Mexico Great Lakes

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  1. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    • D378C992-246B-432E-A58C-E4EE51F3A245.png 3 years ago we rode from Mexico City to Alaska via Washington DC. We had planned to go around The Great Lakes. We were there to early in the year and instead went across The States.Still a great trip but we never got to see The Lakes. Now we will put that right.
    The plan is for Ivonne to fly up to Duluth and we will do a little loop around in about a month. She will probably fly home from Chicago. In all I will spend about 10 weeks for the whole journey starting mid July till the end of September. We will camp and use Tent Space as much as possible. The route from Mexico will be pretty much a straight line up to Minneapolis. Here’s a rough idea. Anyone on the route North that wants to put me up please speak up. I can fill your head full of lots of lies about our trips or keep quiet if you prefer.
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    There's not much to see in Kansas very flat, I would suggest going slightly east through Arkansas and Missouri. Look up Ozarks and Great River Road along Mississippi River. Far more enjoyable than crossings Planes.

    Also your original route takes you not that far from Palo Duro, second largest canyon in US after Grand Canyon. Though it is only 1/6 of the size but you can actually ride and camp inside canyon.. it's ~30mi south of Amarillo in Texas.
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    Garry, hope you and Ivonne have a great trip!
    Also, hope that you don’t have a tent shredded by a thunder storm in the middle of the night.
    Take Care,
    Susie and Ed.
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  4. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I will try to get to the canyon. I was looking at the map today and I think I will go through Arkansas. I still have lots if planning to do.
    A Rand McNally Atlas arrived from Anazon today .
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    Good move Rand McNally atlas has been my trip planning companion for a couple decades. Other good sources:
    http://www.motorcycleroads.com/
    https://scenicbyways.info/

    If you are going through Arkansas you will be passing by Hot Springs National Park.
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    All packed and ready to go. Apart from the ride around Lake Superior and Michigan I have planned very little of the route. Go North to Duluth, around The Lakes then South from Chicago. 3 deadlines, I need to be in Duluth July 4, Chicago August 4 back home by Sept 2.
    The trip was going to be in September but we were able to change it to now so we should get better weather. This
    means the route wasn’t finalized but it will be fine. I am getting a bit nervous but very excited.
    Any route suggestions greatly appreciated. The first few days look like Mexico City to Amarilla to visit Palo Alto Canyon.
    I will probably have to get tires so will order some and have them fitted at Cycle Gear in Madison, Wisconsin.
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    Here are some pics from the trip so
    No big problems so far but not totally trouble free. I flew over 3 Mexican Topes and broke one of the supports on the pannier rack. I got to Aguascalientes before realizing. It was around 5pm on a Saturday afternoon but found someone who was able to weld it up for 2 bucks. I gave him 5 and we were both really happy.
    One my first gas stop I realized that I couldn’t get to the gas cap because of the tape I put on to protect the tank. Duh

