Chilling out-2up-Antarctica2Alaska @Canada

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Lostmike, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    27th June 2019
    Meg
    Hello and apologies for the delay since our last posting! Time seems to have really sped up in the last month as we’ve been busily making our way through Central America and into Mexico. I’ll do my best to give justice to our adventures over the last month….

    Panama:
    When we left you last we flew the bike from Colombia to Panama. It all went pretty smoothly except when the police in Bogota Colombia wanted to search our boxes, they had already been searched, cleared, and sealed by the Police at the Medellin airport and the keys were with us in Panama! The guys from Car-go-rider came and picked up the keys from us at our hotel at 10pm and they were flown back to Colombia on the early flight. Luckily they didn’t find any of our contraband and the bike arrived just a day later. We were really happy to have the assistance of Carolina and Enrique from Car-go-rider to help us with the paperwork and logistics at the airport, and we were all finished and having a beer on the Causeway in no time. We really enjoyed exploring Panama City, the Parque Municipal allowed us to see a family of sloths, a toucan, a deer, monkeys and lots of woodpeckers! We also visited the Miraflores Locks and saw a tiny sailing boat and a huge car carrier come through the Panama Canal. It is certainly an impressive engineering feat! The Panamerican Highway from Panama City to Santa Carolina was fairly long and uneventful but there weren’t too many options and we make it to Santa Carolina for a couple of nights by the beach. We then turn towards Volcan avoiding the big piles of rotten mango hazards along the road! Who knew mangoes could be a road hazard?


    Costa Rica:
    We cross from Panama to Costa Rica at Rio Serena and we couldn’t have had a more pleasant experience! It may have helped that we brought ice blocks for the immigration and customs people but it all went very smoothly. We stop for gas over the border and meet the friendliest of attendants who provide us with water and lollies for buying fuel there! We also meet Luca, an Italian guy on a Kawasaki KLE who is riding in Costa Rica for 10 days. Luca has had his bike stored in Costa Rica for over a year and unless he came back his bike would have been seized.


    After this, in the torrential rain, we find the amazing cloud forest in San Gerardo and although we may not have spied the elusive quetzal we really enjoy seeing so many different flowers and hummingbirds! After a beautiful sunny morning, we again find ourselves in the torrential rain as we head down the mountain to seek sun and find Esterillos Beach. To be honest it wasn’t our favourite beach stop but it’s got palm trees, warm water and a mermaid statue so can’t complain. We stop at Tree Chocolate on our way towards the border and enjoy meeting ‘Bonito’ the chilli eating toucan and having a couple of passionfruit liqueur shots. We have met so many friendly locals along our journey. We get so many waves, thumbs up and people coming over to say hi and enquire about the bike or our trip, it has been an amazing experience to meet so many different people. We stop for the night at Cano Negro where Mike did a brake pad change and a few other bits and pieces on the bike and we went on to have a hilarious evening at El Fogon, the local bbq joint, with Oscar, the 77 year old owner of the posada, who’s ever lasting line is ‘one more, no more’. This turns into quite a few beers and a couple of rum shots. Poor Oscar got into a fair bit of trouble as he was supposed have just been picking up dinner for his wife. As expected we are both feeling a little dusty the next morning, but nevertheless we hit the road towards the Los Chiles border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

    Nicaragua:
    We find the border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua fairly hassle free. There are quite a few steps in the process but we find everyone very helpful and friendly and the whole thing takes about 2 hours. After hitting more rain we decide to stop for the night at a hotel along the road and happen to find the Miss Teen Nicaragua competition. We see lots of hair rollers, high heels and make up as we park the bike up under the veranda and peel off our helmets, boots and jackets, and I lock Mike away safely in the room. Not sure you could get much more different attire from what we turned up in.

