Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DRRambler, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. XPLORZ

    XPLORZ Been here awhile

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    Nice start to your report! And subscribed.:clap
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  2. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Hi Dave,

    Looks like you are off to a grand adventure. Look forward to potentially bumping into in South America.

    Ride safe, we will be following along.
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  3. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Thanks DirtSquirt, glad to have you along

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  4. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Only on day six of 180, having a great ride so far

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  5. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    BcDano I'll be in Colombia late November, what's your plans?

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  6. Super Tenere

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  7. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I plan on crossing into Mex at Tecate probably Sept 2, would love to meet up. I'm looking for someone to share the cost of a cabin on the ferry to Maz.
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  8. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Day 6 Tahoe Vista to Lone Pine California 470km 9.5 hours
    It was a long day today despite my resolve to shorten them. The smoke had cleared somewhat at Lake Tahoe so was able to get a few nice photos of Emerald Bay.

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    South of Tahoe the smoke was once again thick and annoying but the roads fantastic twisties.

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    By the time the smoke started clearing the roads straightened out and the temperature began to rise

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    By the time I reached Lone Pine it was 36 Degrees. I found a Hostel in town and paid $25 for a dorm style room.


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    I got great advice about getting food at the "Taco Truck"

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    Tomorrow Big Bear Lake
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  9. DirtSquirt

    DirtSquirt Super Noob

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    That is a lot of miles on a DR650, be safe!
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We ship from Panama City to Bogota end of September and then we head south. Maybe we will see you on the way back up from Ushuaia in February?

    Sara
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  11. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    That would be about the right time for me. Hope to be in Ushuaia mid February

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  12. Super Tenere

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    Currently riding with Wei (NomadicOne) and am about a week ahead of you, maybe we will chill out in La Paz for a while and then meet, or some other place down the road. Will keep an eye on your post, and until then ride save.


    Jeff
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  13. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Hey everyone! I'm in a hotel in San Vincente Baja California! It's been a great couple of days but the internet is poor. I'll wait for a good connection before I post a full update. Just wanted you all to know everything is perfect!! Thanks for following along.

    Edit: I managed to find a spot in the room that allows me to upload photos!
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  14. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I'm in San Vincente now. I'm going to take my time getting to La Paz. I have a spot to stay in Loreto so will likely have a rest there for a few days while waiting for the Sunday ferry.
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  15. DRRambler

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    Day 7 Lone Pine to Julian California 507km 9 hours
    I awakened at about 5:30 this morning as my roommates began stirring. They all needed to catch a bus that leaves at 6:00 am from the local McDonalds. My plan was to get an early start so I could beat the heat of the upcoming Mojave Desert ride. At 6:30 I was on the move in the already hot 25 degrees. Most of the day was long straight stretches of desert.

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    Aside from a few photos while riding, today was a photography light one. I made an audible around lunch time and decided to push past Big Bear and try to get to Julian. As I neared Julian the roads started getting twisty and climbing.

    For my brother Grant!


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    Some cloud cover and short rain showers cooled the temperature for my last few hours ridingI’m glad I did. Tonight should be a good sleep in the Julian Lodge B&B, a bit of a splurge but I need a good rest.
    Years ago I came here with my family and had a great piece of pie. My first order of business was to find the pie shop.


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    Tomorrow I’ll enter Mexico.
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  16. DRRambler

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    Day 8 Julian to San Vincente Baja California 341km 7 hours
    What a fantastic day!

    I have to admit a certain apprehension about what was coming. It was to be my first border crossing into Mexico and despite all my research I felt like I didn’t know what to do. I dwelled on it too much and slept in a bit perhaps trying to delay the inevitable.
    I got started at about 8:30 after having a little breakfast at the hotel. The temp was perfect for riding on the twisty mountain road. There was about 90 minutes of riding ahead of me to think some more about Tourist Visas and Temporary Vehicle Import Permits. I missed a turn on the freeway and did a u-turn across the median (thank you DR650). Finally I caught a glimpse of the border, a long tall fence across the hillside.

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    Arriving in Tecate

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    Upon reaching Tecate I searched for a money exchange and an insurance provider. I found both without too much trouble and exchanged $300 US into 3660 pesos. I knew I was paying a commission but I wanted to have pesos upon entering the country. I purchased motorcycle liability insurance for $114 USD and headed for the border.

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    It was very unofficial, just a green light a gate that rose in front of me and there I was, in Mexico!

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    I figured it would be a good idea to get my Temporary vehicle import and my Tourist Visa right away but I could not locate anywhere obvious to do this. I circled in the horrible heat and had no luck. I briefly stopped in at a McDonalds to get out of the heat and use their WiFi but I still had no luck. I know that the TVIP can be obtained in La Paz but the tourist visa is a must for travelling further south than Ensenada. I thought I remembered that this could be done in Ensenada but was unsure and nervous about riding 140km without proper paperwork. Off I went headed southwest on hwy 3 to Ensenada.

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    Every time I saw a sign about a checkpoint I prepared myself to be turned around but there were no checkpoints at all.

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    While riding through Ensenada I found the Migracion office at the cruise ship port and purchased my Tourist Visa for 285 pesos. I was advised that the TVIP for the bike must be purchased at the border or in La Paz at the ferry terminal. I noticed that the migration office closed only 20 minutes after I left. That was close!

    So here I sit 83km south of Ensenada. I’m in San Vincente at a little hotel on the side of the road. My bike fit inside the room after a little surgery. I’m fed and ready for a good nights sleep.


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    Dinner at the Taqueria across the street

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    Tomorrow, continue south into Baja Sur
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  17. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    I'm really enjoying your report but I have to ask did you put your bike inside the hotel rooms in the U.S.? Somebody else has to use that room after you and if you ask they usually have parking in the lobby or a secure area, just ask.
    Saludos de Alberta
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  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    This hotel has no courtyard or indoor lobby. The manager offered to let me bring it in so I did. My goal will be to find hotels that do have a secure area as it's a hassle bringing it into the room. I understand your concern and appreciate what your saying. I'm trying to be respectful, there is no leaks or crud getting on the floor and I used a 2x4 under the stand to avoid marking the tile.

    Thanks for following along!

    Here is the hotel
    350 pesos no a/c but sat TV and clean
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  19. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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    Great start DRRambler, we leave from Victoria BC for Argentina on the 21st.

    Be safe and enjoy:clap
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  20. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Thanks, we're moving to Van Ilse when I get back from the trip. Looking forward to it.
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