We got to the top of one of the hills for some early photos because we have both been really bad about taking photos so far.

    Once that was over we continued on towards Guerrero Negro. The landscape was unchanging for a while, until we started seeing that the rocks were getting bigger and bigger. Eventually we were riding through amazing boulder fields filled with huge cacti. Naturally, we stopped for more pictures and continued on.

    Eventually we made it to a small town before Guerrero Negro where we had amazing seafood at the restaurant in front of the gas station. If you are in the area, it is hard to miss as there are maybe 3 buildings in the town before Guerrero Negro. I had a shrimp taco and a fish taco, Keegan had them make him a grilled shrimp burrito. Both were delicious!



    As we entered Guerrero Negro, the roads were a bit nicer, but it was still an airplane runway town. Just a total straightaway that ends as fast as you enter it. We had just gotten gas so we rode straight through.

    As we left the state and entered Baja Sur, the military station has the bones of a gray whale mounted in front of the base. You go around the bones then the base and back on the road.



    We followed the road for a while through some great hills and plains until we climbed a summit that gave us a view of the Sea of Cortez. We were both sunbaked and tired, so the view of the ocean was really refreshing. We wound down around the mountain and came out in the city of Santa Rosalia. The town was very neat and right on the edge of the sea. We wanted to keep moving though as we had been told that it is much better to stay in Mulege (which I think is debatable now that I saw the ocean facing cliff hotels in Santa Rosalia).



    On the road to Mulege I hit a rock in the road as I was coming around the corner. In my video it doesn't look like much, but it really threw me for a loop. I was able to recover after swerving into the oncoming lane as I got the bike back together and put a foot down. It was definitely a close call though.

    About 60 miles South of Santa Rosalia, we came to Mulege. It is the first place we have been that I consider to be a real pueblo (maybe Santa Rosalia too). The city is tucked into the hills and has a nice layout similar to the small pueblos that I grew to love in El Salvador. The streets are tight, and the businesses are small. We found a hotel (Hotel Mulege) and paid about 550 pesos for a small room with two beds and AC. It isn't as nice as the Cactus hotel, but it will be great.

    We checked in and headed to a seafood restaurant down the street. It is on the second floor and was a bit overpriced. If you are in this area I would probably suggest that you try staying in Santa Rosalia if possible). Mulege isn't quite on the beach like Santa Rosalia, but Mulege seems to be a little bit quieter, and possibly safer.

    As an added note, we crossed a lot of military checkpoints today. Most were great, but one was really strange. They kept asking if we had guns, and rather than searching us, they would pat our bags/ cases but never inspect them. I don't think they knew what they were doing, unless they wanted us to react to them touching the bags? Still not sure.

    I have covered about 2,000 miles in the last 4 days now.


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