In deep need to recharge - riding South

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jantarek, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. jantarek

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    OK I guess I have to start the RR at some point and when would be a better time than right at the beginning of the ride. :D

    I have been thinking about a longer ride for some time now, but family and financial situation never really allowed me to do any longer trips than 10 days or so at the time.
    (I'm sure that many of you can relate to that :baldy)
    Anyway after working my ass off for few years to pay the crap off and few more to save enough cash the decision was quick - I'm out, I need to recharge and just ride for a change :ricky

    so what's the plan you might ask?
    well... not much of it, just ride as far south as the money and time will allow (5 -6 months maybe) and if all goes well to follow the Dakar rally from start to end.


    ok so let me take you through what I did, have and know so far:


    Spanish - Few words (really) but I have Rosetta Stone and some audio stuff so maybe I'll pick up some more before the first border
    and in case I'll get pull over I will play the dumb Polack (I will travel on my Polish passport) or the already proven CANADA :thumb deal.


    Bike
    - 2003 R1150GSA mostly ready (I hope) and overloaded with stuff, well I'm taking everything (I think:scratch ) I need and nothing I don't.
    The idea was to have everything locked in my cases but the darn sleeping bug is to big so it will stay on the back of my seat,
    plus I'm caring two TKC80 so the whole package makes my bike nice and heavy :muutt
    so what I have is basic camping gear plus small tent and hammock, my clothes, tools, spare tubes (in case),
    camera laptop and few other things, I will snap some pictures of it later on.


    The route - this is where I might need some help from all of you as far as where to go and what to see :clap

    Right now I'm in Ithaca NY and Wednesday I'm taking off to Deal's Gap staying mainly on highways, than visit my friend in Alabama and off to Big bend in Texas


    Mexico - Copper Canyon, Teotihuacan, ....?
    Belize - ...?
    Guatemala - ...?
    Honduras - ...?
    Nicaragua - ...?
    Costa Rica - ...?
    Panama ...?

    at this point I still don't know how I'm going to get the bike across Darien Gap

    Colombia - ...?
    Ecuador - ...?
    Peru - Machu Piccu, ...?
    Bolivia - Youngas Road, ...?
    Chile - ...?
    Argentina - DAKAR!!, ...?



    ok few pictures from trip prep and what I have so far,

    I had the bike apart to check on things, the clutch look ok but replaced the slave cylinder and clutch cable, other than that just lubed the splines etc.
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    New belt (found handy way to replace it)
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    some of my stuff
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    bought this stuff here from plan B
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    Frame mod
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    custom plate for pelican case
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    and new shock from Dan :clap
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    and of course Goop :D
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    cheers

    Jerry
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  2. soupbone

    soupbone Been here awhile

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    Good riding. above all, enjoy. will be reading and riding along at home.
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  3. jantarek

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    not day 1 yet but still I'm out at this point and staying in Ithaca for few days,

    My friends son draw this for me, way cool :clap
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    OK so start was interesting and as usual in a hurry. I though that I will have a nice and quiet take off, but few of my friends wanted to ride with me for a while and because our communication was poor they were all already waiting for me while I still had not taken the shower yet :-)
    The morning was rough on me as I was trying to fit a spare helmet shield into my fully packed cases and after an hour of messing around with I decided not to take it, not because it wouldn't fit but it would be in the way and pron to get all scratched, so I left it behind.
    Finally it was past 11am when after few hugs with my sister I took off... straight into a traffic jam on rt84, took me just about an hour and combination of back roads to get to NVC parking lot to meet up with my friends.

    Starting mileage
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    and I'm off
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    first repair on the road, the break light kept on kicking in so I needed to adjust the screw
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    my friends were following me for a while
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    we said good bye at the Max Bmw and I took of for Ithaca
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    I didn't get far before I got spot it on I84
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    and had a nice chat with local Adv rider on Pennsylvania border
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    next day we went for a nice hike in one of the local parks, Ithaca is very nice :clap
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    I will stay here one more day so I'll post more from the road

    See YA :D

    Jerry
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  4. Quikegeo

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    Hi Jantarek,<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Maybe I am not the best to give any advice, but.. <o:p></o:p>
    In CR, you have to go To Pensinsula de Osa, to visit Playa Carate. A really great place, 98% off road. If you have time, try to get to Puerto Viejo, Limon in the Caribean side.
    <o:p></o:p>
    In Nicaragua, I would say Ometepe Island (But I never been there -yet -) and Masaya Volcano (awsome!), right of the side of the road,is totally worth it.
    <o:p></o:p>
    So, Have a good trip and try to keep the RR up to date!

    Oh.. about the spanish.. Beer= Cerveza, Thanks=Gracias, food=Comida,... That's all you need to know.
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  5. Throttlemeister

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    I ride a 04 1150gsa and if you are going heavy hard riding like I like doing(by looking at the frame gussets) I'd swap that 170 spring rate for a 200 at least.

    I would almost advise shipping directly to Colombia as jumping the gap costs are getting crazy, just about as much as shipping from the states down and not having to cover expenses making the trip to Panama justifies it even more, just my two cents.

    Panama and back loops are looking better and better now with the cost of transport over the Darien unless you take some time and do it on the cheap. I think you would love it more doing a less than year trip by starting out in South America to begin with, especially if you would like to follow the Dakar the whole way, it would save you lots money and time over the long run and you could do the CA trip the next time or one the way home if you still have time/money left over.

    Either way it sure is fun down South:clap I know I'm about ready to get back down. Maybe see you around:freaky
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    Hey Jarek,
    Have a great adventure! Stay safe and enjoy. Let the time and money take you around the :nortonworld:norton
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  7. MotoYaga

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    Hey Jarek,
    Have a great adventure! Stay safe and enjoy. Let the time and money take you around the :nortonworld:norton
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  8. Throttlemeister

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    I ride a 04 1150gsa and if you are going heavy hard riding like I like doing(by looking at the frame gussets) I'd swap that 170 spring rate for a 200 at least.