    In Aguas I stayed with my brother in law and there was a party for his son. There is always a party for some reason in Mexico.
    The next day one of my nephews showed up on his Tenere 250. It was great to see him. He got the biking bug from me and his mother has never really forgiven me.
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    Some of my pics so far. Oil wells and bison in the mirror, windfarms, camping and coffee. BED712D0-2299-4572-89B7-B94967F65046.jpeg 120B15FA-77B8-4E5A-8932-3469DFE6DD75.jpeg 1DE50A47-4025-415C-B714-1FCECE926E2F.jpeg 576CA1F5-AF77-4780-A22A-52C0295DEAE9.jpeg AC1E11FE-35BD-4386-AA8B-C719F4832A2D.jpeg 5DA699B9-F3DE-418A-A4DE-76CB100B1718.jpeg A666A99B-770D-4A18-81C5-5142E9E0EBBD.jpeg I am now in Wisconsin and will ride around here for a week before going to Minneapolis for a couple of days. This is not an epic adventure but I have experienced epic hospitality and kindness so far. I was given a set of very slightly used tires and a family bought me dinner last night in exchange for hearing some of my rather dull adventures.
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    Hola Garry
    Your welcome to come back to Northeast Oklahoma on your way back South. Would be nice to see you again since your last trip up North to Alaska.
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    Thanks I May take you up on that. It would be good to see how your family has grown.
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    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    I have been a few places the last few days but at a much slower pace. Wisconsin and Minnesota have been great. I visited Itasca Lakebto ser the Source of the Mississippi. Today I changed the plages and oil. The bike developed a misfire and hopefully the plug change will solve it. D7CF9999-2B70-4F70-8BBE-E0B11E4FF8B3.jpeg C852053B-5527-4A55-BF05-48B52DE26FBB.jpeg C6CC44B4-7210-409A-A82C-C9EE6C0D8351.jpeg BAF06A68-5882-413F-B83B-43DAB5CFB97E.jpeg D97D3937-A267-4EEC-982C-045CF1110F99.jpeg J
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    Being from Mexico finding Guadalupe so far North is pretty special. I am not religious but it doesn’t matter what you believe in in Mexico we are all Guadalupanos. D6E0E2FC-6C6E-44C6-A02B-439D76FD5978.jpeg
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    A stayed an inmate’s house where I changed my spark plugs with encouragement and torch holding from Bob. The bike now runs well again.
    At another inmate’s house he changed and balanced my tires fed me and gave me a great bed to sleep in.
    I’m now back on the road. 6F4D309B-CB8B-4554-8C81-9FD443493DF2.jpeg 94DFCAAE-EB80-41DD-B697-F0B5D83763D0.jpeg C10D142C-755E-4295-BE40-A57E944F861C.jpeg
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    It took me around 3 weeks to get to Duluth from home in Mexico City. I meet and stayed with several inmates and greatly appreciate their hospitality and generosity. I got very little rain and hope that stays the same.
    There were several highlights like seeing bison in Cape Rock Park near Amarillo Tx, being invited to dinner by a complete strangers, being the only foreigner at a firework display in Maiden Rock, WI, crossing the steam in Itasca Park which is the source of the Mississippi, talking to a girl who hunts bear with her dogs but doesn’t kill them. Seeing Lake Superior for the first time. Narrowly missing a very fast deer and many more memories.
    Thanks Tent Space an incredible resource.
    Part 2 begins tomorrow.
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    So Part 2 is well under way with , of good stuff and one disaster.
    We are now in Terrace Bay. We had our phones stolen in Thunder Bay so that is the disaster out in the open. It was our own fault. Like most things in life we have fixed it up. That is enough about the disaster.
    Canada has been great with nice sunny days and great people. We had some cloudy weather yesterday so holed up in a hotel here in Terrace Bay. IMG_20190710_135544.jpg IMG_20190709_172243.jpg IMG_20190709_153958.jpg IMG_20190709_172258.jpg IMG_20190710_135544.jpg IMG_20190709_172243.jpg IMG_20190709_153958.jpg IMG_20190709_172258.jpg
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    Well we are home now. It was an incredible journey. The phone situation complicated things as far as posting here but I will try over time to finish the report.
    Losing the phone meant I lost some of my contacts. One of those was Bob Winter who I stayed with in Andover just North if Minneapolis. If any one has his contact info please send it to me in a PM. I have his Coordinates but no address. His son is also on Advrider and his name is Michael Winter.
    They want to come to Mexico some time in the future and I said I would meet them at the border and guide them around Mexico.
    If nobody knows him perhaps someone can go to his house with the GPS coordinates I have and give him my contact info.
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    We made it to Wawa. We were back in the old routine of motorcycle travel/camping. The weather cooperated and we camped a lot around tge Northern side of Lake Superior. The views were spectacular and it had that remote feel to it because it was remote. Wawa is famous for it's goose so we took pics of the current one and tge fatter previous
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    A few shots from the Wawa campsite. While there a guy came over and asked if we had seen the bear. We hadn't and didn't worry about it. We follow the warnings and keep all food and toiletries out of the tent. When we went to Alaska 3 years ago someone told us to follow the warnings and not worry about it as there would always be someone with a snickers bar in their sleeping bag. I did laundry one day and her is the proof that Ivonne clothes take up less space than mine. She is an amazing packer and never cimplains about not having enough clothes. IMG_20190710_183057.jpg IMG_20190712_060517.jpg IMG_20190711_211612.jpg IMG_20190711_193148.jpg
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