Geezer Goes to the Beach

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RexBuck, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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    Hey Rexbuck

    Are you still on the road?
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  2. RexBuck

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    Hey Jick
    Still wallowing on the beach in Guayabitos. Planning on hitting the road again at the beginning of March and try to get some touring in of the interior.
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  3. Sunday Rider

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    This always happens when Mrs.RB arrives.:lol3

    Happy beaching, looking forward to the March updates.
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  4. RexBuck

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    Yah, she can be distracting sometimes :D.

    It is great here but it will be nice getting back on the road.
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  5. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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    Looking for some company? I would like to get a few days of riding in. I have to be in Vegas for meetings around the 13th of March. Not sure what i could swing.
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  6. RexBuck

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    Mrs RB arrives after a couple of days and I’m tickled to see her. Also, she brings gifts of parts for my bike.

    First order of business was to change my rear brake pads. My dealer at home (Bentley’s) didn’t have pads for the 800 in stock but Michael the parts guy figured out that Ducati uses the same Brembo brakes and supplied me with a set of genuine Ducati pads. Ducati pads fit perfectly.

    Changing the back brakes on the 800 is insanely easy - it's amazing they don't get done more often :fpalm. Old pads were getting a little thin . . .


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    Took a quick spin down to Punta de Mitas to check out the brakes. Turn off at Salulita (a cool little surfing town – a bit more of a Gringo influence with some huge resorts) and take the back road to the end of the peninsula.

    Later I was able to remount the Drift Ghost camera mount on my helmet. Took my time and I think I have it right. I’ll put up some video later and we can see if it worked or not. Old position

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    New position

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    How I got that so far off is anybody's guess . . . oh, yah, somebody else did it. Yah, that's the ticket.

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    A manhole in the middle of the street just up from my hotel has caved in. It is about 2 feet in diameter and would make for a bad day if you hit that on a bike. One of the main reasons not to ride at night – sometimes parts of the road may be missing. When I first got here, there was one of those plastic WalMart chairs stuck in it. I think somebody swiped that and then someone stuck this stick in.

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    That was a bit sketchy, especially since a lot of busses hang around here so someone took a seed branch from a date palm and stuck that in. Better visibility. The key here is that this has been here for quite awhile and will likly carry on for quite awhile. Mexicans are great at building new roads but not so good at fixing them.

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    A guy that does horse rentals for tourists walks his horses to his town location each morning. The last few days he has had his little helper with the lead of the front horse in his mouth . . . proud as shit!

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  7. RexBuck

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    Yah - probably before the 13th. Send me an email or PM me with when you think you could be down.
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  8. Jenn

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    Nice little road hazard -- when I lived in Cleveland, there were potholes that people marked with washing machines and refrigerators (I am so not kidding!). Was thinking about doing a photo project of pot holes here in Oakland but the best I could do would be microwaves and toaster ovens. Everyone here has SUVs anyway so...
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    Thanks for joining in Jenn.

    Mexico is great for building new roads but not so good at fixing them.

    So, you see a lot hazards like this . . . not only in town but also on highways . . . that seem to have been there for a long time. Usually marked with something . . . sometimes just a branch laying in the road or a couple of rocks.

    After seeing so many of these things along with rock slides onto the road and roads sloughing off and bridges damaged, I really try to avoid riding in the dark.
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  10. Jenn

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    Saw this last night on my walk home after dinner and thought of you

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  11. RexBuck

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    That's the idea. Looks like a crappy ditch patch that got patched and is still sinking. Now, if nobody fixes that for a year or two, I'd guess you were in Mexico. Otherwise, California.

    That's a pretty nice bucket though and in Mexico would likely have been liberated by now.
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  12. Jenn

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    Lots of sinkholes in Temescal -- apparently we hate creeks and covered them up with culverts and pavement, creating a subterranean raccoon superhighway!
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  13. RexBuck

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    Our time relaxing in the sun is quickly drawing to a close but, I'm really looking forward to getting back on the road.


    Nice beach here.



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    But it gets a little hectic on the weekends when the Mexicans from Guadelajara and Tepic show up by the bus-load


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    Even though there is a lot going on, it is always fun to watch the locals play. They have pretty strong families and many times the whole bunch will show up: Grandmas, Moms, Dads and kids of all ages. When they go to the beach, there is two things they love doing:


    Burying all ages in the sand


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    And sitting in the surf and letting the waves wash over them. I'm sure most of them must take about 20# of sand home with them in the swim suites and . . . elsewhere.


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    These somewhat substantial ladies and their kids sat in the surf for about 2 hours. Everytime a wave would come in, it would knock them over and they would laugh and laugh. They had most of us Gringos on the beach killing ourselves laughing.


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    Two of these ladies were resting in the sand a few days later. Pretty soon this Ice Cream vendor shows up. I thought he had a pretty good marketing plan. Identified his market well. :D


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    These guys were net fishing. First they would swim this tub full of net in a big semi-circle from the beach letting the net out as they went. Then get some of the guys standing around to help them pull it in. Just like any fishing, sometimes they struck out, sometimes they would get a couple of whellbarrows full.


    You can see the tub in the middle of the pic about 2/3 of the way over


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    Lastly, this little guy on a mission


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  14. Pete_Tallahassee

    Pete_Tallahassee Grampy

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    I just found this most excellent report of yours. You have a great way of writing, Steve.
    I also used your previous reports to guide me through Mexico and Guatemala. I just got back from two months down there, this time on the poor mans BMW...a 650 KLR.
    I went searching for pozole one evening and ended up with mondongo. Like you I questioned the ingredients but all was fine (even smooth) the next morning.
    I'm in for the rest of this adventure.:dllama
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  15. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Well, they have to have a place to stay in between raiding your garbage and stealing the fruit off your trees.
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  16. dano619

    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    as it has been said many times over.......nice writing and pics, i especially like the music with your videos-----gets the foot tapping, carry on and thanks for sharin!!
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  17. AZLarry

    AZLarry Been here awhile

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    Buckeye, AZ
    Great report.
    I'm with you on the raisin thing.....Rotting grapes..eewww
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  18. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Thanks for the kind words Pete and glad you found some useful info in my previous rides.

    Those KLRs are great machines. Probably the bike I saw most frequently when travelling. They just keep chugging along and can usually be fixed with baling wire and duct tape.

    Welcome aboard.
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  19. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Thanks Dano and I appreciate the compliments on the videos. I do think the music makes a big difference with these videos. They are an incredible PITA to put together even with my minimal editing but I find them kind of fun.

    Glad you are enjoying and welcome.
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  20. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Thanks Larry and welcome. Yea, raisins . . . why?
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