RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Hey Paul,

    Got your email and replied today.

    You got a couch to surf and garage space to work on your bike if you pass this way.

    Might be able to join you down to Veracruz if you want some company. Mike's a great guy to know down there. Donnie and I had a good time.

    JD
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  2. waterlilly

    waterlilly No Agenda World Tour

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    Hey Paul

    Les and I are in on your Epic new adventure, we have met twice now and so that makes us good friends.

    see you at the HU meeting in Eastern Ontario, the Aussie might be here as well.

    The Overland Expo seems so long ago. :freaky

    Cheers
    Cath & Les
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  3. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Paul, be sure to keep an eye out for Greg Powell at any of the HUBB events. He's a good guy to know.
    If you come down with Schizz, he'll show you the "Jimmy ride" but only because he has yet to go on the ride that
    will be named after him. The infamous "Schizz ride" awaits LOL!
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  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i'll drop you an email in the 24 hours or so to see if we can arrange something down to mikes - and whats the jimmy ride????
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  5. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    The "Jimmy Ride" is a slight variation of the Perote to Xalapa route. Usually, the Jimmy is done from Veracruz with an open fire cooked Mexican steak breakfast or egg and sausage or both (yes!) with extra jalapenos and raw onions for added zing, and then half way along the back road from Teocelo to Perote you take the little left marked "Quimixtlan" and cross into Puebla (where the roads are good and the salsas are better) and then you head over the mountain and down the other side into Guadalupe Victoria, Puebla and then do the 5 haciendas route to Ciudad Serdan, Puebla. The first of four variations of the Jimmy Ride is when you opt for Saltillo Lafragua half way down the mountain to Guadalupe Victoria and then go to the very aptly named "Maravillas" and then to Gonzalez Ortega and then on to La Gloria, Veracruz where the H1N1 flu virus supposedly originated with a little boy there that was named "patient zero" by the medical fraternity.
    It's called the Jimmy because Jimmex did it with myself, the Mystery Rider, and a buddy of mine, Jorge in a thick fog and rain that got even thicker on the return after we left Jimmy in Guadalupe Victoria. Hopefully, your visit will coincide with the presence of the Mystery Rider. Guaranteed fun. LOL!
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  6. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Yep. I'm in.
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  7. X Banana Boy

    X Banana Boy stuck in the office

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    In on this one as well. Took the link from the other report, favourited this one and then started reading.

    Have fun and happy trails.
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  8. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hello Paul,

    We met last year at HU in NC. I am still on the road. Did a 6 week ride in The Himalayas on a rented Royal Enfield and and will be back in South America in September to ride to TDF around the end of the year. Will be following along.

    Enjoy the Stahlratte!
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  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    I'll be at the HU meeting in NC again this year and the new one in Toronto as well

    of course i remember you, idahosam and i were talking about last month at the overland expo, i'll be back in South America December 12th decided to turn my RTW around in the opposite direction, not feeling Africa right now and the chance to ride in CUBA i just could not turn down...but first the scouting ride for 5000 mile adventures

    be safe out there and keep up with that killer report, not far from the 1,000,000 view mark...you are turning in to a legend!!!
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  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    leaving in about three hours to drive through the night...this part of my RTW is the scouting ride for www.5000mileadventures.com - it will turn into about 7000 miles just because of checking things out, not including the drive to Trinidad

    Drive to Trinidad???

    Well the original plan was just ride of course (solo)...but then a friend 'wikedhd' asked if he could tag along, only issue there was he has 20 days vacation so to be able to ride from Louisiana all the way across texas at the start and again at the end wasn't an option, so the bikes are going in his truck for the trip thru Texas and the trip back

    what is www.5000mileadventures.com - have a look at the website...but in short, when i have been on the road i bump into a lot of people who say the same thing

    wish i could do what you do
    i only have 3 weeks off a year
    i have the wrong type of bike
    arranging everything would be difficult, i wouldn't know where to go etc. etc. etc.

    i'm sure most of you have heard this before in one form or another?

    so it got me to thinking, set up an adventure company, supply the bikes, gas, accommodation, tents if required, correct luggage, food, a route with lots of off road, back roads, logging roads, single track, go places the big companies don't go, just do one route and do it great....all you would need to do is bring your riding gear, a camera and a sleeping bag