    We head towards Granada next and as we came round a corner a Policeman steps out and starts flagging us in to a secluded spot on the side of the road. There was no Police vehicle, any other officers or anything else to indicate it was legitimate so Mike did the slow down, pretend to start pulling over then nailed it past him. He was most unhappy and started running after the bike. A little further down the road we were stopped by the real police for overtaking on a yellow line and we have a good chat about the bike and are allowed to pass by without any problems. We arrive in Granada and find our nice hotel, Miss Margrits, with a pool and plenty of beer in the fridge! We meet Dominic and his son Stefano by the pool and Dominic offers to help put us in touch with a guy who may be able to repair our leaking sub fuel tank. Granada is a really pretty town, lots of colourful buildings and cobblestone streets but we find it a little uneasy, there are lots of closed restaurants and we hear that tourism is down over 80% since the political unrest in 2018. After meeting Kristy we get a tour of Argencove, a fine artisan chocolate company. Kristy and Matt, a couple who lived in Darwin for over 20 years, bought a cattle farm 2 years ago and now make and sell fine chocolate from Nicaragua. We had no idea how complicated the chocolate process was! We are very happy to have lots of taste tests here and hear a bit of their story of living and working in Nicaragua. We also visit the Dona Elba cigar shop after our chocolate shop adventure and have an interesting tour of the process of making cigars. Mike gets handed a huge cigar that had just been rolled and not pressed. He proceeded to smoke it in record time. Despite me being a bit worried about how pale he was he insisted he was fine and enjoying it. It was short lived and the man from the shop had to rush out and get a bottle of water. We sat down for a while then made a rush for the hotel, where Mike proceeded to bring up his lunch then crawl into bed with what he describes as “The world’s worst instant hangover” Nicaragua is famous for its rocking chairs and we have an enjoyable evening reclining in the chairs while deciding on our next stop. We picked up the repaired tank and Mike slots it back on the bike.

    We decide to move fairly quickly through the rest of Nicaragua as there are mounting protests and national strikes. As we leave Granada we stop at the fuel station and Mike notices the fuel line and fuel filter have split. (Mike. How I didn’t notice this while I was putting the tank on the night before I have no idea. I blame it on the cigar) It is pouring with rain and poor Mike trudges off to find a moto parts shop while I mind the bike. A short while later a friendly local then takes my helmet and goes off on his scooter to pick up Mike and take him to the shop. (Mike. This was really nice as I had walked about 3ks through what was essentially a waterfall in all my gear) After Mike expertly installs the fuel filter we hit the road. We are stopped by the Nicaraguan police 3 times in about 10 kms to show our paperwork and explain where we are heading next. It was a big show of force by Maduro to try and keep the protests under control. We make it to Somoto early afternoon and find an excellent lunch spot – El Puente – where we have a fabulous lunch of beef ribs and chips and plantain, chicken, cheese and salsa and have the most excellent attention that we have ever received from any restaurant! After a few photos with the bike we farewell the friendly lads from Hostal San Jose and make our way to Los Manos the next day to make our way into Honduras.

    Honduras:
    We make it through the Nicaragua/Honduras border in about 2 hours. The usual rigmarole with photocopies of pieces of paper but no particular hassles. The most entertaining part was waiting for the aduana guys in Honduras who were participating in a slideshow presentation on transparency and efficiency with some trainers from the city. This wash highly ironic as this stopped the entire process, as none of the windows operated while the presentation was in progress. So the line of truckies and locals increases dramatically. Our first stop is Valle de Angeles, a pretty but touristy place, however our Airbnb was out in the sticks so we bought a pineapple and beer for dinner strapped it to the bike and got in out of the rain. The next day we met Madeline who works for a small newspaper in Honduras focussing on positive news stories. She says she is keen to write a small article on us writing about our experiences travelling and why people should come to Honduras. We’ll keep you posted when it comes out! We then jump on the bike and head towards Lago de Yojoa.

    We read about D & D Brewery so we booked a night there. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment for us – terrible tasting expensive beer, inedible food (the only food we have had to send back on our whole trip so far) and poor staff attitude means that we cook tuna and noodles outside our room and head into town to buy supermarket beer and find a lovely spot on the river. We meet Lindo, the original kayak operator in Lake de Yojoa, and spend a great afternoon chatting with him while reclining on the banks of the river. We have a fairly busy and chaotic highway ride to La Ceiba the next day. The traffic is manic and we realise that last night was their major festival for the year. The place looks like a bomb has gone off, people are sleeping on benches, corners, there is rubbish and confetti everywhere. We head indoors to our Airbnb and chill out for the afternoon. The next day we get the ferry to Utila in Bay Islands in Honduras. It causes quite a stir when we turn up with the bike ready to go on the ferry. The captain and the whole crew get involved and she is tucked nicely into a corner ready for the crossing. Other than passing a sinking ship it’s an easy crossing to Utila. Utila is a hilarious little island, crazy narrow streets and high speed traffic on a mixture of bicycles, motorbikes and quad bikes coupled with a lot of pedestrians. We start our intensive PADI open water course the next day and after 4.5 days we are re certified and enjoying the magical underwater world. We were due to leave Utila and continue our journey north following our open water course, however we hear that there are large protests and road blocks on mainland Honduras. Locals are protesting about the President privatising education and healthcare and people are understandably really upset. We see on the news and hear stories of the American embassy entrance being set alight and some trucks and cars being set on fire on the Panamerican Highway. After some deliberation over a couple of beers we decide to stay on in Utila and see what happens over the next few days.

