Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Thanks so much for all the information and advice, guys! Definitely keep it coming! We can only do so much research before our brains explode so it's much appreciated.

    As TC already mentioned, we've got our tourist permits already in TJ, the Migracion officer told us we could get our TVIP pretty much anywhere in the Baja before we cross into the mainland. Thanks to you guys, we're going to book a whole day off and sit in the Banjercita office with our iPhones and Kindles, no doubt Neda will still be 3Ging away until her data plan runs out! :) Will let you know the process in all its gory details when we go through it.

    Something I am definitely not going to miss, seeing how we've already had more than our share of the white stuff on this trip already.

    Hey Ben, definitely keep in touch and we'll have a cerveza or two somewhere south of here!
  2. Jbeckerx2

    Jbeckerx2 n00b

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    I come from a family of photographers and I must say you take incredible photo's - composition, use of light / exposure, etc, etc. I was wondering if you do much post production and have you had any formal photography training or self taught?

    Whatever the case, you take incredible photo's and write very well. Thanks for enduring the post ride posting, great reading and entertainment.

    Jeff
  3. eakins

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    are you somewhere else beside the port in La Paz?
    keep us updated on location and time frame to get things done as others down the road would like to know this info.

  4. mehawley

    mehawley n00b

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    I have been reading your ride report over the last few days and I am so hooked (and there's more to read... I'm on page 24 of 37)! I had a plan to ride the United States and hit all four corners. Unfortunately, not-so-great planning and inadequate resources and gear cut my trip short. Your mention of Neah Bay made my ears perk up and take notice: that was/is one of my destinations.

    I want you both to know that you have rekindled my desire to get back out on my trip. It will take some time for me to get my 'stuff' together (make money, pay debts, save money, create and strengthen my coaching business) and get back out there, but I am more and more confident that I will make it happen, soon... (soon meaning with 24 months).

    Thank you for the inspiration! Ride safe and be well.

    - Matt
  5. kawi_girl

    kawi_girl Adventurer

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    I've been lurking on this site for a long time and figured it was time to speak up. What better place for my first post than this great thread, thank you so much for inviting everyone along on your travels! I appreciate all the time you have taken to share your photos and thoughts along the way. I have ignored many household chores in order to read all of your adventures...Iceland was especially intriguing, as I would be interested in going there.

    I wish you well on your adventure! Now that it is snowy and cold here, reading about dry roads and warm days is refreshing. I love winter; the length of it, not so much...

    I can't wait to get back on my bike. Thanks again for the inspiration.
  6. lightcycle

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    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/53.html

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    While we were in San Diego Mark put us in touch with his friend in Mexico to help us out while we were traveling in the Baja Peninsula. Dan lives in Bahia de Los Angeles (LA Bay), which is on the east coast of the Baja, and he invited us to crash for the night in his cabin by the beachfront on our way south. We've been e-mailing Dan for the last few days as well, and he told us that the Spanish school in La Paz was pretty good, so we're kind of of glad that we're out of Ensenada.

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    Dan's place by the beach

    We left El Rosario pretty late in the day, so the sun was setting fairly fast as we rode Mex-1 southbound and then took a detour eastwards on Mex-12 towards the Gulf of California. The road winds up and over the Sierra de San Borja mountains, and we're barraged by the high winds that the area is known for. It's pitch dark (and only around 5PM) when we arrive at LA Bay, and Dan's place is nothing but a GPS latitude and longitude co-ordinate outside of the town, down an unmarked sandy road that runs parallel to the beach. We had a rule before entering Mexico that we wouldn't ride in the dark - didn't take long to break that rule. We may have to get up a bit earlier now that the sun sets so soon... :(

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    The full moon is as high and bright over the Sea of Cortez - view from Dan's cabin

    Dan and Nancy greeted us with lots of alcohol and fresh fish and we spent the evening getting very lubricated with them. Dan served us some yellowtail sashimi from a catch earlier on in the day, and we were in heaven! We don't eat sushi very much any more these days and it was such a treat. We got a great sense of what brings ex-pats down to LA Bay, living a cost-effective lifestyle and enjoying the simpler things in life - in Dan's case, it's sport fishing and there's no better place in the Baja for it than LA Bay!

    Later that night, a well liquored-up Neda passes out in the cabin. Meanwhile, I am enthralled by the view and walk around the area taking lots of pictures. I don't sleep too much as I want to get a picture of the rising sun over the bay.

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    Pastel colours in paradise

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    Dan's cabin, rising sun behind me reflected in the window. And the moon is still visible!