    I would almost advise shipping directly to Colombia as jumping the gap costs are getting crazy, just about as much as shipping from the states down and not having to cover expenses making the trip to Panama justifies it even more, just my two cents.

    Panama and back loops are looking better and better now with the cost of transport over the Darien unless you take some time and do it on the cheap. I think you would love it more doing a less than year trip by starting out in South America to begin with, especially if you would like to follow the Dakar the whole way, it would save you lots money and time over the long run and you could do the CA trip the next time or one the way home if you still have time/money left over.

    Either way it sure is fun down South:clap I know I'm about ready to get back down. Maybe see you around:freaky
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  9. Throttlemeister

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    I ride a 04 1150gsa and if you are going heavy hard riding like I like doing(by looking at the frame gussets) I'd swap that 170 spring rate for a 200 at least.

    I would almost advise shipping directly to Colombia as jumping the gap costs are getting crazy, just about as much as shipping from the states down and not having to cover expenses making the trip to Panama justifies it even more, just my two cents.

    Panama and back loops are looking better and better now with the cost of transport over the Darien unless you take some time and do it on the cheap. I think you would love it more doing a less than year trip by starting out in South America to begin with, especially if you would like to follow the Dakar the whole way, it would save you lots money and time over the long run and you could do the CA trip the next time or one the way home if you still have time/money left over.

    Either way it sure is fun down South:clap I know I'm about ready to get back down. Maybe see you around:freaky
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  10. Throttlemeister

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    I ride a 04 1150gsa and if you are going heavy hard riding like I like doing(by looking at the frame gussets) I'd swap that 170 spring rate for a 200 at least.

    I would almost advise shipping directly to Colombia as jumping the gap costs are getting crazy, just about as much as shipping from the states down and not having to cover expenses making the trip to Panama justifies it even more, just my two cents.

    Panama and back loops are looking better and better now with the cost of transport over the Darien unless you take some time and do it on the cheap. I think you would love it more doing a less than year trip by starting out in South America to begin with, especially if you would like to follow the Dakar the whole way, it would save you lots money and time over the long run and you could do the CA trip the next time or one the way home if you still have time/money left over.

    Either way it sure is fun down South:clap I know I'm about ready to get back down. Maybe see you around:freaky
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  11. jantarek

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    Thanks I will keep that in mind :clap

    for some reason everything got posted multiple times yesterday :dunno o well.
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  12. jantarek

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    about the shocks, well I wish I knew that few weeks ago lol, but when I was ordering those here on ADV I did specify my weight the load, where and how I will be riding so I hope they will be fine, so far so good but if I see any warning signs I will ditch the tires and buy something out there.

    one of the ideas while back was to ship the bike straight to Col. but even though that its a pain to deal with everything in CA and expensive transport over the gap I kind of want that experience and maybe if I do good on time I might consider the boat option, we'll see

    I have not make any plans yet as far as what's next after SA but for now I have no home, job or car lol so here I go getting back on the road tomorrow morning :D

    thanks


    Jerry
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  13. jantarek

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    thanks :freaky

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  14. jantarek

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    Thanks Magda :)
    I'll do my best :clap


    Jerry
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  15. Throttlemeister

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    ADV site was having some trouble last night, sorry for hitting the button so much:baldy

    Have fun man and goodluck!
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  16. jantarek

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    No worries, I did the same thing :D

    thanks Bro I will try my best

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  18. jantarek

    jantarek Long timer

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    Not much happen today, around 400 miles or so
    I had a late start and stayed on back roads for half of the way, it was nice the rt13 and rt15 in NY/PA are quite scenic and it was a nice and easy ride going through mountains and valleys while passing little charming towns.
    Once I got to Harrisburg it was time to get on HWY 81 to catch up on time, I did get some rain splashes along the way but nothing serious, so I made it to Harrisonburg VA in decent time and that makes a half way point mark to the Deals' gap, I should be there tomorrow and depending on weather I might stay there for one or two nights,
    Cheers
    Jerry

    few pics from the road


    short lunch break at local Subway
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    some back road
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    rt15 was nice, a little wet but no prob.
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    Taking a break with Tootsie roll :p
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  19. jantarek

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    Late start again :) I go to stop that!
    So I started riding on the Hwy but after 70 miles of fighting all kinds of turbulences between trucks I got sick of it very quick,
    also seeing BRP from the road was not helping so I pulled over on the next rest stop to rethink the way I should go today.
    On one hand I would like to get to Deal's Gap today but on the other hand this is my ride so why not have a fun one?
    Well next exit was it! BRP here I come :) at least for couple of hours, plus I can use some even in out of the tire wear :p
    I have been on that road few time before so I know how pain in the neck is to try to stay at around 45mph but what the heck,
    at least it has some nice scenery and decent turns here and there so that was fun.
    The ride was nice and easy with only few deers on the road and one owl trying to take my helmet off but I won so no biggie :p
    I stayed on it as far as rt77 and took the Hwy down to Asheville so looks like Dragon will happen tomorrow
    cheers
    Jerry


    ps. I also notice how much time is flying just by talking to people :) I guess that's what I get for riding overloaded beemer lol

    Nice no Ethanol! :)
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    BRP from I81
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    That was a good decision :)
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    Pics from BRP
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    trying out my Polish hat :)
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    visited some mill along the way at 45mph :p
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    Easy ride tomorrow so we'll see
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  20. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    Keep going! nice report! :lurk
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