    To be honest it’s no hardship as it allows us to enjoy an adventure by kayak to the other side of the island through the mangroves, do some more snorkelling and also to sign up for our PADI advanced open water course! We have a great couple of days with Kelly and Barclay who we met on our course and do some amazing dives including a night dive and a wreck dive. The visibility in the water on Utila is amazing and it is the second largest reef in the world so it’s a pretty special place to hone your diving! Finally, it’s our last night in Utila and after a few beers and games of Pass the Pigs which become very competitive it’s time to say adieu. We are up at 5am the next day a bit dusty and bedraggled to catch the ferry and have a long and hot ride to Copan Ruins. We have no problems along the road but can see a lots of scorched patches of road and big piles of rocks which were obviously used to block the road until yesterday. We have an amazing bbq lunch/dinner and then escape to the air con as the gauge says its 41 degrees Celsius! Tomorrow we’re off to see Copan and into Guatemala!


    Guatemala:
    It’s a slow border crossing between Honduras and Guatemala and we only just make it through before the 2 hour lunch break! It’s a fairly long ride to Antigua and the road varies greatly – 2 lane highways through to gravel. Passing through Guatemala City is tough at the end of a long day with a huge build up of traffic but it’s nice to arrive in Antigua where we see cobblestone streets and colourful colonial style buildings. We have a great couple of days exploring Antigua, getting lost in the markets, coming across some local games of soccer and seeing the incredibly ornate churches and monasteries. We also have time to sample the local beer of the region as well as try the wine and tapas and finally tempt fate by trying the hottest taco of all time! The next day we are on the road to Lake Atitlan. We stop at a café which has an incredible view of the lake for a beer and nachos before arriving in San Antonio Polopo where we stayed for the night. After a quick explore around the town which was setting up for its annual fair we retreated to the hotel. We had a funny vibe about the place and we met an American guy who had been living there for 10 years who painted a poor picture of the town after dark. The view from the deck of the hotel was pretty special so no complaints there. The owner kept the icy cold large bottles of homebrew “Artisanal” beer coming. (Mike. I’ve worked if you add Artisanal before the name it means the beer is worth three times more) After this stop we had a lovely drive around part of Lake Atitlan and then headed on the mountain roads to Huehuetenango. It was election time in Guatemala so there were posters and trucks with huge speakers blasting slogans everywhere. We had a long ride to the border the next day along roads filled with topes (speed bumps) and a combination of tar and gravel patches. There was some very questionable overtaking by large trucks filled with people sitting on the back and we saw two vehicles that must have been carrying about 8o people combined trade paint at one stage. We were pleased to get off that road when we got to the border. After a bit of a wait on the Guatemalan side as there was some unknown problem with our temporary import permit we were allowed to leave and head across to Mexico. So that wraps up an awesome time in Central America.


    Mexico update and photos to follow soon, I promise!
    IMG_5614.jpg
  2. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    Sorry mate didn't realise my reply to this has been sitting unsent in the reply box for the last month!!
  3. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    And heres some visuals.
    cf55361e-7f29-481b-8556-60ec4a6c7772.jpg GOPR0361.jpg GOPR0619.jpg GOPR0648.jpg GOPR0652.jpg GOPR0954.jpg GOPR0968.jpg IMG_1940.jpg IMG_2033.jpg IMG_2052.jpg
    DaleE likes this.
  4. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    Yeehaa
    IMG_2068.jpg IMG_2090.jpg IMG_2097.jpg IMG_2107.jpg IMG_2128.jpg IMG_5344.jpg IMG_5353.jpg IMG_5359.jpg IMG_5367.jpg IMG_5376.jpg
    DaleE, roadcapDen, gperkins and 2 others like this.
  5. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    30/06/2019
    Mike
    Mexico

