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

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

  1. nuttynu

    nuttynu Long timer

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    ya two should be on the National Geo
  2. Scootard

    Scootard Scraggle McSquarely

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    Loved the pics of Mulege and Loreto. We have some friends who speak very fondly of both being more like "the real Mexico" and not so touristy. It's great to see pictures of the area. I just checked your weather, apparently it will be 77F today. Perfect riding weather. Here in Oklahoma it's 27F. No scooting today. :cry Looking forward to your next posts :ricky :ricky
  3. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    A beautiful and moving write up. The seduction is almost complete. Mexico will change you in many wonderful ways.

    Abrazos
  4. Jamie Z

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    I've been perpetually behind on your ride report, but I finally caught up tonight. Glad to see your progress and excited to read about your adventures further south. I did a trip through MX and parts of Central American in 2007, and you'll probably go through places where I stopped too.

    Tell Neda it's her turn in Words.

    Jamie
  5. eakins

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    que bueno!

    ...are you asking to park inside courtyards and such each night at hotels?
    if not, i'd start working on that technique before you get to the mainland.
  6. Jamie Z

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    Good point, though I rarely found I had to ask. Most hotel and hostel proprietors made it clear that safe motorcycle parking was part of the deal. I had lots of fun riding my bike up stairs and through doorways to park inside.

    Jamie
  7. lightcycle

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    Pretty much every place we've stayed at had an enclosed parking area with a gate. The exceptions were in Ensenada and Santa Rosalita, where they didn't have a courtyard, but let us parking right next to the reception desk which was staffed 24 hours a day.

    Here's ours (covered) in El Rosario with a ton of other bikes in the parking lot, Moffat from Utah (V-Strom), Ben from Switzerland (KLR), an F800GS from the US, and a R1200ADV (I think) two up from England.

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    27F Ugh!

    We were talking to a local this morning when it was around 72F, she said she was freezing! LOL!
  8. pceire32

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    The Gray whales start arriving middle of Dec to breed and give birth. You could pass by Puerto Lopez Mateos which is South of Loreto as you go across to the west coast on the way to La Paz and see if any boats are going out. It is amazing to see these massive whales alongside your boat. At times you can reach down and touch them, Baja is one of the only places in the world that you can do this. San Ignacio and Puerto Lopez Mateos are two of the best places to see them. I went to both places earlier this year and got to scratch the backs of whales. The season runs Mid Dec through Mid April. If you don't catch them on the way down catch them on the way back it is an amazing experience.
  9. rruugger

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    Great RR and pics. Thanks! Mexico is an exciting place to ride. :thumb
  10. tjclyde

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    Just found this thread last week and have been reading every night since then.
    All I can say is WOW!
    Looking forward to hearing more. Ride safe.
    Tj. :clap
  11. Bobby Ginger

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    Love the new photos, looks like so much fun. Picking up my GSA next week, hope to have half the fun on it as you guys are.
  12. Rhetorik

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    Wow you both are living the dream. I'm sure you've already said ths but what kind of camera gear do you have and how doy you have it all secured on your bike? The pictures are incredible! Do you have prior photograph experience?

    Great journey and I'm looking forward to more updates!
  13. Loutre

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    love your food pics :clap
  14. lightcycle

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    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/55.html

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    La Paz is the jewel of Baja California Sur. Located at the mouth of the Gulf of California, it enjoys beautiful weather year-round, a high standard of living and low crime rates. We fell in love with the city almost immediately.

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    The Malecon, a 5km long boardwalk along the La Paz's beachfront, is the city's focal point for tourists and residents alike

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    Family-time on the Malecon

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    We grab lunch at La Aura, the 4th story restaurant with a great view of the boardwalk and beach

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    Lots of local catch in that seafood soup!

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    Pelicans are common here, also attracted to the seafood in the waters closeby

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    Not seafood ice cream

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    Plenty of places to hang out on the beach, watch the fishing boats go out to sea

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    One of many aquatic themed statues on the Malecon

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    Neda is trying to look for what PaperBoatMan is staring at

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    The Malecon is chocked full of restaurants, diners and bars - all pricey!

    We're staying in La Paz for the next two weeks, taking Spanish lessons at a language school called, "Se Habla... La Paz". We've also chosen the homestay option, where we live with a local family for the duration of our stay, so Alicia and Vicente are the first ones to welcome us to La Paz and into their home.

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    The very first night, Vicente pulls out his arsenal of guitars and we both play and sing while everyone dances around us. Is it going to be like this every day?!? COOL!

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    Alicia is a first-rate cook, serving us local dishes for breakfast and lunch. This is Joe (Jose) from California, he's our homestay housemate also taking Spanish lessons, but he's much more fluent than we are!

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    On the weekends, Vicente opens his backyard studio to the local kids and teaches them how to paint

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    Another one of Vicente's proteges

    We are astounded at how talented and cultured our homestay family is. Alicia is master of the culinary arts, while Vicente explains all the imagery of the many paintings that decorate his house. All in Spanish, by the way. My 9th grade French education is only of little help but I get the jist. Neda does much better because she speaks Italian and is so much better in learning new languages than I am.

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    Lalo, Alicia and Vicente's grandson teaches and choreographs a Hip Hop class.

    Because I'm so slow with the Espagnol, Lalo gets in trouble often for speaking English to me. I've hung out a lot with this talented young man, jamming on the guitar and sharing mp3s, movies, and YouTube clips. Every once in a while, Alicia yells at him, "EN ESPAGNOL!" :) She takes her job very seriously and I'm very glad that she pretends not to understand English. I can only nod, "Si" and "Gracias" and my goal by the end of two weeks is to actually utter a complete and intelligible sentence for her approval!

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    Mariana, our Spanish teacher gives a presentation on Pinatas.

    "Se Habla" is one street away from the Malecon, and every morning we ride our motorcycles down the strip to school, past the salty sea breeze coming off the shores. It's been forever since I've sat in any kind of classroom and I'm a bit cowed by how fast Neda is picking up Spanish. I'm used to learning things very fast, but new languages have always been a weak point for me.

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    Felipe, another one of our instructors waits for me to finish my homework.
    "Gene, the point of homework is that you should be doing it at home..."
  15. lightcycle

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    Most of the on-bike shots were taken with the Coolpix AW100 - best ruggedized camera ever! And big buttons so you can use them with gloves. When we're off the bikes, we're using a D3000 primarily, sometimes a D60 and a few of the shots are done with the iPhone. Surprisingly good camera on those iPhones!

    We store the cameras in our hardcases when we're not using them. As far as prior photography experience, we've got about 6 years of travel pictures on our blog :), but no formal training.

    Cool! We also saw dolphins right off the Malecon!
  16. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Un otro buen informe. La ciudad es encantadora y sus fotos lleno con la vida de la gente.

    Saludos
  17. eakins

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    Sweet. Just remember not to miss Cabo Pulmo. It's as chill as they come for Baja. Todos Santos is another must see town on the pacific.
  18. Rhetorik

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    Cool! Thanks for the response. Currently searching for a good camera that will take some punishment (accidents happen, right?) I'm currently looking at a D3100 so your pictures are definitely helping with my decision, and the price isn't going to break the bank!

    Looking forward to more!
  19. KamLeeR

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    Hey Neda and Gene!

    Looks like its going just Dandy!

    Miss ya both!
  20. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Gezz we will have to get our A into G to catch up with you guys :D

    Loving the pics and reports :clap