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    Sunrise over the Sea of Cortez

    The reason why LA Bay is such a great place for fishing is that it's one of the few safe harbours in the Sea of Cortez that is protected from the high winds and waves by the number of large islands in the bay. Which also makes it a popular place to dock boats in the marina. Dan told us that not all is paradise, as there's a large drug problem in town and a result, rampant property theft from tweakers looking to support their crystal meth habit.

    This is something that I've been wary about, as Mexico does have a very bad reputation in the North American media for the drug-related crime and violence. Neda and I have done a lot of research, trying to balance the Canadian and US state-issued travel advisories, the news articles and what other overland travelers have written about their journey through Mexico. We suspect that there's a truth that lies somewhere between sensationalism and Pollyannaism.

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    GS slowly warming up

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    Ex-Pat dreams by the beachside. I've been wandering around taking pictures for over an hour and Neda is still asleep

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    Cacti against the rising sun over the Sea of Cortez

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    Dan and Nancy hooking us up with restaurants and things to see and do in the Baja Peninsula

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    We got treated to a great Mexican breakfast by Dan and Nancy

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    Nancy at the restaurant

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    Our very kind and generous host, Dan

    We've run into so many awesome people on our trip, and meeting Dan and Nancy really gave us some insight into life as ex-pats in Baja!

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  7. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Gene, lest I get accused of being a Pollyanna, yes, there is crime in Mexico and horrific violence. I have lived in Mexico full time for 5 years this month and operated my hotel for over 3. The violence between drug gangs and the authorities. for the most part. Some "collateral damage" (hate the phrase) to civilians in certain neighborhoods in some of the affected cities. There is very little violence in Baja south of TJ and very little in Sonora south of the border and most of the other states. The states bordering Texas are on the watch list. Know where you are going and pay attention to your surroundings. I feel safer in Mexico than in Arizona, especially Phoenix. Re-read the US State Dept warnings and overlay the trouble spots on a map and you will see that you you will be fine. Mexico is full of great people who work hard every day, love their kids and who will go out of their way to help you. There are some bad people just like there are everywhere.

    Enjoy your ride through Mexico and please keep the great reports and photos coming. Be safe on the roads. I know from reading your reports that you have an open mind and more importantly an open heart.

    Abrazos!

    And yes, Bahia de L.A. is breath taking.
  8. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    Gene & Neda:

    I think I could also live the good life somewhere in Baja, on the beach too

    Loving your good weather when we are forecast for snow flurries this weekend

    bob
  9. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Will do.

    The road out to Neah Bay is spectacular in terms of scenery and twistiness. Good pavement too. Probably a day trip from Seattle and back, not a lot to see and do in Neah Bay itself, just the ride is awesome.

    Probably most of our favorite pictures came from Iceland. Amazing diversity of scenery packed into such a small place!

    We've only been here for a week and just on the Baja Peninsula, but we're inclined to agree with you so far!

    I was going to say that this will be our first winter that we haven't seen snow, but then looking at our Alaska pictures, I think we've ridden through more snow in the last 4 months than most Torontonian motorcyclists will this year! :eek1
  10. GP1200

    GP1200 Been here awhile

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    Just curious as to why you don't feel safe in Arizona, especially Phoenix ? I've been there and never felt it was dangerous. I've been to every major city in NA and only felt a little uncomfortable in Detroit. LOL
  11. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    I don't want to hijack the thread but too many guns, too many bad attitudes. Grew up in the NY metro area, walked through Bed Sty and the Bronx later than I should have have, spent some time in Detroit. Not the same feeling as PHX for me. But Gene and Neda are in La Paz, I am in Banamichi and life is good.

    Que Bueno
  12. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    Hi Jeff, no formal training, just a lot of trial and error. As for post production, the most common thing I do is crop the photos to bring out the subject - thank goodness for hi-resolution cameras! Still learning!
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    Just came upon your ride report. Thank you for the time and effort you are putting into this. I rode Baja to La Paz to Mazatlan earlier this year. Had no trouble at all with getting a TVIP in La Paz. I didn't even have the original of my registration only a copy and Mexican law says you have to have the original. At first they said I would need to get the original but after a while called me back and said they would accept the copy. I did have a problem getting the total cash amount I needed to pay for documents + Ferry fare etc. out of the bank, they had a pretty low daily total amount you could take out. I was able to work it out with a manger.
    I have visited Mazatlan many times since 1985 have never had trouble at all. Do not speak Spanish. I think the Mexican people are some of the most helpful people I have met and a little mutual respect and taking things easy goes a long way. Things are done differently and at a different pace, accept that and life is a lot easier.
    Relax, ride safe and enjoy your trip.
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    I suggest you never get any :lol3
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    Great ride report, Gene & Neda! Checked out your blog as well. You're no rookies! :D
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    Great report guys, Called a realestate agent yesterday.
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    Southwards we go, armed with a list of places and things to see courtesy of Dan and Nancy! Our trip is like a scavenger hunt! Today we've been recommended to try to make it to Santa Rosalita for the night, only 400 kms away, but since we we're leaving LA Bay after a late breakfast (again, courtesy of Dan), we would probably arrive just before the sun sets.