    I can probably sum Mexico up in one word. Awesome! But I can’t get away with that so here’s what went down in sunny mex. We got in with no problems after the mandatory token fumigation. I think the side of the back tyre and possibly the back left pannier got slightly wet from old mates very uninspired effort with his pressure sprayer. We cruised to the Banjercito and paid an arm and half a leg for the temporary import paperwork. We had a slight tense moment when the security guard ran outside and insisted Meg come back into the passport office as we were about to leave. Turns out he had collared the wrong gringo and the one they were after had hightailed it. Unsure how they confused Meg in all her motorbike kit, and a very raggedy stoned male English backpacker. Anywho we cruised into San cristobal del la casas, dumped the bike and the gear and went in search of celebratory food and drinks. Mezcal, tequila, beer and some amazing food was located and consumed enthusiastically.


    We spent the next day slightly the worst for wear, exploring the city which was pretty awesome. The next day we took off to Oaxaca where we celebrated Megs birthday and explored some really cool ruins. I even scored some brownie points by splashing out on a nice room with a spa bath. I tried to arrange for a bottle of champagne to be waiting as well, but something got lost in translation and we ended up with what was described as “a bucket of blood” Not as bad as it sounds as it turned out to be a bottle of red wine. Next up on the menu was the Valle de bravo which is on the edge of a large man made lake. Billed as an amazing heritage town where the rich and famous of Mexico go to play it turned out to be a rather drab little place. However, it was more than saved by our discovery of the most amazing Mi Quelite café. The chef, his partner and his sous chef have been working together for more than ten years. He worked in French restaurants before moving to Mexico, and the food they produced was some of the nicest we’ve had. Period. Worth visiting just to eat there.


    Zac zac zac Zacatecas was our next stop off, we only had one night there but it was also brilliant. They had some big anniversary shindig in the main square with a huge brass band and lots of food and dancing. We got amongst that for a while, then joined in with the walking parade till we reached the nearest pub. It was a really nice clean fun city, didn’t see too many other foreign tourists, but I think it was a bit of a hotspot for domestic tourism. Great place and highly recommended. It was a fairly long hot ride up to Guachochi where we propped for the night before descending into the copper canyon proper. It was absolutely unreal, with incredible scenery, great riding, and a challenging mix of surfaces, if they sorted out the sealed sections it would be perfect sport bike country. But there wasn’t any peg dragging going on when we came through. Too many potholes/gravel patches/rocks/surprise animals. One of the real highlights was riding down into Batopilas. Absolutely epic. I had been a bit disappointed that we didn’t make Baja due not having our ferry crossing booked (and not having enough time to hang around till the next available) but Copper canyon was heaps of fun and a nice way to finish of our Mexican portion of the trip.


    We stayed a night in a small town near the Agua Prieta border crossing, as it was bit late to attempt it. It was here where I made one of the biggest screw-ups of the trip. It was a very low point not only for our trip but in my entire career. Here’s what happened. We were hot, tired, dusty, and a little sad about leaving Latin America. A plan was formulated which involved the pool where we were staying, beer, and tequila. A nearby shop had the required supplies and we headed back to the pool. The beer on special was Sol so that’s what I had bought. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that these particular Sols had been subjected to a degrading form of food torture which resulted in a concoction called Sol Clamato. Essentially what they do is remove most of the alcohol which in itself is a sin. Then they add tomato and onion flavour. I can’t describe the horrific tasting beverage this produces, but suffice to say it’s one of the only times I can remember pouring an entire beer down the sink.