    ...but why...well after being on the road for 38,000 miles last year the kindness and generosity of people just astounded me and i wanted to pay it back, as i'm not in one location normally too long, tent space wasn't an option, so i'm setting this up keeping the price very realistic and hopefully someone out there might be interested...BTW only four riders per 5000 miles so only about 20-24 riders a year, only runs in the summer and the route will probably vary a little dependent on the weather - no crazy big groups, done that personally and it sucks

    even though the website shows the starting point to be Trinidad, it will most likely change to Las Vegas, easier to get to, better to party when the ride is completed and the wife's girlfriends who don't ride can spend your money while you are gone :lol3:lol3:lol3

    anyway back to the ride....

    here's what's in the soft bags for this trip...not including clothes

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    yes i know its a lot of tools but having owned a motorcycle shop, if i can, i will fix everything on the two bikes myself

    packs down to this

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    sleeping gear and tent...yes i am sponsored by Big Agnes!!!

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    tank bag

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    bikes loaded photos in the next post

    riding gear

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    the bikes

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    wikedhd is riding a 2008 Honda XR650L - it only has 600 miles on it, this is his first ADV ride :clap:clap:lol3:lol3

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    and me i'm on a 2009 Yamaha XT660Z with 54,000 miles on it!!! :eek1:huh

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    ...and the basic route according to the geeks at google...of course it isn't exact but it gives you a good idea, more details as we ride

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    time to go load the truck and get eaten by mosquitoes before it rains again!!!!


    more later, stay tuned...
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  11. gnuse

    gnuse Ride to Fly

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    I love it when I find a new hero. Enjoy the ride, all of them. I'll be watching from here.

    Ride safe.
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  12. JoDawg

    JoDawg Been here awhile

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    Paul, looking forward to following you on this new adventure, Ride safe and see you at the HU meeting in Ont.

    Cheers Bud!
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  13. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    heading out 10pm, best way to see cross Texas at night get out of the heat and the traffic....

    loading in the dark

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    but with a little help from 6400 ISO i can make it daylight :rofl

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    big thanks to dusty and the guys at www.wolfmanluggage.com for hooking us up, but once packed it all looked the same so a few distinguishing marks :lol3

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  14. spen

    spen on my arse

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    Stay safe ,ride hard and have fun :freaky
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  15. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Good to see you on the road again!

    I'm sure that you will end up with tons of great stories, pics and memories....glad you are sharing:clap

    Stay safe!

    P.S. You could checkout http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=720177 the Cuban section starts at pg 31 -BluNozr- he was there at the beginning of this year (assuming that you haven't read it already).
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  16. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    if my wife doesn't have a girlfriend in Vegas, are they included? :huh
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  17. ronazon

    ronazon n00b

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    Read you ride from last year yesterday. Best of luck on your ride! Hope it's everything I ever dreamed of and more!

    Ballpark...what kind of fundage are we talking about for something like this? Wondering if I could even consider doing something like this. PM me if you prefer.
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  18. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    if you are talking about me doing this ride and on the road for about 7 months ballpark $10K

    if you are talking about 5000mileadventures.com with everything noted included $7900 then minus your $750 discount for being an ADV member
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  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    long 16 hour drive at night thru texas mainly in the dark...found the biggest Texan we could to inspect the bikes...

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    he looked at them from a few angles...

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    wikedhd thought he had eyes for his XR so he held him back

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    then a few miles down the road its the Cadillac Ranch...not a patch on the Chicken Ranch but colorful anyhow

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    then a little of this...

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    then as the comedian Bill Engvall would say - here's your sign!!!

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    time to get to Trinidad and unload the bikes and get ready for tomorrow and the start

    unloaded the bikes and here's proof that we're not lying on the beach in Hawaii (directed at wikedhdwifey) but actually in Trinidad...read the sign!!!

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    ...but for now, got a room in the Trails End Motel ($49) and heading out now for some food a few beers and then a good nights sleep and the ride starts tomorrow come rain or shine

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  20. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    Off to a good start. :clap
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