    The ride down Mex-1 was more of the same scenery - beautiful blacktop, twists and turns around the mountains and the ever present cacti along the side of the road cheering us on. Our journey was punctuated by the odd military checkpoint. Soldiers with machine guns stop us and ask about our destination. They're courteous to us despite our lack of Espagnol, and they are all so very young, and very curious about our motorcycles and our trip. These stops are meant to catch drug traffickers, and quite interestingly, we have heard that this effort is partly subsidized by the US government!

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    Riding into the port town of Santa Rosalia

    Santa Rosalia is just south of the Baja Sur (Baja South) border. We lose an hour because of a peculiar time change because this timezone crossing is latitudinal, not longitudinal, placing Baja Sur into MST. This means the sun is still up at 5PM when we arrive at this port city on the shores of the Gulf of California. The outskirts of town are a mixture of industrial buildings and shacks along the roadside. We are tired and hungry and the sun is setting fast, so we book into the first nice (but relatively pricey) hotel and walk into town to find some food. We really do have to make an effort in finding some cheaper accommodations. Baja is a lot more expensive than I thought Mexico would be...

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    Something smells good in Santa Rosalia!

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    Neda y nada de gringos

    We bypass a few restaurants because there were too many gringos in there. We're really looking for a "local" experience, and we find one with a Mexican family eating inside. When we're seated, the waiter hands us a gringo menu in English. *sigh* BYW, in the picture above, Neda is sipping on a "Michelada". It's a delicious beer/lime/salt concoction and was recommended to us by Yaw, who was our host in Seattle a couple of months ago. Wow, I can't believe we spent two months roaming around the western United States!

    The rest of the evening we spent walking around the very small centros area, and we found ourselves hanging out with all the local families and teenagers in the town square watching some people set up a stage presumably for a concert this weekend. Too bad we wouldn't be sticking around, as Neda has just arranged for us to start Spanish classes in La Paz for next Monday morning. The curse of "a schedule" strikes again! Everytime we have to be somewhere at a certain date or time, my chest starts to constrict a little and my heart rate goes up. Or maybe it's just that spicy enchilada we had for dinner...

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    Retail therapy in Mulege

    Our next destination on the way to La Paz is Mulege (pronounced Moolah-Hey), also recommended by Dan and Nancy. This is a quaint town full of neat places to window shop for local arts and crafts and boutique-y restaurants and hotels. As we approached Mulege, the desert flora transformed from cacti to lush, tropical palm trees, courtesy of the Rio de Santa Rosalia. The whole town is in the river valley and was subject to bad flooding in recent years due to the hurricanes in the area.

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    Flowers in Mulege

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    Lunch in Mulege

    We stopped for lunch in a great hotel/restaurant where we met a whole bunch of gringos from Canada! Penticton, BC specifically. One couple was here on a scouting vacation, looking to move to the area. Apparently, there is a lot of ex-pat interest in Baja Sur.

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    Ater lunch, we hit the road and ride past some great looking beaches

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    WTF?!! I wish somebody had told us there was sand in the Baja!!!

    Loreto is only 200 kms away from Santa Rosalia, so we arrived early enough to find a great (and by great I mean cheap) motel right near the centre of town.

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    These cute dogs live on the roof of our hotel

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    We walked around Loreto the whole evening, wonderful looking town!

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    Some other gringo bikers parked outside the more expensive hotel in the centre of town

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    The Mission in Loreto

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    Mission of Our Lady of Loreto is considered a historical monument

    We heard some music coming from inside the Mission, so we sat in on some musicians and singers at the front of the church. We stayed for quite some time, enjoying the sounds of Spanish hymns sung softly in reverence. We are having such a wonderful experience wandering through Baja Sur.

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    Shops at nighttime near the town square

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    Christmas soon! But first, the Mayan Apocalypse...

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    The town squares are always the centre of activity. Here we watch a dance class underway lit by streetlights

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    And then off to finish the night with my favorite beer, Negra Modelo!

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    Getting ready for bedtime in Loreto

    We are all set to push onwards to La Paz in the morning. On our farewell ride through the town square, we notice quite a lot of people gathered in the courtyard. And horses! Just like bikers meeting up at parking lot to go riding, these horse riders were getting together to ride to the next town. They gathered quite some attention!

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    One horsepower.

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    In the motorcycle world, this would be called "posing"

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    All little girls want ponies...

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    But glad to be back on her own pony
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    That is a great shot Gene!