    The only saving grace was we still had the bottle of tequila. Thank the good Lord. And that was our last night in Mexico. An awesome country, we met some great people and top notch riding. Pretty weird finishing up that portion of our trip. We’ve clocked about 35000ks from where we flew into Chile, headed to the bottom and came back up. Lots of that on gravel and dirt as we avoided the highways as much as we could. Although there has been highway miles as well. Time management being the biggest reason for that. The AT has performed flawlessly. The only issue that was the bikes fault is that front windscreen frame which has snapped about 3 times. I’m going to look at replacing the entire thing with something stronger. The only other thing I’d like to change is the Andreani front fork cartridges. They work great when hammering it over rough stuff, but too harsh overall. The rear Ohlin’s shock has been brilliant. I’ve got my eye on the new Ohlins front fork set but that will wait till we are back in Aus I think. Next. USA USA USA USA USA… and so on and so forth.
    DaleE likes this.
  6. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    IMG_5441.jpg IMG_5457.jpg IMG_5473.jpg IMG_5495.jpg IMG_5534.jpg IMG_5554.jpg IMG_5582.jpg IMG_5584.jpg IMG_5637.jpg IMG_5663.jpg
    DaleE likes this.
  7. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    IMG_5676.jpg IMG_5691.jpg IMG_5741.jpg IMG_5749.jpg IMG_5757.jpg IMG_5764.jpg IMG_5771.jpg IMG_5793.jpg IMG_5816.jpg IMG_5830.jpg
    roadcapDen, gperkins and knight like this.
  8. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    Fun fun fun fun!
    IMG_5846.jpg IMG_5872.jpg IMG_5879.jpg IMG_5885.jpg IMG_5908.jpg
  9. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    MEG
    Long Beach
    3rdJuly 2019

    Wow – we’re back again so soon! Very easy and smooth crossing from Agua Prieta in Mexico to Douglas Arizona. We’re instantly amazed by lots of things as soon as we cross the border – traffic lights where everyone obeys the signals, road works with traffic lights instead of enthusiastic flag wavers who start waving you down kilometres before the stop, giant flashing billboards. We make it to Bisbee Arizona early afternoon and briefly explore the historic centre. We manage to find the most expensive restaurant in town but benefit from a couple of cold beers, a burger and some mussels. Bisbee is set around a giant mining pit (the Lavender Pit) which shut down in the mid 70’s but everything is referenced to ‘the pit’ – e.g. ‘you won’t miss it, it’s just past the pit’ etc etc. At the apartment we indulge in listening to the record player and drinking a few beverages on the balcony savouring our first stop in the US. It’s been an amazing journey so far and there is so much more to explore! The next morning we find the Bisbee Breakfast Club and have our first ‘biscuit’ (like a savoury scone) before we explore Lowell – what was once it’s own separate town is now a single street preserved by some local guys who fought the mining company when they wanted to demolish it. It’s awesome – old cars, buses, shop fronts, abandoned gas stations and we have a great time looking around.


    After a stop off in Phoenix to buy our new camera lens and battle the 46 degree heat we wind our way to the Grand Canyon National Park. It is absolutely spectacular. We find a sweet camp site at the Desert View and have an awesome time exploring the park and taking loads of photos. The colours, shapes and shadows in the canyon are ever changing – you would never get bored of this view! We then get to fulfil one of Mike’s lifelong dreams (other than marrying me..) and ride along part of historic Route 66. It’s a stunning road, desert scape on either side, black tar seal down the middle. I will always remember this road – unfortunately the other thing that happened on this road was a bee flew up my jacket sleeve while we were riding and proceeded to unload his stinger fury into my arm! So unlucky. After sorting out this ordeal we pass through Oatman a fascinating little one horse town with a huge population of donkeys (also known as burros) who roam the streets and munch on pretty much anything in sight. By this stage it’s up around 45 degrees again and we hightail it to Las Vegas for the night.


    Las Vegas. I didn’t know what to expect but it was extreme. The Strip was a sensory overload of light, sound and colour. On our brief tiki tour of The Strip we managed to have a beer on the balcony at Hard Rock Café to people watch, view the impressive Bellagio fountain show while eating a $12 ice cream and pass by many faux European attractions including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.


    We do a final lap down the strip in the daytime the next day on our way out of Vegas. We then set forth to Hoover Dam and do a drive through. We go through Hoover National Park and it’s a lovely ride beside Lake Mead. It’s all sunshine and roses until we see an off road adventure to the left which we decide to take. All is going well until we take a tumble in a soft sandy wash and Mike’s foot gets stuck under the bike and he twists his knee. It’s not looking great but with a lot more of Mike’s brute force than mine we get the bike upright and carry on. It’s over 40 degrees again so there’s not much time for hanging around. I can tell it’s pretty sore but Mike’s determination to carry on and not let it affect the day means that we have an epic ride through the Valley of Fire. It is absolutely stunning, a total highlight of the national parks so far with the incredibly red rock. We meet a couple of very happy Swiss travellers when taking photos and have a couple of laughs with them which helps to take Mike’s mind of his agonising knee pain. We carry on towards Beatty, where we end up stopping for two nights to try and rest Mike’s knee.


    After much ice and rest it was time to attempt another 7 hour journey through Death Valley national park. To be honest it probably didn’t need to take this long but after the excitement of riding to Dante’s View in Death Valley we decided to turn right instead of left and add an extra 150kms to the trip to make sure that we had fully explored the valley floor. It was incredibly beautiful and desolate at Death Valley. It was 36 degrees when we started at 7am and a whole lot hotter than that when we rode out. Our next day of adventures meant that we explored two national forests in one day. Firstly we came through Sherman’s Pass in Sequoia National Forest which was stunning. It was incredible after the furnace that was Death Valley we now had snow patches on the ground – all within a couple of hours of each other! We meet a really nice guy called JT, a Harley Davidson rider, who gives us a few California recommendations while we’re eating our sandwiches at the view point. As we were riding through a valley a low flying jet came screaming over the bike and banked through the valley. After this we head into the gale force winds towards LA. We come off the interstate highway to Angeles National Forest and it’s a beautiful ride over the mountain. After surviving the hellish LA traffic we finally make it to Steve in LA. What can we say? The man is an incredible host and we can’t thank him enough for making our rest stop so easy and enjoyable. We hope to host you for Taco Tuesday someday soon! The bike is getting a total make over – you won’t recognise her in the next set of photos! Bring on 4thJuly celebrations!

    GOPR0975.jpg GOPR0998.jpg GOPR1017.jpg IMG_5918.jpg IMG_5931.jpg IMG_5939.jpg IMG_5952.jpg P6270015.jpg P6270018.jpg P6270051.jpg
    DaleE and gperkins like this.
  10. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    P6270064.jpg P6270070.jpg P6270077.jpg P6270112.jpg P6280140.jpg P6280162.jpg P6280165.jpg P6280171.jpg P6280179.jpg P6280183.jpg
    DaleE, gperkins and joenuclear like this.
  11. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    P6280193.jpg P6280230.jpg
    DaleE, gperkins and RedDogAlberta like this.
  12. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    P6290010.jpg P6290014.jpg P6290016.jpg P6290023.jpg P7010031.jpg P7010040.jpg P7010046.jpg P7010052.jpg P7010060.jpg
    DaleE, gperkins and RedDogAlberta like this.
  13. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
  14. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    9/7/19
    Mike

    Well it’s not a full report but I’ve got a quick update. Ortho surgeon said I’ve got a fully torn MCL and a partial tear in my ACL. On the plus side he said that riding isn’t going to cause any more damage and banged a shot of cortisone into it. So as long as I can put up with the pain we are mobile again. Did 400ks from Steve’s (XR Valdeez) in LA to Morro Bay. Can’t say it was the most fun but I think riding with frequent rest stops will be doable. Alaska here we come. Full update in progress.
    DaleE, gperkins and joenuclear like this.
  15. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 19, 2014
    Oddometer:
    188
    Location:
    Hokkaido, Japan
    Ouch!!

    Major bummer! All the best to you...
    Lostmike likes this.
  16. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    Thanks mate, appreciate it.
  17. sgio

    sgio Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    254
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    Oh man! Good luck with the knee and stay out of the deep sand. I am sure I don't have to tell you that a few beers at the end of the day helps with this sort of thing.
    Lostmike likes this.
  18. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    Yeah mate we won’t be hitting the soft stuff again any time soon. We had a week of intensive beer therapy at Steve’s which is probably the only reason I can walk.
    roadcapDen likes this.
  19. sages

    sages Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Oddometer:
    316
    Location:
    Perth, West Australia
    If you can still walk after a week on beer, American beer must be pretty weak :photog:imaposer
  20. Lostmike

    Lostmike Cruising

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Oddometer:
    311
    Location:
    Alice Springs
    Haha my hangover meter said otherwise.